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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » May 20th, 2020, 1:08 am

24.Rango (2011 / Gore Verbinski) FTV 8+/10 {107 m.}
25.Zachariah (1971 / George Englund) FTV 5/10 {93 m.}
26.Lightning Strikes West (1940 / Harry L. Fraser) FTV 6+/10 {55 m.}
27.The Gay Amigo (1949 / Wallace Fox) FTV 6/10 {60 m.}
28.Git Along Little Dogies (1937 / Joseph Kane) FTV 7/10 {67 m.}
29.Sing, Cowboy, Sing (1937 / Robert N. Bradbury) FTV 6/10 {59 m.}
30.Satan’s Cradle (1949 / Ford Beebe) FTV 6/10 {60 m.}

Boot HillShow
1. City Slickers (1991 / Ron Underwood) FTV 7+/10 {113 m. }
2. Dead 7 (2016 / Danny Roew) FTV 7/10 {89 m. }
3. Round-Up Time in Texas (1937 / Joseph Kane) FTV 6+/10 {61 m. }
4. Young Bill Hickok (1940 / Joseph Kane) FTV 7/10 {59 m. }
5. Lights of Old Santa Fe (1944 / Frank McDonald) 6/10 {61 m. }
6. Along Came Jones (1945 / Stuart Heisler) 8/10 {90 m. }
7. Cowboy and the Senorita (1944 / Joseph Kane) 8/10 {78 m. }
8. Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969 / Burt Kennedy) 8/10 {92 m. }
9. Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971 / Burt Kennedy) 8/10 {91 m. }
10. Colorado (1940 / Joseph Kane) 8/10 {57 m. }
11. Deadwood (2019 / Daniel Minahan) FTV 8+/10 {110 m. }
12. Zorro (1975 / Duccio Tessari) FTV 7/10 {124 m. }
13. Boots and Saddles (1937 / Joseph Kane) FTV 7+/10 {58 m. }
14. Annie Get Your Gun (1950 / George Sidney, Busby Berkeley) FTV 8-/10 {107 m. }
15. The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949 / Preston Sturges) 6/10 {77 m. }
16. Good For Nothing (2011 / Mike Wallis) FTV 7/10 {92 m. }
17. The Cherokee Kid (1996 / Paris Barclay) FTV 7/10 {91 m. }
18. Wagons East (1994 / Peter Markle) FTV 6/10 {107 m. }
19. Against a Crooked Sky (1975 / Earl Bellamy) FTV 6/10 {89 m. }
20. The Carson City Kid (1940 / Joseph Kane) 7/10 {57 m. }
21. Home in Oklahoma (1946 / William Witney) FTV 8/10 {72 m.}
22. The Electric Horseman (1979 / Sydney Pollack) FTV 8/10 {121 m.}
23. San Fernando Valley (1944 / John English) FTV 8/10 {74 m.}

24.Rango (2011 / Gore Verbinski) FTV 8+/10 {107 m.}
25.Zachariah (1971 / George Englund) FTV 5/10 {93 m.}
26.Lightning Strikes West (1940 / Harry L. Fraser) FTV 6+/10 {55 m.}
27.The Gay Amigo (1949 / Wallace Fox) FTV 6/10 {60 m.}
28.Git Along Little Dogies (1937 / Joseph Kane) FTV 7/10 {67 m.}
29.Sing, Cowboy, Sing (1937 / Robert N. Bradbury) FTV 6/10 {59 m.}
30.Satan’s Cradle (1949 / Ford Beebe) FTV 6/10 {60 m.}


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17. Hostiles (Scott Cooper, 2017) 7/10

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shugs wrote:
May 18th, 2020, 5:32 pm
AssonFire wrote:
May 17th, 2020, 11:19 pm
31. Texas Kid, Outlaw (Kurt Neumann / 1950) 6/10
32. The Wild West: Billy the Kid (Tim Robinson / 2007) 6/10
The Lone Ranger: Enter the Lone Ranger (George B. Seitz Jr. / 1949) 5/10
33. Cheyenne: Mountain Fortress (Richard L. Bare / 1955) 4/10
Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans: Hawkeye's Homecoming (Sidney Salkow / 1957) 5/10
34. The Stranger Wore a Gun (André DeToth / 1953) 6/10
35. The Left Handed Gun (Arthur Penn / 1958) 4/10
36. Alferd Packer: The Musical (Trey Parker / 1993) 7/10
37. Tombstone (George P. Cosmatos / 1993) 6/10
The SpoilersShow
1. In Old Oklahoma (Albert S. Rogell / 1943) 6/10
A solid but unspectacular tale of John Wayne as a rugged underdog prospecting for oil while navigating a love triangle and business interests with Albert Dekker's uncompromising tycoon. I wonder if the theme of of the unsympathetic capitalist oil magnate pitted against the collectivist poor farmers and Indians would have got made 10 years later, still less with Wayne as the head of the collective. The fact that it was written by women shows in the romantic subplot, which doesn't always blend convincingly with the main story.
2. The Great K & A Train Robbery (Lewis Seiler / 1926) 6/10
Entertaining silent with Tom Mix as a Lone Ranger-like hero foiling robberies on trains passing through the spectacular gorges of the Colorado Rockies. Plenty of impressive in-camera stunts, for which I'd say Mix's horse deserves at least equal credit.
3. Dakota (Joseph Kane / 1945) 5/10
4. Trail Street (Ray Enright / 1947) 5/10
5. The Man from Nevada (Gordon Douglas / 1950) 5/10
6. The Timber (Anthony O'Brien / 2015) 2/10
I chose this purely because I felt like watching something snowy and the screenshots looked pretty good. It succeeds on the snowy factor; it's a exceedingly snowy film. The photography is also decent. It fails on practically all other fronts. Two brothers in some remote mining town are assigned to capture their cracked father from an even remoter mining outpost in order to save their family's home from being foreclosed on. Beyond that I was often uncertain on what was happening or why. It's unnecessarily muddled thanks to clumsy editing, poor blocking and dialogue that's often muffled or fumbled by the actors. When you can make out their speech it's mostly pretentious olde worlde diction, presumably aiming for Shakespearian tragedy. The designer stubble and perfectly coiffed hair are decidedly modern though.
7. The Battle of Elderbush Gulch (D. W. Griffith / 1913) 3/10
Song of the Prairie (Jirí Trnka / 1949) 4/10
Junior Rodeo Daredevils (1949) 3/10
Ride Him, Bosko! (Hugh Harman / 1932) 6/10
8. The Gallopin' Gaucho (Ub Iwerks / 1928) 6/10
The Lonesome Stranger (Lou Lilly / 1940) 3/10
The Wacky Wabbit (Robert Clampett / 1942) 6/10
The Shooting of Dan McGoo (Tex Avery / 1945) 7/10
Wagon Heels (Bob Clampett / 1945) 7/10
Bugs Bunny Rides Again (I. Freleng / 1948) 6/10
Wild and Woody! (Dick Lundy / 1948) 5/10
Texas Tom (Joseph Barbera, William Hanna / 1950) 7/10
9. Drip-Along Daffy (Charles M. Jones / 1951) 6/10
Two Gun Goofy (Jack Kinney / 1952) 5/10
My Little Duckaroo (Charles M. Jones / 1954) 6/10
Posse Cat (Joseph Barbera, William Hanna / 1954) 6/10
The Lone Chipmunks (Jack Kinney / 1954) 5/10
Speedy Gonzales (I. Freleng / 1955) 5/10
A Cowboy Needs a Horse (Bill Justice / 1956) 7/10
Probably the pick of this string of short films. A young boy falling asleep to a lullaby dreams of several brief adventures in the wild west.
Animated in modernist style, not the style of animation I usually like, nor the cutesy style Disney are known for, but it works perfectly here. I could've watched it for far more than the seven minutes it lasts.
Pancho's Hideaway (Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt / 1964) 4/10
Vitamin Pink (Hawley Pratt / 1966) 4/10
10. Frontier Marshal (Allan Dwan / 1939) 6/10
11. Wichita (Jacques Tourneur / 1955) 6/10
12. Tombstone, the Town Too Tough to Die (William C. McGann / 1942) 4/10
13. Appointment with Destiny: Showdown at O.K. Corral (1972) 6/10
The Wild West: The Gunfight at the OK Corral (David Stewart / 2007) 6/10
14. Young Bill Hickok (Joseph Kane / 1940) 4/10
15. Doc (Frank Perry / 1971) 5/10
16. The Plainsman (Cecil B. DeMille / 1936) 6/10
17. They Died with Their Boots On (Raoul Walsh / 1941) 7/10
18. Buffalo Bill (William A. Wellman / 1944) 5/10
19. Annie Get Your Gun (George Sidney / 1950) 4/10
20. Calamity Jane (David Butler / 1953) 6/10
21. Pony Express (Jerry Hopper / 1953) 6/10
22. The Paleface (Norman Z. McLeod / 1948) 5/10
23. City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (Paul Weiland / 1994) 3/10
24. Legends & Lies: George Custer: A General's Reckoning (Kevin R. Hershberger / 2015) 4/10
Tall Tales & Legends: Annie Oakley (Michael Lindsay-Hogg / 1985) 5/10
25. Kansas Raiders (Ray Enright / 1950) 6/10
27. The Long Riders (Walter Hill / 1980) 7/10
28. Thank You Mask Man (Jeff Hale / 1971) 7/10
Horses' Collars (Clyde Bruckman / 1935) 4/10
Uncivil Warriors (Del Lord / 1935) 4/10
City Slickers in Westworld (The Director Brothers / 2017) 4/10
Wire Cutters (Jack Anderson / 2014) 5/10
29. The Texas Rangers (Phil Karlson / 1951) 7/10
30. The Lawless Breed (Raoul Walsh / 1952) 5/10
You're missing watch #26.
Fixed it.

