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Post by cinephage » May 29th, 2018, 8:14 am

08. Godless, ep.1 by Scott Frank (2018)

This Netflix mini-series starts really strongly... Many western fans have recommended it to me, so i'll give it a shot. At this stage, the first episode was quite well done, with iconic shots and well-defined characters. Let's see how this turns out.


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01. Da uomo a uomo, by Giulio Petroni (1967) 7,5/10
02. The Missouri Breaks, by Arthur Penn (1976) 7/10
03. Ramrod, by Andre de Toth (1947) 8/10
04. The Battle at Apache Pass, by George Sherman (1952) 7,5/10
05. Rough Night in Jericho, by Arnold Laven (1967) 8/10
06. ¡Mátalo! by Cesare Canevari (1970) 4/10
07. Cowboy, by Delmer Daves (1958) 8/10

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Post by sol » May 29th, 2018, 2:26 pm

Once Upon a Time in the WestShow
1. Godmonster of Indian Flats (1973)
2. The Four of the Apocalypse (1975)
3. Friendly Persuasion (1956)
4. Day of the Outlaw (1959)
5. The Hired Hand (1971)
6. In Old Arizona (1928)
7. Soldier Blue (1970)
8. Go West (1925)
9. Heartland (1979)
10. Will Penny (1967)
11. Forty Guns (1957)
12. Oh, Susanna! (1936)
13. The Eyes of Fire (1983)
14. The Lone Ranger (2013)
15. I Shot Jesse James (1949)
16a. Arie Prerie (1964) 23 min +
16b. Rowdy Ann (1919) 21min +
16c. Friends (1912) 17m = 61min
17. Cimarron Strip: Whitey (1967)
18. Buck and the Preacher (1972)
19a. The Paleface (1922) 20min +
19b. The Frozen North (1922) 17min +
19c. Out West (1918) 25min = 62mins
20a. Broken Down Film (1985) 6min +
20b. An Eastern Westerner (1920) 24min +
20c. West of Hot Dog (1924) 30m = 60mins
21. The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)
22. Tell Them Willie Boy is Here (1969)
23. The Terror of Tiny Town (1938)
24. Terror in a Texas Town (1958)
25. Shanghai Noon (2000)
26. 3:10 to Yuma (1957)
27. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
28. The Unforgiven (1960)
29. River of No Return (1954)
30. Lonely are the Brave (1962)
31. Forgotten Pistolero (1969)
32. The Great Silence (1968)

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The wintery setting really reflects the bleakness of the overall story here and the denouement in particular, and it is the unexpected (yet realistic) ending that really distinguishes The Great Silence. The film has several other virtues though, most notably Klaus Kinski's sinister turn, intelligent debate about the "the law [having] the right to kill" those who kill, and tension as Kinski refuses to draw first since part of the hero's moral code is never to draw first.
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Post by Knaldskalle » May 29th, 2018, 4:40 pm

6. Soldier Blue (Nelson, 1970). Exploitation at its finest? I thoroughly enjoyed this.

7. The Furies (Mann, 1950). I loves me some Babs Stanwyck and Walter Huston is his usual slightly noxious self.
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1. Ride the High Country (Peckinpah, 1962).
2. One Dollar Too Many (aka. I Came, I Saw, I Shot) (I tre che sconvolsero il West (Vado, vedo e sparo); Castellari, 1968)
3. The Beast (La Belva; Costa, 1970)
4. Blindman (Baldi, 1971)
5. The Grand Duel (aka The Big Showdown) (Il Grande Duello; Santini, 1972)
6. Soldier Blue (Nelson, 1970)
7. The Furies (Mann, 1950)
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Post by allisoncm » May 29th, 2018, 6:00 pm

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1. Pale Rider 3/10 Everything I hate about westerns: Clint Eastwood, violence, and dead animals.
2. Oh, Susanna! 4/10 This was pretty dumb. Gene Autry playing himself. Would work if I were a hardcore fan, but I’m not.
3. The Tall Men (1955) 5/10 Worth it for Jane Russell singing and Raoul Walsh directing. Otherwise…not much to see here, folks.
4. Terror in a Texas Town 5/10 Checked it out on Amazon Prime. They have a lot of westerns.
5. Keoma - 4/10 I find spaghetti westerns to be particularly bad. Starting with partial or full dubbing and the horrible situations. This dealt with racist characters and I am not into shootouts or violence, so I really hated this.
6. Una pistola per Ringo 5/10 - Not into the violence and rape and the main character who was just a mercenary.
7. Monte Walsh 1/10 Jeanne Moreau couldn’t save this movie. I didn’t find Monte Walsh, the character, all that likable.
8. Mannaja 4/10 Welcome to another movie where men are trying to be macho through violence and the women are basically prostitutes.
9. Man from Del Rio (1956) https://letterboxd.com/film/man-from-del-rio/
10. Broken Arrow (1950) 7.5 Yay, the first western I’ve liked for this challenge. https://letterboxd.com/allisoncm/film/broken-arrow/
11. Bandidos (1967) 5/10 Spaghetti Western
12. Il grande duello (1972) 5/10 Spaghetti Western
13. Bronco Billy - 6.5/10 https://letterboxd.com/allisoncm/film/bronco-billy/
14. Dio perdona... Io no!/God Forgives I Don't (1967) 5/10 was going okay until the violence toward women.
15. I crudeli/The Hellbenders (1967) 6.5/10 This was one of the better spaghetti westerns I’ve seen all month. Finally, a decent female character.
16. Navajo Joe (1966)
17. Prega il morto e ammazza il vivo/To Kill a Jackal (1971) 2/10 Klaus Kinski is just so despicable.
18. El precio de un hombre/The Bounty Killer (1966) 5/10

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Post by sol » May 30th, 2018, 12:54 pm

Once Upon a Time in the WestShow
1. Godmonster of Indian Flats (1973)
2. The Four of the Apocalypse (1975)
3. Friendly Persuasion (1956)
4. Day of the Outlaw (1959)
5. The Hired Hand (1971)
6. In Old Arizona (1928)
7. Soldier Blue (1970)
8. Go West (1925)
9. Heartland (1979)
10. Will Penny (1967)
11. Forty Guns (1957)
12. Oh, Susanna! (1936)
13. The Eyes of Fire (1983)
14. The Lone Ranger (2013)
15. I Shot Jesse James (1949)
16a. Arie Prerie (1964) 23 min +
16b. Rowdy Ann (1919) 21min +
16c. Friends (1912) 17m = 61min
17. Cimarron Strip: Whitey (1967)
18. Buck and the Preacher (1972)
19a. The Paleface (1922) 20min +
19b. The Frozen North (1922) 17min +
19c. Out West (1918) 25min = 62mins
20a. Broken Down Film (1985) 6min +
20b. An Eastern Westerner (1920) 24min +
20c. West of Hot Dog (1924) 30m = 60mins
21. The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)
22. Tell Them Willie Boy is Here (1969)
23. The Terror of Tiny Town (1938)
24. Terror in a Texas Town (1958)
25. Shanghai Noon (2000)
26. 3:10 to Yuma (1957)
27. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
28. The Unforgiven (1960)
29. River of No Return (1954)
30. Lonely are the Brave (1962)
31. Forgotten Pistolero (1969)
32. The Great Silence (1968)
33. Wild Wild West (1999)

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Winner of five Razzie Awards including Worst Picture, Wild Wild West was poorly received upon release, and with lame one-liners and little fun in Will Smith acting exactly like someone from the 1990s, the scorn is understandable. The film also walks an uneasy line in terms of trivialising slavery with its frothy comedy banner. And yet, the film features some simply amazing sets and highly imaginative inventions. Smith and Kline banter well together too.
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Post by sol » May 30th, 2018, 3:22 pm

