Monday Movie Madness: Young Guns 2



Hello Posse!


Big things are going on this week in the US but I do not want to touch on any of that in my blog. I want this to be a reprieve from the stress of what is going on in the world. I will just say, I hope you all stay safe and healthy this week and can find peace during stressful times.


Today's blog is going to be short and sweet so I can get pack to writing Into the West: Last Showdown. I know I write that often and then drone on forever because I just love writing about movies, but today I mean it (now, we'll see if I can do it)!


Today's movie is the sequel to Young Guns, Young Guns II: Blaze of Glory. This American Western was released in 1990 and stars Emilio Estevez again as William "Billy the Kid" Bonney. He is joined again by Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Christian Slater. William Petersen is featured as Pat Garrett.


Once again we follow the life of Billy the Kid (Estevez) around the time of the Lincoln County War. During this time in history, Billy the Kid was a member of "The Regulators". This was a group of gunfighters who banded together to hunt down the people responsible for the murder of John Tunstall. This is historical fiction but draws heavily on the records and legend of Billy the Kid. The sequel covers the time after Tunstall's death up to Billy the Kid's reported death. This is an important detail, as the story is narrated by a man known as Brushy Bill Roberts. Roberts came forward in 1950 and claimed that he was in fact the real William H. Bonney.


When the Regulators crossed the line from bringing Tunstall's murders to justice to taking revenge on them, the Regulators become wanted men themselves. Billy the Kid and the Regulators head for Mexico to escape the federal agents who are after them. When the authorities become frustrated with their inability to capture the band of men, they recruit an old friend of theirs to help, Pat Garrett (Petersen). In this battle of skill and strategy, only the most cunning will prevail.

Movie Snack

As a kid, William H. Bonney's first arrest was for stealing food (or clothes from a Chinese Laundry, sources disagree on this) so it only seems fitting to try to come up with a food that would have been popular around this time in the territory. I'm going to go with Thrift and Spice's Gorditas. (<--- click here for recipe) These fried thick tortilla like rounds are great for so many things. You can top it and eat it like an pizza, cut it open and fill it like a taco or pita, or heck, rip it up and dip it in hummus, salsa, or cheese dip. The possibilities are endless! I personally love filling this with vegetarian "meat" spiced with taco seasonings and some fresh veggies. Enjoy!


I hope you have a great week, posse! Now, it's time to get your snacks and settle in for another great western!


Take care,

Stephen



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