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Watch: 'The Good, The Bad & The Ugly' Star Wars Western Mash-Up

23 July 2015 8:22 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

"You kill me, you won't see a cent of that gold." There's always time for a Star Wars short film. Below you can watch the short film The Good, The Bad and The Ugly parody mash-up directed by Calvin Evans. It's basically Star Wars, featuring Han Solo, Greedo and Boba Fett, as if it were literally a Sergio Leone western. The actual dialogue isn't that great, but the effects are excellent, the opening titles are perfect, and they just get so much of the atmosphere right that I can't help but admire the work on this short. There's even a nice poster to go along with it. It's a quick 5-min mash-up that's worth watching, so fire it up. Enjoy! Artwork above by Mark McHaley for the film. The original description from YouTube explains: "A Italian western parody, of Sergio Leone's The Good, The Bad and the Ugly... but with Star Wars characters. »

- Alex Billington

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Ennio Morricone Says "The Standard Of Composition For Film Has Deteriorated"

4 June 2015 6:19 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With six decades in the game and hundreds of credits to his name, there are few film composers as revered as Ennio Morricone. And there are probably just as few suited to comment on the changing nature of film composition, and the use of music in film. And while I think there's still plenty to get excited about in the changing landscape (check out On The Rise: 12 Film Composers To Watch to get an idea of the talents that will be paving the way in the future), Morricone has some pointed criticism about the current state of film and music affairs. "The standard of composition for film has deteriorated. I have suffered a lot in watching many films because of that," he told The Guardian. And he pointed toward filmmakers who are either afraid of being overshadowed by a strong score, or don't know to employ it properly. “There are »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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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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