Once Upon a Time in the WestShow
1. Godmonster of Indian Flats (1973)
2. The Four of the Apocalypse (1975)
3. Friendly Persuasion (1956)
4. Day of the Outlaw (1959)
5. The Hired Hand (1971)
6. In Old Arizona (1928)
7. Soldier Blue (1970)
8. Go West (1925)
9. Heartland (1979)
10. Will Penny (1967)
11. Forty Guns (1957)
12. Oh, Susanna! (1936)
13. The Eyes of Fire (1983)
14. The Lone Ranger (2013)
15. I Shot Jesse James (1949)
16a. Arie Prerie (1964) 23 min +
16b. Rowdy Ann (1919) 21min +
16c. Friends (1912) 17m = 61min
17. Cimarron Strip: Whitey (1967)
18. Buck and the Preacher (1972)
19a. The Paleface (1922) 20min +
19b. The Frozen North (1922) 17min +
19c. Out West (1918) 25min = 62mins
20a. Broken Down Film (1985) 6min +
20b. An Eastern Westerner (1920) 24min +
20c. West of Hot Dog (1924) 30m = 60mins
21. The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)
22. Tell Them Willie Boy is Here (1969)
23. The Terror of Tiny Town (1938)
24. Terror in a Texas Town (1958)
25. Shanghai Noon (2000)
26. 3:10 to Yuma (1957)
27. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
28. The Unforgiven (1960)
29. River of No Return (1954)
30. Lonely are the Brave (1962)
31. Forgotten Pistolero (1969)
32. The Great Silence (1968)
33. Wild Wild West (1999)
34. The Wind (1928)

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This silent drama has several striking images with the majority of the film set at night. The wind effects are realistic and perfectly foreboding and dissolve edits (a ghostly horse; a head looking up from under a hand) really add to the atmosphere. The best sequence involves a swinging lamp whose uneven light mirrors the protagonist's fragmented mind. The ending does not quite work, but this is still haunting stuff with windy conditions so vividly conveyed that there is no need for them to be heard.

And with that, I claim Silver on the IMDb Westerns list:

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » May 30th, 2018, 10:39 pm

34. The Price of Power (1969) Tonino Valerii / FTV / Rating: 6+
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1. Django (1966) Sergio Corbucci / Rating: 9
2. Minnesota Clay (1964) Sergio Corbucci / FTV / Rating: 7+
3. A Pistol for Ringo (1965) Duccio Tessari / FTV / Rating: 7
4. The Return of Ringo (1965) Duccio Tessari / FTV / Rating: 6+
5. Lucky Luke (1997) Terence Hill / FTV / Rating: 5+
6. Ringo, the Mark of Vengeance (1966) Mario Caino / FTV / Rating: 7
7. The Brute and the Beast (1966) Lucio Fulci / FTV / Rating: 8
8. Three Graves For a Winchester (1966) Emimmo Salvi / Rating: 7+
9. Man From Nowhere (1966) Michele Lupo / FTV / Rating: 7
10. Navajo Joe (1966) Sergio Corbucci / FTV / Rating: 7+
11. Johnny Yuma (1966) Romolo Guerrieri / FTV / Rating: 9
12. Django… Adios! (1972) Roberto Mauri / FTV / Rating: 5
13. 10,000 Dollars For a Massacre (1967) Romolo Guerrieri / FTV / Rating: 8+
14. Django Kills Softly (1967) Massimo Pupillo / FTV / Rating: 7
15. Django, Kill!... If You Live Shoot! (1967) Giulio Questi / FTV / Rating: 7+
16. Death Rides a Horse (1967) Giulio Petroni / FTV / Rating: 8+
17. Return of Django (1967) Osvaldo Civirani / FTV / Rating: 5
18. Wanted (1967) Giorgio Ferroni / FTV / Rating: 8
19. If You Meet Sartana… Pray for Your Death (1968) Gianfranco Parolini / FTV / Rating: 8
20. Long Days of Hate (1968) Gianfranco Baldanello / FTV / Rating: 7
21. Hate thy Neighbor (1968) Ferdinando Baldi / FTV / Rating: 7
22. Requiem For a Gringo (1968) Eugenio Martin, Jose Luis Merino / FTV / Rating: 8
23. Twice a Judas (1968) Nando Cicero / FTV / Rating: 7
24. Run, Man, Run (1968) Sergio Sollima / FTV / Rating: 9
25. Find a Place to Die (1968) Giuliano Cernimeo / FTV / Rating: 6+
26. Shoot, Gringo…Shoot! (1968) Bruno Corbucci / FTV / Rating: 7+
27. God Was in the West, Too, at One Time (1968) Marino Girolami / FTV / Rating: 6+
28. Beyond the Law (1968) Giorgio Stegani / FTV / Rating: 9
29. Trusting is Good… Shooting is Better (1968) Osvaldo Civirani / FTV / Rating: 6+
30. Django the Bastard (1969) Sergio Garrone / FTV / Rating: 8
31. Una lunga fila di croci (1969) Sergio Garrone / FTV / Rating: 7+
32. Django, Prepare a Coffin (1968) Ferdinando Baldi / FTV / Rating: 7
33. Alive or Preferably Dead (1969) Duccio Tessari / FTV / Rating: 6
34. The Price of Power (1969) Tonino Valerii / FTV / Rating: 6+


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Post by jdidaco » May 31st, 2018, 3:37 am

23. Lo voglio morto (I Want Him Dead, Paolo Bianchini, 1968) 7.5/10
24. Black Jack (Gianfranco Baldanello, 1968) 9/10

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1. Minnesota Clay (Sergio Corbucci, 1964) 7/10
2. La morte non conta I dollari (Death at Owell Rock, Riccardo Freda, 1967) 7/10
3. Apachen (Apaches, Gottfried Kolditz, 1973) 7/10
4. Blauvogel (Blue Bird, Ulrich Weiß, 1979) 9.5/10
5. El hombre que mató a Billy el Niño/...E divenne il più spietato bandito del sud (The Man Who Killed Billy the Kid, Julio Buchs, 1967) 7/10
6. Los desesperados/Quei disperati che puzzano di sudore e di morte (A Bullet for Sandoval, Julio Buchs, 1969) 8/10
7. Tutto per tutto (Go for Broke, Umberto Lenzi, 1968) 7.5/10
8. Una pistola per cento bare (Pistol for a Hundred Coffins, Umberto Lenzi, 1968) 8/10
9. 1000 dollari sul nero ($1,000 on the Black, Alberto Cardone, 1966) 8/10
10. Quanto costa morire (Cost of Dying, Sergio Merolle, 1968) 7.5/10
11. Réquiem para el gringo/Requiem per un gringo (Requiem for a Gringo, José Luis Merino & Eugenio Martín, 1968) 8/10
12. La cólera del viento/La collera del vento (The Wind's Fierce, Mario Camus, 1970) 9/10
13. Se incontri Sartana prega per la tua morte (If You Meet Sartana... Pray for Your Death, Gianfranco Parolini, 1968) 7.5/10
14. Spara, Gringo, spara (Shoot, Gringo... Shoot!, Bruno Corbucci, 1968) 7/10
15. The Scavengers (Lee Frost, 1969) 6/10
16. Cry for Me, Billy (William A. Graham, 1972) 8/10
17. Fedra West/Io non perdono... uccido (Phaedra West, Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent, 1968) 7.5/10
18. Garringo (Dead Are Countless, Rafael Romero Marchent, 1969) 7/10
19. Il venditore di morte (The Price of Death, Lorenzo Gicca Palli, 1971) 7/10
20. Hai sbagliato... dovevi uccidermi subito! (Kill the Poker Player, Mario Bianchi, 1972) 6/10
21. Per 100.000 dollari t'ammazzo (Vengeance is Mine, Giovanni Fago, 1968) 9/10
22. La notte dei serpenti (Night of the Serpent, Giulio Petroni, 1969) 7.5/10