38. Friendly Persuasion (William Wyler / 1956) 5/10
39. Terror in a Texas Town (Joseph Lewis / 1958) 6/10
40. Chisum (Andrew V. McLaglen / 1970) 6/10
41. Wild Bill (Walter Hill / 1995) 8/10
42. Good Day for a Hanging (Nathan Juran / 1959) 6/10
The SpoilersShow
1. In Old Oklahoma (Albert S. Rogell / 1943) 6/10
A solid but unspectacular tale of John Wayne as a rugged underdog prospecting for oil while navigating a love triangle and business interests with Albert Dekker's uncompromising tycoon. I wonder if the theme of of the unsympathetic capitalist oil magnate pitted against the collectivist poor farmers and Indians would have got made 10 years later, still less with Wayne as the head of the collective. The fact that it was written by women shows in the romantic subplot, which doesn't always blend convincingly with the main story.
2. The Great K & A Train Robbery (Lewis Seiler / 1926) 6/10
Entertaining silent with Tom Mix as a Lone Ranger-like hero foiling robberies on trains passing through the spectacular gorges of the Colorado Rockies. Plenty of impressive in-camera stunts, for which I'd say Mix's horse deserves at least equal credit.
3. Dakota (Joseph Kane / 1945) 5/10
4. Trail Street (Ray Enright / 1947) 5/10
5. The Man from Nevada (Gordon Douglas / 1950) 5/10
6. The Timber (Anthony O'Brien / 2015) 2/10
I chose this purely because I felt like watching something snowy and the screenshots looked pretty good. It succeeds on the snowy factor; it's a exceedingly snowy film. The photography is also decent. It fails on practically all other fronts. Two brothers in some remote mining town are assigned to capture their cracked father from an even remoter mining outpost in order to save their family's home from being foreclosed on. Beyond that I was often uncertain on what was happening or why. It's unnecessarily muddled thanks to clumsy editing, poor blocking and dialogue that's often muffled or fumbled by the actors. When you can make out their speech it's mostly pretentious olde worlde diction, presumably aiming for Shakespearian tragedy. The designer stubble and perfectly coiffed hair are decidedly modern though.
7. The Battle of Elderbush Gulch (D. W. Griffith / 1913) 3/10
Song of the Prairie (Jirí Trnka / 1949) 4/10
Junior Rodeo Daredevils (1949) 3/10
Ride Him, Bosko! (Hugh Harman / 1932) 6/10
8. The Gallopin' Gaucho (Ub Iwerks / 1928) 6/10
The Lonesome Stranger (Lou Lilly / 1940) 3/10
The Wacky Wabbit (Robert Clampett / 1942) 6/10
The Shooting of Dan McGoo (Tex Avery / 1945) 7/10
Wagon Heels (Bob Clampett / 1945) 7/10
Bugs Bunny Rides Again (I. Freleng / 1948) 6/10
Wild and Woody! (Dick Lundy / 1948) 5/10
Texas Tom (Joseph Barbera, William Hanna / 1950) 7/10
9. Drip-Along Daffy (Charles M. Jones / 1951) 6/10
Two Gun Goofy (Jack Kinney / 1952) 5/10
My Little Duckaroo (Charles M. Jones / 1954) 6/10
Posse Cat (Joseph Barbera, William Hanna / 1954) 6/10
The Lone Chipmunks (Jack Kinney / 1954) 5/10
Speedy Gonzales (I. Freleng / 1955) 5/10
A Cowboy Needs a Horse (Bill Justice / 1956) 7/10
Probably the pick of this string of short films. A young boy falling asleep to a lullaby dreams of several brief adventures in the wild west.
Animated in modernist style, not the style of animation I usually like, nor the cutesy style Disney are known for, but it works perfectly here. I could've watched it for far more than the seven minutes it lasts.
Pancho's Hideaway (Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt / 1964) 4/10
Vitamin Pink (Hawley Pratt / 1966) 4/10
10. Frontier Marshal (Allan Dwan / 1939) 6/10
11. Wichita (Jacques Tourneur / 1955) 6/10
12. Tombstone, the Town Too Tough to Die (William C. McGann / 1942) 4/10
13. Appointment with Destiny: Showdown at O.K. Corral (1972) 6/10
The Wild West: The Gunfight at the OK Corral (David Stewart / 2007) 6/10
14. Young Bill Hickok (Joseph Kane / 1940) 4/10
15. Doc (Frank Perry / 1971) 5/10
16. The Plainsman (Cecil B. DeMille / 1936) 6/10
17. They Died with Their Boots On (Raoul Walsh / 1941) 7/10
18. Buffalo Bill (William A. Wellman / 1944) 5/10
19. Annie Get Your Gun (George Sidney / 1950) 4/10
20. Calamity Jane (David Butler / 1953) 6/10
21. Pony Express (Jerry Hopper / 1953) 6/10
22. The Paleface (Norman Z. McLeod / 1948) 5/10
23. City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (Paul Weiland / 1994) 3/10
24. Legends & Lies: George Custer: A General's Reckoning (Kevin R. Hershberger / 2015) 4/10
Tall Tales & Legends: Annie Oakley (Michael Lindsay-Hogg / 1985) 5/10
25. Kansas Raiders (Ray Enright / 1950) 6/10
26. Legends & Lies: James "Wild Bill" Hickok: Plains Justice (Kevin R. Hershberger / 2015) 4/10
Legends & Lies: Jesse James: Bloody Politics (Kevin R. Hershberger / 2015) 5/10
27. The Long Riders (Walter Hill / 1980) 7/10
28. Thank You Mask Man (Jeff Hale / 1971) 7/10
Horses' Collars (Clyde Bruckman / 1935) 4/10
Uncivil Warriors (Del Lord / 1935) 4/10
City Slickers in Westworld (The Director Brothers / 2017) 4/10
Wire Cutters (Jack Anderson / 2014) 5/10
29. The Texas Rangers (Phil Karlson / 1951) 7/10
30. The Lawless Breed (Raoul Walsh / 1952) 5/10
31. Texas Kid, Outlaw (Kurt Neumann / 1950) 6/10
32. The Wild West: Billy the Kid (Tim Robinson / 2007) 6/10
The Lone Ranger: Enter the Lone Ranger (George B. Seitz Jr. / 1949) 5/10
33. Cheyenne: Mountain Fortress (Richard L. Bare / 1955) 4/10
Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans: Hawkeye's Homecoming (Sidney Salkow / 1957) 5/10
34. The Stranger Wore a Gun (André DeToth / 1953) 6/10
35. The Left Handed Gun (Arthur Penn / 1958) 4/10
36. Alferd Packer: The Musical (Trey Parker / 1993) 7/10
37. Tombstone (George P. Cosmatos / 1993) 6/10

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How the West Was WonShow
1. One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
2. West and Soda (1965)
3. Rancho Notorious (1952)
4. The Ruthless Four (1968)
5. Man from Del Rio (1956)
6. Silver Lode (1954)
7. Stagecoach (1939)
8. Warlock (1959)
9. Django (1966)
10. 'Doc' (1971)
11. Jubal (1956)
12. Lucky (2017)
13. Dead Birds (2004)
14. Zachariah (1971)
15. McLintock! (1963)
16. Joe Dakota (1957)
17. Goin' South (1978)
18. Silver Spurs (1943)
19. Sky Bandits (1940)
20. Desert Gold (1936)
21. Border Feud (1947)
22. Rollin' Plains (1938)
23. The Shooting (1966)
24. The Big Trail (1930)
25. The Big Show (1936)
26. Something Big (1971)
27. Hang 'Em High (1968)
28. Harmony Trail (1944)
29. Almost Heroes (1998)
30. The Gay Amigo (1949)

31. Hittin' the Trail (1937)

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Interspersed with songs throughout, this never really works up much in the way of tension. There are a couple of cute scenes as Tex Ritter humours a young lad who insists that he is the "the sheriff", though this charm dissipates once the boy gets a chance to sing. Jerry Bergh is quite acceptable as the boy's mother and romantic interest here, but it is a pretty one-note role, with the movie mostly existing to give Ritter a chance to sing and shoot it out.
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Post by sol » May 20th, 2020, 10:16 am

How the West Was WonShow
1. One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
2. West and Soda (1965)
3. Rancho Notorious (1952)
4. The Ruthless Four (1968)
5. Man from Del Rio (1956)
6. Silver Lode (1954)
7. Stagecoach (1939)
8. Warlock (1959)
9. Django (1966)
10. 'Doc' (1971)
11. Jubal (1956)
12. Lucky (2017)
13. Dead Birds (2004)
14. Zachariah (1971)
15. McLintock! (1963)
16. Joe Dakota (1957)
17. Goin' South (1978)
18. Silver Spurs (1943)
19. Sky Bandits (1940)
20. Desert Gold (1936)
21. Border Feud (1947)
22. Rollin' Plains (1938)
23. The Shooting (1966)
24. The Big Trail (1930)
25. The Big Show (1936)
26. Something Big (1971)
27. Hang 'Em High (1968)
28. Harmony Trail (1944)
29. Almost Heroes (1998)
30. The Gay Amigo (1949)
31. Hittin' the Trail (1937)

32. Prairie Rustlers (1945)

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This stars Buster Crabbe in a dual role and the film mounts a decent fistfight scene in which Crabbe brawls with himself thanks to clever framing and choice reaction shots that hide the use of a stunt double. This angle is not quite played up for all that its worth though with very little comedy at the expense of confused identities. Al St. John is electric is as ever though and he is nicely given lots to do here, from bike stunts to falls to tricking Crabbe.
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Post by flavo5000 » May 20th, 2020, 8:49 pm

