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Appaloosa

Released 2008
Distributor New Line Cinema

Ed Harris directed and starred in this 2008 throwback to cowboy movies of yore, in particular 1959’s Warlock. Harris and Viggo Mortensen are the marshall and deputy of small town Appaloosa, New Mexico going toe to toe with a ruthless rancher played by Jeremy Irons. In another nod to time-honored Western tropes, Renée Zellweger plays the alluring widow who comes between the lawmaker and his right-hand man.

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.