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Tuesday, 18 May 2004 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();<br> studio: United Artists MPAA rating: NR starring: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Rada Rassimov, Mario Brega, Chelo Alonso, Aldo Giuffre, Luigi Pistilli, Antonio Casas release year: 1966 film rating: Four-and-a-half stars sound/picture rating: Four stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Quentin Tarantino has declared The Good, The Bad and The Ugly to be “the best-directed movie of all time,” which begs a whole wagonload of questions. But it really is superbly directed in Leone’s signature style: lots of very wide shots of tiny characters off in the receding distance (Leone was a David Lean fan) alternating with intense, screen-filling closeups. Scenes run very long—the climactic shootout lasts almost five minutes before the first one draws his gun—and the pace is deliberate. Characters are very strongly delineated, but they’re not complex—what you first see is what you always get. His movies are so intensely stylized that they constantly verge on self-parody, but never topple over, partly because Leone ...
Tuesday, 18 November 2003 |  Written by Paul Lingas  | 
title: Once Upon A Time In The West function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();<br> studio: Paramount Home Entertainment MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson, Gabriele Ferzetti, Woody Strode, Jack Elam, Lionel Stander, Paolo Stoppa, Frank Wolff, Keenan Wynn theatrical release year: 1967 release year: 2003 film rating: Four-and-a-Half Stars sound/picture: Three-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Paul Lingas Long considered a masterpiece of Western cinema, Sergio Leone’s “Once Upon a Time in the West” pays homage to the Western genre in a way that both paints the genre in superb technical detail and capitalizes on its popularity to fashion twists and turns that only Leone could deliver. Many consider this film to be the first post-modernist Western, since it draws so heavily from many John Ford films, including “High Noon” and “The Searchers.” Restored to its original uncut form, cleaned and re-transferred, including an all new Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, as well as the restored original mono track, this edition brings the mastery of 36 years ago into stark ...
Tuesday, 20 November 2001 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: The Outlaw Josey Wales function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();<br> studio: Warner Home Video MPAA rating: PG starring: Clint Eastwood, Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, John Vernon release year: 1976 film rating: Three Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein You have to hand it to director/star Clint Eastwood. When people think of American-made Westerns of the late ‘60s and ‘70s, ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales’ is probably exactly what they have in mind -- even if they’ve never seen the movie. Eastwood and writers Phil Kaufman and Sonia Chernus have crafted a quintessential representative of the Western film, even if its plot components seem to be individually interchangeable with countless others in the genre.
Tuesday, 08 May 2001 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: The Magnificent Seven function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: MGM Home Entertainment MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn, Horst Bucholz release year: 1960 film rating: Three-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein One of the more interesting qualities of "The Magnificent Seven" is that it will likely seem familiar even to a first-time viewer. This is at least in part because composer Elmer Bernstein’s theme has become the quintessential Western introduction – TV stations have used the music for what seems like eternity to promote their sagebrush sagas. And why not? Bernstein’s composition seems to sonically embody those traits of all good Westerns – brisk, exciting bursts interspersed with more contemplative, wistful stretches.
Tuesday, 31 October 2000 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Ride In The Whirlwind function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();<br> studio: VCI Home Video MPAA rating: NR starring: Jack Nicholson, Cameron Mitchell, Millie Perkins, Harry Dean Stanton, Katherine Squire, George Mitchell, Rupert Crosse, Tom Filer release year: 1966 film rating: Four stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Monte Hellman and Jack Nicholson met while working on 'The Wild Ride,' which Hellman edited and which starred Nicholson. They became friendly, and went to the Philippines together to make two films back to back, both directed by Hellman, both starring Nicholson -- who also wrote one of them.
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