The Last Western You Watched? ver.2.0

(tomas) #542

Johnny Oro - didn’t expect much, didn’t get much. Easily put on the shelf with weaker Corbucci’s spaghies like Minesota Clay, What am i doing in the middle of revolution and Black, Yellow, Pink. There’s not much to talk about really. 1/5

Hanging Judge (1973) - a tortilla western with Hugo Stiglitz, ultracheap, but, wait for it, I didn’t use fastforward at all. The movie reminds El Topo in some scenes when it tries to go metaphysical, but it tries too perfunctorily to be a real deal in this manner. But, it is somewhat interesting in its slightly unusual structure and creative use of camera angles. 3/5

Thy Your Neighbor - pretty weak effort by a director who gave us such miracles as Blindman or Get Mean :wink: . Doesn’t really feel like Baldi’s movie actually. Final showdown with dynamite throwing is a more baldisque than rest of the film, but since I learned you can’t blow dynamite by shooting at it, I always cringe a little when something like that happens. 2/5

(Wilco Vedder) #543

We have a free month of Netflix so I took the oppurtunity for a re-watch of the series. With no surprises the serie still stands out to me with some strong characters and beautiful scenery and locations. All buildings look authentic.
I think there are a lot of influences from western movies underneath the skin of the series.

(Phil H) #544

I don’t believe it. You mean Castellari was lying? :scream::scream::scream:


The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Cohen, 2018) - Definitely worth watching if you have Netflix - 4/5

A Million Ways to Die in the West (MacFarlane, 2014) - I’m no fan of Seth MacFarlane’s shit, but there were some amusing moments, granted it was about 40 minutes too long. - 2/5

(Wilco Vedder) #546

I am halfway. I do not like movies with short stories that are not connected in the end. As it is a Netflix production they should have made a kind of series out of this.

I have seen about 15 minutes and could not stand it. I think the humor as not meant for me :roll_eyes:

(tomas) #547

Jeez, in what spagh did he lie to us… :sob:

(JonathanCorbett) #548

Actually, that’s not entirely true.

(tomas) #549

I doubt it. We had a long discussion on fb about it with also some guys shooting at it with no effect.

(Phil H) #550

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Coen / 2018)

Really enjoyed this one. Coen Brothers back on top form for me.

(El Topo) #551

Thy Your Neighbor - pretty weak effort by a director who gave us such miracles as Blindman or Get Mean :wink: . Doesn’t really feel like Baldi’s movie actually. Final showdown with dynamite throwing is a more baldisque than rest of the film, but since I learned you can’t blow dynamite by shooting at it, I always cringe a little when something like that happens. 2/5

Think again Thomas dynamate can explode and most likely will, by shooting at it, there’s enought pressure and heat in a bullet to trigger the explosion

(tomas) #552

Finally something…

Last Of The Badmen - started great, I was about 30 min into it telling myself this is Top 20 material, but as it is often the case, a lot of spaghs break apart somewhere in the middle and this one was not an exception. So, first half great, second good with some silly accidental story developments, but overall, a solid spagh with interesting ending. 70%

China 9, Liberty 37 - very acidic, no surprise though, since it was directed by Monte Hellman. Pretty neat semispagh. My only complaint is about music, which mostly doesn’t really fit the scenes and doesn’t impress even on itself. I liked Testi, but not his accent (if it wasn’t dub), sometimes I barely understand what he was saying. Jenny Agutter was a hottie back then, I’m probably rewatching Logan’s Run soon. Not that much action in this one, but when comes to it, it’s well-made. 80%

(The Man With a Name) #553

Stand at Apache River (1953) with Stephen McNally and Hugh O’Brian. A boring B-western with one of the most ridiculous Indian chiefs I’ve ever seen. I remember watching this film on TV and thinking the same thing but I like to give films another go. Unfortunately this one remains terrible. 1/5

(tomas) #554

Another couple of good ones…

The Hired Hand (1971) - loved this one. I would say Peter Fonda’s character had to inspire Eastwoood’s Josey Wales a bit. They are almost identical sometimes. 100%

Kid Blue (1973) - nice western existentialist comedy with Dennis Hopper. And Warren Oates, who somehow tends to show up in every western i pick up. 80%

(tomas) #555

Some new additions and rewatches. Here are the results:

Savage Guns aka They Called Him Amen - this is third Fidani I’ve seen so far and most watchable. Actually, it wasn’t that bad as I expected - plenty of interesting scenes, but also plenty of wtf moments. That scene when the trio of killers is introduced by the real names of the actors. Priceless. 3/5

Sonny And Jed - I’m always blown away by this movie. 4,5/5

Guns And Guts - mexican western with a big finale gunfight shot in slo-mo. What a bore until then. And I’m not even that big fan of slo-mo. I like it when it is somehow justified (as in Matrix) or used cleverly, but these long slow motion scenes are just annoying as hell. The story is a bit overcomplicated and stupid in the second half - even with their planning they all got killed. Sorry for spoilers, kids. 2/5

Ringo’s Big Night - the middle part, the actual big Ringo’s night is very entertaining, the rest forgettable or unintentionally funny. Berger looks so young it took me a while to recognize him. 2,5/5

(Bill san Antonio) #556

Especially when they’re not seen again later in the film. Good joke.

(tomas) #557

Yes, but not entirely, because later in the movie that guy Robert Woods made a deal with is killed by someone with big knife and I think Lincoln Tate of the trio carried that knife. :smiley:


I haven’t seen this yet but the poster looks good and this YT upload isn’t bad:

(Wilco Vedder) #559

Jane got a gun
Not good and not bad either. I did not enjoy this one very much. Somehow the different angles and flashback story telling is not my piece of cake, Why did Jane learn to shoot her gun? Also the acting of Joel Edgerton did not fit his part. And the bad guys were predictable in their roles.
Positive point was the lighting during the night conversation. Beautiful blue lit


’South of Heaven West of Hell’ Dir: Dwight Yoakam (2000)

Picked this up yesterday at a charity shop, in a 2 for £1 deal ( my other choice was Rollerball 1975 :roll_eyes:)

Hadn’t heard of it before, and despite it having a very interesting cast of Peckinpah veterans and contemporary character actors, I was cautious, and had low expectations. Checked out some very harsh reviews on IMDB, some claiming it the worst waste of time, badly made etc. with many giving it 1 out of 10.

Admittedly it’s a little slow in places and definitely quirky, but I found it to be something of a hidden gem. The sort of film, if made in the 70s, would have undoubtedly become a cult classic by now.

I think one problem is with the DVD packaging which like so many other dud westerns, makes the claim that it’s somewhere between ‘The Wild Bunch’ and ‘Unforgiven’ … same way every shitty gangster movie says it’s the best thing since ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘The Godfather’.

Don’t want to laud it with OTT praise, but it’s a very worthy and genuinely atmospheric movie, which for fans of character actors such as Luke Askew, Matt Clark, Peter Fonda, Bo Hopkins, Scott Wilson and Bud Cort, is a real treat … and those guys in particular really shine.

There’s some pretty raw period detail which is both shocking and very well handled by first time director, Yoakam. The reviewers on IMDB all seem particularly angry with Dwight, whose music they love … but those simple minded shitkickers didn’t understand his movie :smile:

I’d watch it again, happily - 6 out of 10 from me.

(tomas) #561

Sorry, one of the worst westerns I’ve ever seen. I mean, I laughed through it. I listed it as no. 1 in my Bottom 20. Oh well, if it is no. 1 then it actually means: it is worst of them all. :smiley: