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The 20 Best Spaghetti Westerns, According To Quentin Tarantino

26 March 2015 5:24 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

No one likes making a list more than Quentin Tarantino. The beloved filmmaker annually updates his fans with his favorite movies of the past 12 months, while he also enjoys amassing lists of his most cherished films from throughout history as well. In fact, the Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and Kill Bill director has even gone as far as to list his favorites of the Spaghetti Western genre - and you probably won.t be surprised about what came out on top. Tarantino revealed his list to, and you can have a gander at his choices below: 1. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1966) 2. For A Few Dollars More (Sergio Leone, 1965) 3. Django (Sergio Corbucci, 1966) 4. The Mercenary (Sergio Corbucci, 1968) 5. Once Upon A Time In The West (Sergio Leone, 1968) 6. A Fistful Of Dollars (Sergio Leone, 1964) 7. Day Of Anger (Tonino Valerii, 1967) 8. Death Rides A Horse (Giulio Petroni, 1967) 9. Navajo Joe (Sergio »

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Quentin Tarantino Lists His Top 20 Spaghetti Westerns of All Time

26 March 2015 3:13 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

When I first heard about this list this morning I could have sworn it was old news, but as it turns out, this list of Quentin Tarantino's top 20 spaghetti westerns is a new thing as presented to us bt What I must have been thinking of was a list of spaghetti westerns that influenced Tarantino's Django Unchained, some of which are repeated here such as Sergio Corbucci's The Great Silence (read an essay I wrote on this one here) and the obvious, Django, and Giulio Petroni's Death Rides a Horse. However, this list is more than that and more than just Sergio Leone and Corbucci titles, though those two do make up eight of the twenty films on Tarantino's list. I haven't looked to see how many of the more obscure titles listed here are available on Netflix, but I have a feeling now that »

- Brad Brevet

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Quentin Tarantino's List Of His 20 Favorite Spaghetti Westerns

26 March 2015 2:26 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There is no shortage of places on the web where you can get curated lists of the best films in any genre (including here), but few of them can match the encyclopedic cinematic mind of Quentin Tarantino. A walking library of movie trivia, anecdotes, and much more, the filmmaker's video store roots are apparent anytime he shares his passionate wealth of knowledge. So today, dive deep with the director and his love of spaghetti westerns. Open Culture dug up the list Tarantino provided Swdb circa the filming of "Inglourious Basterds" of this 20 favorite spaghetti westerns. Perhaps he already had "Django Unchained" on the brain. Certainly, many of the film's we surmised as likely influences are found here, including "Navajo Joe," "The Great Silence," and "Tepepa." And it's not a shock that Tarantino is a big fan of Sergio Leone and Sergio Corbucci. Check out the full list below and let »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Quentin Tarantino Lists His 20 Favorite Spaghetti Westerns

26 March 2015 10:16 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Currently filming in rocky Colorado, Tarantino's 70mm western "The Hateful Eight" is headed for a Fall release from The Weinstein Company. Ahead of that, you can catch up on the movie-geek auteur's top 20 Italian-produced spaghetti westerns. (Hat tip: Open Culture.) Read More: Production Begins on Quentin Tarantino's "Hateful Eight" The list runs the gamut from under-seen obscurities to more obvious favorites, including the original "Django" series starring Franco Nero in the eponymous role. In 2007, Tarantino hosted a massive retrospective of spaghetti westerns at the Venice Film Festival and continues to program his favorites at his New Beverly in Los Angeles. His idol, Sergio Leone, makes more than one appearance throughout the countdown below. What did he leave off? Read More: 12 Must-See Modern Westerns 1. "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" (Sergio Leone, 1966) 2. "For a Few Dollars More" (Sergio Leone, »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Pongo at 25: Five Gems That Epitomize Studio’s Best Work for Clients

13 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

2 Broke Girls

CBS Television, 2012

With football season ending, CBS used this spot, titled “No Monday Night Football, No Problem,” in an attempt to direct male eyeballs over to the raunchy female comedy. The challenge: The show itself has absolutely nothing to do with football.

“There are always marketing goals, and at the same time you want to wrap it in a package that remains true to the show or its humor,” says Thomas McGough, founder, president and CEO of Pongo.

