Posted: March 29, 2014 in Film Review
Tags: spaghetti western
Every now and then a film comes along that is an abomination to all movies! This is the biggest piece of shit I have ever witnessed committed to film! Its horribly directed, acted and is a stupid story which makes no sense whatsoever. I refuse to post pictures of this god awful movie. Its such a messy film in every sense of the word. Really boring characters, an all over the place script that just goes nowhere with no pay off. There is not one minute of this film that is even slightly enjoyable. And I am a guy that is really generous with my scoring! I cant even bring myself to write any more about this tiresome shit stinking pile of garbage. I would not wish this movie on my worst enemy. Utter shite that should be destroyed.
Rant over . . .
This was yet another really enjoyable Spaghetti Western. I really do love these movies. The basic story here is that the local stagecoach company are getting sick of their coaches getting robbed. So they hire “special agents” to track down and kill the main guy behind it all called Glenn Kovacs. One of these agents goes and buys a prisoner who is on death row who can help lead him to Kovacs. However the prisoner Dan Barker is quite a cunning guy and escapes a few times. Thus begins a cat and mouse chase.
The other agents that are thrown into the fold are led by actor Fernando Sancho. He has a few guys with him and even though they have stars on their chests, they resort to violence to get things done. Even a nasty torture scene involving hogtieing a guy up with barbed wire.
The film is fast paced, has good action scenes and interesting characters and plot twists. What’s not to like?
Ok, so I wanted a small break from Spaghetti Westerns and thought I would rejoin my David Cronenberg season. This is the first David Cronenberg movie that has been a huge disappointment. Its a period drama with its story revolving around the lives of Carl Jung, Sabina Spielrein and Sigmund Freud. Its got a lot to do with the beginning of Psychoanalysis. Sabina is first brought in to the care of Jung because she is suffering from hysteria which he later finds out is due to sexual repression. He and Freud become friends at first but soon start to disagree with each others theories.Especially when Jung gives into temptation and starts an affair with Sabina.
There’s not a huge amount else to say about it really. It is a rather dull movie that didn’t really capture my interest. Saying that, it is very well acted and directed and is a really nice looking film. The music is excellent and the costumes are fantastic.
I am rather disappointed really, it had a lot going for it but just feels way too “talkie” and baggy if I am honest. This is now my least favourite Cronenberg movie and thats sad. I still think its worth a watch because he is such a good film maker. I will be watching and reviewing “Cosmopolis” tomorrow, all being well.
I have been excited about this one for a while now as it is directed by Lucio Fulci, and I had heard good things about it. I was not let down in the slightest as this is a fantastic Spaghetti Western and I came really close to giving it full 5 stars. It’s wonderfully directed with huge style and some great camera work from Fulci. It also has some really amazing action sequences and a rather nasty bull whip beating. What more could you ask for?
Franco Nero plays Tom Corbett who is called back to his home town by a local friend. However when he gets there he finds that his father’s ranch has been sold and practically the whole town is now owned by the corrupt Scott family. He goes looking for his brother and when he finds him is shocked to learn that his brother is nothing but a drunkard. His brother is played by George Hilton. Man how can you get two better leading men in this genre!
He soon starts to realise that something isn’t quite right because whenever he is involved in any fights or battles the villains never try to kill him or his brother. He decides to go to the Scott ranch and investigate for himself but is set upon by Scotts son with a rather nasty bull whip attack.
The story is really well written with some good plot twists and the acting is top standard, as you would expect from these two stars. The action sequences and the style of the movie are just fantastic. I think on a second watch I might up the star to 5 it was that good a film. Loved it!
So this is one of the more well-known Spaghetti Westerns and falls into the “Zapata” category. This means its story revolves around the Mexican revolution. To be honest it is probably the best in this category, even better than Leones “A Fistful of Dynamite.” The story follows two main characters who become friends and entangled together in a bunch of weapons stealing. El Chuncho Munoz is the leader of the gang and is shown early on robbing a train with his bandits. Riding the train is Bill Tate who is an American. He manages to join the gang when he steps in and helps them rob the train. He and El Chuncho soon become friends and go about stealing weapons for General Elias to help the Mexicans in the revolution.
This is a real emotional story and the characters all have a lot of depth to them and some change and find themselves along the way. This I really liked. It still has some great action sequences and some top music but its the journey of the characters that is most fascinating.
The acting in this film is marvellous and I couldn’t help but really like El Chuncho, who grows so much as the story progresses. There are some twists in this film so I don’t want to spoil anything for those that haven’t seen this film. This is a must see Spaghetti and one that definitely needs to be re watched.
So you have interesting characters, great direction, great story and top action. What else could you ask for from this genre?
This film is another mix of spaghetti western and mystery movie. It starts out with a gang robbing a wagon. In the midst of it the gang are forced to kill the passengers. Meanwhile a bounty hunter comes into town calling himself “Silver.” He has a silver gun and silver bullets and is really well-played by Peter Lee Lawrence. After Silver enters town and gets himself arrested he is sought after to go after the gang and unmask them.
I don’t want to give too much of the plot away as this is a really good mystery movie. It has some really good action sequences and Peter Lee Lawrence is really good in the lead role. I really liked the bar fight early on.
It actually works really well to combine Spaghetti Westerns with the “who done it” plot. I really enjoyed this one and Killer Adios for that reason.
This is a fantastic one! it’s also quite clever and has quite a complex plot. Its actually a combination of Spaghetti Western meets detective movie. It follows a guy called Jess who returns to a town he had to leave 5 years prior. The reason he had to leave was because he was too trigger happy and shot a suspect before he had time to give information. He is called back into town by a guy called Bragg who is a local business man. He want Jess on his side and would like him to be the new sheriff when the current one retires. There is also another business man who has moved in on Bragg’s turf called Ringold. Bragg believes Jess can protect him from Ringold’s men.
Things become more complicated when there is an attempt on Jess’s life and the weapon is identified as a special weapon called “one of one thousand.” Its a rare weapon and apparently owned by one of Ringold’s main henchmen called Bradshaw. Bradshaw is a tough guy, but Jess suspects there is more to this mystery than meets the eye and after the sheriff is killed Jess becomes the sheriff and goes about trying to solve the case.
The thing I loved about this movie so much was the mystery “who done it” element. Its worked really well and keeps you guessing right up until the end. It also has a really good re watch appeal because of its complex plot. The action is really well done and the acting very good. There’s a nice love sub-plot too which in this case is the girl pursuing the hero, instead of the other way around. I really liked this one!