23. A Man Called Horse (1970)
24. All'ultimo sangue a.k.a. Bury Me Deep (1968)
Headin' on down that dusty trailShow
1. E poi lo chiamarono il magnifico a.k.a. Man of the East (1972)
2. Uninvited (1993)
3. Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973)
4. Bucking Broadway (1917)
5. Die Spinnen, 1. Teil - Der Goldene See a.k.a. The Spiders Chapter 1 (1919)
6. All Hell Broke Loose (2009)
7. California (1947)
8. Condenados a vivir a.k.a. Cut-Throats Nine (1972)
9. El hombre de Río Malo a.k.a. Bad Man's River (1971)
10. The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)
11. Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)
12. The Valley of Gwangi (1969)
13. Rio Lobo (1970)
14. The True Story of Jesse James (1957)
15. Revenge of the Virgins (1959)
16. Cattle Drive (1951)
17. War Arrow (1953)
18. Dead 7 (2016)
19. The Cimarron Kid (1952)
20a. An Eastern Westerner (1920)
20b. His Regeneration (1915)
20c. Orient City: Ronin & The Princess (2017)
21. Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989)
22. Lust in the Dust (1985)
23. A Man Called Horse (1970)
24. All'ultimo sangue a.k.a. Bury Me Deep (1968)

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » May 21st, 2020, 3:34 am

(Screenshots from 'Knight of the Plains' and 'Star in the Dust')

I found a dream in Paradise Valley.
A new world seemed to open its door.
The heavens beamed in Paradise Valley.
Love sent a smile that I've waited for.
(as sung in the briskly enjoyable and charming 'Knight of the Plains'; a film alive with a community energy, a sense of danger and of fun that absolutely overcomes the generic 'B' western limitations)

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11. 'Frontier Days' / 1934, Robert F. Hill / 5/10
12. 'Gun Play' / 1935, Albert Herman / 5/10
13. 'Fast Bullets' / 1936, Harry S. Webb / 5/10
14. 'Knight of the Plains' / 1938, Sam Newfield / 7 or 7.5/10
15. 'Trail of the Yukon' / 1949, William Beaudine / 6/10
16. 'A Lawless Street' / 1955, Joseph H. Lewis / 7.5/10
17. 'Ten Wanted Men' / 1955, H. Bruce Humberstone / 5/10
18. 'Star in the Dust' / 1956, Charles F. Haas / 8.5/10
19. 'Seven Ways from Sundown' / 1960, Harry Keller / 7/10
20. 'One More Train to Rob' / 1971, Andrew V. McLaglen / 6/10

Singer Terry Gilkyson, acting as a one-man Greek chorus on an impending hanging in a small-town, with his take on the old folk song ''Sam Hall''; 'Star in the Dust' proves to be a lurid and unforgiving western and compellingly structured over the course of a fateful day, from sun-up to sundown.

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Post by shugs » May 21st, 2020, 10:07 am

Second batch of stats coming in about 12 hours. :banana:

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Post by Obgeoff » May 21st, 2020, 10:49 am

14. Pursued (1947, Walsh) 7
15. Two Rode Together (1961, Ford) 7
16. Run of the Arrow (1957, Fuller) 8
17. The Big Trail (1930, Walsh/Loeffler) 8
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Post by sol » May 21st, 2020, 10:58 am

shugs wrote:
May 21st, 2020, 10:07 am
Second batch of stats coming in about 12 hours. :banana:
Should be a lot more interesting this time with more overlapping watches between users than was the case earlier on. Still not sure if psychotronicbeatnik saw Zachariah because of me, or whether we just share similarly oddball tastes for the film to be in both our watchlists. :D
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Post by sol » May 21st, 2020, 11:01 am

How the West Was WonShow
1. One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
2. West and Soda (1965)
3. Rancho Notorious (1952)
4. The Ruthless Four (1968)
5. Man from Del Rio (1956)
6. Silver Lode (1954)
7. Stagecoach (1939)
8. Warlock (1959)
9. Django (1966)
10. 'Doc' (1971)
11. Jubal (1956)
12. Lucky (2017)
13. Dead Birds (2004)
14. Zachariah (1971)
15. McLintock! (1963)
16. Joe Dakota (1957)
17. Goin' South (1978)
18. Silver Spurs (1943)
19. Sky Bandits (1940)
20. Desert Gold (1936)
21. Border Feud (1947)
22. Rollin' Plains (1938)
23. The Shooting (1966)
24. The Big Trail (1930)
25. The Big Show (1936)
26. Something Big (1971)
27. Hang 'Em High (1968)
28. Harmony Trail (1944)
29. Almost Heroes (1998)
30. The Gay Amigo (1949)
31. Hittin' the Trail (1937)
32. Prairie Rustlers (1945)

33. Cattle Stampede (1943)

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Buster Crabbe is never too engaging here, but Al St. John has plenty of fun moments as his travelling companion, stealthily dodging and befuddling his opponents in fights - and a good shot too. Frances Gladwin also makes for a feistier than usual love interest for a film of this sort, suspicious of Crabbe's motives throughout and always prepared to speak her mind. The film does not quite give St. John and Gladwin the screen time they deserve though.
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Post by Obgeoff » May 21st, 2020, 2:33 pm

18. Canyon Passage (1946, Tourneur) 7
19. Westworld (1973, Crichton) 7
20. Track of the Cat (1954, Wellman) 7
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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » May 21st, 2020, 3:54 pm

sol wrote:
May 21st, 2020, 10:58 am
shugs wrote:
May 21st, 2020, 10:07 am
Second batch of stats coming in about 12 hours. :banana:
Should be a lot more interesting this time with more overlapping watches between users than was the case earlier on. Still not sure if psychotronicbeatnik saw Zachariah because of me, or whether we just share similarly oddball tastes for the film to be in both our watchlists. :D
Just similar oddball tastes, I think, although I notice we hit a lot of titles around the same time. Zachariah was actually in my watchlist for the last two western challenges but I never got around to watching it until now. The double with comedy finally made it irresistible.

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Post by blocho » May 21st, 2020, 4:20 pm

9. Al Este del Oeste (1984)
This was decent. A Western farce with elements of slapstick and sex comedy. Some good laughs and general silliness, though it did grow a bit tiresome after an hour. Wherever did Max find this one?

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » May 21st, 2020, 5:22 pm

31.Home on the Range (2004 / Will Finn, John Sanford) FTV 6/10 {76 m.}
32. The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975 / Norman Tokar) 6/10 {100 m. }
33.Springtime in the Sierras (1947 / William Witney) FTV 8/10 {75 m.}
34.Man From Music Mountain (1938 / Joseph Kane) FTV 7/10 {58 m.}
35.Oh, Susanna! (1936 / Joseph Kane) FTV 7/10 {59 m.}
36.The Old Barn Dance (1938 / Joseph Kane) FTV 7/10 {60 m.}

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1. City Slickers (1991 / Ron Underwood) FTV 7+/10 {113 m. }
2. Dead 7 (2016 / Danny Roew) FTV 7/10 {89 m. }
3. Round-Up Time in Texas (1937 / Joseph Kane) FTV 6+/10 {61 m. }
4. Young Bill Hickok (1940 / Joseph Kane) FTV 7/10 {59 m. }
5. Lights of Old Santa Fe (1944 / Frank McDonald) 6/10 {61 m. }
6. Along Came Jones (1945 / Stuart Heisler) 8/10 {90 m. }
7. Cowboy and the Senorita (1944 / Joseph Kane) 8/10 {78 m. }
8. Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969 / Burt Kennedy) 8/10 {92 m. }
9. Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971 / Burt Kennedy) 8/10 {91 m. }
10. Colorado (1940 / Joseph Kane) 8/10 {57 m. }
11. Deadwood (2019 / Daniel Minahan) FTV 8+/10 {110 m. }
12. Zorro (1975 / Duccio Tessari) FTV 7/10 {124 m. }
13. Boots and Saddles (1937 / Joseph Kane) FTV 7+/10 {58 m. }
14. Annie Get Your Gun (1950 / George Sidney, Busby Berkeley) FTV 8-/10 {107 m. }
15. The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949 / Preston Sturges) 6/10 {77 m. }
16. Good For Nothing (2011 / Mike Wallis) FTV 7/10 {92 m. }
17. The Cherokee Kid (1996 / Paris Barclay) FTV 7/10 {91 m. }
18. Wagons East (1994 / Peter Markle) FTV 6/10 {107 m. }
19. Against a Crooked Sky (1975 / Earl Bellamy) FTV 6/10 {89 m. }
20. The Carson City Kid (1940 / Joseph Kane) 7/10 {57 m. }
21. Home in Oklahoma (1946 / William Witney) FTV 8/10 {72 m.}
22. The Electric Horseman (1979 / Sydney Pollack) FTV 8/10 {121 m.}
23. San Fernando Valley (1944 / John English) FTV 8/10 {74 m.}
24.Rango (2011 / Gore Verbinski) FTV 8+/10 {107 m.}
25.Zachariah (1971 / George Englund) FTV 5/10 {93 m.}
26.Lightning Strikes West (1940 / Harry L. Fraser) FTV 6+/10 {55 m.}
27.The Gay Amigo (1949 / Wallace Fox) FTV 6/10 {60 m.}
28.Git Along Little Dogies (1937 / Joseph Kane) FTV 7/10 {67 m.}
29.Sing, Cowboy, Sing (1937 / Robert N. Bradbury) FTV 6/10 {59 m.}
30.Satan’s Cradle (1949 / Ford Beebe) FTV 6/10 {60 m.}

31.Home on the Range (2004 / Will Finn, John Sanford) FTV 6/10 {76 m.}
32. The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975 / Norman Tokar) 6/10 {100 m. }
33.Springtime in the Sierras (1947 / William Witney) FTV 8/10 {75 m.}
34.Man From Music Mountain (1938 / Joseph Kane) FTV 7/10 {58 m.}
35.Oh, Susanna! (1936 / Joseph Kane) FTV 7/10 {59 m.}
36.The Old Barn Dance (1938 / Joseph Kane) FTV 7/10 {60 m.}

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Post by blueboybob » May 21st, 2020, 6:05 pm

47. Great Day in the Morning (1956)
48. Cowboy (1958)
49. The Beguiled (1971)
50. Across the Wide Missouri (1951)

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Post by maxwelldeux » May 21st, 2020, 7:56 pm

blocho wrote:
May 21st, 2020, 4:20 pm
9. Al Este del Oeste (1984)
This was decent. A Western farce with elements of slapstick and sex comedy. Some good laughs and general silliness, though it did grow a bit tiresome after an hour. Wherever did Max find this one?
I did a search for Comedy/Westerns from Spain and grabbed the first one that looked truly Spanish. I kinda liked it.