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1. I crudeli (1967) 5/10
2. Django il bastardo (1969) 5/10
3. El precio de un hombre (1966) 6/10
4. Prega il morto e ammazza il vivo (1971) 6/10
5. Gli specialisti (1969) 6/10
6. Bend of the River (1952) 7/10
7. Ride Lonesome (1959) 6/10
8. The Lusty Men (1952) 7/10
9. The Naked Dawn (1955) 6/10
10. Oi sfaires den gyrizoun piso (1967) 7/10
11. Seven Men from Now (1956) 7/10
12. No Name on the Bullet (1959) 7/10
13. The Tall T (1957) 7/10
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Post by Hippiemans » May 31st, 2018, 10:12 am

9. Red River (1948)
10. Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954)
11. Duel In The Sun (1946)
12 .McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
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1. The Terror of Tiny Town (1938)
2. Riders Of The Purple Sage (1925) 
3. True Grit (2010)
4. Ride Lonesome (1959)
5. The Tall T (1957)
6. Rancho Notorious (1952)
7. The Naked Spur (1953)
8. Forty Guns (1957)
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Post by sol » May 31st, 2018, 12:09 pm

Once Upon a Time in the WestShow
1. Godmonster of Indian Flats (1973)
2. The Four of the Apocalypse (1975)
3. Friendly Persuasion (1956)
4. Day of the Outlaw (1959)
5. The Hired Hand (1971)
6. In Old Arizona (1928)
7. Soldier Blue (1970)
8. Go West (1925)
9. Heartland (1979)
10. Will Penny (1967)
11. Forty Guns (1957)
12. Oh, Susanna! (1936)
13. The Eyes of Fire (1983)
14. The Lone Ranger (2013)
15. I Shot Jesse James (1949)
16a. Arie Prerie (1964) 23 min +
16b. Rowdy Ann (1919) 21min +
16c. Friends (1912) 17m = 61min
17. Cimarron Strip: Whitey (1967)
18. Buck and the Preacher (1972)
19a. The Paleface (1922) 20min +
19b. The Frozen North (1922) 17min +
19c. Out West (1918) 25min = 62mins
20a. Broken Down Film (1985) 6min +
20b. An Eastern Westerner (1920) 24min +
20c. West of Hot Dog (1924) 30m = 60mins
21. The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)
22. Tell Them Willie Boy is Here (1969)
23. The Terror of Tiny Town (1938)
24. Terror in a Texas Town (1958)
25. Shanghai Noon (2000)
26. 3:10 to Yuma (1957)
27. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
28. The Unforgiven (1960)
29. River of No Return (1954)
30. Lonely are the Brave (1962)
31. Forgotten Pistolero (1969)
32. The Great Silence (1968)
33. Wild Wild West (1999)
34. The Wind (1928)
35. Badlands (1973) REVISION

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As an all-time favourite featured on multiple Cult and Western lists, I couldn't pass up the chance to revisit Badlands this month. The film features some simply breathtaking images - especially as they fly into the clouds that they earlier admired at the end - however, it is as a deeply philosophical project that Badlands works best for me, from Kit's stance that they will eventually need to "take the consequences and not whine about it later" to Holly's contemplating of "where would I be this very moment" had she not met him, the film paints a very true picture of two impetuous individuals just trying to live life to the fullest without knowing where they are headed next. And there is something very appealing about this, even if we know deep down inside that they will eventually have to face the 'real' world. Really love the music here too.
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Post by sol » May 31st, 2018, 3:50 pm

Once Upon a Time in the WestShow
1. Godmonster of Indian Flats (1973)
2. The Four of the Apocalypse (1975)
3. Friendly Persuasion (1956)
4. Day of the Outlaw (1959)
5. The Hired Hand (1971)
6. In Old Arizona (1928)
7. Soldier Blue (1970)
8. Go West (1925)
9. Heartland (1979)
10. Will Penny (1967)
11. Forty Guns (1957)
12. Oh, Susanna! (1936)
13. The Eyes of Fire (1983)
14. The Lone Ranger (2013)
15. I Shot Jesse James (1949)
16a. Arie Prerie (1964) 23 min +
16b. Rowdy Ann (1919) 21min +
16c. Friends (1912) 17m = 61min
17. Cimarron Strip: Whitey (1967)
18. Buck and the Preacher (1972)
19a. The Paleface (1922) 20min +
19b. The Frozen North (1922) 17min +
19c. Out West (1918) 25min = 62mins
20a. Broken Down Film (1985) 6min +
20b. An Eastern Westerner (1920) 24min +
20c. West of Hot Dog (1924) 30m = 60mins
21. The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)
22. Tell Them Willie Boy is Here (1969)
23. The Terror of Tiny Town (1938)
24. Terror in a Texas Town (1958)
25. Shanghai Noon (2000)
26. 3:10 to Yuma (1957)
27. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
28. The Unforgiven (1960)
29. River of No Return (1954)
30. Lonely are the Brave (1962)
31. Forgotten Pistolero (1969)
32. The Great Silence (1968)
33. Wild Wild West (1999)
34. The Wind (1928)
35. Badlands (1973) REVISION
Concluding the challenge by squeezing in a trio of under-70min westerns:

36. Under Western Stars (1938)

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Curious precursor of sorts to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington focusing on a cowboy campaigning for a seat in congress in order to convince other politicians that his town is in dire need of financial aid and assistance, only to discover that the politics game is full of deceit and trickery. After the disappointiment of Gene Autry's Oh, Susanna earlier this month, I had kind of ruled out singing cowboy films as not my sort of film. This other singing cowboy film though has given me new hope. It also helps that Roy Rogers is more charismatic and dare I say a better singer than Autry.

37. A Time for Dying (1969)

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Weird western focusing on two social misfits forced to wed after it is discovered that they had a one night stand together. Some of the drama is okay (though the film oddly avoids anxieties over the couple barely knowing each other before wedding; they happily honeymoon together, etc). All of the comedy is pretty awkward though; Victor Jory (pictured above) is way over-the-top as a constantly drunk Judge Roy Bean with some groan-inducing hangover gag scenes. Audie Murphy makes for an interesting Jesse James, but does not appear until over halfway in.

38. Range Feud (1931)

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Listed with a Mystery subgenre and boasting an early co-lead role for John Wayne, this sounded like a promising film to end this Challenge with. It was certainly interesting seeing a 24-year-old Wayne cast as a young heartthrob, but the overall film did not leave much of an impression. The brawls, feuding families, brotherly quarrels, disowned stepson etc stuff felt pretty melodramatic and by-the-books to me. I was, however, impressed by the large number of dark exterior scenes for such an early western. Much of the film is set at night with shadows and darkness atmospherically used.
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Post by weirdboy » May 31st, 2018, 5:00 pm

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1. Westward the Women - 1951 - William A. Wellman 7/10
2. Una donna chiamata Apache (Apache Woman) - 1976 - Giorgio Mariuzzo 3/10
3. Junior Bonner - 1972 - Sam Peckinpah 6/10
4. Wichita - 1955 - Jacques Tourneur 6/10
5. Canyon Passage - 1946 - Jacques Tourneur 7/10
6. The Proud Ones - 1956 - Robert D. Webb 6/10
7. Stars in My Crown - 1950 - Jacques Tourneur
8. I quattro dell'apocalisse (The Four of the Apocalypse) - 1975 - Lucio Fulci 5/10
9. Requiescant (Kill and Pray) - 1967 - Carlo Lizzani 5/10

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Post by PUNQ » May 31st, 2018, 5:00 pm

That's all I had time for. Hopefully it's enough for a Western hat-trick.


