Want to go to a movie tonight?

I’m going to the 6:50 showing of Appaloosa.  Care to join me?  Please do.

I’ve seen it compared to High Noon, Unforgiven (the Clint Eastwood western) and the “Lonesome Dove” TV miniseries.  Those three comparisons are more than enough to pique my interest.  In fact, they almost make it a Must See film.

Besides, I love a good western.  The recent westerns Open Range, Seraphim Falls and 3:10 to Yuma, while entertaining, did not match my Unforgiven or “Lonesome Dove” experience.  Hopefully Appaloosa will come closer.  I’ll tell you later.

Once again I am boggled by the disparity between U.S. and Canadian ratings, with Canadian standards clearly being more “liberal” in terms of what is seen as appropriate for children.  Appaloosa is rated R in the U.S., for violence and language, which means children age 17 or younger must be accompanied by an adult to see the film.  In Canada it is rated PG, meaning parental guidance is advised, but there is no age restriction.  Isn’t that a strangely wide gulf between the U.S. and Canadian rating?