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oater

A film or theatrical production about the American West (i.e., a Western), especially one that is clichéd or formulaic. My grandfather and I had a tradition of watching old oaters every Sunday on TV.
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oater

(ˈodɚ)
n. a Western movie. (see also horse opera.) Let’s go out and see a good old-fashioned oater.
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In a typical example, a cowboy's flashy behind-the-back move echoes a piece of gunplay familiar from countless oaters, but his tools are brushes, not Colts; he is a cowboy painter, who works this way, he explains, "in order to release myself from the pedestrian constraints of mere representation." The combination of a stereotypical character with a vocabulary patently unsuited to him is a rhetorical device Baxter uses again and again, and he could have made this image twenty years ago--in fact he more or less did, many times.
"With oaters on the brink of extinction, Jones offers hope."
(4) Jane and Michael Stern, "Why We So Love Those Oaters," The Los Angeles Times Calendar, 5 December 1993, 28.
"I like John Wayne's performance." In Student and Villegas, Lamothe demonstrated the calm gait and emotional containment of heroes from cinema's classic oaters.
Tarantino freely quotes from his favorite stylistic sources, whether oaters or otherwise, featuring lightning-quick zooms, an insert of unpicked cotton drenched in blood and a shot of Django riding into town framed through a hangman's noose.
Another showcase--Mexico/USA: The Frontier of Western--examines Mexico as seen in oaters.
An homage to both Argentina's gaucho culture and the brutal oaters of Sam Peckinpah and Walter Hill, "Aballay" is raw, surreal and memorable, with such a potent vision that its flaws float away like dust from a horse's hooves.
Pic manages to blend many disparate looks and genres, from oaters via the "Mad Max" pics to 1968's "Witchfinder General," yet still feels oddly anonymous; the most striking sequence is an animated prologue that skillfully marries the aesthetics of graphic novels and 3D spatial construction.
Gil, no Leone, doesn't reinvent the genre, but provides a welcome if modest reminder of what oaters can offer.
From oaters to teen thrillers, it seems first-timers are looking for hits rather than kudos--but getting both.
It's been years since such shows as "Starsky & Hutch," "The A-Team," "The Fall Guy" and "The Dukes of Hazzard"--and before that, oaters like "Bonanza" and "Gunsmoke"--gave viewers an all-encompassing weekly dose of Y chromosome.
Though his models are plain to see, coming out of a neorealist tradition with more than a casual nod to classic oaters, Mereu avoids derivation, exhibiting a sophisticated maturity that was almost but not quite present in his earlier work.
Thomas Howell John Jason Connery Imagine a saddle-sore '50s B-Western overlaid with down-and-dirty "Deadwood"-style squalor, and you're ready for the long, hard ride that is The Far Side of Jericho." Far too aggressively seamy (and ferociously foul-mouthed) to please diehard fans of traditional sagebrush sagas, this misfire offers nothing in the way of wit, innovation or even marquee allure to interest duds accustomed to edgier revisionist oaters. Recently showcased in a fleeting L.A.
"Hondo" shot on location in Chihuahua, Mexico, at a time when such travel was rare, especially for oaters, which could shoot much nearer Los Angeles.
Its first wave, released early last month, included some early John Wayne Westerns (costarring Duke the miracle horse!) and Randolph Scott oaters making their disc debut, along with more recent fare.