(Note: this originally appeared in The Globe and Mail in December, 2012.) The things one loves in life are the things that fade. – The poster tagline for Heaven’s Gate By the time my friends and I took our seats in the University theatre in Toronto for the Canadian...

(Robert Benton, U.S.A., 1972): From the moment when the coming-of-age-in-the-west movie was an especially sturdy vessel for the revisionist enterprise of stripping the mythology to its scabby shins, Robert Benton's directorial debut (co-written by David Newman) is arguably the best of the bunch: far more...