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A Firstful of Dollars VS The High and the Mighty

Best of the week: A Fistful of Dollars

Gold.

Clint Eastwood.  Epic.  This is the first movie in “The Man With No Name Trilogy,” and it’s easy to see why they made two more.  I watched all three this week, and Hang’em High, and I think this takes the cake.  A lot of people really love The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, but I stand by my choice for a few solid reasons.

There’s the scene where Clint Eastwood asks these guys to apologies to his horse.  It’s probably the most amazing 6 minutes of cinema ever created.  Here’s an edited version.

I love the one older guy in the black hat who’s just like “awww, fuck…” the whole time.  It adds so much to the mood of the scene.  It’s like, he knows this guy is about to kill everyone on that porch from the second he opens his mouth.  Ain’t nothing funny about that.

The movie has something the other two don’t, and that’s a whole lot of Clint’s character.  I think the other movies suffered a little bit by taking the spotlight off of Eastwood and allowing other characters to share it with him.  True, every good franchise is going to highlight other characters, but all I wanted to see was more of the man with no name.

A Fistful of Dollars follows Eastwood as he tries to play one gang against the other in a small town in the old west.  Epic shoot outs and fist fights ensue.  The supporting cast was fantastic and the story was compelling, taking the movie far beyond where Eastwood’s talents set it alone.  It’s a great movie and it’s a fantastic first of three awesome movies.

Worst of the week: The High and the Mighty

Shit.

I only got about an hour into this movie.  It was garbage.  The whole time I was literally listening to exposition.  It was boring.  This guy is married to her, and this other guy doesn’t speak English, and this other guy’s family is dead, and the married girl might be pregnant, and the other guy wants to talk business with this other guy, and that girl wants to get married, and-I DON’T CARE ANYMORE!

I’m going to predict the ending of the film.  John Wayne saves the day and marries the stewardess, the newly weds are going to have a baby, the guy who wanted to talk to the business guy is going to end up making a deal with him, the guy who bought the mine is going to find gold in it, the pilot who was starting to freak out ends up going insane, the guy from New Jersey is actually a pilot…I think that’s everyone…oh, no wait…the Italian guy who doesn’t speak good English is going to…well, I don’t know.  I guess that makes him the most interesting character in this whole movie.

The only cool thing is it has the guy from Airplane! in it.   No, not that guy…no, not him either…This guy: Looks like he picked the wrong day to stop sniffing glue.

I put on an Ed Wood movie instead.  That’s what I’m going to do.  When a movie sucks so bad that I can’t finish it, I’m going to put on a movie by the man who was known for making bad movies, Ed Wood, and I’m going to see if it’s better.

Night of the Ghouls was better.  It had more substance, it was more entertaining, and the characters were interesting.  Suck it, John Wayne.

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