3:10 to Yuma (2007)
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"This movie should not exist" is one of the first things Dan says about James Mangold's 3:10 to Yuma--and he means it as a high compliment. A western in 2007 that isn't "about" the western? A mid-budget movie without superheroes yet still with bankable star power? And Peter Fonda in a cameo? Mike and Dan talk about how the film is a dry run for Logan, which Mangold made ten years later and how he knows what his audience craves. But it's also a movie about self-respect, father figures, and the train as an instrument of progress. Give it a listen--just don't talk to the bad guy at dinner or he's liable to sway you to his side.
Interested in the original story by Elmore Leonard? You can find his collection of addicting and satisfying Western stories here.