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Post by shugs » May 21st, 2020, 7:58 pm

9. Se sei vivo spara [Django Kill… If You Live, Shoot!] (Giulio Questi, 1967) - 7/10
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1. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Stanley Donen, 1954) - 7/10
2. Per un pugno di dollari [A Fistful of Dollars] (Sergio Leone, 1964) - 8/10 REWATCH
3. Per qualche dollaro in più [For a Few Dollars More] (Sergio Leone, 1965) - 8/10 REWATCH
4. Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, 1995) - 7/10
5. Honkytonk Man (Clint Eastwood, 1982) - 8/10
6. The Outlaw (Howard Hughes, Howard Hawks, 1943) - 5/10
7. The Gunfighter (Henry King, 1950) - 7/10
8. Preparati la bara! [Django, Prepare a Coffin] (Ferdinando Baldi, 1968) - 8/10

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Post by shugs » May 21st, 2020, 8:50 pm

Stats! They include only features, no shorts, miniseries or TV episodes.

So far, there are 30 people participating in the challenge. A total of 391 points have been accumulated, for an average of 13.03 points per user.
There have been 324 unique films watched.

Things started moving since the last batch of stats. :D

MOST WATCHED MOVIES
There are 5 movies that have been watched 3 times.
Most Watched MoviesShow
FilmDirectorYearCountryWatches
Al este del oesteMariano Ozores1984Spain3
Il ritorno di RingoDuccio Tessari1965Italy, Spain3
The Apple Dumpling GangNorman Tokar1975USA3
The Long RidersWalter Hill1980USA3
The PalefaceNorman Z. McLeod1948USA3
'Doc'Frank Perry1971USA2
3:10 to YumaJames Mangold2007USA2
Alferd Packer: The MusicalTrey Parker1993USA2
Annie Get Your GunGeorge Sidney, Busby Berkeley1950USA2
BrimstoneMartin Koolhoven2016Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, UK, USA2
City SlickersRon Underwood1991USA2
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's GoldPaul Weiland1994USA2
Condenados a vivirJoaquín Luis Romero Marchent1972Spain2
CowboyDelmer Daves1958USA2
Dead 7Danny Roew2016USA2
DeadwoodDaniel Minahan2019USA2
Destry Rides AgainGeorge Marshall1939USA2
Die Spinnen, 1. Teil - Der Goldene SeeFritz Lang1919Germany2
DjangoSergio Corbucci1966Italy, Spain2
Gunfight at the O.K. CorralJohn Sturges1957USA2
I quattro dell'Ave MariaGiuseppe Colizzi1968Italy2
Il mercenarioSergio Corbucci1968Italy, Spain, USA2
Little Big ManArthur Penn1970USA2
Lonesome CowboysAndy Warhol, Paul Morrissey1968USA2
McLintock!Andrew V. McLaglen1963USA2
Montana BelleAllan Dwan1952USA2
My Darling ClementineJohn Ford1946USA2
Ognuno per séGiorgio Capitani1968Italy, West Germany2
One-Eyed JacksMarlon Brando1961USA2
PursuedRaoul Walsh1947USA2
Se sei vivo sparaGiulio Questi1967Italy, Spain2
Support Your Local GunfighterBurt Kennedy1971USA2
Support Your Local Sheriff!Burt Kennedy1969USA2
Terror in a Texas TownJoseph H. Lewis1958USA2
The Big TrailRaoul Walsh, Louis R. Loeffler1930USA2
The Electric HorsemanSydney Pollack1979USA2
The Gay AmigoWallace Fox1949USA2
The Last WagonDelmer Daves1956USA2
The ShootingMonte Hellman1966USA2
The ShootistDon Siegel1976USA2
The TrackerRolf de Heer2002Australia2
The WesternerWilliam Wyler1940USA2
The Wonderful CountryRobert Parrish1959USA2
Two Rode TogetherJohn Ford1961USA2
Una pistola per RingoDuccio Tessari1965Italy, Spain2
Vamos a matar, compañerosSergio Corbucci1970Italy, Spain, West Germany2
Viva Maria!Louis Malle1965France, Italy2
WarlockEdward Dmytryk1959USA2
WichitaJacques Tourneur1955USA2
Young Bill HickokJoseph Kane1940USA2
ZachariahGeorge Englund1971USA2



MOST WATCHED DIRECTORS
Joseph Kane takes the lead as the most watched director, with 14 movies. Same as in the last year's challenge!
Most Watched DirectorsShow
DirectorWatchesFilms
Joseph Kane15
John Ford9
Raoul Walsh9
Sergio Corbucci9
6 MoviesShow
Andrew V. McLaglen7
6 MoviesShow
Delmer Daves7
5 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
Broken Arrow19501
The Last Wagon19562
Jubal19561
Cowboy19582
The Hanging Tree19591
Duccio Tessari6
3 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
Il ritorno di Ringo19653
Una pistola per Ringo19652
Zorro19751
Allan Dwan5
4 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
Frontier Marshal19391
Montana Belle19522
Passion19541
Silver Lode19541
Burt Kennedy5
George Marshall5
4 MoviesShow
Jacques Tourneur5
4 MoviesShow
William A. Wellman5
Don Siegel4
3 MoviesShow
John Sturges4
Walter Hill4
2 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
The Long Riders19803
Wild Bill19951
William Witney4
4 MoviesShow
Albert Herman3
3 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
Gun Play19351
Outlaws of the Range19361
Rollin' Plains19381
André De Toth3
3 MoviesShow
Arthur Penn3
2 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
The Left Handed Gun19581
Little Big Man19702
Clint Eastwood3
3 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
High Plains Drifter19731
Honkytonk Man19821
Pale Rider19851
Edward Dmytryk3
2 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
The Hawk19351
Warlock19592
Ford Beebe3
3 MoviesShow
Fritz Lang3
2 MoviesShow
George Sherman3
3 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
Black Bart19481
War Arrow19531
Hell Bent for Leather19601
Giuseppe Colizzi3
2 MoviesShow
Henry Hathaway3
3 MoviesShow
Howard Hawks3
3 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
The Outlaw19431
Red River19481
Rio Lobo19701
Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent3
2 MoviesShow
Joseph H. Lewis3
2 MoviesShow
Kurt Neumann3
3 MoviesShow
Mariano Ozores3
1 MovieShow
NameYearWatches
Al este del oeste19843
Norman Tokar3
1 MovieShow
NameYearWatches
The Apple Dumpling Gang19753
Norman Z. McLeod3
1 MovieShow
NameYearWatches
The Paleface19483
Robert Aldrich3
3 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
Apache19541
The Last Sunset19611
Ulzana's Raid19721
Sam Newfield3
3 MoviesShow
William Wyler3
2 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
The Westerner19402
Friendly Persuasion19561
Andy Warhol2
1 MovieShow
NameYearWatches
Lonesome Cowboys19682
Anthony Mann2
2 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
The Far Country19541
Man of the West19581
Budd Boetticher2
2 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
The Cimarron Kid19521
The Tall T19571
Busby Berkeley2
1 MovieShow
NameYearWatches
Annie Get Your Gun19502
Cecil B. DeMille2
2 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
The Plainsman19361
Union Pacific19391
Daniel Minahan2
1 MovieShow
NameYearWatches
Deadwood20192
Danny Roew2
1 MovieShow
NameYearWatches
Dead 720162
Edward Killy2
2 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
Nevada19441
West of the Pecos19451
Eugenio Martín2
Ferdinando Baldi2
2 MoviesShow
Frank Perry2
1 MovieShow
NameYearWatches
'Doc'19712
George Archainbaud2
2 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
The Silver Horde19301
False Colors19431
George Englund2
1 MovieShow
NameYearWatches
Zachariah19712
George Sidney2
1 MovieShow
NameYearWatches
Annie Get Your Gun19502
Giorgio Capitani2
1 MovieShow
NameYearWatches
Ognuno per sé19682
Giulio Questi2
1 MovieShow
NameYearWatches
Se sei vivo spara19672
Harry S. Webb2
2 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
The Cactus Kid19351
Fast Bullets19361
Henry King2
2 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
The Gunfighter19501
The Bravados19581
Henry MacRae2
2 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
Wild Beauty19271
King of the Rodeo19291
Hugo Fregonese2
2 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
Untamed Frontier19521
The Raid19541
James Mangold2
1 MovieShow
NameYearWatches
3:10 to Yuma20072
Louis Malle2
1 MovieShow
NameYearWatches
Viva Maria!19652
Louis R. Loeffler2
1 MovieShow
NameYearWatches
The Big Trail19302
Marlon Brando2
1 MovieShow
NameYearWatches
One-Eyed Jacks19612
Martin Koolhoven2
1 MovieShow
NameYearWatches
Brimstone20162
Melvin Frank2
2 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
Callaway Went Thataway19511
The Jayhawkers!19591
Michele Lupo2
2 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
Arizona Colt19661
California19771
Monte Hellman2
1 MovieShow
NameYearWatches
The Shooting19662
Paul Morrissey2
1 MovieShow
NameYearWatches
Lonesome Cowboys19682
Paul Weiland2
1 MovieShow
Ray Enright2
2 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
Trail Street19471
Kansas Raiders19501
Richard Bartlett2
2 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
Slim Carter19571
Joe Dakota19571
Richard Thorpe2
2 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
The Utah Kid19301
How the West Was Won19621
Robert F. Hill2
2 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
Frontier Days19341
Rip Roarin' Buckaroo19361
Robert N. Bradbury2
2 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
Sing, Cowboy, Sing19371
Hittin' the Trail19371
Robert Parrish2
1 MovieShow
NameYearWatches
The Wonderful Country19592
Rolf de Heer2
1 MovieShow
NameYearWatches
The Tracker20022
Ron Underwood2
1 MovieShow
NameYearWatches
City Slickers19912
Sam Peckinpah2
2 MoviesShow
Samuel Fuller2
2 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
Run of the Arrow19571
The Deadly Trackers19731
Sergio Leone2
2 MoviesShow
Sergio Sollima2
2 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
La resa dei conti19661
Corri uomo corri19681
Sidney Salkow2
2 MoviesShow
NameYearWatches
Gun Duel in Durango19571
The Quick Gun19641
Sydney Pollack2
1 MovieShow
NameYearWatches
The Electric Horseman19792
Trey Parker2
1 MovieShow
NameYearWatches
Alferd Packer: The Musical19932
Wallace Fox2
1 MovieShow
NameYearWatches
The Gay Amigo19492



