Tales from the West. So this is an anthology that gives you six unconnected stories about life in the Old West, all of which have something to do with death. I kind of wish I knew that last part going in so as to have approached this with the right frame of mind. All I knew is that this was the new movie from the Coen Brothers that was flying under the radar. I didn't know that the tagline to this was, "Stories live forever. People don't." Not that I wasn't able to adjust and enjoy, mind you, but that may have prepared me for the downer points... of course, this is the Coen Brothers, so I already was well aware that they are not the kindest and most merciful to the characters that they've written. Now this is the Coens' longest movie to date, but it really doesn't feel like it. What this feels like is more like a short miniseries that you could binge watch in one sitting. Netflix is actually the perfect avenue for this because 1. I don't think that this would have gotten nearly enough traction to merit a theatrical run, and 2. It makes it so you can take breaks if you want to between stories, should you so desire. I personally took an intermission after the first three segments were done, and it was very easy to pick right back up about 30 minutes later. Each story has nothing to do with the last one, and Buster Scruggs is only in the first story. I don't think Buster perfectly sets up the rest of the movie; after the first segment, you're ready for the rest of the movie to be a cartoon, and while the second is still comical, it plays it far more serious. By the time you reach the third, it gets downright dark, so tonally, I think this anthology has some issues. I did like this far more often than not, but I am very admittedly a gigantic fan of the Coen Brothers. I think the third segment, Meal Ticket, ended up being my favorite, but every single story has its moments. It is most definitely not the Coens' strongest work, but most of these stories actually end up being memorable. The Coen rhythm to the dialogue is there, even though there aren't any particular exchanges that you end up taking away, which is something they normally have a knack for. I don't think that this is for casual moviegoers, it is made for the people out there that have seen the entire Coen library.