I feel this way about Day of Anger. maybe i’ll eventually love it on my 5th viewing.
There are 3 links at the bottom of the Top 20 site.
One to Amazon, which is dead, one to Youtube, which is not actual, but also not wrong as the list hasn’t changed much in the last years, and one to iCheckmovies.
If someone wants to work on the links, feel free to do so, otherwise I erase at least the dead Amazon link.
Day of Anger is for me better than Death Rides a Horse, but also one I like less than others, the one of the next 10 which should be far lower ranked imo. The one between 20 and 30 of which I think similar is Mannaja.
Thanks for all your work on this as usual Stanton. Much appreciated.
I predict that by next year Run Man Run will fall out at last and be replaced by the Sartana flick poised to step up. Not only has Run Man Run diminished in popularity over the years but the release of Arrow’s Sartana box set will boost ratings for all those films for some time I suspect.
Once that happens I’ll have to deal with how it affects the Alternative Top 20. I had to do this before with Return of Ringo but that was a long time ago. Not quite sure how I’ll do it this time around with the larger number of Alt Top 20 lists I’ve used over the ensuing years. None of which will have included Run Man Run of course.
Not in my Top 50 either. Rewatched it recently and it is actually pretty boring.
You love that one, don’t you. I agree, I’m getting closer and closer to the point I stop watching all other films and just focus on re-watching exclusively this one. Over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.
I still think it is a very solid entry, but there are lots of better movies. Tepepa is vastly superior and it definitely should be there instead of DRAH.
I want to project it onto my ceiling so I can commence watching it as soon as I wake up every morning.
I like Da Uomo a Uomo, but I wonder if it would rank as high if it wasn’t for Lee Van Cleef and Morricone.
Exactly ! … and lets not forget Woody Woodpecker aka John Philip Law, who makes Anthony Steffen look like Marlon Brando by comparison.
“I’m in a Western? Better do a monotone John Wayne impression”
The simple answer is no, it definitely wouldn’t. Whenever I revisit some film, it’s admittedly not as much for its tale per se (unless it’s specifically about characterization or interpersonal connections weaved into the narrative) as it is about the overall feel, atmosphere and vibe of the work. Death Rides a Horse has a great, somber atmosphere and is well-directed, but the problem with DRAH lies with its storyline which is too formulaic and Petroni practically spends most of the time making amends for its blandness rather than expanding upon it with a view to creating something genuinely interesting. It’s good, but it’s not good enough for Top 20.
The fact it borrows from Leone a fair bit (FAFDM especially) has certainly helped maintain its position.
Yeah, good point, it’s very similar to Leone in terms of its general style and feel; I mean it’s still very noticeably Petroni’s work, but a lot of people just starting out tend to regard it as a great flick precisely because it maintains and emulates the basic flavor of Leone’s westerns very accurately and a lot more faithfully than Corbucci’s films infused with his dark sense of humor or Sollima’s movies permeated by his leftist social commentary. Prior to exploring the genre a lot more in depth, I initially searched for westerns analogous to those by Leone, but then I realized the genre had a lot more to offer.
I should have that updated list by the end of this year, start of next year, after I get four of the five Westerns Artus plans to release and which ever releases Koch Media plans on announcing. I know my top 5 won’t change. All of my future hopefuls I actually still have to see, just waiting for the price to drop a little on some of them (being able to buy from all over the world can put a dent in your wallet ) and waiting to see which films get the Blu Ray treatment.
It even throws in Brega and Pistilli to resemble a Dollars flick even more.
I have to agree with Stanton about Death Rides a Horse. It’s not quite the masterpiece it’s made out to be.
This term should be reserved for films like Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead.
Maybe, indeed the lead of RMR has melted over the years, but at least it is now 5 points ahead of the Sartana, that’s at least 5 more than last year, then they had the same amount of points, and RMR stayed only at # 20 because it was named more often.
Just stay without RMR and change the rules a bit.
Ok, it’s time for an updated Top 20, as the last one I posted here is from 2016(!).
Haven’t (re)watched that many Euro westerns since then, but at least I’ve now seen roughly 100.
Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone, 1964) Dio perdona… Io no! (Giuseppe Colizzi, 1967) C’era una volta il West (Sergio Leone, 1968) Django (Sergio Corbucci, 1966) Lo voglio morto (Paolo Bianchini, 1968) Il pistolero dell’Ave Maria (Ferdinando Baldi, 1969) Il ritorno di Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965) Keoma (Enzo G. Castellari, 1976) Comin’ at Ya! (Ferdinando Baldi, 1981) I vigliacchi non pregano (Mario Siciliano, 1969) Ringo del Nebraska (Antonio Roman/Mario Bava, 1966) Un treno per durango (Mario Caiano, 1968) Mannaja (Sergio Martino, 1977) El precio de un hombre (Eugenio Martin, 1967) Un dollaro tra i denti (Luigi Vanzi, 1967) …continuavano a chiamarlo Trinita (Enzo Barboni, 1971) Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo. (Sergio Leone, 1966) Gli specialisti (Sergio Corbucci, 1969) Ancora dollari per i MacGregor (Jose Luis Merino, 1970) Il mercenario (Sergio Corbucci, 1968)
Le gout de la violence (Robert Hossein, France/West Germany/Italy 1961)
Lo voglio morto (Paolo Bianchini, Italy/Spain 1968)
Comin’ at Ya! (Ferdinando Baldi, Italy/Spain/USA 1981)
Keoma (Enzo G. Castellari, Italy 1976)
I vigliacchi non pregano (Mario Siciliano, Italy/Spain 1969)
C’era una volta il West (Sergio Leone, USA/Italy 1969)
Il pistolero dell’Ave Maria (Ferdinando Baldi, Italy/Spain 1969)
Dio perdona… Io no! (Giuseppe Colizzi, Italy/Spain 1967)
Il ritorno di Ringo (Duccio Tessari, Italy/Spain 1965)
Mannaja (Sergio Martino, Italy 1977)
Django (Sergio Corbucci, Italy/Spain 1966)
El precio de un hombre (Eugenio Martin, Spain/Italy 1966)
Ringo del Nebraska (Antonio Roman/Mario Bava, Spain/Italy 1966)
Un treno per Durango (Mario Caiano, Italy/Spain 1968)
Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone, Italy/Spain/West Germany 1964)
7 dollari sul rosso (Alberto Cardone, Italy/Spain 1966)
Un dollaro tra i denti (Luigi Vanzi, Italy/USA 1967)
Garringo (Rafael Romero Marchent, Spain/Italy 1969)
…continuavano a chiamarlo Trinita (Enzo Barboni, Italy 1971)
Ancora dollari per i MacGregor (Jose Luis Merino, Spain/Italy 1970)
Shalako is not a Spag.
Even this could also be said about Le gout de la violence, but it was considered as eligible some years ago by some here.
Please chose another one instead of Shalako.
Got to admire the wackiness of some of your choices ! ‘Comin’ at Ya’ LOL