A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Some legends will never be forgotten. Some wrongs can never be forgiven.
William Munny is a retired, once-ruthless killer turned gentle widower and hog farmer. To help support his two motherless children, he accepts one last bounty-hunter mission to find the men who brutalized a prostitute. Joined by his former partner and a cocky greenhorn, he takes on a corrupt sheriff.
"I ain't like that no more. I ain't the same, Ned. Claudia, she straightened me up, cleared me of drinkin' whiskey and all." - William Munny to Ned
As a punishment for not having seen "Unforgiven" until today, I deserve to be on the receiving end of Little Bill's whip. My body should be displayed outside saying "THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE WHO HAVEN'T SEEN THIS MOVIE!"
"Unforgiven", to keep it nice and short is an absolute masterpiece.The performances are absolutely fantastic and the star power in the film is almost unparalleled. Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackmann and Richard Harris are absolutely amazing in their roles. Eastwood in particular, captures the essence…
A Western that comments on and may exist solely because of the films from its genre that came before it, Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven" is an intelligent, gracefully assembled, and well-told piece of work. Built on mythic images and mythic story beats, the film reflects a near-century of Western films while moving the genre in a forward leaning direction. It is, at once, classic, reverent, critical, and progressive.
"Unforgiven" tells the story of the final job of William Munny, a retired gunfighter who has traded violence for domestic peace. He is pressed into service one last time when a brothel is brutalized, and Munny's skills are needed to punish the abusers.
The narrative is a layered tapestry of interesting characters and…
Defying the entire mythology of the Old Wild West, Unforgiven is unlike any western before or after it for this tale completely strips bare the very culture & legacy that has built itself around the west and, in simple words, marks the end of a bygone era in cinema. And who better than Clint Eastwood to hammer down the final nail on this spent genre's coffin.
Unforgiven tells the story of William Munny; a once merciless assassin in the glorifying days of the Wild West who now has retired to a peaceful life with his children. But when a young bloke shows up with an offer to join him for a bounty of $1000, Munny ties up his laces for one…
Perhaps the best argument for Clint Eastwood as a savvier, craftier and more complicated filmmaker than the one many consider him to be. It’s a commentary on movie violence, yes, and a meta riff on much of Eastwood’s own career, but what ultimately elevates the 1992 Best Picture winner is the way it avoids being a diatribe about any of those things and instead ends as a festering challenge.
Full review here.
As a movie about America, rivals THE GODFATHER as maybe the best ever. Also like the Godfather, it's just damn fun to watch.
America is far too complex a place for any one story to explain it; but the one UNFORGIVEN tells is a revealing one. William Munny - our hero - is a reformed killer. A killer of women and children whose memory is peopled by the ghosts of his undeserving victims. When we meet up with him, he's a widower and a failing pig farmer with two kids to care for. When he's persuaded to dust off his gun, he tells himself it's because the folks he'll hunt down "have it coming" - an act of honorable revenge…
It's a hell of a thing, killin' a man. Take away all he's got... and all he's ever gonna have.
The comments in my log for the 2013 Unforgiven quickly turned to this film instead and I commented on how I'd love to see Clint Eastwood star and/or direct one more Western before he calls it quits. After yet another rewatch I'll admit that I might be wrong. The odds of coming close to the greatness of this film again are slim and damn if it isn't one hell of a sendoff to a genre that will undoubtedly never find the peak of popularity it once had ever again.
Wikipedia identifies Unforgiven as a "revisionist western," referring to the tradition—going at least as far back as High Noon and Shane—of westerns that attempt to apologize for or criticize the traditions of the genre. In place of classical westerns' straightforward glorification of violence and racism, the story goes, these more enlightened films of the fifties and beyond exhibited moral ambiguity and a wary skepticism of violent men's pretensions to nobility. Unforgiven, like its many predecessors, exposes all violence as ultimately meaningless, horrifying to civilized folk, however much its principal characters try to dress it up—or so most of the published criticism, Letterboxd included, would have us believe.
After half a century of these movies, you might think the emptiness of…
clint's man who shot liberty valence
This didn't impress me at all. Very boring, I looked at the clock quite often. Everything went wrong at the latest when nobody told the sheriff why they're carrying a gun, because of that this became just a vain bloodshed. The idea of this movie is good, just the execution is bad. However, to say positive things too then this has beautiful landscapes and horses.
"Hell, I even thought I was dead. But I found out it was just that I's in Nebraska."
Always love revisiting this pinnacle of Eastwood's career.
Watched it just this past December, and rewatching it now I was equally enraptured as ever.
Hackman at his best.
Eastwood at his best.
Faced off against each other.
Will never tire of this film.
Almost the whole movie was just waiting Clint to get his shit together until the last 15 minutes where he remembers how to shoot people after a bottle of whiskey.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This western film had many great elements
The movie featured many deep characters such as William Munny and the Schofield Kid, while also setting up the atmosphere of the movie with many supporting roles. William Munny was a ruthless bounty hunter in his past who claims to be cured of wickedness. However, we find towards the end of this film that this is not so true. Schofield Kid claims to be a stone cold killer, but in reality he is near sighted, and we see him break down after the first time he kills a man.
The movie had a western feel to it, and many times throughout the film we see the scenery of the west as well as…
Sunday morning coffee with Clint...
Please Clint... keep your political views to yourself... don't give me any reason to not love you.
This is a late great western and is so because it stands in face of almost everything that came before. The western is almost as old as cinema itself with The Great Train Robbery coming out in 1903 as one of the first great narrative films. With this very title, The Great Train Robbery, we can understand just what Unforgiven is despite of, and 99 years down the line... more from:
overrated - eastwood's acting is cringey
inspired by Jack Bower's most recent list, I decided to do an interactive list where you just comment your favorite…
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