Desperate Housewives

ABC Television, 2010

Over-the-top sound effects and Sergio Leone spaghetti Western needle drops combine with cartoony, CGI-enhanced visuals to sell a season premiere showdown for the inhabitants of Wisteria Lane — the fictional street located on the Universal lot where the intrigue unfolds.

“The director was not part of our team, but we edited it and did all the sound design and compositing, which added to its theatrical feel,” McGough says. »

- Todd Longwell

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Interview: Ara Paiaya, director of Skin Traffik

8 March 2015 6:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tom Jolliffe chats with director Ara Paiaya about his new film Skin Traffik

British action director Ara Paiaya has stopped by at Flickering Myth to talk about his upcoming film Skin Traffik (featuring Gary Daniels, Mickey Rourke, Michael Madsen, Darryl Hannah, Jeff Fahey and Eric Roberts). Paiaya grew up studying martial arts, before developing a passion for film-making and began producing his own films. As well as directing he’s served as actor, producer, cinematographer, cameraman, writer, fight choreograph and editor on his films. A man of many talents.

Tom Jolliffe: Who or what inspired you to get into martial arts?

Ara Paiaya: Originally my Dad. I was already learning martial arts before being old enough to watch action films as I was around five years old when I started. However by the time I was in the middle of primary school I was watching films like Enter the Dragon starring Bruce Lee. »

- Gary Collinson

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Exclusive Interview With Mads Mikkelsen On The Salvation

27 February 2015 9:49 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

One of Denmark’s greatest cultural exports, actor Mads Mikkelsen, has been dazzling (and frightening) North American audiences for more than a decade. He is best known domestically for his portryals of Le Chiffre in 2006’s Casino Royale and his chilling turn as Dr. Hannibal Lecter on the NBC drama, which is heading into its third season this spring. Foreign film lovers likely know his face from a variety of movies that have found modest success here, including three Danish Oscar nominees: After the Wedding, A Royal Affair and The Hunt.

Mikkelsen’s latest effort is a gritty western called The Salvation (you can read our review here). In the thriller, which premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, the actor plays a Danish settler out for retribution against a gang leader after his family is brutally murdered.

Earlier this week, we sat down with Mikkelsen to discuss his new role. »

- Jordan Adler

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The Salvation Review

26 February 2015 3:48 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With his tough, chiseled face, Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen has one of world cinema’s best mugs. The actor carries so much of the weight of his many characters in his face, whether it be Hannibal Lecter’s suave cunning on television or anguished despair in his triumphant role in Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt. Naturally, as a stoic settler trying to get retribution on a bloodthirsty baddie in The Salvation, a pastiche to the westerns of John Ford and Sergio Leone, Mikkelsen is magnetic, expressing deep hurt and pain with just a glower or grimace.

As recent Danish immigrant Jon, Mikkelsen’s bloodied and blistered face is a wall to show just how resolute he can be. Jon crossed the Atlantic with his brother (Mikael Persbrandt) in the 1860s with the hopes of making a living in a frontier town. He learned the customs and language, as did the »

- Jordan Adler

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Review: Western 'The Salvation' Starring Mads Mikkelsen And Eva Green Is An Extremely Affectionate Fake

25 February 2015 4:01 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As much as we love the western genre, it appears Danish director Kristian Levring, (who was the fourth signatory of the Dogme95 movement, film history fans) loves it more. His "The Salvation" is a testament to that — a loving and in fact overly adulatory genre film which is not so much a take on the revenge Western as a deeply faithful recreation of it — is at times so faithful as to veer dangerously close to pastiche.  Despite the casting of 2012 Cannes Best Actor Mads Mikkelsen, who is as effortlessly compelling and committed as ever in the central role, there is something inauthentic about the whole endeavor, as the film wastes its one true claim to originality —  the Danish angle — in favor of mouthing the words, wearing the clothes and walking the swagger of the John Ford, Howard Hawks and Sergio Leone movies Levring and co. clearly worship. And so, as intermittently fun, »

- Jessica Kiang

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However Compelling, Western The Salvation Fails to Break New Ground

24 February 2015 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Two Bond villains and Eva Green walk into a western, and they emerge with a rugged — if far from revolutionary — old-school horse-opera throwback. Having long since ditched the Dogme 95 precepts that guided his breakout 2000 feature, The King Is Alive, Danish director Kristian Levring employs a bounty of CG-enhanced Sergio Leone–isms for The Salvation, the story of a Danish soldier-turned-settler named Jon (Casino Royale's Mads Mikkelsen) who's reunited with his wife and child in 1871 America, only to have them raped and murdered. Jon exacts bloody revenge for this crime, which in turn makes him the target of a bandit leader (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in league with a mayor (Tomorrow Never Dies' Jonathan Pryce) and in love with »

