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  • The Great Train Robbery

    The Great Train Robbery

    ★★★★

    Wild West Summer 2019: Film #30
    Task #30 - Make up your own incredibly creative task and watch a Western accordingly: Watch a western that's over 100 years old

    The big action blockbuster of 1903: It's got a train, a robbery and even a dance scene. In your face, Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat!

  • Swing Time

    Swing Time

    ★★★★

    52 Years in 52 Weeks 2019, The Prequel: Film #33

    Listen. No one could teach you to dance in a million years. Take my advice and save your money!

    I knew this was an old-fashioned black-and-white musical, but I had no idea that meant the biggest set-piece is Fred Astaire doing a tribute to Bill Robinson in blackface.

  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★½

    The plantation scene is still there, time to wait another 20 years.

  • The Man with a Shotgun

    The Man with a Shotgun

    ★★★★

    5 Directors x 5 Unseen Films Challenge – Round III: Film #15
    Wild West Summer 2019: Bonus film #6

    This Japanese neo-western is about the love between a man and his shotgun. Not only does he shoot people with it, he also calls the gun his darling and sings a song about it. On top of that you get plenty of good action and beautiful mountain scenery.

  • Burn!

    Burn!

    ★★★★

    Now with a prostitute, on the other hand, it's quite a different matter, isn't it? You see, there's no need to lodge her or feed her, certainly no need to dress her or to bury her, thank God. She's yours only when you need her, you pay her only for that service, and you pay her by the hour! Which, gentlemen, is more important - and more convenient: a slave or a paid worker?

    Marlon Brando plays a fictionalized version…

  • Walker

    Walker

    ★★★★½

    Wild West Summer 2019: Film #29
    Task #13 - Watch a Western not set on the North American continent*

    I have a weakness for small men. Small puritans obsessed by power.

    In this blood-soaked satire Ed Harris brings peace, freedom, democracy and anachronistic product placement to Nicaragua. A true story.

    * Nicaragua is technically on the North American continent, but it's still an unusual setting

  • Five Element Ninjas

    Five Element Ninjas

    ★★★★½

    Chang Cheh's late phase masterpiece has all the color coded ninja action you could ask for: Sparkly golden ninjas with deadly hats, brown ninjas that hide inside trees, blue ninjas that hide under water, red ninjas that shoot fire and smoke, mole ninjas that hide in the ground and even regular old black ninjas for the night. Non-stop action with flawless choreography, inventive weapons and grotesquely gory deaths.

  • The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire

    The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire

    ★★★½

    Settegialli 2019: Film #5

    Acid is thrown in faces, throats are slit, brains are splattered on the wall and a cat ends up in the fridge. The police are obviously too useless to figure out this mystery, so it's up to haunted ex-cop Luigi Pistilli and his Agatha Christie reading mom.

  • The Inn on the River

    The Inn on the River

    ★★★★

    5 Directors x 5 Unseen Films Challenge – Round III: Film #14

    Some guy called The Shark is murdering people with a spear gun, but that's not nearly as creepy as Klaus Kinski's pencil thin moustache. Lots of style and eccentric characters in this one.

  • Yesterday

    Yesterday

    ★★★½

    Could've used some more of Kate McKinnon's cartoon villainy.

  • Hud

    Hud

    ★★★★

    Wild West Summer 2019: Film #28
    Task #23 - Watch a Western with no cowboy hats on the poster

    Little by little the look of the country changes because of the men we admire. You're just going to have to make up your own mind one day about what's right and wrong.

    This prestige neo-western is basically just Paul Newman getting drunk and acting like a massive asshole while the world around him slowly dies. The performances from Newman, Melvyn Douglas and Patricia Neal are excellent, as is James Wong Howe's stunning black-and-white cinematography.

  • The Rookie

    The Rookie

    ★★★½

    And I hate your uptight regulation-spouting boy scout horseshit. And I hate the little fuckin' creases in your pants. And I hate these fuckin' donuts. These fruitcake little ones, with the goddamn pinky shit! Nobody eats that shit!

    This is Clint Eastwood's transitional film into his old man phase, the action scenes are the most spectacular of his career, but Clint takes a backseat and lets Charlie Sheen do most of the work. Raúl Juliá and Sônia Braga are a memorable villain couple and Lennie Niehaus' score has a nice 70s vibe.