The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Directed by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a Western black comedy anthology film featuring six tales of life and violence in the Old West, following a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a traveling impresario, an elderly prospector, a wagon train, and a perverse pair of bounty hunters. It stars James Franco, Brendan Gleeson, Zoe Kazan, Liam Neeson, Tim Blake Nelson, Tom Waits, Tyne Daly, Bill Heck, Grainger Hines, Harry Melling, Jonjo O’Neill, Chelcie Ross, and Saul Rubinek, among many others.
While the six stories can stand on their own, the Coen brothers expertly tied them together with their trademark comedic violence and tense drama. Whether or not you’re a fan of the Western genre, there’s a story in this anthology film to be appreciated and enjoyed if you’re looking for something that is simply unusual and great.
Based on the books All Gold Canyon by Jack London and The Girl Who Got Rattled by Stewart Edward White, the film earned three nominations at the 91st Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Song for When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings.