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Western Challenge; May 2012
Topic Started: Apr 29 2012, 11:00:13 PM (3,324 Views)
Nopros
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Since Kasparius hasn't been online for a while and he don't answer my messages I decided to make the thread since he is absent. Time for a Western challenge! A term that is pretty easy to define. Check IMDb if you are in doubt.

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The Goal is to watch as many western movies as possible.


The rules are as usual:
- A feature film (Anything over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- A total of 90 minutes of short films count as one entry.
- For Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series with shorter episodes (25 minutes or so), the 90 minute rule applies.
- No rewatches

Challenge runs from 1 May 2012 - 31 May 2012.

So far we have three official lists on ICM concerning western movies. That's two IMDb lists and one spaghetti western list.

http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/western/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/spaghetti+westerns/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/100+essential+westerns/

Here's some other lists you can use that are unofficial:

http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/500+top+western+movies/jlacovara/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/quentin+tarantinos+top+20+spaghetti+westerns/kasparius/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/wild+wests+100+greatest+westerns/kasparius/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/100+western+bfi+screen+guide/kasparius/



Participants:
sushantv10 - 79
moviefreak - 41 (10)
Cippenham - 26
Nopros - 22 (10)
VincentPrice - 20
Crinderman - 18 (10)
Afirm - 16
burneyfan - 16 (20)
Kasparius - 14
Kowry - 14 (10)
onshy - 13
mightysparks - 13 (12)
jonas2k - 11 (10)
Timec - 11
allisoncm - 9
Gregmnewman - 8 (10)
frbrown - 2
Nuclearplanet - 1
Local Hero - 1
Edited by Nopros, May 29 2012, 09:15:07 PM.
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About time I watched a few westerns. Will try for 10.
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Definitely in
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I'm in and my goal is 10.
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I'm in too. Gonna try to get silver on the IMDb list (need 12).
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I'm in, I need 10 for a bronze on the spaghetti western list so that's my goal.
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Count me in to ride out and try to watch mainly films on the 100 Essential Westerns list I have not seen and a few others recorded on TV or on other lists.
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Yeah, why not. I've been having a little break from movies, though, and it will probably last for at least a couple of days more. I've only seen 15 from the IMDb Western list, so I'll probably try to get bronze for that (so, at least 10 films), but not sure how motivated I'll be. And I may have a busy May, so I don't know how much time there will be left for movies.
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I AM IN

But got mostly unofficial checks to look forward too.......may be will get few from the spaghetti list (had trouble finding English subtitles for few).
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Yay! I sure love me some participants. :)
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This will finally make me watch Once Upon a Time in the West - its been at the top of my Watchlist for about 6 months.
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I'm gonna aim for 10 as well.
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I'm in. I'll mainly focus on the spaghetti list and watch as much as I can from the 100 essential westerns :)
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I'm in.
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I'm in.
I need to see Giant to get my platinum on the imdb list.
Hopefully I'll make 10 or 15 during the month.
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Definitely in; going for 20, though I may continue on into June, as well.
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1. Fort Massacre-1958: 7/10

Pretty good Cavalry film with Joel McCrea, lots of fights with Indians and stuff.

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1. Shenandoah (1965) Andrew V. McLaglen

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1. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) 5/10

It'll be a miracle if I rate anything 6+ during this challenge.

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May 1 2012, 12:39:50 PM
It'll be a miracle if I rate anything 6+ during this challenge.
Maybe try to find a zombie western. I'm pretty sure they'll exist. :D
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May 1 2012, 12:39:50 PM
It'll be a miracle if I rate anything 6+ during this challenge.
Maybe try to find a zombie western. I'm pretty sure they'll exist. :D
I only know of this one: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0795505/

I might try and watch that one as well.
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01. Five Bold Women (1960) 6/10


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02. Little Big Man (1970) 7/10

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1. Devil's Doorway : Another Good one from Anthony Mann, he sure made some great westerns.

2. Saddle the Wind : Cassavates as the gun crazy brother , made it decent one time watch.

3. Joe Kidd : Not comparable to Eastwood's better westerns . Avg one.

4.One Eyed Jacks : Not sure why it took me this long to get to it. Liked it more than expected.

5. 5 Card Stud : A little bit of murder mystery to go along with the regular plot, in this western starring Robert Mitchum and Dean Martin.

After back to back westerns thought of watching something entirely different , Shia Labeouf early flick , Holes(2003) , but as it turns out it too surprisingly had a strong western back story.
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1. Roughshod (1949, Mark Robson)

I'm starting out quite well. In Roughshod three killers have just broken out of jail, all the county is looking for them, but they are doing some searching as well. Their ring leader wants the man who put him in jail. To complicate things their target, and his kid brother are escorting some women of ill repute through the desert.