67. The Outlaw (1943, Howard Hughes, Howard Hawks) - 5/10 - OFFICIAL CHECK!
--- Unintentional goofball adaptation of old west favorites where Jane Russell's boobs becomes the only serious business. Wouldn't have missed it for the world!


68. In Old Oklahoma (1943, Albert S. Rogell) - 6/10
--- Lovable for John Wayne playing kind of clowning tough guy, more suited for a comic sidekick, yet he's the real deal in this oil rivalry. Doubt this will be anyones favorite John Wayne, but I appreciated the novelty of his less serious cowboy act for this one.


69. The Desperadoes (1943, Charles Vidor) - 5/10
--- Colombia Pictures finally goes color for a story from the wild west. This has got a fine cast and ambitious ideas, but for some reason the chemistry doesn't seem to work. Something off about the whole scrip which makes the complex characters rather underdeveloped. Not terrible or anything, but could have been made so much interesting had they worked as hard on the writing as they did on the production. For it's the production that's the main attraction. Suitable colors, prime shots, all for what should have been a legendary western, yet becomes rather forgettable in the end.


70. My Friend Flicka (1943, Harold D. Schuster) - 4/10
--- Got all the traits of a classic family movie. A genuine staple of the sentimental horse genre. Nice relaxing vibes, inoffensive and hardly any danger in sight. All for the love of a horse. I'm not much of a fan of these kinds of films, so I found it dull. A young Roddy McDowall was easily the shining light here.


71. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943, William A. Wellman) - 8/10 - OFFICIAL CHECK!
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1. Sin Town (1942, Ray Enright) - 5/10
2. A Tornado in the Saddle (1942, William Berke) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
3. Ghost Town Law (1942, Howard Bretherton) - 3/10
4. Riding the Wind (1942, Edward Killy) - 4/10
5. King of the Mounties (1942, William Witney) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
6. Land of the Open Range (1942, Edward Killy) - 4/10
7. Thundering Hoofs (1942, Lesley Selander) - 4/10
8. Pirates of the Prairie (1942, Howard Bretherton) - 4/10
9. Red River Robin Hood (1942, Lesley Selander) - 4/10
10. Fighting Frontier (1943, Lambert Hillyer) - 4/10
11. Sagebrush Law (1943, Sam Nelson) - 5/10
12. Saddles and Sagebrush (1943, William Berke) - 4/10
13. Valley of Hunted Men (1942, John English) - 3/10
14. Near the Rainbow's End (1930, J.P. McGowan) - 3/10 - FIRST CHECK!
15. Son of Oklahoma (1932, Robert N. Bradbury) - 2/10 - FIRST CHECK!
16. The Fighting Champ (1932, John P. McCarthy) - 2/10 - FIRST CHECK!
17. Texas Gun Fighter (1932, Phil Rosen) - 3/10
18. Kid Courageous (1935, Robert N. Bradbury) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
19. Powdersmoke Range (1935, Wallace Fox) - 5/10 - FIRST CHECK!
20. The Red Rope (1937, S. Roy Luby) - 3/10
21. Boots of Destiny (1937, Arthur Rosson) - 3/10 - FIRST CHECK!
22. The Pal from Texas (1939, Harry S. Webb) - 2/10 - FIRST CHECK!
23. Mesquite Buckaroo (1939, Harry S. Webb) - 1/10
24. Pinto Canyon (1940, Bernard B. Ray) - 3/10 - FIRST CHECK!
25. Silent Valley (1935, Bernard B. Ray) - 2/10 - FIRST CHECK!
26. Wild Horse Valley (1940, Ira Webb) - 2/10 - FIRST CHECK!
27. The Return of Wild Bill (1940, Joseph H. Lewis) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
28. Hands Across the Rockies (1941, Lambert Hillyer) - 5/10 - FIRST CHECK!
29. The Cowboy and the Blonde (1941, Ray McCarey) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
30. Man of Conquest (1939, George Nichols Jr.) - 4/10
31. Robbers of the Range (1941, Edward Killy) - 5/10
32. Cyclone on Horseback (1941, Edward Killy) - 4/10
33. Six-Gun Gold (1941, David Howard) - 4/10
34. The Bandit Trail (1941, Edward Killy) - 5/10
35. Dude Cowboy (1941, David Howard) - 4/10
36. Ridin' on a Rainbow (1941, Lew Landers) - 5/10
37. Back in the Saddle (1941, Lew Landers) - 5/10
38. Dead Men (2018, Royston Innes) - 4/10
39. Stop Over in Hell (2016, Víctor Matellano) - 3/10
40. Branded (II) (2017, Phil Gorn) - 2/10 - FIRST CHECK!
41. The Mustanger and the Lady (2017, James Cotten) - 3/10
42. The Scent of Rain & Lightning (2017, Blake Robbins) - 4/10
43. The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017, Jared Moshe) - 6/10
44. Hostiles (2017, Scott Cooper) - 4/10
45. Justice (II) (2017, Richard Gabai) - 3/10
46. Tombstone-Rashomon (2017, Alex Cox) - 2/10
47. Dead Again in Tombstone (2017, Roel Reiné) - 4/10
48. Valley of Bones (2017, Dan Glaser) - 3/10
49. County Line (2017, Shea Sizemore) - 4/10
50. Down Mexico Way (1941, Joseph Santley) - 4/10
51. Gone Are the Days (2018, Mark Landre Gould) - 3/10 - FIRST CHECK!
52. The Dark Tower (2017, Nikolaj Arcel) - 4/10
53. The Stolen (II) (2017, Niall Johnson) - 3/10
54. Cassidy Red (2017, Matt Knudsen) - 2/10 - FIRST CHECK!
55. Hickok (2017, Timothy Woodward Jr.) - 2/10
56. O Matador [The Killer] (2017, Marcelo Galvão) - 3/10
57-63. Godless (2017, Scott Frank) - 7/10
64. Running Wild (2017, Alex Ranarivelo) - 3/10
65a. Deschutes Driftwood (1916) - 10min - 2/10
65b. The Indian-detour (1926, Fred Harvey Company) - 16min - 2/10
65c. We Can Take It (1935, U.S. Department of Agriculture) - 22min - 2/10
65d. Life on the Circle Ranch in California (1912, USA) - 12min - 2/10
66a. The Better Man (II) (1912, Rollin S. Sturgeon) - 12min - 4/10
66b. Lake Tahoe, Cal. (1916, Essanay Film) - 6min - 2/10
66c. The Girl Ranchers (1913, Al Christie) - 14min - 3/10
66d. Passing of the Oklahoma Outlaws [fragments] (1915, William Tilghman) - 12min - 3/10
66e. Legal Advice (1916, Tom Mix) - 13min - 3/10
66f. Beauty Spots in America: Castle Hot Springs, Arizona (1916, Essanay Film) - 6min - 2/10
67. The Outlaw (1943, Howard Hughes, Howard Hawks) - 5/10 - OFFICIAL CHECK!
68. In Old Oklahoma (1943, Albert S. Rogell) - 6/10
69. The Desperadoes (1943, Charles Vidor) - 5/10
70. My Friend Flicka (1943, Harold D. Schuster) - 4/10
71. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943, William A. Wellman) - 8/10 - OFFICIAL CHECK!
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Post by OldAle1 » May 31st, 2018, 5:28 pm

