Somebody knows me really well, as noted here. Russell hit pretty much all my sweet spots with that one. But on the Robert Duvall interview that's circulating he missed the boat badly.
The disagreement between us is over whether Duvall's movie Tender Mercies is a Western.
In the yes column:
1) The movie is as much about Duvall's Mac being redeemed by the Slater Mill boys as it is about his being redeemed by Tess Harper's Rosa Lee.
2) The movie is also about Mac being redeemed by Alan Hubbard's Sonny.
So far it sounds like the plot of Red River. And since the Western is almost always about men's love for other men (sometimes negotiated through women) this makes total sense as a Western. But wait there's more:
3) The Western landscape is itself a character in the movie.
All those shots of prairie, isolation, and wind. Really how could anybody doubt it.
In the no column.
1) The movie is modern?
Maybe I'm missing some things - let me know in the comments.
And oh yes, my students are convinced that RAF is the most elaborate catfish every created, just because we have never met in real life. I tried to explain to them that lots of people met online back in the late 1990s and early 2000s at places like Invisible Adjunct and 11D but they don't believe me. Hell, Erik Loomis of LGM once had to remind me that we had been a panel together well before we started interacting online. I'd totally forgotten. The world is a very strange place.