Wednesday, May 26, 2010

05/26/10 - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly... Part 2

Wow! So many comments referring to Clint Eastwood's movie (started by Carson), I just had to put-up a poster from the original movie...

Movie Poster

Maybe I should paste my face over Clint's? Not now, too many other things to do! Although I do need to see that movie again...

Hmmm... I've had two medical appointments yesterday and today. I will get to posting about them, hopefully tomorrow!

7 Comments:

Blogger willis said...

Don't even know where to start . . . so

Those Sergio Leone "Spaghetti Westerns" are the best. The well-known "Dollars Trilogy" of course, and "The G, the B and the U" are certainly genius, but perhaps more transcendental is "Once Upon A Time In the West," which, although it does not star the unconquerable Clint (instead inserting Bronson in the antihero "man with no name" role), nevertheless is the best, I believe -- so watch or rewatch that one, too, Mark! Henry Fonda is NOT a fuddy-duddy old man, but truly scary. The amazing thing about these films is that an Italian guy actually created the mythology that we Americans now believe to be the truth about our own American West, and yet, of course, it is all just allegorical illusion -- and "Once Upon a Time . . ." uses that illusion to weave a great story -- this time about the "invasion" of the railroad, as opposed to the messy encroachment of the Civil War. Eastwood's own "High Plains Drifter" was superb, but I have come to understand that the Leone stuff is superior. ("I have not seen Leone's highly-acclaimed "last" western "Duck, You Sucker" with James Coburn, which is also apparently required watching.) Leone also made an amazing American crime film, "Once Upon a Time in America," but the thing was so horribly cut by the producer (very long Euro release highly rec!) that he never made a film again, and died soon after the American release. I could go on and on, but everyone is already asleep!

5/27/2010 7:50 AM  
Blogger willis said...

And, they were generally filmed in Spain!

5/27/2010 7:52 AM  
Blogger Big Monkey said...

Where is Clint's buddy Clyde? He's my idol.

5/27/2010 6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rich has always signed everything Press On from Phil 3:12. Since cancer he has changed his notes to me signed, "Never tell me the odds" Hans Solo.
Your The Good, The Bad and The Ugly made me laugh. I think you two would really like each other!
Looking for you to update soon, Lisa

6/01/2010 11:59 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Willis,

I do appreciate your comment, but did not realize you were a closet "Spaghetti Western" fan. I don't watch too much TV, but I at least have to see The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly again soon!

-Mark

6/13/2010 5:41 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Big Monkey,

Strange, I was able to find those "Any Wich Way.." movies starring Clyde on our cable guide, and someone had mysteriously set the DVR to record them. Hmmm...

-Mark

6/13/2010 5:50 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Lisa,

Ha! What a coincidence! We should meet up sometime...

-Mark

6/13/2010 5:53 PM  

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