Since I sometimes relate current movies to LOST here, a new movie that I would like to recommend to LOST fans is "3:10 To Yuma". If you enjoy old "spaghetti westerns", you will probably like this film. Christian Bale and Russel Crowe are excellent in it, ditto Peter Fonda, et.al. And the scenery is really fantastic, if you like the wide open West and ghost towns. A lot of the movie looked like those snowy desert paintings of Bev Doolittle's too. It's fun to sit way up front for movies like this, so you're almost close enough to the scenery to get dirt in your eyes. Being "thisclose" to Christian Bale onscreen isn't so bad either, because his acting keeps gets better exponentially ever since his incredible starring role in "Empire of the Sun".
The plot is "Good vs Bad" and all the shades of gray in between, and as in life (and LOST), it's trying to deal with the gray areas that'll kill you. It's a basic morality play that has been told many times before, also on LOST almost every ep, but it's a good Western saga done very well. One of the obvious points in this film -- and I won't spoil any thing here -- is the problem of who to trust when the good guys act bad, and the bad guys act good. A familiar problem to LOST viewers right? As well as, how do you do the right thing when you have so much to lose or gain either way? There are definitely clear cut bad-to-the-bone guys in the story, but the central characters are the ones who sit inside the dilemma of choice. As we know, this is so much like the themes that we find in some of the LOST story and character arcs.
In the last LOST episode Jack and his posse are dragging Ben to his own train to Yuma judgement, and the showdown on the beach also ended on the side of the good guys, with Hurley and Sawyer taking down the "black-hats". Seeing Ben heartlessly gas his dad and sit there watching him gurgle to death only inches away, really turned off any sympathy that I felt for Ben after seeing his unfortunate childhood. I don't care if the Island is made of magical manna that could feed the entire world, that was cold hearted. But discussions of who the bad guys are on the island have been turned over and over, so I don't need to go into them here. Although, TPTB have hinted that we may feel differently about Ben's actions at some point. We'll see about that. The last episode of S3 warned us to be prepared for another shoot-out coming on between the islanders and the new intruders, that may twist the castaways' (and our) allegiances to an unexpected side. I really don't like Ben very much right now, so if TPTB of LOST can write a story that gets me into understanding Ben's problems and empathizing with him, my fandom will bow down to their storytelling expertise. Do other viewers feel that they can forgive Ben under the right circumstances? At any rate, I can't wait until High Noon comes to Othertown!