Marc Bernardin
August 07, 2008 AT 08:02 PM EDT

While I can recognize the uniquely American mythology of the Western film—that and jazz are our two great contributions to pop culture, almost enough to make up for Carrot Top—I’ve never been a crazy Western fan. Sure, there are oaters that I love (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Unforgiven, The Searchers, The Magnificent Seven, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, to name a few) but they’ve never really floated my boat. Never enough gratuitous nudity, explosions, or lasers to suit my tastes. But I just might go see this new flick from director-star Ed Harris:

For one, it’s got Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen, two men I will watch in just about anything. (It continues to astonish me that Harris has never won an Oscar. There’s just something fundamentally wrong with that.) The last of the finest, these guys are: Men who read as men on screen. And Harris seems to be a heck of a director, too. Judging by this trailer, he’s got the sweep and the scope of a Western down pat.

Two old friends hired to bring law to the lawless, one of whom has ridiculously awesome facial hair? Sign me the hell up. What about you?

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