MOST WATCHED GENRES
Western is still the most watched genre.
Most Watched GenresShow
GenreWatches
Western374
Drama119
Comedy118
Romance108
Action95
Adventure86
Music28
Thriller22
Biography18
Crime16
War16
Family13
Mystery11
History9
Horror9
Musical9
Fantasy4
Animation3
Sci-Fi3
Documentary1
Sport1



MOST WATCHED COUNTRIES
USA is the most watched country.
Most Watched CountriesShow
CountryWatches
USA314
Italy51
Spain39
France13
UK9
West Germany7
Germany6
Belgium4
Mexico4
Sweden3
Australia2
Netherlands2
New Zealand2
Brazil1
Canada1
Denmark1
Greece1
India1
Japan1
South Africa1
Turkey1



MOST WATCHED YEARS
1965 is the most watched year, with 15 watches.
Most Watched YearsShow
YearWatches
196515
195713
196813
197013
195811
194010
195910
196610
197110
19549
19699



DECADE DISTRIBUTION
The 1950s, followed by the 1960s and 1970s are the most watched decades.
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Post by AB537 » May 22nd, 2020, 4:05 am

18. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, 1962) 10/10

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Post by flavo5000 » May 22nd, 2020, 12:32 pm

25. Powder Burns (1971)
26. Speedy Gonzales - noin 7 veljeksen poika (1970)
Headin' on down that dusty trailShow
1. E poi lo chiamarono il magnifico a.k.a. Man of the East (1972)
2. Uninvited (1993)
3. Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973)
4. Bucking Broadway (1917)
5. Die Spinnen, 1. Teil - Der Goldene See a.k.a. The Spiders Chapter 1 (1919)
6. All Hell Broke Loose (2009)
7. California (1947)
8. Condenados a vivir a.k.a. Cut-Throats Nine (1972)
9. El hombre de Río Malo a.k.a. Bad Man's River (1971)
10. The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)
11. Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)
12. The Valley of Gwangi (1969)
13. Rio Lobo (1970)
14. The True Story of Jesse James (1957)
15. Revenge of the Virgins (1959)
16. Cattle Drive (1951)
17. War Arrow (1953)
18. Dead 7 (2016)
19. The Cimarron Kid (1952)
20a. An Eastern Westerner (1920)
20b. His Regeneration (1915)
20c. Orient City: Ronin & The Princess (2017)
21. Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989)
22. Lust in the Dust (1985)
23. A Man Called Horse (1970)
24. All'ultimo sangue a.k.a. Bury Me Deep (1968)
25. Powder Burns (1971)
26. Speedy Gonzales - noin 7 veljeksen poika (1970)

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » May 22nd, 2020, 1:24 pm

10. El Dorado (1967, Howard Hawks): 6.2 - A disappointment this, it's basically Hawks and Wayne trying but failing to rehash the magic of Rio Bravo. The banter just isn't as good. Although Caan and Mitchum do a nice job, the rapport in the gang isn't a great.
11. Se incontri Sartana prega per la tua morte [If You Meet Sartana Pray for Your Death] (1968, Gianfranco Parolini): 6.8 - The only thing higher in this than the amount of double crosses is the body count; i.e. a spaghetti Western with a nonsensical plot but an enjoyable amount of action.
12. Sono Sartana, il vostro becchino [ I Am Sartana, Your Angel of Death] (1969, Giuliano Carnimeo): 6.5 - The second entry is again enjoyable, but the plot is even more overly complicated with way too many characters.
13. C'è Sartana... vendi la pistola e comprati la bara [ I Am Sartana, Trade Your Guns for a Coffin] (1970, Giuliano Carnimeo): 6.8 - George Hilton replaces Garko as Sartana in this entry in the franchise. While he doesn't live up to Garko, the plot is tighter and therefore better, the action better directed and the movie is more humorous.
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1. Jonah Hex (2010, Jimmy Hayward): 5.8
2. My Darling Clementine (1946, John Ford) rewatch: 7.8 > 8.0
3. The Last Wagon (1956, Delmer Daves): 6.0 -
4. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957, John Sturges): 6.0 -
5. The Bravados (1958, Henry King): 7.8
6. High Noon (1952, Fred Zinnemann) rewatch: 7.5 > 8.0
7. Day of the Outlaw (1959, André De Toth) rewatch: 7.5 > 8.2
8. How the West Was Won (1962, John Ford, George Marshall, Richard Thorpe and Henry Hathaway): 6.2
9. The Professionals (1966, Richard Brooks): 7.8

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Post by Obgeoff » May 22nd, 2020, 2:26 pm

21. Go West (1925, Keaton) 7
22. Friendly Persuasion (1956, Wyler) 7
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Post by sol » May 22nd, 2020, 4:06 pm

shugs wrote:
May 21st, 2020, 8:50 pm
Stats! They include only features, no shorts, miniseries or TV episodes.
Interesting genre stats, though I guess there's a reason why "Drama" might (for the very first time?) not be one of the top two genres this month. :ermm:
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Post by sol » May 22nd, 2020, 4:08 pm

How the West Was WonShow
1. One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
2. West and Soda (1965)
3. Rancho Notorious (1952)
4. The Ruthless Four (1968)
5. Man from Del Rio (1956)
6. Silver Lode (1954)
7. Stagecoach (1939)
8. Warlock (1959)
9. Django (1966)
10. 'Doc' (1971)
11. Jubal (1956)
12. Lucky (2017)
13. Dead Birds (2004)
14. Zachariah (1971)
15. McLintock! (1963)
16. Joe Dakota (1957)
17. Goin' South (1978)
18. Silver Spurs (1943)
19. Sky Bandits (1940)
20. Desert Gold (1936)
21. Border Feud (1947)
22. Rollin' Plains (1938)
23. The Shooting (1966)
24. The Big Trail (1930)
25. The Big Show (1936)
26. Something Big (1971)
27. Hang 'Em High (1968)
28. Harmony Trail (1944)
29. Almost Heroes (1998)
30. The Gay Amigo (1949)
31. Hittin' the Trail (1937)
32. Prairie Rustlers (1945)
33. Cattle Stampede (1943)

34. Ride 'em, Cowgirl (1939)

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » May 22nd, 2020, 9:11 pm

37. Bells of San Angelo (1947 /William Witney) FTV 7/10 {78 m.}
38. The King and Four Queens (1956 / Raoul Walsh) FTV 7+/10 {86 m.}
39. Hot Lead and Cold Feet (1978 / Robert Butler) FTV 6/10 {90 m.}
40. Winds of the Wasteland (1936 / Mack V. Wright) FTV 7/10 {56 m.}

Boot HillShow
1. City Slickers (1991 / Ron Underwood) FTV 7+/10 {113 m. }
2. Dead 7 (2016 / Danny Roew) FTV 7/10 {89 m. }
3. Round-Up Time in Texas (1937 / Joseph Kane) FTV 6+/10 {61 m. }
4. Young Bill Hickok (1940 / Joseph Kane) FTV 7/10 {59 m. }
5. Lights of Old Santa Fe (1944 / Frank McDonald) 6/10 {61 m. }
6. Along Came Jones (1945 / Stuart Heisler) 8/10 {90 m. }
7. Cowboy and the Senorita (1944 / Joseph Kane) 8/10 {78 m. }
8. Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969 / Burt Kennedy) 8/10 {92 m. }
9. Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971 / Burt Kennedy) 8/10 {91 m. }
10. Colorado (1940 / Joseph Kane) 8/10 {57 m. }
11. Deadwood (2019 / Daniel Minahan) FTV 8+/10 {110 m. }
12. Zorro (1975 / Duccio Tessari) FTV 7/10 {124 m. }
13. Boots and Saddles (1937 / Joseph Kane) FTV 7+/10 {58 m. }
14. Annie Get Your Gun (1950 / George Sidney, Busby Berkeley) FTV 8-/10 {107 m. }
15. The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949 / Preston Sturges) 6/10 {77 m. }
16. Good For Nothing (2011 / Mike Wallis) FTV 7/10 {92 m. }
17. The Cherokee Kid (1996 / Paris Barclay) FTV 7/10 {91 m. }
18. Wagons East (1994 / Peter Markle) FTV 6/10 {107 m. }
19. Against a Crooked Sky (1975 / Earl Bellamy) FTV 6/10 {89 m. }
20. The Carson City Kid (1940 / Joseph Kane) 7/10 {57 m. }
21. Home in Oklahoma (1946 / William Witney) FTV 8/10 {72 m.}
22. The Electric Horseman (1979 / Sydney Pollack) FTV 8/10 {121 m.}
23. San Fernando Valley (1944 / John English) FTV 8/10 {74 m.}
24. Rango (2011 / Gore Verbinski) FTV 8+/10 {107 m.}
25. Zachariah (1971 / George Englund) FTV 5/10 {93 m.}
26. Lightning Strikes West (1940 / Harry L. Fraser) FTV 6+/10 {55 m.}
27. The Gay Amigo (1949 / Wallace Fox) FTV 6/10 {60 m.}
28. Git Along Little Dogies (1937 / Joseph Kane) FTV 7/10 {67 m.}
29. Sing, Cowboy, Sing (1937 / Robert N. Bradbury) FTV 6/10 {59 m.}
30 .Satan’s Cradle (1949 / Ford Beebe) FTV 6/10 {60 m.}
31. Home on the Range (2004 / Will Finn, John Sanford) FTV 6/10 {76 m.}
32. The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975 / Norman Tokar) 6/10 {100 m. }
33. Springtime in the Sierras (1947 / William Witney) FTV 8/10 {75 m.}
34. Man From Music Mountain (1938 / Joseph Kane) FTV 7/10 {58 m.}
35. Oh, Susanna! (1936 / Joseph Kane) FTV 7/10 {59 m.}
36. The Old Barn Dance (1938 / Joseph Kane) FTV 7/10 {60 m.}

