It's weird I just started doing this and kind of was surprised how conservative my list is so far - like NCFOM is one of my favorite films period - but to list it here seemed like cheating so those "neo Westerns" to me they're all out. Like if you were talking to me I'd list it and a bunch of others, but when you start writing them down and have them side by side it's like you basically have to die in the dirt, a hundred years ago minimum, there's got to be a saloon, drinking whiskey, the bad guy has to have a hat.
I was planning to skip this one. Westerns aren't my favorite genre so I haven't seen near as many old Hollywood "deep cuts" in the genre as I have for the romantic melodramas and weepies for example. But I saw I didn't have to do the full top 25 and put a top 15 together.
Most of my list was pretty generic. Here are FYC's for non-obvious ones I voted for
The Ox-Bow Incident How the West Was Won (huge movie, but no one has referenced it in the thread yet) Blazing Saddles The Great Train Robbery (1903) (asked Vice in my PM if shorts were eligible, so we'll see what he says)
Post by Tommen_Saperstein on Sept 27, 2018 22:07:46 GMT
so this is what I plan on seeing before the vote:
Tombstone Pale Rider Jeremiah Johnson McCabe and Mrs. Miller Monte Walsh Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid The Wild Bunch The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (saw it years ago, needs revisiting) For a Few Dollars More One-Eyed Jacks
Wanna give an extra shout out to this one bc I've been thinking about it recently. It's a simple but focused premise, with haunting touches (like those harsh shadowy flashbacks), some striking sequences and score, the memorable paint-the-town-red finale. Clint's first helmed Western and the way he handles his character - introduced as a menacing rapist and gradually becomes sort of heroic, while perhaps a questionable arc, it also arguably creates an internal contradiction that is both complex and daring.
Alright folks... the results are finally in and films set after World War I are officially ELIGIBLE.
But let's please try to keep it to stuff that actually resembles a traditional western...
The deadline to vote has been moved to December 2nd. I know that's a big extension, but we're at less than 10 ballots right now... everyone is focused on horror this month... so November will give people time to refocus on the western and get around to whatever else they can before the deadline.... and that includes me.
Post by themoviesinner on Oct 23, 2018 17:42:34 GMT
FYC: The Dark Valley (2014) Meek's Cutoff (2010) Keoma (1976) The Great Silence (1968) Death Rides A Horse (1967) Blood On The Land (1966) Django (1966) Black God, White Devil (1964) Ride Lonesome (1959) Decision At Sundown (1957) The Tall T (1957) The Naked Spur (1953)
"You'll soon bleed to death, so reflect on your life."
Broken Lance is ok, solid performances, but too ploddingly placed, even at 90m. Widmark has a good line-- "Anybody that throws ten thousand dollars in a spittoon makes me nervous." Reminded me of the much better The Big Country which came a couple years later.
THREE MORE DAYS PEOPLE, VOTE! Or is it TWO MORE DAYS? In that case.......