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"American Sniper": 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly'

22 February 2015 9:25 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

From "The Good The Bad and The Ugly.Ca, Sneak Peek 'the good, the bad and the ugly' in director Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller:

Michael Stevens For 'The Good':

"In this pulse-pounding action feature, actor Bradley Cooper, eerily inhabits the role of patriotic Navy Seal 'Chris Kyle', with a steely determination in his eyes that gives way to a Wtf expression whenever he pauses to think about what his dangerous job entails...

"...embodying his father's flashback wish for him to be a protective 'sheepdog', rather than a predator wolf preying on the weak, or an innocent sheep waiting to be led to slaughter.

"Director Eastwood deftly drops the viewer into the heart of darkness on several tours of duty with Kyle, as we share his moral responsibilities in the use of deadly force and power, plus the struggles veteran soldiers »

- Michael Stevens

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Berlin Review: Berlin Best Director Radu Jude's Bawdy, Brilliant 'Aferim!'

17 February 2015 8:05 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Seemingly a stylistic 180 from his last film (the tremendous domestic black comedy "Everyone In Our Family"), director Radu Jude's "Aferim!" has been categorized by most as a "Romanian Western." And if this summons a certain Sergio Leone vibe, then it's borne out by the opening titles, set in a distinctly cowboyish font against a shot of a cactus framed against a bright sky while a traditional folk song wails out. But while we're told this is 1835 Wallachia, the film's brilliantly well-imagined world, photographed in tactile black and white, seems to belong to an earlier era — a time of feudal lords, troubadours, hags and wenches. Then again, perhaps the "man's gotta do" ethos of the American West (as imagined in cinema) is itself an evolution of the tales of knights and quests and honor such as might have been immortalized in jaunty Medieval folk songs and passed on in crowded taverns. »

- Jessica Kiang

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How ‘Super Metroid’ channeled ‘Aliens’ and became the first feminist video game

11 February 2015 7:46 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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In his not-quite seminal but still very good 1998 essay “F/X Porn,” David Foster Wallace dissects the lasting legacy of James Cameron’s mega-blockbuster Terminator 2: Judgment Day. (Well, more accurately, he examines the enduring stain left by Cameron’s film on the modern action movie, but whatever.) The essay doesn’t offer much in the way of profundity regarding CGI-addled blockbusters or Arnold Scwarzenegger, though it does have that singular Wallace wit; the appeal of the breezy essay lies within Wallace’s digressive musings on Aliens, Cameron’s previous film, to which the writer dedicates just as many words as he does to the purported subject of the essay.

For the uninitiated, Aliens is Cameron’s lean, mean sequel to Ridley Scott’s body-horror classic Alien. An ostensible testosterone-fueled flick, replete with guns and gear and gruff military types spitting out phrases like, “Stop »

- Greg Cwik

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Review: Ennio Morricone In Concert At The O2 Arena In London

6 February 2015 11:38 AM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

(Photo copyright 2014 by Mark Mawston. All rights reserved.)

By Mark Mawston

Ennio Morricone, one of the most celebrated film composers in cinema history, appeared to a packed 02  arena in London’s Docklands on February 5th 2015. The venue, (formally The Millennium Dome) normally a mainstay for Boy Bands and Revered Rockers, seemed Cathedral -like, not only due to its sheer size and capacity, but mainly due to the soaring music which filled it over two hours. This concert, unlike other Morricone concerts I’ve had the pleasure to attend, had a reverential feel to it, one of reflection. The music that the 100 strong orchestra and 75 piece choir gave life to wasn’t simply the most popular from the composer’s incredible body of work but obviously the ones that meant to most to him personally. Tracks from films such as Casualties Of War, 1900, The Mission and Cinema Paradiso were the ones given centre stage. »

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Interview: Filmmaker Alex Beh Presents ‘Warren’ at Midwest Independent Film Festival

2 February 2015 9:58 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – The opening night of the 2015 Midwest Independent Film Festival is on its usual First Tuesday of the month, February 3rd, and what better way to kick it off then to have Chicagoland native Alex Beh come back to present the Windy City premiere of his first feature film, “Warren.” Beh wrote, directed and performed as the title character in this slice-of-life romance about staying true to a life’s path, and everything that happens in spite of that hope.

