Howdy Pardners, the recent influx of reviews of Corbucci westerns by Mikey got me exited, The western genere is so packed with great movies, some of the ones I like the most:
One of my favorites of the days of The Duke is Angel and The Bad Man, this movie has almost no action scenes, certainly none of those epic chaces whith rumors of dead stuntmen, yet is due that John Wayne looks like such a Badass, he relies on precence and reputation only to intimidate some tougth mother fuckers, most of the romance bits of those days were rather sappy but his relationship with the quaker girl and her family feels honest and verry well pulled, one can see why he decides to put down the revolver. Of course the John Ford / Duke collaborations are up there with the Angel, you cant shoot action like that anymore.
One-Eyed Jacks, The only movie directed by Marlon Brando, it precedes Spaghettis for a few years, yet it has a similar feeling, Our hero is much moraly dubious than any of the anti heroes played by others before him, our villian at first apears like a remorseful man that has repented, and no longer desrves a bullet in the pan....Suposdley MB was taking this grey areas much more further before the studio took over the project from him.
What can one say about the Italians that hasnt been said, even the worst ones of the genere seem to be more entretaining than the mediocre ones of the rest of the subgeneres. Leone, Corbucci, Petroni.. so many of them laced by Morricone's music, fantastic.
The Wild Bunch, If an american director cold capture the feeling of the spaghettis it was Sam Peckinpah, even his films that werent time or place concording with the western genre like Straw Dogs felt like westerns, He had a penchant for moraly dubious characters and none more than The Wild Bunch, they are real scum but they are loyal to each other and will defend each member to the death.
Im thinking about the westerns of the 80s and 90s... I wanted to talk about The Unforgiven, Kevin Costner films, those chessy movies with however is hot at the time, like Young guns, Bad Girls and Texas Rangers, but frankly im falling asleep plus geting bored, so I migth keep up tomorrow till we reach the currents like Yuma and Rober Ford
However feel free to add your favorites, shit over mine or anything else you feel like to. Good nigth...
Good stuff man. Although my preference is Spaghetti Westerns, there's plenty of regular westerns I' have to check out. Stay tuned for reviews from The Great Silence, The Hellbenders and since I'm seeing them all on the big screen later this month, TGTBATU, FAFDM, Fistful of Dollars, OUATITW and Duck, You sucker.
Awsome, looking forward to those.
Cannot wait for the Japanese Django and The Good the Bad and the Weird...very exciting.
Which Japanese Django, Mikey?? Miike's Sukiyaki Django Western?? If so, I can do a review up for it. I saw it a couple months back.
Also, I'm with Mikey in digging spaghetti's far more than American westerns, but I've come to appreciate some for sure over the last couple years. Hang 'Em High, The Wild Bunch, The Outlaw Josey Wales, and the 3:10 to Yuma remake are all excellent. Really, anything Eastwood is generally kick ass. I'm not too into most American-style westerns, but if they're gritty, I'm all for it.
I saw Sukiyaki too, good movie from a Miike fan standpoint.
Have you guys seen One Eyed Jacks? Its not nearly as gritty as the Spaghettis that were to come, but it feels like a huge leap witin the American Western. Suposdley its one of David Lynch's favorite movies hence the name of the bar in Twin Peaks.
I found a great cheap copy for it, that dollar DVDs company Digiview has it, it has a really acceptable transfer in widescreen.
Yeah Kamui. Could you do that? Do you have a copy/ ;)
Agree with you're entire second paragraph. The Italians for the most part no how to get it done!
Hm, I'll check out that One Eyed Jacks movie, thanks dop.
Any inspiration for David Lynch (my favorite director for anyone that cares ;)) is good enough for me, so I'll have to look up that film ASAP!
And yeah Mikey, I do have a copy. I'll consider including it in your next delivery :p
PARTY! Can't wait for the Leone marathon at the end of the month!!!
Does anyone know if I can get any Fred Thompson movies? He was a silent movie cowboy star and very famous until he died of tetanus.
My bad Wry, I made this thing and then compleatley neglected it. Later today Ill look some up for you, im willing to bet most, like many silent flicks of the day are public domain, therefore included on a bunch of cheap multi DVD packages.