The Coens offer six tales of Old West absurdity and brutality in The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs

“The Misanthrope,” the wanted poster reads. It’s a nickname that infamous outlaw Buster Scruggs (Tim Blake Nelson) disputes. Introduced on horseback, strumming a guitar and crooning a song to the canyons, he certainly seems like a jolly enough fellow—more of an eccentric dandy, nonthreatening in his white suit and…

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