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  • Adios Sabata

    Adios Sabata


    Anyone who has thought about seeing this is probably aware of the peculiar behind-the-scenes casting stuff. Lee Van Cleef, star of the original Sabata, passed on this and ended up as the lead the fourth Magnificent Seven movie, playing the role originated by Yul Brenner, who plays Sabata here. Then there's the fact that originally, this wasn't even meant to be a Sabata film; apparently the decision to connect these films was made after production had begun.

    What people might…

  • A Pistol for Ringo

    A Pistol for Ringo


    It has the veneer of a classic western - square-jawed sherrif, rowdy pack of vicious villains from across the border, an achingly handsome lead - but this isn't you granddaddy's oater. Angel Face may have boyish good looks and something of a sense of honor, but he's a duplicitous criminal who kills for kicks. But only in self-defense. It's a matter of principle.

    A Pistol for Ringo is one of the greatest westerns Italy has churned out. Rather than coast…

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  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The ultimate result of a manchild being allowed to indulge in his fetishes for decades without anybody telling him "No", Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is at its best a hollow, soulless journey through all the things Quentin Tarantino likes, and at its worst a nauseating, morally reprehensible fantasy that is an insult to good taste and its own art form.

    OUATIH has been described as a hangout film, but that label is inaccurate. A hangout film may attempt…