37. Bells of San Angelo (1947 /William Witney) FTV 7/10 {78 m.}
38. The King and Four Queens (1956 / Raoul Walsh) FTV 7+/10 {86 m.}
39. Hot Lead and Cold Feet (1978 / Robert Butler) FTV 6/10 {90 m.}
40. Winds of the Wasteland (1936 / Mack V. Wright) FTV 7/10 {56 m.}

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Post by blueboybob » May 22nd, 2020, 11:43 pm

51. Blindman (1971)
52. Ehi amico... c'è Sabata. Hai chiuso! (1969)
53. 10,000 dollari per un massacro (1967)
54. E Dio disse a Caino... (1970)

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Post by sol » May 23rd, 2020, 3:45 am

How the West Was WonShow
1. One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
2. West and Soda (1965)
3. Rancho Notorious (1952)
4. The Ruthless Four (1968)
5. Man from Del Rio (1956)
6. Silver Lode (1954)
7. Stagecoach (1939)
8. Warlock (1959)
9. Django (1966)
10. 'Doc' (1971)
11. Jubal (1956)
12. Lucky (2017)
13. Dead Birds (2004)
14. Zachariah (1971)
15. McLintock! (1963)
16. Joe Dakota (1957)
17. Goin' South (1978)
18. Silver Spurs (1943)
19. Sky Bandits (1940)
20. Desert Gold (1936)
21. Border Feud (1947)
22. Rollin' Plains (1938)
23. The Shooting (1966)
24. The Big Trail (1930)
25. The Big Show (1936)
26. Something Big (1971)
27. Hang 'Em High (1968)
28. Harmony Trail (1944)
29. Almost Heroes (1998)
30. The Gay Amigo (1949)
31. Hittin' the Trail (1937)
32. Prairie Rustlers (1945)
33. Cattle Stampede (1943)
34. Ride 'em, Cowgirl (1939)

35. Take Me to Town (1953)

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Daringly escaping custody on a moving train in the opening scene, Ann Sheridan is perfectly feisty as the female protagonist and her bonding with the young boys always feels real despite her ulterior motives. Alas, the film dials up its cutesiness way too high with far too many jokes at the expense of what the kids do. It actually reaches the point that Sterling Hayden feels completely wooden as their father by contrast, and thus the romance fails.
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Post by sol » May 23rd, 2020, 8:02 am

How the West Was WonShow
1. One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
2. West and Soda (1965)
3. Rancho Notorious (1952)
4. The Ruthless Four (1968)
5. Man from Del Rio (1956)
6. Silver Lode (1954)
7. Stagecoach (1939)
8. Warlock (1959)
9. Django (1966)
10. 'Doc' (1971)
11. Jubal (1956)
12. Lucky (2017)
13. Dead Birds (2004)
14. Zachariah (1971)
15. McLintock! (1963)
16. Joe Dakota (1957)
17. Goin' South (1978)
18. Silver Spurs (1943)
19. Sky Bandits (1940)
20. Desert Gold (1936)
21. Border Feud (1947)
22. Rollin' Plains (1938)
23. The Shooting (1966)
24. The Big Trail (1930)
25. The Big Show (1936)
26. Something Big (1971)
27. Hang 'Em High (1968)
28. Harmony Trail (1944)
29. Almost Heroes (1998)
30. The Gay Amigo (1949)
31. Hittin' the Trail (1937)
32. Prairie Rustlers (1945)
33. Cattle Stampede (1943)
34. Ride 'em, Cowgirl (1939)
35. Take Me to Town (1953)

36. Gumby: The Movie (1995)

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Spun off from the classic claymation television show, this feature film maintains the delightfully surreal vibe of the show with its clay characters sliding in and out of books, colliding and merging with one another, and distorting themselves into odd shapes. The plot has some very outlandish elements too, including robot clones and an Empire Strikes Back homage. There are some very funny bits too; most notably, a robot waiter with loose circuits.
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Post by flavo5000 » May 23rd, 2020, 12:27 pm

27. Death Collector (1988)
28. Treasure of Matecumbe (1976)
Headin' on down that dusty trailShow
1. E poi lo chiamarono il magnifico a.k.a. Man of the East (1972)
2. Uninvited (1993)
3. Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973)
4. Bucking Broadway (1917)
5. Die Spinnen, 1. Teil - Der Goldene See a.k.a. The Spiders Chapter 1 (1919)
6. All Hell Broke Loose (2009)
7. California (1947)
8. Condenados a vivir a.k.a. Cut-Throats Nine (1972)
9. El hombre de Río Malo a.k.a. Bad Man's River (1971)
10. The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)
11. Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)
12. The Valley of Gwangi (1969)
13. Rio Lobo (1970)
14. The True Story of Jesse James (1957)
15. Revenge of the Virgins (1959)
16. Cattle Drive (1951)
17. War Arrow (1953)
18. Dead 7 (2016)
19. The Cimarron Kid (1952)
20a. An Eastern Westerner (1920)
20b. His Regeneration (1915)
20c. Orient City: Ronin & The Princess (2017)
21. Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989)
22. Lust in the Dust (1985)
23. A Man Called Horse (1970)
24. All'ultimo sangue a.k.a. Bury Me Deep (1968)
25. Powder Burns (1971)
26. Speedy Gonzales - noin 7 veljeksen poika (1970)
27. Death Collector (1988)
28. Treasure of Matecumbe (1976)

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Post by blueboybob » May 23rd, 2020, 1:32 pm

55. Mannaja (1977)
56. Le colt cantarono la morte e fu... tempo di massacro (1966)
57. La taglia è tua... l'uomo l'ammazzo io (1969)

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Post by sol » May 23rd, 2020, 2:33 pm

How the West Was WonShow
1. One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
2. West and Soda (1965)
3. Rancho Notorious (1952)
4. The Ruthless Four (1968)
5. Man from Del Rio (1956)
6. Silver Lode (1954)
7. Stagecoach (1939)
8. Warlock (1959)
9. Django (1966)
10. 'Doc' (1971)
11. Jubal (1956)
12. Lucky (2017)
13. Dead Birds (2004)
14. Zachariah (1971)
15. McLintock! (1963)
16. Joe Dakota (1957)
17. Goin' South (1978)
18. Silver Spurs (1943)
19. Sky Bandits (1940)
20. Desert Gold (1936)
21. Border Feud (1947)
22. Rollin' Plains (1938)
23. The Shooting (1966)
24. The Big Trail (1930)
25. The Big Show (1936)
26. Something Big (1971)
27. Hang 'Em High (1968)
28. Harmony Trail (1944)
29. Almost Heroes (1998)
30. The Gay Amigo (1949)
31. Hittin' the Trail (1937)
32. Prairie Rustlers (1945)
33. Cattle Stampede (1943)
34. Ride 'em, Cowgirl (1939)
35. Take Me to Town (1953)
36. Gumby: The Movie (1995)

37. Colorado Sundown (1952)

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Above average as far as singing cowboy westerns go, this benefits from a more complex plot than usual involving multiple heirs to a vast estate, a plot to deceive the heirs into selling the land at less than what it is worth, and a plot to murder and impersonate a tree expert. Such an intricate story though makes the comedy and songs feel a little off. A goofy Slim Pickens is a lot of fun, however, talking to his watch/locket and kicked by goats.
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Post by sol » May 23rd, 2020, 4:00 pm

How the West Was WonShow
1. One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
2. West and Soda (1965)
3. Rancho Notorious (1952)
4. The Ruthless Four (1968)
5. Man from Del Rio (1956)
6. Silver Lode (1954)
7. Stagecoach (1939)
8. Warlock (1959)
9. Django (1966)
10. 'Doc' (1971)
11. Jubal (1956)
12. Lucky (2017)
13. Dead Birds (2004)
14. Zachariah (1971)
15. McLintock! (1963)
16. Joe Dakota (1957)
17. Goin' South (1978)
18. Silver Spurs (1943)
19. Sky Bandits (1940)
20. Desert Gold (1936)
21. Border Feud (1947)
22. Rollin' Plains (1938)
23. The Shooting (1966)
24. The Big Trail (1930)
25. The Big Show (1936)
26. Something Big (1971)
27. Hang 'Em High (1968)
28. Harmony Trail (1944)
29. Almost Heroes (1998)
30. The Gay Amigo (1949)
31. Hittin' the Trail (1937)
32. Prairie Rustlers (1945)
33. Cattle Stampede (1943)
34. Ride 'em, Cowgirl (1939)
35. Take Me to Town (1953)
36. Gumby: The Movie (1995)
37. Colorado Sundown (1952)

