As you may (or may not) have deduced from the title, which is a referrence to a Fritz Lang western, I'm going to be using this blog to write about cinema. There are two general ways of writing about cinema: in the present-tense (reviews, festival reports) and the past-tense. Given my present geographic isolation, I've decided to take the long view and write in some depth about films I've seen at least two or three times and had some time to think about. I don't intend to write about everything I see because not every film merits closer inspection; that said, one shouldn't assume simply because I'm writing about a particular film that I consider it a canonical masterpiece. When I discuss a film, I'm beginning with the assumption that the reader has already seen it so I won't bother with spoiler warnings. My aim, beyond staving off bordem while I look for a real job, is to engage the reader in a discussion about the cinema: its history, where it is today, its value.