Date: July 6
Film: Buck [usa, 2011]
Where: Tulsa/Circle Cinema
Who with: Sarah J.
Ratings: Joshua ****1/2; SJ *****!
After some technical difficulties with the projector, the documentary about renowned horse-trainer Buck Brannaman began and to put it simply--this is a contender for favorite doc of the year for me. I love watching horses, although they kind of terrify me after some bad experiences on them as a kid, and this film is nothing but horse scenes and talk as "Buck" dispels his philosophy on training. It's much different than the traditional style where the horse gets "broken." His technique is more gentle and the horses seem to respond tremendously to that sort of mutual respect between rider and horse. Beautiful western locations for most of the film too--think Montana, Wyoming, you know, the wonderful western states that I really love. What makes "Buck" an even more fascinating and remarkable character is the troubled life he lived while growing up. Near the end of Buck there is one of the more suspenseful showdowns between "Buck" and a truly wild colt that was as tense as any scene you'll see in a fictional thriller. Check out the trailer below if you don't know about Buck. Highly, highly recommended.