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Westerns Challenge; Official; May 2017
Topic Started: Apr 30 2017, 02:00:27 AM (5,048 Views)
psychotronicbeatnik
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58. Last Stand at Saber River (1997) Dick Lowry / FTV 5/28 / Rating: 8
Solid adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel.

59. The Hateful Eight (2015) Quentin Tarantino / FTV 5/29 / Rating: 8
The Thing goes west in glorious 70mm.

60. The Lone Ranger (2013) Gore Verbinski / FTV 5/29 / Rating: 6
Sour - although I chuckled whenever Silver and Depp were on the screen together.

61. Buffalo Bill and the Indians (1976) Robert Altman / FTV 5/30 / Rating: 8
"Remember, son, the last thing that a man wants to do is the last thing he does."

61 westerns watched with 37 FTVs and 24 revisions:
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The Last 8 Oaters:

78. Cruces sobre el yermo (Crosses Over the Wasteland, 1967) - Alberto Mariscal. 9/10
79. Hot Spur (1968) - Lee Frost. 7/10
80. Dirty Little Billy (1972) - Stan Dragoti. 9/10
81. Kid Blue (1973) - James Frawley. 8.5/10
82. Thomasine & Bushrod (1974) - Gordon Parks Jr.. 8/10
83. China 9, Liberty 37/Amore, piombo e furore (1978) - Monte Hellman. 8.5/10
84. Rosszemberek (Bad Guys, 1979) - György Szomjas. 9/10
85. The Hateful Eight (2015) - Quentin Tarantino. 6.5/10

It was lots of fun, thanks for hosting, sol!

!seen 85

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I have hung up my cowboy boots already, but what about YOU? :shoot:

I am now announcing a (slightly longer than) 24 hour window in which you can make final posts and edits before I announce the final results tomorrow.

Final results will be posted at some point between 11:00am and 3:00pm GMT on June 1st.

Whether I make the final announcement closer to 1100 GMT or 1500 GMT will depend entirely on how busy I am after work.

To avoid disappointment, I'd recommend making final edits by 11am GMT if possible. :cowboy:
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Well, based on time zones the challenge is over around GMT +12
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May 31 2017, 09:24:46 AM
Well, based on time zones the challenge is over around GMT +12
Oh, right. That makes some sense. :blush:

OK - scrap what I said above; I'll wait until GMT 1200 (8:00pm my time) or later until declaring the Challenge closed.
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15. Rooster Cogburn (1975) 6/10
16. Viva Zapata! (1952) 6.5/10

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43. Meek's Cutoff (2010) - Oregon Trail: The Movie?
44. BloodRayne II: Deliverance (2007)
This wasn't the plan, but I realised today that BloodRayne III fits the war challenge, and this one the western challenge, so at least this is one way to get through them.

Riding into the s... Man on Fire! Man on Fire!

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Of the 44 westerns this month there wasn't really many highlights. (Even if many of them are considered classics) But some recommandations from me would be The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), 3:10 to Yuma (1957), True Grit (1969) and Nybyggarna (1972). I will also look closer into the Randolph Scott Westerns from now on.

And of course I'm still curious about the rest of Presley and Reagan's movies.

Even with strong competiton from Uwe Boll and Adam Sandler, Gang of Roses (2003) was the worst this month.
The most disappointing one was Lucky Luke (1991). They got Jolly Jumper,and drawing faster than his own shadow right. But everything else (particularly his age) just seemed completely wrong.

New awards this month:
Platinum (2/5): FilmTotaal top 100, Fantasy
Gold (5/16): Reddit top 250, Taschen 100 All-time favorite movies, Drama, 1980s, 1990s
Silver (5/39): Empire 500, Crime, War, Western, 2010s
Bronze (10/74): 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, Cahiers du cinéma 100, Roger Ebert: the great movies, Stanley Kubrick, Cinephile, The New Cult Canon, Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films, BBC's 100 greatest films of the 21st Century, 1940s, 1960s
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164. Se incontri Sartana prega per la tua morte (1968) 3/10
"How many times I tell you... that my name is Don José Manuel Francisco Mendoza Montezuma de la Plata Perez Rodriguez... but you can call me General Tampico!"

165. Il ritorno di Ringo (1965) 5.5/10
The theme for this evening is "spaghetti westerns with the name of the protagonist in the movie title"

166. Navajo Joe (1966) 6.75/10
Amazing soundtrack (by Il Maestro of course)!

167. Mannaja (1977) 6/10
Or "A man called Blade" to end this evenings "spaghetti's with protagonist name in the title".

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15 633 minutes of westerns. That's over 260 hours or if you want it in days, 10,8.

Average running time: 93,6 minutes.

Average movies a day: 5,38

Average rating: 6.515/10

Best movie: Giů la testa (1971)
Worst Movie: The Terror of Tiny Town (1938)

Best performance by an actor: Audie Murphy in No Name on the Bullet (1959)
Best performance by an actress: Candice Bergen in Soldier Blue (1970)

Congratulations on the win PUNQ well deserved!

Thanks to sol for hosting.
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You both beat the previous record of 113. So good job :)
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14. Sentenza di morte (1968) 7/10
15.-26. Deadwood (Season 3) 8/10
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62. The Scarlet Horseman (1946) Lewis D. Collins, Ray Taylor / FTV 5/13-5/31 / Rating: 5
Typical serial of the mid to late forties feels a bit tired. Universal only made two more after this one and scrapped their plans for a sequel.
"As a two-gun bad man, Saunders, you couldn't pistol whip a ghost."

