The Magnificent Seven (1960)


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The Magnificent Seven (2016)


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The Salvation

the-salvation-revThe Salvation  (2015)    IFC Films/Western    RT: 92 minutes    Rated R (language, strong violence throughout)    Director: Kristian Levring    Screenplay: Kristian Levring and Anders Thomas Jensen    Music: Kasper Winding    Cinematography: Jens Schlosser    Release date: March 13, 2015 (Philadelphia, PA)    Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mikael Persbrandt, Douglas Henshall, Eric Cantona, Jonathan Pryce, Michael Raymond-James, Alexander Arnold, Nanna Oland Fabricius, Toke Lars Bjarke, Sean Cameron Michael, Jose Domingos, Sivan Raphaely.      Partially spoken in Danish w/English subtitles     


 I was worried that the Nordic oater The Salvation would be one of those serious, somber arthouse westerns that favor allegory over story (e.g. Dead Man, Meek’s Cutoff). While it has its fair share of symbolism and Biblical allusions, The Salvation is more like Clint Eastwood’s The Outlaw Josey Wales with its story of a homesteader seeking revenge against the dirty desperados that killed his wife and son. It’s also a little bit like High Noon with the hero standing alone against the villain after the townspeople refuse to join him in fighting the good fight. In other words, it’s familiar stuff, but with a healthy dose of Nordic hardness. Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt) plays the taciturn lead, a former soldier turned settler. Hardly the sort you’d expect to unleash a fury of violence or is he? It’s a solid performance in a genre flick that also features a this-side-of-campy turn from Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) as the mustachioed, cigarillo-chomping villain.

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Slow West


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Death Rides a Horse

Death-Rides-a-Horse-revDeath Rides a Horse (1967)   United Artists/Western   RT: 114 minutes   Rated R (violence)   Director: Giulio Petroni   Screenplay: Luciano Vincenzoni   Music: Ennio Morricone   Cinematography: Carlo Carlini   Release date: July 9, 1969 (US)   Cast: Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law, Luigi Pistilli, Anthony Dawson, Mario Brega, Jose Torres.   Box Office: N/A

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Aficionados of spaghetti westerns (like me!) already know that Sergio Leone is THE MAN! He gave us the very best movie in the genre, Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), as well as Clint Eastwood’s Man with No Name trilogy. Pure awesomeness! So what other spaghetti westerns would I recommend? Easy, check out Death Rides a Horse, a dark tale of frontier vengeance starring Lee Van Cleef (For a Few Dollars More) and John Phillip Law (Barbarella). Director Giulio Petroni (Life is Tough, Eh Providence?) takes a page from Leone’s book with all his tight close-ups of characters’ eyes in the movie’s tenser moments. But what’s really interesting about Death Rides a Horse is that it’s also one of the flicks that served as inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill movies. You know the scenes where The Bride (Uma Thurman) flashes back to her “killing” every time she encounters one of her old foes? QT got that from Death Rides a Horse.

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