The Uncut Gems Podcast – Episode 07 (The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada)

When you have a minute, you might want to have a listen to the latest episode of our show where we tackled Tommy Lee Jones’s directorial debut The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.

I was honestly very surprised at how wide-ranging our conversation ended up being, which is only a testament to the power of this film. Released in 2005 and quickly overshadowed by Brokeback Mountain, this film truly deserves to re-enter the cultural discourse as it is both timely thanks to its firmly embedded political statements and thematically timeless. Fractured, narratively symmetrical and heavily invested in a discussion of human morals, this film is not only a neo-western paying due homage to the cross-border culture, but a potent exploration of the human condition, which I think we managed to encapsulate in our chat, as we touched on the film’s aesthetic roots, its beautiful performances, its idea of masculinity, male camaraderie and much more.

So tune in and enjoy!


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