Sorry; haven't checked in here in a while, but thanks again for the stats - and the reminder that it's up to me to watch westerns from as many different countries as possible to inflate your statistics.
So what was I doing in this time? I've been offline for two days due to sickness and work pressure, but I have used my time effectively so that I can present at the same time the following four viewings that simply had to be grouped together:
Four Rios including a John Wayne Trio
1. Pale Rider (1985)
2. The Sun Shines Bright (1953)
3. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
4. A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
5. The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968)
6. The Ridiculous 6 (2015)
7. The Proposition (2005)
8. The Long Riders (1980)
9. The Homesman (2014)
10. Blazing Saddles (1974) REVISION
11. Way Out West (1937) REVISION
12. Evil Roy Slade (1972)
13. The Burrowers (2008)
14. The Ugly Ones (1966)
15. The Toll Gate (1920)
16. Rio Conchos (1964)
The first two thirds here are an up and down ride with definite lulls in between highlights like a laughing Mexican bandit. The final third becomes incredibly interesting though once Edmond O'Brien enters the picture in a deliciously larger-than-life performance, waxing poetic about megalomaniacal plans while strutting about a mansion of sorts and devising all sorts of creative torture methods; the comparison to a Bond villain is inescapable.
17. Rio Grande (1950)
This western gets off to a decent start, exploring the rift between the protagonist and his estranged son: a new recruit stationed with him by chance. The family drama aspect is soon pushed into the background though and with the second half of the film entirely dedicated to warding off the 'evil' and 'barbaric' Apaches, the film gradually grows less compelling. Some of the horseback fights are at least reasonably well done though.
18. Rio Bravo (1959)
The best film that I have seen all year: intense right from the dialogue-free first four minutes with a constant sense of danger and unease in the air; several moments (assassin the rafters; ducking to get keys) are simply breathtaking too. What really elevates Rio Bravo
above the average John Wayne western though is how genuinely funny it also is as Hawks channels in his iconic screwball comedies with great banter between Wayne and Dickinson.
19. Rio Lobo (1970)
Easy enough to confuse with Rio Bravo
due not only to the title but a similar final 20 minutes that are less intense this time round. As for the rest of the film, it is an up and down ride. The movie opens with an exciting and well filmed gold heist, but once it is over, it is nearly 40 minutes in before the plot refocuses with the sudden introduction of Jennifer O'Neill. A dentist is very funny though and Jerry Goldsmith's unusual (for a western) score rocks.