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1. Une corde, un colt... / Cemetery Without Crosses (Robert Hossein, 1969)
2. Oh, Susanna! (Joseph Kane, 1936)
3. Heritage of the Desert (Henry Hathaway, 1932)
4. The Thundering Herd (Henry Hathaway, 1933)
5. The Last Sunset (Robert Aldrich, 1961)
6. Il ritorno di Ringo / The Return of Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
7. The Squaw Man (Cecil B. De Mille/Oscar Apfel, 1914)
8. Deputy Marshall (William Berke, 1949)
9. Great Day in the Morning (Jacques Tourneur, 1956)
10. Posse From Hell (Herbert Coleman, 1961)
11. Lone Wolf McQuade (Steve Carver, 1983) (re-watch)
12. Una pistola per Ringo / A Pistol for Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
13. The Undefeated (Andrew V. McLaglen, 1969)
14. Navajo Joe (Sergio Corbucci, 1966)
15. Gunfight at Comanche Creek (Frank McDonald, 1963)
16. Rocky Mountain Mystery (Joseph Barton, 1935)
17. Blindman (Ferdinando Baldi, 1971)
18. Rio Conchos (Gordon Douglas, 1964)
19. Prega il morto e ammazza il vivo / Renegade Gun / Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead (Giuseppe Vari, 1971)
20. Friendly Persuasion (William Wyler, 1956)
21. E Dio disse a Caino... / And God Said to Cain (Antonio Margheriti, 1970)

Excited to see this because of the director, who has become a low-rent favorite for me in much the way Roger Corman has; this is the first of Margheriti's westerns I've seen though, so I didn't know what to expect. As it turns out, the progressive political elements visible in his sci-fi/fantasy stuff are nowhere in evidence here, nor is there really much of the male camaraderie -- but this doesn't matter too much, as this extraordinarily simple revenge western packs plenty of pure entertainment regardless of it's almost content-free and nearly plot-free character. Klaus Kinski gets released after 10 years of wrongful imprisonment, sets out to avenge himself, more or less wipes out whole town. That's it, but the way Margheriti uses the space of the town and Kinski's implacable Terminator-like performance make the film lots of fun if watching a guy shoot up a town for an hour and a half is your thing. I guess it's mine.

22. Classic Hollywood Western Cartoons 64 minutes total
a) Texas Tom (Hanna/Barbera, 1950) 7m; b) The Gallopin' Gaucho (Ub Iwerks, 1928) 6m; c) Hare Trigger (Friz Freleng, 1945) 8 m; d) Buckaroo Bugs (Robert Clampett, 1944) 9m; e) Posse Cat (Hanna/Barbera, 1954) 6m; f) Two Gun Goofy (Jack Kinney, 1952) 7m; g) My Little Duckaroo (Chuck Jones, 1954) 7m; h) Wild and Woody! (Dick Lundy, 1948) 7m; i) Deputy Droopy (Tex Avery/Michael Lah, 1955) 7m

Two things stick out from this batch of cartoons from all the major studios/producers (except the Fleischers) from the era: first, I just can't stand Woody Woodpecker's voice, even if is from the genius Mel Blanc, and second, nobody can make ridiculous repetition work as well as Tex Avery. None of these were terrible, and none stand out as a masterpiece, but Deputy Droopy gets pretty close to the latter category.

23. Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo / The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (probably 4th or 5th viewing)

I had to have one truly great watch for this challenge, and it didn't happen with any of the first-time views, so given that I just got the new Koch Lorber 50th anniversary disc, this was an obvious choice. I also hadn't seen it for about 12-15 years, and the last time I watched it I saw the longer Euro cut - which I found a little less impressive than my memories of the 162 minute version. Thankfully the new release has both edits and I chose the shorter, though at some point I'm sure I'll watch both back-to-back just to be able to be fair to both. In any case, I had a blast with this and I won't wait a decade or more for another viewing this time. Eli Wallach's Tucco remains one of the greatest performances/characters in all of cinema - not just westerns - and the film never feels long or flags for a moment thanks to the beautifully choreographed narrative movements between violence, humor and (very occasionally) sentiment and drama. Certainly Leone's funniest film, and probably the high point in the career of Lee Van Cleef, even if neither he nor Eastwood get nearly as many juicy moments as Wallach does. I still prefer the director's next western, and his epic gangster saga, in large part because they are about things beyond themselves; when all is said and done, there isn't a whole lot to think about or take away from this one. A shallow epic, really - but one of the greatest and most stylish shallow epics ever, and even with that significant flaw, a masterpiece.

24. Back to the Future Part III (Robert Zemeckis, 1990) (9th viewing or so)

I re-watch the BTTF series every couple of years or so; used to do it every year on the 4th of July - nothing from my young adulthood represents modern Americana better to me - but I've fallen off the last few years and this was my first viewing since the summer of 2015. I don't know about everybody else but I'm often a little afraid of re-watching old favorites, afraid that they won't have that magical spark this time, or that I'll just be thinking, best to retire this for a long while. But that hasn't happened yet with these films and didn't happen this time I'm happy to say. I always one or two new things on each viewing and this time it struck me that the sequence where Marty walks into town, looking at all the sights around him, bears some resemblance to a similar scene near the beginning of Dead Man. Was this something conscious on Jarmusch' part when he was making that film? Probably not, and I wouldn't be too surprised if he hadn't seen Zemeckis' film, but it's an interesting point of comparison, and I'd imagine there are other similar moments in earlier westerns where the rube/greenhorn/outsider takes a stroll down Main Street and begins to see that he's in a different world now. Of course the most obvious antecedent is Jill's arrival in town in C'era una volta il West, but that scene has a very different emotional resonance, and Jill is riding in a buggy, not walking. But in any case I wonder how many westerns - particularly westerns made before the 1968 Leone film - have used this specific way of introducing a protagonist to the West?

More on this in next week's weekly thread if I have the energy to write it.

25. Way of a Gaucho (Jacques Tourneur, 1952)

Rory Calhoun is the title character - if the title refers to a character at all, and not the character of the Argentinian cowboy in general, and one interesting element of this film is that this is never really settled. Calhoun's extreme independence and stubbornness in trying to keep to the old way of life - and never giving in even when tortured, imprisoned, and/or threatened with death is contrasted with the relentless pursuit of his army superior and later obsessive policeman Richard Boone, as well as his well-meaning but perhaps weak adoptive father Hugh Marlowe. And of course there's the woman, there's always a woman in an outlaw tale, here played by Gene Tierney who unfortunately doesn't get as much development as the three males. One of the better outlaw-on-the-run films I've seen lately, and especially notable for it's fairly nuanced appreciation of the challenges for both extreme isolation/independence, and conformity/acquiescence to the norms. Filmed mostly in Argentina, apparently, and probably quite beautiful in a good print, but the rip I saw was just OK and dark enough in some indoor scenes to be hard to watch.

