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.

142 – High Noon (1952)

Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to quit Amphetamines

Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to quit Amphetamines

Another western here,i can see why this was so high up the list.There are some really good cuts and transitions AND ,wait for it, it runs in real time.The first film i seen that ran in real time was Phonebooth and that was around 2002.You can really feel the tension build as the time ticks down.The plot is this;a Marshall of a small town put a crook down and he got sentenced to a hanging,guy got sent up north and it was reduced to life and now he got a pardon and is landing into town at noon on the train.His 3 buddies are already at the station waiting for him.Kane,the Marshall is trying to get a posse together to help him and spends the hour looking for some.He gets none.At noon shit goes down and we have a classic shoot out.

IMDB RATING      –     8.1
MY RATING     –    7
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     MAYBE
OVERALL     –  OKAY.BUT I KEPT THINKING OF AIRPLANE EVERY TIME I SEEN BRIDGES.

146 – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Paul Newman's off to clown college

Paul Newman’s off to clown college

Here’s the second film in a row that started out black and white and after ten minutes changed to colour.I was a bit worried that it would stay with that old style sepia-like look because it was a little hard to watch.But when if switched it made the film 5 times better.The casting of Paul Newman and Robert Redford as the two leads is perfect and Newmans one liners and comedic timing is spot on.BCATSK is about two bank robbers who are being tracked by an elite hit squad hired by a man who has lost loads of money to them via bank and train robberies.They chased throughout america and decide to flee to Bolivia. There they resume there bank robberies and are soon being chased by the Bolivian police.When they decide to go straight that’s when things go tits up and they’re forced to get back into robberies.It did have a few montages in it,some were too long.

IMDB RATING      –     8.1
MY RATING     –    7.7
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  A GOOD WESTERN,BUT WITH BETTER DIALOGUE AND ACTION.

207 – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

say pilgrim3 times in a mirror and the ghost of john wayne appears

say pilgrim 3 times in a mirror and the ghost of john wayne appears

John Wayne again.This guy gets around.This film’s in black and white but I’d bet you a fiver he’s wearing the same red shirt from the other two films off this list.This western is a little more bearable because JW isn’t the main character,it’s James Stewart.I don’t mind Stewart as an actor,there’s something about his accent and that southern drawl.Well about the film;it’s starts out GREAT,what with Wayne being dead and stuck in a box,then Stewart tells the tale of (see film title) in the style of one long flash back.Stewart is a lawyer and brings law and order to a small town out west that seems to be over run with highway men and the like.Not the worst western.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     5.7
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –    NO
OVERALL     –  MEH.GO SEE SERGIO LEONES STUFF INSTEAD.