2.21.2006

Wild Wild Wow, or... The Best Movie You Haven't Considered

I just watched Once Upon a Time in the West... and wow. Since you're already at your computer, just add it to the top of your Netflix list. You will not be disappointed. If Star Wars is space opera, then OUTW is Western opera on a scale and storyline much bigger than The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. The best thing of all -- you've either never heard of it, or only heard of it, but never thought to watch it. You deserve a happy suprise of a movie.

If you're a fan of the genre, you'll see a lot of references to films by John Ford, Howard Hawkes, et al. If you're a fan of newer cinema, you'll see a lot of things that might remind you of films by Quentin Tarantino, Robert Zemeckis and even Peter Jackson. Everybody wins.

I'm most suprised that I was able to purchase the DVD for $10 at Newbury Comics. A movie this good should cost twice as much.

There is a caveat: if you don't like westerns, this will not change your feeling. In fact, it might turn you off completely.

However, if you enjoy the genre and have three hours to spare, definitely pick it up.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Maltin & Kulhawik complained...

Great, great flick. I love the opening, the crane shot, the Morricone score, cinematography/locations/editing, everything. Claudia Cardinale kicks Zeta Jones' ass.

2/24/2006 2:07 PM
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