26. Se sei vivo spara / Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot! (Giulio Questa, 1967)

This has a reputation as one of the weirder and wilder spaghettis, and I suppose it is, though it's moments of surrealism and what the...? moments really don't do much to disguise the fact that it kind of boils down to another Yojimbo rip-off, only with our hero the stranger (Tomas Milian) this time getting three rival factions to wipe each other out, not just two. Oh and it's also a revenge - maybe revenant - story as our hero was apparently killed for gold and has come back, with the help of a Greek chorus of two enigmatic Indians to help him in his quest to get back the gold or at least kill those responsible for his death and those of his fellow workers - all Indians and half-breeds. So there's a racial component here two, as the three greedy leaders of the various groups that have taken (or are trying to take) the gold are all white, but not a lot is done with this. More colorful than most Italian westerns, and quite dynamic in it's action scenes and surreal flashbacks, this nevertheless feels a little long (in the almost 2-hour Italian cut I watched) and it doesn't quite add up to what initial scenes seemed to promise. Still a lot of fun and one of the better spaghettis I watched this month.
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Post by sebby » May 31st, 2018, 6:17 pm

01. A Bullet for the General (1966)

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » May 31st, 2018, 11:53 pm

35. Fistful of Dollars (1964) Sergio Leone / Rating: 9+
36. For a Few Dollars More (1964) Sergio Leone / Rating: 9
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1. Django (1966) Sergio Corbucci / Rating: 9
2. Minnesota Clay (1964) Sergio Corbucci / FTV / Rating: 7+
3. A Pistol for Ringo (1965) Duccio Tessari / FTV / Rating: 7
4. The Return of Ringo (1965) Duccio Tessari / FTV / Rating: 6+
5. Lucky Luke (1997) Terence Hill / FTV / Rating: 5+
6. Ringo, the Mark of Vengeance (1966) Mario Caino / FTV / Rating: 7
7. The Brute and the Beast (1966) Lucio Fulci / FTV / Rating: 8
8. Three Graves For a Winchester (1966) Emimmo Salvi / Rating: 7+
9. Man From Nowhere (1966) Michele Lupo / FTV / Rating: 7
10. Navajo Joe (1966) Sergio Corbucci / FTV / Rating: 7+
11. Johnny Yuma (1966) Romolo Guerrieri / FTV / Rating: 9
12. Django… Adios! (1972) Roberto Mauri / FTV / Rating: 5
13. 10,000 Dollars For a Massacre (1967) Romolo Guerrieri / FTV / Rating: 8+
14. Django Kills Softly (1967) Massimo Pupillo / FTV / Rating: 7
15. Django, Kill!... If You Live Shoot! (1967) Giulio Questi / FTV / Rating: 7+
16. Death Rides a Horse (1967) Giulio Petroni / FTV / Rating: 8+
17. Return of Django (1967) Osvaldo Civirani / FTV / Rating: 5
18. Wanted (1967) Giorgio Ferroni / FTV / Rating: 8
19. If You Meet Sartana… Pray for Your Death (1968) Gianfranco Parolini / FTV / Rating: 8
20. Long Days of Hate (1968) Gianfranco Baldanello / FTV / Rating: 7
21. Hate thy Neighbor (1968) Ferdinando Baldi / FTV / Rating: 7
22. Requiem For a Gringo (1968) Eugenio Martin, Jose Luis Merino / FTV / Rating: 8
23. Twice a Judas (1968) Nando Cicero / FTV / Rating: 7
24. Run, Man, Run (1968) Sergio Sollima / FTV / Rating: 9
25. Find a Place to Die (1968) Giuliano Cernimeo / FTV / Rating: 6+
26. Shoot, Gringo…Shoot! (1968) Bruno Corbucci / FTV / Rating: 7+
27. God Was in the West, Too, at One Time (1968) Marino Girolami / FTV / Rating: 6+
28. Beyond the Law (1968) Giorgio Stegani / FTV / Rating: 9
29. Trusting is Good… Shooting is Better (1968) Osvaldo Civirani / FTV / Rating: 6+
30. Django the Bastard (1969) Sergio Garrone / FTV / Rating: 8
31. Una lunga fila di croci (1969) Sergio Garrone / FTV / Rating: 7+
32. Django, Prepare a Coffin (1968) Ferdinando Baldi / FTV / Rating: 7
33. Alive or Preferably Dead (1969) Duccio Tessari / FTV / Rating: 6
34. The Price of Power (1969) Tonino Valerii / FTV / Rating: 6+

35. Fistful of Dollars (1964) Sergio Leone / Rating: 9+
36. For a Few Dollars More (1964) Sergio Leone / Rating: 9

This is my final post for this challenge which I completed with 100% spaghetti! :cowboy:

Thanks for hosting Nathan. :cheers:
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Post by flavo5000 » June 1st, 2018, 4:23 am

I thought I'd add the westerns I watched this month.

1. Joshua (1976)
2. The Beguiled (1971)
3. Godmonster of Indian Flats (1973)
4. Texas, Addios (1966)
5. La belva (1970)
6. Billy the Kid Versus Dracula (1966)
7. The Swordsman in Double Flag Town (1991)
8. The Living Coffin (1959)
9. Minnesota Clay (1964)
10. Il prezzo del potere (1969)
11. I tre che sconvolsero il West (Vado, vedo e sparo) (1968)
12. 7 dollari sul rosso (1966)

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Post by Mate_cosido » June 1st, 2018, 4:53 am

6. The Grey Fox (1982, Phillip Borsos)

7. Viva Zapata! (1952, Elia Kazan)

8. Talpuk alatt fütyül a szél - The Wind Blows Under Your Feet (1976, György Szomjas)

9. Neulovimye mstiteli - The Elusive Revengers (1967, Edmond Keosayan)

10. Svoy sredi chuzhikh, chuzhoy sredi svoikh - At Home Among Strangers, a Stranger Among His Own (1974, Nikita Mikhalkov)

11. The Wind (1928, Victor Sjöström)

12. Rosszemberek - Bad Guys (1979, György Szomjas)
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1. Il pistolero dell'Ave Maria - Forgotten Pistolero (1969, Ferdinando Baldi)

2. Shwisaseuleul geunheola - Break the Chain (1971, Man-hui Lee)

3. Corri uomo corri - Run, Man, Run (1968, Sergio Sollima)

4. I quattro dell'apocalisse - The Four of the Apocalypse (1975, Lucio Fulci)

5. Tepepa - Long Live the Revolution (1969, Giulio Petroni)

6. The Grey Fox (1982, Phillip Borsos)

7. Viva Zapata! (1952, Elia Kazan)

8. Talpuk alatt fütyül a szél - The Wind Blows Under Your Feet (1976, György Szomjas)

9. Neulovimye mstiteli - The Elusive Revengers (1967, Edmond Keosayan)

10. Svoy sredi chuzhikh, chuzhoy sredi svoikh - At Home Among Strangers, a Stranger Among His Own (1974, Nikita Mikhalkov)

11. The Wind (1928, Victor Sjöström)

12. Rosszemberek - Bad Guys (1979, György Szomjas)

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Post by Knaldskalle » June 1st, 2018, 5:50 am

8. Ride With the Devil (Lee, 1999). Good drama about comingof-age during the Civil War. But there's something missnig somehow and I can't quite put my finger on what it is. It never really hits home, which makes this a bit disappointing for an Ang Lee movie.

9. Cattle Queen of Montana (Dwan, 1954). Oh my... Barbara Stanwyck with a dreadful haircut and Ronald Reagan showing of his limited acting skills and pretty much every cliche in the book is on display. It's camp, but not the kind I tend to like, it doesn't seem self-conscious (which is surprising, given that veteran Allan Dwan directed it, he started out in the silent era).

