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While Klaus Kinski is not the star of Zapata-themed spaghetti western A Bullet for the General, screening as part of Anthology Film Archives' Kinski retrospective, his performance as religious zealot El Santo stands out in his prolific filmography.
Unlike the sadistic killers Kinski played in Westerns like For a Few Dollars More and The Great Silence, Kinski's character personifies the Zapata subgenre's typical mistrust of revolutionary idealism. But unfortunately, as this is a cynical conversion narrative, Santo, a devout believer in class warfare (he rants about serving God by killing the rich), doesn't receive the most screen time. Instead, the focus is on baby-faced American assassin Bill Tate (Lou Castel), who joins up with the outlaws and gets bandit »
How many careers can one man have? Eli Wallach was a Tony award-winning Broadway actor and a soldier, a leading pioneer in the realm of Method acting and Mr. Freeze on the Batman TV show, a villainous live wire and an elderly person so intrinsically soulful that just his presence in a movie could make you happy and sad for no apparent reason.
Wallach was already over 50 when he got his most famous role, and he had almost 50 years left on this earth afterwards. There are a couple of generations that probably only know the older Wallach, stepping into movies »
- Darren Franich
Clint Eastwood released Jersey Boys this weekend, but we all know that the Clint we know and love was never big into showtunes. The best Eastwood is definitely the one who chomped cigars and made ponchos look cool in Sergio Leone’s The Man with No Name trilogy.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the iconic and influential trilogy began with A Fistful of Dollars in 1964, continued with For a Few Dollars More in 1965 and concluded with The Good, The Bad and The Ugly the next year. All three films are classics, no doubt about it. And now, We Got This Covered is giving away one Blu-Ray copy of the complete, remastered trilogy!
So, do you feel lucky, punk? (Oops, wrong Clint!) To win, it’s really quite simple. Like We Got This Covered on Facebook and re-tweet our contest message (below). A winner will be »
- Isaac Feldberg
I talk in pictures, not in words
-- "And Through the Wire" by Peter Gabriel
Welcome to Sounds Like Film, Slackerwood's new monthly feature on music in local and independent film.
Music plays an integral role in film. Whether it's a well-placed song with lyrics to enhance a mood or scene or a film score that evokes an emotional response, the audience's experience is heightened by music. Studies have demonstrated that music stimulates several areas of the brain: the auditory, limbic and motor regions as well as the less-understood orbitofrontal cortex which is thought to be key in sensory integration.
This concept relates to our movie experience in many ways, as familiar songs or scores can evoke a particular emotion or memory. In my own experience, there are many film-related compositions that can do just that -- Simple Minds "Don't You Forget About Me" in The Breakfast Club, Ennio Morricone »
- Debbie Cerda
By Fred Blosser
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On a windy night, a black-clad stranger rides into Daugherty City, Texas. He flips a coin to a scruffy drunk who is strapped for the price of a drink. He exposes a crooked dice game in the local saloon, where most of the townsfolk seem to be congregated. Then he departs. In the meantime, down the street, a gang of acrobatic robbers breaks into the bank and heists a safe containing $100,000 in Army payroll money. The getaway crew escapes town before a wounded trooper can raise the alarm, but out on the trail they run into the stranger, Sabata, who picks them off with a tricked-out rifle and recovers the stolen money.
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Cinema Retro's Gareth Owen is in Cannes covering the film festival for us. He advises that initial reports that For a Few Dollars More would be the closing night's film were erroneous. In fact, it will be A Fistful of Dollars, the first of the Sergio Leone/Clint Eastwood "Dollar" trilogy. Gareth advises that the erroneous information had been broadcast by Riviera Radio, which is an official news outlet for the film festival. The station obviously received the news from an equally incorrect official press release.
By Gareth Owen
In a surprising but welcome announcement the 2014 Cannes Film Festival will close with a screening of a digitally remastered copy of the 1964 Sergio Leone classic western, A Fistful of Dollars, starring Clint Eastwood. The festival's closing ceremony takes place a day earlier than usual on the 24th of May, due to the European elections on the 25th. The unusual move by organisers, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
I absolutely need to watch more films starring German actor Klaus Kinski. Outside of his Werner Herzog appearances I've only seen him in Sergio Leone's For a Few Dollars More, David Lean's Doctor Zhivago and Sergio Corbucci's The Great Silence and with IMDb crediting him in over 130 films, I've clearly missed a few. Kinski had a raw intensity Herzog clearly knew how to exploit, most notably in Aguirre, The Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo, films where the production was as harrowing if not more so than the stories they were telling making it hard to tell where Kinski the actor ends and his character begins. Within the confines of Herzog's 1999 documentary My Best Fiend - Klaus Kinski, we get a small glimpse of the man Herzog met when he was only a child as he returns to the now-renovated apartment where he first met Kinski. He takes us on a walking tour, »
- Brad Brevet
With the everyone at fever pitch in anticipation of tomorrow's opening of the Cannes Film Festival with Olivier Dahan's Grace Of Monaco, the organisers have just announced today (13 May) the closing title. In a break with tradition the choice to the end proceedings after the prizes ceremony on 24 May will be a restored copy of the classic Spaghetti Western, A Fistful Of Dollars, directed by Sergio Leone and made in 1964. Normally a new film would take this slot rather than a classic.
Quentin Tarantino will present the film on stage as one of his favourite cult movies. The film which helped to launch Clint Eastwood's career as the Man with No Name has been restored by the Cineteca di Bologna and Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation.
The two other films in the Leone trilogy, »
- Richard Mowe
A Fistful of Dollars was Leone’s first film starring Clint Eastwood. The duo went on to make For A Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). Tarantino, who has made no secret of his love for Spaghetti Westerns, has mentioned all three of the Leone-Eastwood collaborations when talking about his favorites.
The restored print of the film will be shown on Saturday, May 24, after the awards are given.
- Olivia Truffaut-Wong »
Is trouble brewing at LucasFilm in terms of its upcoming Spin-Off movies? While Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to hit theaters in December of next year, it has often been reported, and only partially confirmed, that a standalone movie revolving around one of the big characters in the franchise would arrive May of 2016. There's no telling if that's still the case, but long rumored to be the first two spin-off movies are the Untitled Star Wars Boba Fett Spin-Off and the Untitled Star Wars Han Solo Spin-Off.
Which one comes first? We don't know yet. But if we're to believe the latest rumor, we may be seeing iconic bounty hunter Boba Fett getting his movie later than sooner. Apparently Disney and LucasFilm are struggling with the fan favorite, as they aren't quite sure where his alliances should fall. Is he a good guy or a bad guy?
That's an interesting subject. »
In honor of this eclectic mix of movie love, a truly passionate fan -- Anne Thomas -- of the show has made a super-cut of all "Community" movie shout-outs from the series.
The password? It's "movietime."
The question is: Did any movies get missed? The only one we caught was "For a Few Dollars More," the sequel to "A Fistful of Dollars" -- the inspirations for the second iteration of paintball on "Community."
Leave any other omissions in the comments section below!
"Community" Season 5 airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on NBC. »
11 items from 2014
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