March 12th, 2014
Clint Eastwood Produced, Directed and Starred in 1985’s Pale Rider. This is probably my favorite of his Westerns. Clint Eastwood is “The Preacher”, a stranger who helps a group of gold miners who are being bullied off their claims. There are alot of religious/supernatural references in the movie, which is one of the elements that I enjoy. The title directly refers to one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse …
And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. (Revelation 6:8)
A girl prays at the start of the film for someone to defend them and soon the Preacher arrives. With the Preacher on their side, the Gold Miners stand up to the greedy and powerful LaHood and his gang. LaHood hires a band of killers which leads to a great showdown.
March 10th, 2014
A Fistful of Dollars (1964) is an unofficial remake of the Akira Kurosawa’s 1961 film, Yojimbo. In Yojimbo a rogue Samurai trades two crime lords off against each other to ultimately destroy their power. In A Fistful of Dollars, Clint Eastwood stars as a loan gunslinger who exploits the power struggle between two rival families to gain his own “fistful of dollars”. This was the first of three Italian produced, “Spaghetti westerns” featuring the “Man With No Name”.
The second “Spaghetti Western” featuring the “Man With No Name” is 1965’s For a Few Dollars More. Clint Eastwood stars as one of two rival bounty hunters (the other played by Lee van Cleef) hunting for a ruthless criminal, El Indio. Each bounty hunter is driven by their own motivations. Eastwood’s character is primarily driven by the money. Van Cleef’s character has more personal motivations. The bounty hunters eventually team up to try and catch the outlaw.
1966’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is considered one of the classic westerns. The three main characters - The Ugly (Eli Wallach), The Good (Clint Eastwood), and The Bad (Lee Van Cleef) - are rivals in pursuit of a buried fortune. Time magazine counted it in the top 100 movies of the last century. It continually rates highly in Internet and Magazine charts of top movies. Quentin Tarantino regards it as the best film ever made!