38. Colorado Serenade (1946)

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Eddie Dean has a pretty decent singing voice here, but what really distinguishes this from the average budget western of its era is the fact that it is shot in colour. The filmmakers do not quite take advantage of this, frequently shooting indoors rather than taking the opportunity to bask in lush exterior landscapes. The nighttime scenes are also hard to make out due to a mix of dark colours and limited contrast. The plot is decidedly average too.
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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » May 23rd, 2020, 5:18 pm

sol wrote:
May 22nd, 2020, 4:08 pm
How the West Was WonShow
1. One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
2. West and Soda (1965)
3. Rancho Notorious (1952)
4. The Ruthless Four (1968)
5. Man from Del Rio (1956)
6. Silver Lode (1954)
7. Stagecoach (1939)
8. Warlock (1959)
9. Django (1966)
10. 'Doc' (1971)
11. Jubal (1956)
12. Lucky (2017)
13. Dead Birds (2004)
14. Zachariah (1971)
15. McLintock! (1963)
16. Joe Dakota (1957)
17. Goin' South (1978)
18. Silver Spurs (1943)
19. Sky Bandits (1940)
20. Desert Gold (1936)
21. Border Feud (1947)
22. Rollin' Plains (1938)
23. The Shooting (1966)
24. The Big Trail (1930)
25. The Big Show (1936)
26. Something Big (1971)
27. Hang 'Em High (1968)
28. Harmony Trail (1944)
29. Almost Heroes (1998)
30. The Gay Amigo (1949)
31. Hittin' the Trail (1937)
32. Prairie Rustlers (1945)
33. Cattle Stampede (1943)

34. Ride 'em, Cowgirl (1939)

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Dorothy Page makes for a decent protagonist here and it is refreshing to come across an American western from this era that circles around an assertive female protagonist who uses her wits to outsmart the bad guys. Many of the plot elements are nevertheless quite familiar, and gender reversal aside, the film plays to many of the clichés of the westerns of the time, including a couple of pleasant but hardly thematically relevant songs.
Hey sol,

You did lead me to this one. Thanks for that. I found it interesting that Dorothy Page also had a female comic sidekick. I've noticed you are watching a lot of western/comedies with strong female protagonists. Don't forget My Little Chickadee. Mae West is strongly independent and really funny in that one. :cheers:

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Post by burneyfan » May 23rd, 2020, 5:25 pm

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01. To homa vaftike kokkino a.k.a. Blood on the Land -- Georgiadis, 1965.
02. Un dollaro bucato a.k.a. Blood for a Silver Dollar -- Ferroni, 1965.
03. Die Spinnen, 1. Teil - Der Goldene See a.k.a. The Spiders - Episode 1: The Golden Sea -- Lang, 1919.
04. Return of the Seven -- Kennedy, 1966.
05. Flaming Star -- Siegel, 1960.

Pretty sure this is the most melancholy Elvis movie ever made, in terms of its plot, and there's very little Elvis singing after the first 5-10 minutes. It's not a great film, but I'll take it over the siller, more song-laden Elvis fare. It's problematic, with him playing the son of a happily coupled white father and Kiowa mother, but the film definitely makes the white settlers just as bad or worse than the Kiowa, so that's something.

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Post by OldAle1 » May 23rd, 2020, 5:41 pm

I don't know if it's mostly laziness or mostly depression or mostly the lack of good movies that has kept me from posting much, but I'm going to try to catch up. Shorter, and even less incisive than usual comments this month I think...

1. Una nuvola di polvere... un grido di morte... arriva Sartana / Light the Fuse... Sartana Is Coming (Giuliano Carnimeo, 1970)

I saw one of the other Sartana films last year I think, or maybe the year before. Or maybe I've seen a couple. Don't ask me to look it up, or remember it much. This is a fun series even if they tend to run together in memory and are most notable for their body counts. Gianni Garko plays the title role as he does in all five of the original films, and Carnimeo directed four of them, but despite this consistency early on the series is overall much like other Italian character series of the time, with little or no narrative continuity between the films. On the other hand the Sartana character is always a near-superhuman gunslinger and he tends to pit the criminal forces of a town against each other a la Yojimbo or Leone's remake, and he dresses and acts similarly in each of the films, so in that sense they're a little more cohesive as a group than, say, the Django films. And there were later Sartana films which dispense with most everything except the name, no surprise. This one involves a half-million in gold, and a many on trial for murdering his partners over it, and a lot of false stories about what really happened being told. Very entertaining but not on the whole anything really memorable.

2. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Sam Peckinpah, 1974)

The last major Peckinpah I had left to see, and while I enjoyed it overall, it's got many of the problems I tend to see in the director's work - a nihilistic and unpleasant worldview that often involves women as either agents of evil or victims, but rarely as fully realized characters, a narrative slackness that results in periods of boredom, and many secondary characters that are really just props for the plot to move along that Peckinpah just doesn't seem to care about. At least that's the way I see it, though to be fair I think The Wild Bunch manages to escape most of these traps or minimize them, and a couple of others like this one have enough pluses to generate a pretty positive experience in the end. Isela Vega is a better female lead than just about any I can think of in the director's ouevre, so while I might be unhappy with how she ends up, at least she has some ability to affect her own fate for a while, and I really like the way her relationship with main protagonist Warren Oates plays out. The plot - Oates retrieving the titular head to get some dough from a Mexican crime lord - is almost incidental, the flavor of the road trip through the border-area landscapes and the moments of violence are the reasons to watch. And nobody does slo-mo like Peckinpah, I have to admit.

3. Arizona Colt (Michele Lupo, 1966)

Very average bit of tortellini with Giuliano Gemma as another pasta superman - IMDb refugees may remember one drystyx who rated every Italian western a 1 or 2 and complained about them all being more superhero than western hero; in this case I tend to agree with him. This guy can shot a half-dozen guys with a half-dozen bullets from his revolver at 100 yards or more with barely a glance. Anyway he's a rare clean-cut example and a bit more heroic than most protagonists of the Italian western variety but on the whole this veers somewhat uncomfortably from near-slapstick comedy to rape and murder to music to... well anyway. It's rather a mess, but the action is decent and it's at least an ok time-waster and it give us Corinne Marchand of Cléo de 5 à 7, in her only western, as the principal love interest. So that's something.

4. Kid Blue (James Frawley, 1973)

Jonathan Rosenbaum in his review of Dead Man in 1996 wrote a bit of the "acid western", the hippie-countercultural sub-genre (if it's even large enough to count as such) of films that took a radical, often drug-fueled look at the west, it's history, and it's place in American culture, which he saw as culminating in Jarmusch's film. I've never forgotten that article and I often think about tracking down more of the idiosyncratic examples from the 60s and 70s that he was referring to. I don't think he listed this one, but he sure could have, and it turned out to be a lot more interesting than just a druggie oater. Dennis Hopper - almost 40 at the time but regularly referred to as a young man or boy - is an outlaw leader who decides to give it up and lead the straight life working a real job, but when he arrives in Dime Box, Texas (the name should be the first clue as to some of what this is going to be about), he finds it very difficult going. This is ultimately a satire on capitalism and civilization, and few if any of the other misfits Kid Blue runs into (including Warren Oates as the nice guy who gets him his job, Lee Purcell as Oates' horny wife, and Peter Boyle as a crazy preacher and inventor) seem to have a better handle on how to live in it than he does. It's a bit muddled at times and the ending doesn't quite have the resonance the film seems to be wanting, but this is a fascinating and deeply under-valued and under-seen film. I guess there's still more gold - or at least silver - in them thar hills even if it is getting harder for me to find it.

5. Bandidos / You Die... But I Live (Massimo Dallamano, 1967)

Gotta love the English language titles on some of these things; this might be the lamest one yet. Thankfully the film is a bit better, though in the originality department it's pretty lacking. Basic story is top gunslinger Richard Martin (Enrico Maria Salerno) is betrayed by a former student and shot in both hands, destroying his ability for revenge... except, of course, if he can teach some young up-and-coming punk the tricks of the trade to do it for him. I'm not sure I've seen this plot done exactly the same way before, but it all seemed very familiar. Thankfully the execution was pretty solid and there's a good balance of humor - as Martin goes from town to town arranging shooting matches with his heir apparent - and violence. Still not one of the great ones or anything but fun,

6. Robin Hood of El Dorado (William A. Wellman, 1936)

TCM. Cinco de Mayo - of course they couldn't have any real Mexican films on during the day, could they? But this was fun anyway. Don't know if this has any basis in reality at all, but in any case it's the story of a Mexican farmer-turned-bandit in California, just after the Mexican war and just as the California Gold Rush is beginning (1940s) who goes on a long quest for revenge against the white settlers who killed his wife. Warner Baxter is our lead as Joaquin Murrieta - as usual the lead roles aren't played by Hispanic actors, except for the Mexican-American Margo who plays the wife that gets killed off early; but what it lacks in authenticity it makes up for in some pretty solid location photography (especially for the era) and decent enough performances and a generally progressive racial attitude for the era.

7. Al este del oeste (Mariano Ozores, 1984)

I'm afraid I can't share the enthusiasm of whoever recommended this one - was it maxwelldeux? - but this silly Spanish comedy-western isn't really bad either. Basically you have a town beset by bandits, and waiting on a gunman-for-hire who is supposed to help them out, but nobody knows what he looks like, and so when two different - very unlikely - candidates show up at the appointed time, all kinds of comedy breaks loose. Well, it's supposed to anyway - I found it mostly tiresome though the "surprise" ending was rather amusing if not exactly that shocking. M...ok.

