In the early to mid 90s, I had a not brief obsession with the Young Guns movies. Between about ’92 and ’95, I’d be surprised if a single week went by without me watching one, or both of those movies. And with the central role as the awesomely cocky Billy the Kid, Emilio Esteves was the main reason those movies seemed so cool to me then. Re-watching them a year or two ago, they still held up. Maybe it was nostalgia for my teen years, or maybe they’re just awesome neo-westerns with great performances by a group of young actors in their prime.
The names Esteves, Sutherland and Diamond Phillips might not top too many marquees these days, but the Young Guns movies caught these dudes at the perfect moment. Just three years later, that Esteves juice had lost enough punch to headline a major block buster, but it still had just enough to snag the lead role in a slightly goofy, pretty cool B picture, Judgment Night. (more…)