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Slowed down the past few days as I ran out of westerns to watch, but did watch one last one....


189. The Gallant Fool (1933, Robert N. Bradbury) - 3/10 - FIRST CHECK!
--- A bizarre creation in Bob Steele's filmography. Filled with circus performers from real knife throwing acts to acrobats, and daddy Robert N. Bradbury even force a song on Steele. His father figure in the film is equally weird. A serious George 'Gabby' Hayes! None of that Gabby stuff! Instead clean shaven, neat hair and straight acting. I almost laughed more than usual at Hayes because it was so wrong after seeing him in countless movies as the silly lovable sidekick! And the funniest thing about one of the most serious performances of his career. He plays a clown!

I don't really know how to take this movie, with so little plot and circus footage which NEVER ends! The Gallant Fool (1933) is much more a circus movie than a western with Bob as a trapeze artist touring with the group out west. It's like director Bradbury just went to the circus and filmed all the acts putting as much of it as he could to into movie to fill his obligated hour worth of entertainment to get this release done. Or he just spent too much on the circus performers leaving nothing left in the budget for the rest of the movie and HAD to use all the footage he got in order to meet the producers demands. It sure made for a "unique" viewing experience.




Thanks for the battle 72allinncallme! I might have won in quantity, but you won in time! Regret I didn't keep track of the running time (I'll try and do that next time we clash), but so many of these were the typical B-movie from that era, which means most was between 53 to 60 minutes. The modern westerns increased the number of minutes along with the few big westerns from 1941-43. My guess would be somewhere around 220 hours.

I will also echo sol doing a excellent job hosting.

As for my own stats. After watching 189.... only 2 were Official Checks! Compare that with I being the first to check 67 of the films I saw!

Best Movie: The Shepherd of the Hills (1941, Henry Hathaway) with John Wayne
Worst Movie: Too many to mention or that don't deserve to be mentioned, 8 in total getting the bottom rating 1/10, with the modern ones were the worst offenders.


PS: Your "Worst Movie" of the challenge, The Terror of Tiny Town (1938), might be Sam Newfield's "best". Feel lucky you didn't watch the 20 Newfield westerns I did for this challenge.



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May 31 2017, 09:13:58 PM
Worst Movie: Too many to mention or that don't deserve to be mentioned, 8 in total getting the bottom rating 1/10, with the modern ones were the worst offenders.
Have you seen BloodRayne II or Gang of Roses? I don't really think any Western (made by professionals, even if it doesn't seem that way) can be worse than those.
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May 31 2017, 07:42:40 PM
You both beat the previous record of 113. So good job :)
They both beat the previous record for any non-Horror challenge, no?

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albajos
May 31 2017, 07:42:40 PM
You both beat the previous record of 113. So good job :)
They both beat the previous record for any non-Horror challenge, no?

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Yes, animation is now 3rd with 145. But I only add the winning score to the record table or else the list will be crazy long.
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36. The Hanging Tree (1959)

That's probably it for me, and it's a strong finish to the challenge.

Thanks for hosting, sol!

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12. The Magnificent Seven-2016: 8/10

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63. From Hell To Texas (1958) Henry Hathaway / FTV 5/31 / Rating: 8+

That's it for me. Now, it's WAR!



I went west 63 times with 39 FTVs and 24 revisions:
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56. Prega il morto e ammazza il vivo (1971) 6.5/10
57. ˇMátalo! (1970) 7/10
58. I crudeli (1967) 6.5/10

And with that I both finish the Spaghetti Westerns list and the challenge! Fun stuff!

Django Rides Some More!
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08. The Squaw Man, de Cecil B. DeMille (1931) 6,5/10

Original story, but the acting isn't really that good, and one can feel the direction is restrained (probably for technical reasons, I guess).

Notches on my gun (07)
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Many thanks to all 23 participants who made this Challenge such an exciting race.

Is this some sort of record?

A very special congratulations to each of the following eight participants. All of them watched more than 31 westerns - or an average of more than one per day:

Listed alphabetically, well done to 72allinncallme, albajos, flavo, frbrown, jdidaco, klaus, psychotronicbeatnik, PUNQ.

And now, without further ado, I present the final finishing order (I would ask for a drum roll, however, you can easily gain this information from the updated first post in the thread, so this might not be too much of a surprise). :whistling:

21st place (tie): blocho, orama, weirdboy (1)

15th place (tie): 3eyes, afirm, connordenney, Nathan, RGB. wowwee (2)

14th place: cinephage (8)

13th place: Mochard (10)

12th place: Vincent Price (12)

11th place: Cynical Cinephile (13)

10th place (tie): HVM, sol (16)

8th place: klaus78 (26)

7th place: frbrown (36)

6th place: albajos (44)

5th place: flavo (58)

4th place: psychotronic beatnik (63)

3rd place: jdidaco (85)

2nd place: 72allincallme (163)

1st place: PUNQ (189)


Special mention to 72allincallwho and PUNQ for beating PUNQ's old record. You both deserve a place in albaj's history books. :worship:

And a very special mention to psychotronic beatnik for watching 19 more revisions than anyone else. :o

See you on the war thread.

Over and out. :cowboy:
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Thanks for hosting, sol. And what a showing by our winner and runner-up! :poshclap: / :wacko:
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