For what seems to be more or less a b-western it sure got a lot of mileage out of what it got, including the acting department. Though it's more of a Gloria Grahame vehicle, with a more unknown Robert Sterling having the male lead (both of whom delivered fine performances) I was more intruiged by the supporting cast. In particular Myrna Dell, who plays Grahame's more cunning second in command, John Ireland as the main vilain and one of the better child performances of the era given by Claude Jarman Jr.

Some of the plotpoints might be a tad simple, but what really struck me in this was how they played more to the drama aspects of the story, letting the danger stay in the background. The whole thing becomes quite effective, without ever really rushing the plot and giving you characters you can care about to boot. This is definitely a winner. Glad I found it! 8/10.
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1. Appaloosa (2008) 7/10
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2. Rio Lobo (1970, Howard Hawks) 7/10

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2. Massacre (1934, Alan Crosland)

In this modern western Richard Barthelmess plays the son of a chief turned sideshow sensation who returns to the reservation to see his dying father. While there he sees how the Indians are being crushed and stolen from by the government officials in charge. When his 15 year old sister is raped by one of the officials he sets out for revenge.

I got to say, I had never expected to see such a strong film, about this subject, in the 1930s. This is however one of those films with a strong and highly interesting message, but seemingly had a bit too small funds to get the right execution. It's an interesting mix between concepts of quite a lot of depht and food for thought, mixed in with more simpleminded notions and plot-development. Standing at just 69 mins, it came and went quickly, but left an impression. 6/10.
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May 1 2012, 01:05:19 PM
jvv
May 1 2012, 12:56:55 PM
mightysparks
May 1 2012, 12:39:50 PM
It'll be a miracle if I rate anything 6+ during this challenge.
Maybe try to find a zombie western. I'm pretty sure they'll exist. :D
I only know of this one: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0795505/

I might try and watch that one as well.
Curse of the Undead (1959)

Have fun with the challenge!
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I'll join. I probably won't see very many, but I'm going to at least try to watch some Ford, Boetticher, and Mann films.
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3. Sergeant Rutledge (1960, John Ford)
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Now this was a bit of a surprise, particularly coming from John Ford who had done some rather insulting portrayals of African Americans in the past. Overlooking the themes the western courtroom drama hybrid in fascinating just in itself, but this film has so much to offer. This was a movie greenlighted and made at the end of the 50s, and it's simply astonishing to see such a head-on attack on racism without any racism in the work itself, certainly a gem of it's era. It has to be pointed out that this was made two years before To Kill a Mockingbird(and the novel itself was released the same year this came out).

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Woody Strode gives a strong performance as the black army sergeant charged with killing his commanding officer and raping and killing his daughter. Throughout the movie we never even know if he actually did it, which on top of the obviously racist attorney and the prejudiced audience/judges is quite a bit of food for thought. In this sense it might be Ford's most intellectual film. We really do not know what to believe, everything is clouded. The flashbacks themselves are all circumstancal, most only goes to prove he's a brave soldier, which raises the question, could such an honorable soldier commit such an act. Definitely recommended. 8/10.
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4. The Missouri Breaks (1976, Arthur Penn)
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Now here is a movie that literally made me roll around in pure laughter. IMDb does not label it a comedy, and though the genre definitely should be added I can see why it's not there. Part of it's power simply stems from the surprise, the comedic elements, at first, were just plain unexpected. Despite it's quirks it never feels like it's striving for laughs, other than some Marlon Brando fart jokes, but he appears to be so high that it just works somehow.

A lot of it's comedy also comes with unease, it's the kind of film where I from very early on felt that anything could happen, anyone could die. It really doesn't follow any kind of real rules, including an incredibly surprising anti-climax in one of the later scenes (and oh how I love anti-climaxes). It seems like Penn wanted to just take a shot and make a movie his way. Some elements might seem a bit heavy, again, particularly in regard to Marlon Brando - but remarkably enough - despite heavy reservations when he first showed up - his space-out sociopatic tendencies was just beautiful to watch, no matter how silly it might be. I really enjoyed how it took breaks, let us get to know the characters, and the more floating narrative of it all. Not to mention that we have Jack Nicholsen, Harry Dean Stanton and Randy Quaid giving really entertaining quality performances. Great stuff! 8.5/10.
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Nice reviews from Crinderman.... Roughshod and The Missouri Breaks on my watchlist now.
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2. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) 4/10

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6. The law and Jake wade

7. Django il bastardo

8. Texas Addios
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Finally got this show in the road with:

Union Pacific (1939)

Well made Western with drama about how they built a railroad all the way across to the Pacific. Barbara Stanywyck is good but her Irish accent is not so good in this film.

Another film with a comment by monty, is there anything much he has not seen :D

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03. Giant (1956) 5/10

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1. Lonesome Dove - Episode 1
2. Lonesome Dove - Episode 2
3. Lonesome Dove - Episode 3
4. Lonesome Dove - Episode 4
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