A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
For three men the Civil War wasn't hell. It was practice.
While the Civil War rages between the Union and the Confederacy, three men – a quiet loner, a ruthless hit man and a Mexican bandit – comb the American Southwest in search of a strongbox containing $200,000 in stolen gold.
The death of the western came with a bang. The gunshot fired by Italian hack Sergio Leone. One shot wasn't enough for Leone though, he emptied five shots into the body of the once great genre, and of those shots, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was the most fatal.
Whereas revisionist westerns around this time were brave, bold, and fresh coming from true auteurs like Sam Peckinpah and Alejandro Jodorowsky, Leone was stuck in the past, and a past he frankly couldn't understand. To him, Westerns were not about a new frontier. They were not about heroes looking for a fresh start, succeeding or failing for various reasons. They even lack the ability to subtly subvert roles and…
Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy is a meditation on three interrelated symbolic points: money, labor, and bodies. Although the characters across the three movies are technically different (they have different names), the Clint Eastwood character in particular and the Lee Van Cleef character to a slightly lesser extent develop during the series, and as a whole the films follow a tangible thematic arc.
This begins in A Fistful of Dollars, where The Man with No Name sells both his work (he offers his violent services to both families) and his body (he puts his life on the line), as well as the bodies of others (he kills people). He exchanges both body and labor for money. This is the trilogy's approximation…
Dirty Harry stars in Sergio Leone's meaty spaghetti western. A badass with Angel eyes. An ugly-ass bandit with a long name. Doing the job you were paid to do. Playing a game of shoot Tuco's noose. Enjoying a smoke. Punching a priest. Taking a piss off a train. A long walk in the desert. A one-eyed solider with an important name. A mini Johnny Reb. Andersonville's cousin. You don't fuck with a man while he is taking a bubble bath. Hijacking a stretcher to blow up a bridge. Showdown in the big-ass cemetery. The ultimate 3-way duel. Blondie has a name and he sure as fuck can shoot.
Considered by many to be one of the greatest Westerns of all time, Sergio Leone's "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" is a gritty, textured tale steeped in the tragedy of war and a character-driven sense of humor. The grit and sly, subtle humor make Leone's epic fully engrossing and widely entertaining.
The film's premise is a streamlined thing of Western genre beauty: three men are on the trail of a treasure trove of gold buried in a cemetery. With the American Civil War being fought around them, the men attempt to make their way to the fortune. The narrative bursts with allegiances, schemes, and vendettas, linking the men together and tearing them apart. At its core, it is…
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is easily the best western I've seen so far. I must say I haven't explored many films from this genre, but I had the opportunity to watch a few classics such as Unforgiven and Once Upon A Time in the West in theaters a year ago. There is so much to like here I don't even know where to begin. We have plenty of humorous moments that work remarkably well thanks to a great comedic timing by the actors and how they provide their lines just effortlessly. The shootout scenes are always thrilling and very stylish to see, making the journey thoroughly entertaining. The iconic score by Ennio Morricone is simply amazing and…
"The way I figure, there's really not too much future with a sawed-off runt like you." - Blondie
Wow, wow, wow, wow, and WOW! Why did I wait so long to watch this movie, WHY???!!!??
Again, I am embarrassed with myself, and yet I am also very happy and lucky that I got to watch a gem like this for the first time. I realize now that I need to stop being so stubborn and resistant to watching movies from certain genres and time periods.
There are some Westerns and classics that I have enjoyed in the past, but in particular, classic westerns have been something…
10 minuti di triello al cimitero e fai un capolavoro. Sergione.
Scavenger Hunt 17 - Film #12
21. A prequel!
My reactions when the title cards for the good, the bad, the ugly came on:
THE UGLY: lol those 3 guys just got murdered by "the ugly"
THE BAD: oh shit
THE GOOD: yeah he does look good
It took a little bit for me to get into since a lot of the movie seemed to be devoted to men staring at things and the plot was pretty nonexistent but once that horse cart wandered into that desert towards Tuco, I was really invested and very entertained by the new dynamic between the two characters. It was funny, interesting, and I was eagerly awaiting how each of them would change.
Wasn't really that good, bad, or ugly.
The blu-ray has the international scenes that were deleted from the US release and the movie doesn't gain much by putting them back in.
Eglītis @ FHM:
"Tu taču esi dzirdējis jēdzienu "spageti vesterns"? Nu lūk, tikai nevajag domāt, ka tur kovboji pārtiek no minētās pastas paveida, ar to šaudās un draiski mētājās. Īstenībā tur parasti jāj vientuļš, bezvārda varonis ar cigāru zobos un ar Klinta Īstvuda parametriem, viņš nav īpaši pozitīvi noskņots un neizvēlās līdzekļus problēmu risināšanā...
Itāļu pastas nosaukumu žanram tāpēc, ka tos uzņēma itāļi un visas šīs kovboju filmas mūsdienu cilvēkam asociējas tikai ar Īstvudu galvenajā lomā, Leoni kā režisoru un Ennio Marrikones ne ar ko nesajaucamo mūziku. Un tas viss par spīti tam, ka amerikāņi vesternus filmējuši kopš kino izgudrošanas. Tas nav nekāds brīnums, jo visa tā Mežonīgo Rietumu būšana ir viņu vēsture, taču jau 60to sākumā žanrs visiem bija…
Uma das melhores construções de ação já feitas, meticuloso e humano, Leone se diferencia porque consegue unir todos os sentimentos em um disparo de revolver. Épico, é pouco para descrever.
Still holds up.
Don't have much to add about The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly that hasn't already been said by smarter people. It's epic in every sense of the word and might have the most iconic score of all time. The only reason I'm not giving this full marks is because I viewed the extended version and I thought it could have been a bit shorter. Once I find and watch the theatrical version I'll probably bump it up to 5 stars.
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