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083: Tombstone

Maximilian Rivera October 24, 2017


By Max Rivera | @MaxRiveraFilm

PremiseA successful lawman’s plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.

Rotten Tomatoes ​Score: 73%


This week we packed our bags and bought a one-way train ticket to the OK Corral! That’s right, we’re talking about Tombstone (1993). Directed by George P. Cosmatos after Kevin Jarre was fired, Tombstone was at least written by Jarre.

Our favorite thing about this movie was probably the stars — at least Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer. Russell is as likable as always, but Kilmer was next level weird and fun in this film. Rounding out the cast is Michael Biehn, Powers Boothe, Dana Delany, Sam Elliott, Stephen Lang, Bill Paxton, Jason Priestley, Michael Rooker, Billy Zane, and Charlton Heston.


What we’ve been watching:

  • Christine (1982), which Max caught at the Ayrsley Grand Cinemas Retro Series
  • Julieta (2016), an amazing film by Pedro Almodovar.
  • Sleepy Hollow (1999), and how Tim Burton and Johnny Depp didn’t always make everyone groan.
  • The TV series Atlanta and Donald Glover’s wide variety of skills.
  • Mindhunter, the new Netflix show from David Fincher.


Questions We Ask:

  • ​When directors switch mid-film, at what point do you get to claim full credit? In relation, will Disney force Ron Howard to do enough reshoots to get full credit for Solo?
  • Can the Western genre still work after Unforgiven subverted the tropes?
  • Who brings more charisma: Kurt Russell or Kevin Costner?
  • Does it hurt a film to have so many flat characters?
  • We both felt the pacing was off in this film; could a compression of the slower story beats improve Tombstone?
  • When a romance in a film isn’t fully realized, does it add more layers or hinder the value of the film?
  • Why did the end narration tell us what happened with Wyatt’s wife after we see him move on?
  • Is Dennis Quaid’s Doc Holiday in Wyatt Earp (1994) as weird as Val Kilmer’s here?

Max is a marketing copywriter by day, filmmaker and screenwriter by night. He resides in Charlotte, NC, and loves his dogs, watching movies, building LEGO sets, and eating food. Lots of food.You can find Max at his personal website and twitter.