The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

May 22, 2012

One line review: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly is a fantastic Western supported by great characters and an larger than life plot.

Movie Title: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Actors: Eli Wallach, Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè, Luigi Pistilli, Rada Rassimov, Enzo Petito, Claudio Scarchilli, John Bartha

Director: Sergio Leone

Year: 1966

Genre: Western / Action

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 97% – Arguably the greatest of the spaghetti westerns, this epic features a compelling story, memorable performances, breathtaking landscapes, and a haunting score.

My rating: *****

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is the best western I’ve ever seen and has given me new found respect for Clint Eastwood. All of the characters are three dimensional and fun to watch, but Clint Eastwood steals the show as the calm and collected bad ass who always has an ace up his sleeve. I was surprised at the Civil War background, but it served the movie very well in the end, adding to the world at large and providing an appropriate backdrop. An extremely entertaining movie that may have just made me a Clint Eastwood fan for life.


High Noon

June 18, 2011

One line review: A very simple film that practically fits the definition of a classic Western.

Movie Title: High Noon

Actors: Gary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Grace Kelly, Otto Kruger, Lon Chaney Jr., Harry Morgan, Ian MacDonald, Eve McVeagh, Morgan Farley, Harry Shannon, Lee Van Cleef

Director: Fred Zinnemann

Year: 1952

Genre: Western

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 95% – A classic of the Western genre that broke with many of the traditions at the time, High Noon endures — in no small part thanks to Gary Cooper’s defiant, Oscar-winning performance.

My rating: ***

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): There’s very little else to comment on this then it appears to be a classic western. The standard story of the sheriff meeting the bad guy at high noon in the middle of town. The only Western I had seen before this was Unforgiven, which seemed like the Western to end the genre itself. This seems like the Western in it’s prime. There were a few interesting twists like having a Quaker wife forced to take a life, however I felt it was over all a forgettable movie. Still, a movie worth watching if only to see a classic, enjoyable Western.


Unforgiven

September 8, 2010

One line review: Giving the Western genre a small twist, Unforgiven gives a third dimension to it’s characters that you wouldn’t expect from this type of movie.

Movie Title: Unforgiven

Actors: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris

Director: Clint Eastwood

Year: 1992

Genre: Western

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 96% – As both director and star, Clint Eastwood strips away decades of Hollywood varnish applied to the Wild West, and emerges with a series of harshly eloquent statements about the nature of violence.

My rating: ****

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): Perhaps as my first Western to ever watch, this was a poor choice. This movie seemed more aimed towards either breaking the conventions you have assumed about a Western, or just to provide a fitting end to Clint Eastwood’s series of Western films. Either way, you can’t deny that it’s a great movie. There’s something so entertaining about watching a hard ass like Clint Eastwood struggle with everything from getting on his horse to resisting the urge to drink. You want to fight for him, you want to believe that there can be redemption. It’s a fantastic film, a great Western.