Haven’t seen Seraphim Falls yet, or 3:10 to Yuma for that matter. I had other things to worry about so didn’t have the time.
However, I blindly bought The Proposition (would only blindly buy a western) and I gotta say it’s one of my best purchases. Absolutely loved it. I like where it’s taking the Western, others seem to have followed suit i.e. setting it somewhere fairly original, with a stronger story and more substance. The visuals were absolutely amazing, and I really loved the directorial style. Furthermore, I fell in love with Nick Cave’s score in this. It’s fairly base heavy, but it doesn’t boom, it’s light and flows. I watched it upscaled, so although the visuals were astonishing, the sound wasn’t. That’s why I’ve been meaning to watch it here in 5.1 surround sound. But I’m really lazy when it comes to films. It’s a good month for me if I manage to watch ONE film. I also recognised Cave’s score in the Asassination of Jesse James. I don’t know what the relation there is, but there seems to be a nice circle of familarity going on - where Roger Deakins has done the cinematography for Jesse James (a modern western like The Proposition) and No Country For Old Men (of course, another modern western). Finally, brilliant performaces by all (I took an unhealthy liking to Danny Huston because of his badassness), and especially from Ray Winstone with his run-down, ragged looks. It felt like he would drop dead at any minute.
Defnitely one to watch for you western fans. The Western has well and truly been resurrected and with a lot more depth and character, appears to be just as badass as those made famous by Ford, Leone and Pekinpah.