5 – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

One of Halle Berrys earlier works.

One of Halle Berrys earlier works.

The last Leone film on the list and it starts in true Leone style.It’s got a cool title sequence,with animated text and what not.It’s also got all the other bucks form his other films,Van Cleef,Eastwood and the guy who had the musical watch in the last film.The beginning has his familiar beginnings;a few cowboys walking around,some good close ups and not much chat.In fact it’s 10 minutes 30 before the first word is uttered.Tense stuff.This one’s set during the civil war and revolves around 3 characters , The Good – Eastwood as Blondie (doesn’t even have blond hair), The Bad – Van Cleef and The Ugly – the fat guy.Blondie and the ugly have a racket going.The ugly is wanted and Blondie captures him and gets the bounty then frees him and they split it.About the middle of the movie Blondie ‘and the ugly find out theres $200,000 hidden somewhere.Each have half of the puzzle and are keeping it to them selves.The Bad also knows about the money and tries to muscle in.It’s a good old story,I’m not sure if it warrants a full 3 hours but my d/l said it was an extended version so maybe it’s shorter normally.As always there’s a mad soundtrack to this,Leone really goes all out.I think my dad had it on C.D. when i was a kid.I thought of a good drinking game for this film. Every time someone shoots a hat take a drink.You’ll be drunk in no time.

IMDB RATING      –     8.9
MY RATING     –    8
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  YEAH IT’S OKAY.BUT I’M NOT SURE IT SHOULD BE AT THIS SPOT.

 

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92 – Unforgiven (1992)

Hookers of the old west.Slim pickings indeed.

Hookers of the old west.Slim pickings indeed.

Unforgiven is another western with horses and guns and all that shit.A hooker is with a john and she laughs because he’s got a small ‘pecker’.He loses the rag and takes out a knife and starts to do a bit of carving on her face.No great loss as she was really plain looking anyway.The scars will add character.The other 4 or 5 hookers decide to put up a bounty of $1000 to get the guy killed and his friend who was with him that night.Roll in Eastwood,he was a cold hearted killer some 11 years ago but his wife got him off the sauce and out of the killing.He’s now a pig farmer.But the wife is long dead and when a kid who idolises him asks him to help with the bounty he reluctantly agrees,more so for the money for his kids.They pick up Freeman to complete the troupe.He seems to be the only good shooter among. The kids blind and Eastwood hasn’t shot a gun in ages.They find the two guys and it pretty much goes to plan except Freeman freezes and decides it’s not for him and heads home.Just when the film was getting good it ends.As soon as Eastwood has a glass of booze he turns into the hard ass he was 11 ago and we learn it was the booze that fucked him over.Moral of the story-don’t drink.

IMDB RATING      –     8.3
MY RATING     –    7
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  I WONDERED WHY I FOUND IT BORING AND LONG.THEN I SEEN THE CREDITS PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY EASTWOOD.

110 – For a Few Dollars More (1965)

Guns.A hundred uses,killing machine,hammer,nut cracker, dangerous dildo.The list goes on.

Guns.A hundred uses,killing machine,hammer,nut cracker, dangerous dildo.The list goes on.

Another Sergio Leone western here.I think about 130 movies ago i said i hate westerns.I think I’ll amend that statement now and say : i hate westerns with a long meandering convoluted love story,real westerns however are pretty good.For example Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid.FAFDM is about a couple of bounty hunters who seem to be hunting the same guy. Initially there’s animosity between them,i don’t see why really.there’s two haves to a Bounty isn’t there?,but then they team up.It’s a pretty good film overall,few bits and pieces i could pick at.Like in a couple of scenes people get shot a shit load of times but their shirt doesn’t have any holes in it.I guess just cutting corners on SFX or on a budget.The audio over-dub too seemed to be way off and audio was out of sync for a good potion of the film. I’m not sure if that’s Leones style but it was definitely different.There’s a good revelation in the last 5 minutes of the film that i never would have predicted.

IMDB RATING      –     8.3
MY RATING     –    8
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  THE TITLE CREDITS IN THE BEGINNING ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE.ORIGINAL.

171 – Million Dollar Baby (2004)

The IRA,now making pie as well as car bombs

The IRA,now making pie as well as car bombs

I had a bootleg of this when it first came out and turned it off after an hour.I asked a guy in my class at college how it ended and he told me.I said he was chatting bullshit and never finished watching the film.This was from the same guy who said at the end of Leon the girl starts a big massive dope farm with the potted plant.Trick me once shame on you and all that.Anyways,Million Dollar Baby is an al-right film.Eastwood is good in it.Freeman and his forced raspy voice is bad.And Swank is swanky.The ‘Danger’ guy has this annoying thing where he adds ‘s’ to every word in a sentence.The story of MDB is a 32 year old waitress wants to become a boxer.She hounds an old trainer to trainer her.He does.They bond and she becomes a champ.And then….    i won’t spoil it.

IMDB RATING      –     8.1
MY RATING     –     7.8
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  GOOD.STRONG STORY.GOOD CAST.THE GAELIC IS TERRIBLE THOUGH.

218 – A Fistful Of Dollars (1964)

Graham Norton as a big gay cowboy.

Graham Norton as a big gay cowboy.

Great film.This is how westerns should be done.The film revolves around two rival family/gangs that live at opposite ends of a town that’s about the size of a basketball court.How they’ve managed to live this long without all killing each other is a mystery.Eastwoods character turns up and sets up the two gangs just to wipe them out of it and make off with the cash.Some deadly camera work,the extreme close-ups make this film.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     8.1
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –   SERGIO LEONE IS BANG ON WITH THIS ONE.

235 – Mystic River (2003)

Stop trying to hit me and HIT ME !

Stop trying to hit me and HIT ME !

I wouldn’t be a big fan of Clint Eastwood as a director but this one’s not too bad.I’m not a fan of the whole child rape aspect of Mystic River,it’s a bit depressing but once you gEt over the first scene and into the rest of the story its okay.Set in Boston Sean Penns characters daughter turns up dead and etc etc etc.I watched the credits to see if Penn had a hand in producing or something like that because i wouldn’t have cast him as the lead , but no other credit.When he gets all emotional he loses control of his voice/mouth and comes across all I AM SAM or Rainman.Check out his glasses too , very 1990.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     6
SEEN BEFORE     –     MAYBE
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –    ONE FOR YOUR PARENTS