My friend Rob got me Rio Bravo for Christmas because he’s an awesome kind of guy. Unfortunately, the year is running out, and I have one more western I absolutely have to watch first. (Because I made a list and said I’d stick to it, damn it — but don’t think I wasn’t tempted to throw this list out the window in favor of other movies — like the aforementioned Rio Bravo, for instance, or possibly Westworld. Oh, Westworld. Why didn’t anyone TELL me there was a robot western out there?)
The western I actually will be reviewing today?
I had fun with Django. Up until the last twenty minutes, anyway.
I’m so close now. I’m so, so close.
Sadly, out of the eleven westerns I’ve watched thus far, The Wild Bunch was definitely not one of my favorites.
Continuing onward —
I’m having a hard time deciding how I feel about Once Upon a Time in the West. I really like parts of it a lot, but as a whole? I’m not entirely sure about that.
I am definitely behind on my westerns. I need to catch up if I don’t want to subject myself to another horrifying experience like Battlefield Earth. Which I don’t. I really, really don’t.
So Mek and I watched The Good, the Bad, the Weird.
I’ve been a little disappointed with the last few westerns on my list. Thankfully, that wasn’t my experience with this one at all.
Sometimes, I just feel like I don’t agree with the AFI on anything.
The Searchers is one of the most well respected movies in the world. It is number one on AFI’s Best Westerns list. It is number twelve on their 100 Years, 100 Movies list. And John Wayne loved playing Ethan Edwards so much, he named one of his own children Ethan.
I thought it was . . . okay. Not my least favorite western of the year — I definitely liked it better than McCabe & Mrs. Miller — but it sure as hell wasn’t my favorite.
Here’s something funny: I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen Guy Pearce use his own accent in a movie. Even in an Australian movie, Guy Pearce has to play the Irish guy. It’s kind of sad, really.
The Proposition is my latest western, and just as a heads up? I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about it.
Earlier this year, I watched A Fistful of Dollars and really enjoyed it. I’d hoped I would like The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly just as much.
And maybe I would have . . . if it hadn’t been three hours long.
Film critics all around the world love McCabe & Mrs. Miller. The late Roger Ebert went so far as to call the movie “perfect”. In fact, this movie has not only been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, it also sits easy at #8 on AFI’s Top Ten Best Westerns.
It is, naturally, my least favorite western to-date.
Oh, this movie.
I watched Wyatt Earp a few years ago — I don’t even remember why — and I read Emma Bull’s Territory last year, so I figured I might as well add Tombstone to the list of westerns-to-watch this year. You know, really round out my various versions of the OK Corral and the Vendetta Ride.
Yeah. Not the best idea I’ve ever had.
Enough procrastinating. It’s time to get back to the list.
This is the oldest western on my list, and I think my favorite to date. (Okay, I’ve watched three movies thus far. Still. It’s is a good one.)