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1. Ride the High Country (Peckinpah, 1962).
2. One Dollar Too Many (aka. I Came, I Saw, I Shot) (I tre che sconvolsero il West (Vado, vedo e sparo); Castellari, 1968)
3. The Beast (La Belva; Costa, 1970)
4. Blindman (Baldi, 1971)
5. The Grand Duel (aka The Big Showdown) (Il Grande Duello; Santini, 1972)
6. Soldier Blue (Nelson, 1970)
7. The Furies (Mann, 1950)
8. Ride With the Devil (Lee, 1999)
9. Cattle Queen of Montana (Dwan, 1954)
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Post by Knaldskalle » June 1st, 2018, 5:56 am

sol on May 29 2018, 08:26:51 AM wrote:Image

The wintery setting really reflects the bleakness of the overall story here and the denouement in particular, and it is the unexpected (yet realistic) ending that really distinguishes The Great Silence. The film has several other virtues though, most notably Klaus Kinski's sinister turn, intelligent debate about the "the law [having] the right to kill" those who kill, and tension as Kinski refuses to draw first since part of the hero's moral code is never to draw first.
This is coming out on blu-ray next week from Film Movement. Too bad they couldn't have put it out in May, it's a great spaghetti western.
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Post by OldAle1 » June 1st, 2018, 7:18 am

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1. Une corde, un colt... / Cemetery Without Crosses (Robert Hossein, 1969)
2. Oh, Susanna! (Joseph Kane, 1936)
3. Heritage of the Desert (Henry Hathaway, 1932)
4. The Thundering Herd (Henry Hathaway, 1933)
5. The Last Sunset (Robert Aldrich, 1961)
6. Il ritorno di Ringo / The Return of Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
7. The Squaw Man (Cecil B. De Mille/Oscar Apfel, 1914)
8. Deputy Marshall (William Berke, 1949)
9. Great Day in the Morning (Jacques Tourneur, 1956)
10. Posse From Hell (Herbert Coleman, 1961)
11. Lone Wolf McQuade (Steve Carver, 1983) (re-watch)
12. Una pistola per Ringo / A Pistol for Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
13. The Undefeated (Andrew V. McLaglen, 1969)
14. Navajo Joe (Sergio Corbucci, 1966)
15. Gunfight at Comanche Creek (Frank McDonald, 1963)
16. Rocky Mountain Mystery (Joseph Barton, 1935)
17. Blindman (Ferdinando Baldi, 1971)
18. Rio Conchos (Gordon Douglas, 1964)
19. Prega il morto e ammazza il vivo / Renegade Gun / Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead (Giuseppe Vari, 1971)
20. Friendly Persuasion (William Wyler, 1956)
21. E Dio disse a Caino... / And God Said to Cain (Antonio Margheriti, 1970)
22. Classic Hollywood Western Cartoons 64 minutes total
a) Texas Tom (Hanna/Barbera, 1950) 7m; b) The Gallopin' Gaucho (Ub Iwerks, 1928) 6m; c) Hare Trigger (Friz Freleng, 1945) 8 m; d) Buckaroo Bugs (Robert Clampett, 1944) 9m; e) Posse Cat (Hanna/Barbera, 1954) 6m; f) Two Gun Goofy (Jack Kinney, 1952) 7m; g) My Little Duckaroo (Chuck Jones, 1954) 7m; h) Wild and Woody! (Dick Lundy, 1948) 7m; i) Deputy Droopy (Tex Avery/Michael Lah, 1955) 7m

23. Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo / The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (probably 4th or 5th viewing)
24. Back to the Future Part III (Robert Zemeckis, 1990) (9th viewing or so)
25. Way of a Gaucho (Jacques Tourneur, 1952)
26. Se sei vivo spara / Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot! (Giulio Questa, 1967)
27. Ehi amico... c'è Sabata. Hai chiuso! / Sabata (Gianfranco Parolini, 1969)

Fun but ultimately fairly repetitive spaghetti with Lee Van Cleef as a gunman and possible lawman who saves a safe full of gold after it's stolen by robbers, and then has to deal with the men behind the bandits, who (naturally) are among the leaders of the town. Van Cleef is always good but it's the little details that make this one worthwhile, including the acrobats and the voluminous use of dynamite.


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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » June 1st, 2018, 9:53 am

I really enjoyed my May filled with Westerns. I ended up watching 84 features and 95 minutes of shorts for a final score of 85 points. Hope it's alright if I detail my viewings by way of an IMDb list: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls026884539/.

Great challenge, Nathan! Cheers for hosting.
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Post by PUNQ » June 1st, 2018, 11:06 am

....now that was a low-blow :(

I paced myself by seeing how aggressive the competition was, and then out of the blue.... a shot in the back. That's the way to beat me in the Western Challenge.

:rip: Hat-trick.

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Post by sol » June 1st, 2018, 11:46 am

Knaldskalle on May 31 2018, 11:56:01 PM wrote:
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The wintery setting really reflects the bleakness of the overall story here and the denouement in particular, and it is the unexpected (yet realistic) ending that really distinguishes The Great Silence. The film has several other virtues though, most notably Klaus Kinski's sinister turn, intelligent debate about the "the law [having] the right to kill" those who kill, and tension as Kinski refuses to draw first since part of the hero's moral code is never to draw first.
This is coming out on blu-ray next week from Film Movement. Too bad they couldn't have put it out in May, it's a great spaghetti western.
Oh, yes. I have probably seen no more than a dozen spaghetti westerns, but The Great Silence would rate as my second favourite after Once Upon a Time in the West. Cool to hear about the Blu-ray release.
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Post by sol » June 1st, 2018, 11:49 am

PUNQ on Jun 1 2018, 05:06:54 AM wrote:I paced myself by seeing how aggressive the competition was, and then out of the blue.... a shot in the back. That's the way to beat me in the Western Challenge.
I kind of feel the same way regarding the Italian Challenge. There was a constant 9 to 10 film difference between myself and the person ranked just below me there, so I dropped my pace and concentrated more on my progress here, only to be overtaking by Roger and flavo with a couple of last minute posts. Such is the nature of the game, though, I guess; the only person you can really properly compete against is yourself.
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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » June 1st, 2018, 12:34 pm

PUNQ on Jun 1 2018, 05:06:54 AM wrote:....now that was a low-blow :(

I paced myself by seeing how aggressive the competition was, and then out of the blue.... a shot in the back. That's the way to beat me in the Western Challenge.

:rip: Hat-trick.

But congrats to you, RogerTheMovieManiac88, from the 2016 & 2017 winner! 2018 sees a new cowboy king! :cheers:
Sorry, PUNQ! I had no idea that 85 would be enough to beat you. I've got quite a lot of commitments outside of film-watching so finding time to post updates is a bit of a difficulty. I spent most of my free time watching westerns last month! I realise that dumping all my viewings at month's end in the fashion I have might detract from the competition element of the challenge.

I see these challenges as a personal opportunity to examine a particular avenue in film. Coming out on top isn't my primary motivation. Anyway, cheers! Hope to see you again next year for the 2019 Western Challenge.
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Post by weirdboy » June 1st, 2018, 4:44 pm

previously tabulatedShow
1. Westward the Women - 1951 - William A. Wellman 7/10
2. Una donna chiamata Apache (Apache Woman) - 1976 - Giorgio Mariuzzo 3/10
3. Junior Bonner - 1972 - Sam Peckinpah 6/10
4. Wichita - 1955 - Jacques Tourneur 6/10
5. Canyon Passage - 1946 - Jacques Tourneur 7/10
6. The Proud Ones - 1956 - Robert D. Webb 6/10
7. Stars in My Crown - 1950 - Jacques Tourneur
8. I quattro dell'apocalisse (The Four of the Apocalypse) - 1975 - Lucio Fulci 5/10
9. Requiescant (Kill and Pray) - 1967 - Carlo Lizzani 5/10
Last one for this challenge:

10. Terror in a Texas Town - 1958 - Joseph H. Lewis 7/10

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Post by maxwelldeux » June 1st, 2018, 5:10 pm