Alex Beh was born in Chicago, and grew up in nearby Winnetka. He trained locally in acting and improvisation through The Second City, iO Theater and the Piven Workshop. Now based in Los Angeles, he continues to work as an actor, writer and director, with seven short films to his credit and a number of TV and independent film appearances. In “Warren,” he cast veteran actors John Heard and Jean Smart »

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Film Review: ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’

31 January 2015 4:38 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As far as nautical nonsense goes, it’s hard to top the climax of 2004’s “The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie,” in which the fate of our heroes hinged on the density of David Hasselhoff’s leg hair. This year’s follow-up, “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” may not quite equal those heights, but by doubling down on the Nickelodeon series’ inherent surreality, it proves just as memorable. Alternately inspired, exhausting, clever, stupid (not to mention stupid-clever), and about as meta as any kidpic this side of “Duck Amuck,” the Paul Tibbitt-directed feature ought to prove equally popular among the franchise’s key grade-schooler and head-shop-owner demographics.

Though the film’s marketing materials make the most of its characters’ expansion into three-dimensional CG, most of the first two acts take the more familiar form of Stephen Hillenburg’s TV toon, interspersed with live-action narration from an irritable pirate (Antonio Banderas »

- Andrew Barker

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Slow West Movie Review

28 January 2015 3:45 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Slow West Director: John Maclean Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendelsohn, Caren Pistorius, Rory McCann The Western is an interesting genre, one that historically did not belong entirely to the United States. Stories were usually set there in the American West but often made by non-American filmmakers such as Sergio Leone. This year’s Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Competition brings a film coproduced by the United Kingdom and New Zealand that sets itself in the West after the Civil War, following a young Scottish boy in search of his true love, who has come to America. This Western is in many ways traditional, full of slow developments and less  [ Read More ]

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- abe

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‘Sniper’, ‘Boy Next Door’, ‘Mortdecai’ Up In Actuals; ‘Taken 3′ Cume Shifts: Intl Bo

27 January 2015 4:08 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

2Nd Update, Tuesday 4 Am Pt: Actuals are in for the international weekend with no major discrepancies save for a big drop on Taken 3. After Sunday’s report of a $57.2M total in non-Fox markets, the confirmed total came in at $39.8M. The difference was down to an incorrect cume provided to Fox by EuropaCorp for those territories. The overseas total is now a corrected $134M. In new pics, both JLo-starrer The Boy Next Door and Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai saw small bumps (up a respective $23K and $70K). American Sniper reloaded to $18M from a previously projected $17.6M.

Updated below are final numbers on those films along with: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Penguins Of Madagascar, The Theory Of Everything, Unbroken, Seventh Son, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Into The Woods, Ouija, The Imitation Game, Birdman, Ex Machina, »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Why ‘American Sniper’ Is Doing Better Overseas Than Previous Middle East War Movies

22 January 2015 1:16 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Timing, stars and nuanced campaigns help Clint Eastwood-Bradley Cooper drama start fast abroad for Warner Bros.

The Clint Eastwood-directed Iraq War saga “American Sniper” is off to a strong start at the overseas box office, having taken in more than $26 million in two weeks.

The international launch of the Bradley Cooper drama is particularly impressive, given how tough it has been for modern movies that deal with Americans at war in the Middle East to connect abroad.

To put that in perspective, “American Sniper” has already taken in more than the $24.2 million that last year’s Afghan War drama “Lone Survivor, »

- Todd Cunningham

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The Big Butt Craze Continues To Rack Up Real Casualties, Expert Speaks Up

20 January 2015 12:06 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Butt shape and size is like that Clint Eastwood / Sergio Leone classic spaghetti Western film, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”Great butt enhancement is done safely with a patient’s own fat, and with a proportional esthetic. Bad butt work can lead to death. The ugly? Well, make sure you steel yourself and have a look.The recent news that a Missouri man was extradited by sheriff deputies in Prince George’s County for fatal butt injections reveals that the illegal “back-alley” butt enhancement business is not going away anytime soon.Police who issued the warrant for Vinnie Taylor’s arrest say he […] »

- April Neale

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