8. Dio perdona... Io no! / God Forgives...I Don't! (Giuseppe Colizzi, 1967)

This one actually does have a cool title, and in this case is an actual translation of the Italian one. In fact it's one I've looked forward to for a long time just because it's so blunt. Be careful what you wish for...nah, this is actually pretty good. It's the first pairing of Bud Spencer & Terence Hill, apart from small roles they had in a peplum several years earlier, and while it's not the best the pair would deliver, and it's more serious than most of their work together, it's certainly important in the history of the spaghetti western. A very memorable beginning - a massacre on a train, railway cars pulling into the station filled with nothing but dead and bloody bodies - sets up a flashback-heavy story about partners Cat and Hutch (Hill and Spencer) investigating whether the massacre might be the work of a former acquaintance who is thought to be dead. Pretty bloody and brutal overall.

9. Le colt cantarono la morte e fu... tempo di massacro / Massacre Time (Lucio Fulci, 1966)

The sketchy YT copy I watched probably contributed to a general lack of enthusiasm, but I doubt this would ascend all that much were I to see a better copy. Really silly story of a guy coming back to the town he's from because of a warning and pleading letter, and finding that his family home and ranch and indeed the whole town are now in the hands of a single rich and tyrannical rancher and his psychopathic, Caligula-like son who likes to shoot people for no reason at all, when he's not whipping them. The action scenes here are pretty good on the whole, and it's got Franco Nero as the hero, but the way the plot plays out is just ludicrous and it's one of those films where the hero can never get a straight answer from anybody - either they won't tell him just because, or they get killed just at the moment they're about to reveal the truth. I can take it when this happens once or twice but it's ridiculous here and is all just to set up the silly and still, at the end, very poorly explained reason why our hero and the bad guy and his son are linked the way they are. Blah.

10. California (Michele Lupo, 1977)

The title in this case has nothing to do with the story, which mostly takes place in Georgia (not that it was shot there or looks remotely like Georgia or most place in the American south) and concerns a character named California, who travels with a younger man after the end of the Civil War, to return to the young man's farm. A series of events place California as the savior more or less of the farm and the boy's parents and beautiful sister from marauding carpetbagger-mercenaries, yadda, yadda, yadda. Some nice ghost town settings, decent violence, but it doesn't add up to much.

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Post by VincentPrice » May 23rd, 2020, 8:43 pm

6. Django Unchained-2012: 10/10
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1. Gunmen from Laredo-1959: 6/10
2. The Silver Whip-1953: 7/10
3. Outlaws and Angels-2016: 8/10
4. Freckles-1960: 6/10
5. The Parson and the Outlaw-1957: 6/10

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Post by VincentPrice » May 23rd, 2020, 10:15 pm

7 Now They Call Him Sacramento-1972: 6/10
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1. Gunmen from Laredo-1959: 6/10
2. The Silver Whip-1953: 7/10
3. Outlaws and Angels-2016: 8/10
4. Freckles-1960: 6/10
5. The Parson and the Outlaw-1957: 6/10
6. Django Unchained-2012: 10/10

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Post by OldAle1 » May 23rd, 2020, 10:48 pm

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1. Una nuvola di polvere... un grido di morte... arriva Sartana / Light the Fuse... Sartana Is Coming (Giuliano Carnimeo, 1970)
2. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Sam Peckinpah, 1974)
3. Arizona Colt (Michele Lupo, 1966)
4. Kid Blue (James Frawley, 1973)
5. Bandidos / You Die... But I Live (Massimo Dallamano, 1967)
6. Robin Hood of El Dorado (William A. Wellman, 1936)
7. Al este del oeste (Mariano Ozores, 1984)
8. Dio perdona... Io no! / God Forgives...I Don't! (Giuseppe Colizzi, 1967)
9. Le colt cantarono la morte e fu... tempo di massacro / Massacre Time (Lucio Fulci, 1966)
10. California (Michele Lupo, 1977)
11. I quattro dell'Ave Maria / Ace High (Giuseppe Colizzi, 1968)

This is more like it. After a string of just ok to mm, pretty good but still lacking something films in this genre, this month, we have a winner. Not quite AWESOME, not quite on the level of the best of the three Sergios, but still a pretty solid entry, thanks in no small part to American actors Eli Wallach and Brock Peters and their very enjoyable formation of an outlaw (but basically sorta kinda good guys) foursome with Bud Spencer and Terence Hill, reprising their characters (or at least character names) Cat and Hutch from Dio perdona... Io no!, This I think is really the beginnings of what made Spencer & Hill successful and it certainly carries through to the two Trinity films which followed shortly after this. But it's the addition of Peters (in a significant, but supporting role) and Wallach (really the star) that bumps this up a few notches. Wallach is one of those guys who automatically improves any film he's in, and Peters and villain Kevin McCarthy (who's only in the last quarter of the film) add plenty of flavor as well. The story? Wallach is a criminally recently condemned to death who somehow contrives to rob a bank, kill the manager, escape, and then get away from bounty hunters Hill and Hutch, but eventually teaming up with them and circus acrobat Peters to pull a really big job on a casino run by cheater McCarthy. This is really an expert mix of comedy and western action, with only the single (albeit significant) flaw of overlength. Just one or two too many escapes and double crosses for my taste and at over 2 hours it gets to feel a wee bit repetitive.

12. La collina degli stivali / Boot Hill (Giuseppe Colizzi, 1969)

Next year's Cat and Hutch follow-up, also with a trio of American stars (Woody Strode, Lionel Stander, Victor Buono), is unfortunately much less successful. While this is also billed as a comedy and Spencer and HIll are playing the same characters, it really doesn't have a lot of humor and it's overall fairly unpleasant, even depressing. It's also set largely in and around a travelling circus, and I"m not much of a circus fan (at least in movies) so that may be part of it for me. Strode is really good and is the heart of this film, as the acrobat who more or less manages things under owner Stander. Something here just didn't gel, and I started to forget about it almost immediately after finishing it. Meh.

13. Road Agent (Lesley Selander, 1952)

I've seen just a handful of Tim Holt's many westerns. Like Allen Ladd he wasn't exactly physically prepossessing, but made quite a good career in tough masculine type roles, though never ascending to anywhere near Ladd's level of stardom, consigned almost entirely to the b-western with just a few exceptions like The Magnificent Ambersons and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. I don't know anything about the guy's offscreen life but he really seems to have aged a lot more than a decade in between his youthful Ambersons performance and this very middle-aged seeming typical cowpoke role. It doesn't help that the film in question is really week, a mixture of low comedy - often at the expense of slow-witted stereotypical "Mexican" sidekick Chito (Richard Martin) and fairly stupid plotting, involving cowpokes Tim (he goes by his real name here, something fairly common in these kinds of 1 hour westerns made for pocket change) and Chito having to pay a toll to pass by the ranch of the big cheese in the area, deciding they don't want to pay, and becoming Robin Hoods to give back the toll money to the other ranchers in the area. Really weak and silly.

14. ¡Mátalo! / Kill Him! (Cesare Canivari, 1970)

Interesting and very highly stylized film involving a gang that holes up in a mysterious ghost town, apparently inhabited only by an old woman, after the (apparent) leader of the gang has been busted out of jail, murdered all the people who busted him out, then joined up with the other two scumbags, with loads of gold. There's also a beautiful young woman (Claudia Gravy), and a mysterious boomerang-wielding stranger (Lou Castel) and lots of other weirdness... at times this feels more like a gothic horror film, with a weird soundtrack by Mario Migliardi that doesn't bear much resemblance to the typical Morricone or his disciples, and more jarring uses of zooms and fast pans than we see in Leone. It's hard to say what it all adds up to, it's rather incoherent at times and has a certain drugged-out feeling to it, but it's certainly one of the more interesting genre films I've seen lately.

15. Joko invoca Dio... e muori / Vengeance (Antonio Margheriti, 1968)

I fell in love with Margheriti a few years ago when I re-watched Il mondo di Yor - liking it much more than I had back in the 80s - and watched most of his 60s science fiction work, particularly the "Gamma Quadrilogy" from 1966-7. Margheriti, like so many Italian genre directors of the era, did whatever paid the bucks, but like many others he had his own interests and specialties - science fiction/fantasy in his case, just as the Sergios specialized in the western and Mario Bava in horror. And when most of these guys step outside of their comfort zones, the results usually aren't the best. Case in point - while this tale of (you guessed it) vengeance is competently told, and offers a nice hero in Richard Harrison, it's basic plot of a man out to kill the five men who are responsible for his brother's death (which opens the film and is definitely a highlight) is pretty old and tired, and one that needs somebody really committed to juice it up. This just doesn't cut it though it's watchable enough.

16. Joe l'implacabile / Dynamite Joe (Antonio Margheriti, 1967)

Significantly more entertaining, Margheriti's first western (of a half-dozen total) concerns, basically, a guy named Joe Ford whose trademark is his use of dynamite to save all of life's pesky problems, like bandits and basically just any old bad guy that most people would shoot. Joe it turns out is actually a US government agent, tasked with protecting a huge shipment of gold from raiders that have been plundering the mail and stage routes. Turns out (this should be no surprise) that one of the people he's working for is actually behind it all, and wants to set him up as the traitor. Lots of crossing-double-crossing, explosions, and some secret-spy-stuff as well - this has more than a little Wild Wild West or even James Bond flare to it - Margheriti also made quite a few Eurospy films starting around this time, so no surprises. American actor Rik Van Nutter (nope, I hadn't heard of him either), who spent nearly all of his career in Europe, is a charming lead here, and the film definitely gives the vibe of being part of or the beginning of a series, though it wasn't. Pretty cool overall.

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