27. The Hateful Eight (2015)
28. WestWorld: The Well-Tempered Clavier (2016)
29. Greed (1924)

Last update from me... thanks for hosting! This has probably been the most successful challenge for me, because I started the challenge just generally disliking the genre. And after delving into these films and getting some insight through conversation, I can honestly say I've overcome that bias and can enjoy Westerns now. Added a few of these to my own favorites list.
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1. Rio Bravo (1959)
2. Dead Aim (1975)
3. Westworld: The Original (2017)
4. My Darling Clementine (1946)
5. Dead Man (1995)
6. Si può fare... Amigo AKA Bulldozer Is Back Amigo (1972)
7. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
8. The Lone Ranger (2013)
9. The Grand Duel (1972)
10. Hell's Hinges (1916)
11. True Grit (2010)
12. Westworld: Chestnut (2016)
13. Westworld: The Stray (2016)
14. El Topo (1970)
15. Stagecoach (1939)
16. Westworld: Dissonance Theory (2016)
17. Red River (1948)
18. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
19. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
20. Pale Rider (1985)
21. WestWorld: Contrapasso (2016)
22. WestWorld: The Adversary (2016)
23. WestWorld: Trompe L'Oeil (2016)
24. Meek's Cutoff (2010)
25. Day of Anger (1967)
26. WestWorld: Trace Decay (2016)
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Post by hurluberlu » June 1st, 2018, 7:52 pm

RogerTheMovieManiac88 on Jun 1 2018, 06:34:14 AM wrote:
PUNQ on Jun 1 2018, 05:06:54 AM wrote:....now that was a low-blow :(

I paced myself by seeing how aggressive the competition was, and then out of the blue.... a shot in the back. That's the way to beat me in the Western Challenge.

:rip: Hat-trick.

But congrats to you, RogerTheMovieManiac88, from the 2016 & 2017 winner! 2018 sees a new cowboy king! :cheers:
Sorry, PUNQ! I had no idea that 85 would be enough to beat you. I've got quite a lot of commitments outside of film-watching so finding time to post updates is a bit of a difficulty. I spent most of my free time watching westerns last month! I realise that dumping all my viewings at month's end in the fashion I have might detract from the competition element of the challenge.

I see these challenges as a personal opportunity to examine a particular avenue in film. Coming out on top isn't my primary motivation. Anyway, cheers! Hope to see you again next year for the 2019 Western Challenge.
this makes the challenge as fun as if the Invisible man would run the 100m olympic final and win

I say PUNQ wins :cowboy:
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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » June 1st, 2018, 9:06 pm

I've detailed my viewings for challenges several times in the past by way of IMDb lists when I haven't had time available to type things up. Nobody has raised it as an issue or that it's unsporting. I suppose I'm not as competitive as most others but I wasn't basing my viewing on how many films other people were watching.

I suppose I can strive to make sure that I offer more play-by-play updates in the future, if end-of-month updating offends some. That wasn't my intention and frankly I didn't know 85 would be a winning total.
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Post by sol » June 2nd, 2018, 3:29 am

I don't have a solution for this, but I agree that it takes away from the fun of the Challenge if one or more participants are playing in stealth mode. And I likewise recall being pretty deflated when Roger kicked me out of the top 5 for the Directed by Women Challenge after allison had already posted the results. I don't think we can declare PUNQ the winner though; as far as I am aware, there is no precedent for or against the way Roger is playing, but maybe we need to set in place some general rules for future rounds, e.g. limiting the number of films one can post in a single update, requiring an indication at the start of a Challenge if you intend to play in stealth, or something like that.

However, as Roger is the only participation playing in such a way, maybe we don't need to complicate things that much. Roger, do you think you would be able to post whatever you have watched for a Challenge either once every 4-5 days or after every 9-10 films? There's no need to post lengthy reviews, screenshots or director info. Or you would need to do is just type the titles of any given movies and the year of release. You could probably even do this during the end credits of a movie if you are really pushed for time.

I don't think you've offended anyone though and I'm sorry if it feels like we are coming down on you like a ton of bricks. :) I think we are all just interested in finding a way for you to participate in the same way as everyone else. More participants in more Challenges can only ever make things more fun. ;)
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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » June 2nd, 2018, 5:13 am

That sounds fair, sol. Occasionally the idea of making a list to sum up my viewings for special, stand-out challenges does appeal to me but I won't rely solely on that method in the future. Thanks for your thoughtful reply. My sincere apologies again.
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Post by PUNQ » June 2nd, 2018, 5:54 am

I'm not going to discredit RogerTheMovieManiac88 victory. As sol pointed out, there is nothing in the rules that says it can't be done that way. It's simply (unintentionally) well played.

As Roger indicated earlier, it's mostly about ones own exploring of the film world and the competition aspect is secondary. But... the challenge aspect does trigger that extra edge to the film adventure though, like seen in last years western race. I do feel that there should be some kind of transparency if one is going to be a contender, at least knowing who one's competing against, otherwise leaderboards and such becomes redundant.

I'm sure Roger will be more considerate about this is the future. We all know that film hobbies are time consuming and we don't always have time to keep things 100% up-to-date, but a little hint of progress now and again wouldn't hurt the "sport" of marathon watching. I look forward to competing with you anytime! :)
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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » June 2nd, 2018, 6:02 am

PUNQ on Jun 1 2018, 11:54:14 PM wrote:I do feel that there should be some kind of transparency if one is going to be a contender, at least knowing who one's competing against, otherwise leaderboards and such becomes redundant.
Yes, well said and absolutely taken on board.
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Post by maxwelldeux » June 2nd, 2018, 7:08 am

I mean, a lot of us have done things like this. For example, in the Critics Lists challenge in November, I dropped 60 out of the blue - Wife and I got obsessed with The Wire and watched every episode within a 2-week period in November. The Wire is on the Rosenbaum list, and I only noticed it after the fact when I went to check off the series. Suddenly boom - 60 checks. I ended up in second place in that challenge, and it felt weird. Fully within every rule established - just a quirk with no ill intention. So assuming we're all operating on the honor system (and I have zero reason to doubt that ) anything qualifying you watched during the month would count, no matter how often you report it.

Now on the flip side, I'm a host who (most of the time, though not in May, but definitely in June) copies all films watched (with some other parameters) to a spreadsheet. And depending on what I'm looking up, it take a bit of time (not a lot, but a little x a lot = a bunch). For example, the data dumps at the end of the French challenge occupied me for about 4 hours one night just keeping up with what I promised (my fault - I underestimated flow for that challenge). So even something like a weekly post that re-posts an IMDB list would be helpful to update stats.

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » June 2nd, 2018, 7:57 am

I hear you, Maxwell.
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Post by Eve-Lang-El-Coup » June 2nd, 2018, 8:51 am

I don't think it should be a problem as it's not like this is a serious thing, but then again, it's not any harder to list the films you've watched than it is to find and rate these same movies on IMDB; and making a list on IMDB can be even more time consuming nowadays.
I generally post most often on Sunday night or Monday afternoon as I watch more movies over the weekend than over the working week.
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Post by Fergenaprido » June 2nd, 2018, 9:44 am

Underperformed this month, even with all the available trebles.

1. Il grande silenzio [The Great Silence] (1968) - 7.4 - also Italian and cult challenges
2. Faccia a faccia [Face to Face] (1967) - 7.4 - also Italian and cult challenges
3. Johnny Guitar (1954) - 7.8 - also cult challenge
4. The Tall T (1957) - 7ish

Started A Long Ride from Hell but didn't finish.

As for the discussion, I for one generally post at the end of the challenge... I don't have time to be making minor updates every few days, or even every week. Heck, some months I struggle to get my final update in time. But then, I'm rarely in the running so I suppose it doesn't matter as much.

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Post by hurluberlu » June 2nd, 2018, 9:45 am

Y’all softies, I say we hang him and we hang the host who hasn’t show up in two weeks.

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Seriously, no offence and no need for apologies, it’s a game indeed. The main argument is we should maintain a minimum level of interaction between posters through the form of competing or sharing reviews/ratings gradually over the month, whatever motivates you. Posting a link at the very end is defeating the purpose I think. Then if you are caught by time once, fine but it shouldn’t become a habit.

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