Western #11: For a Few Dollars More (1965)

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I think this might be my favorite of the trilogy. Lee Van Cleef is pure awesome as ‘The Man in Black’ , it has the most compelling story, and El Indio is a fantastic villain. It’s funny how The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly gets all of the notoriety, it’s still one of the greatest westerns ever — but it For a Few Dollars More is the only film that comes close to the level of Once Upon a Time in the West. It’s an operatic, awesome, beautiful film and it’s definitely a must see.

Grade: A+

Western #10: Joe Kidd (1972)

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I’m sort of indifferent towards this film. It has Clint Eastwood and Robert Duvall in it, and it should be awesome — but it isn’t. Meh. It’s also directed by John Sturges and written by Elmore Leonard, which makes it even more disappointing. There’s cool shootouts, I guess. Yay?

Grade: C

Western #9: A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

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As far as Spaghetti Western remakes of Yojimbo, I think I slightly prefer Sergio Corbucci’s Django over this film. It’s just got that little bit of ridiculousness that pushes it into “oh my god this is awesome” territory. Fistful of Dollars is still pretty great, even though it is the lesser of the trilogy. What’s funny is most of what I knew about this film before I saw it came from Back to the Future III, so I can’t help but think of Marty McFly during certain scenes — or the whole thing. Regardless, it’s still a fun time. Clint Eastwood is badass.

Western #8: The Culpepper Cattle Co. (1972)

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I’ll admit I was a little surprised by this film. There’s no big names in this, but damn if it isn’t a gritty, and sometimes poetic little western. It might actually be the most de-romanticized western I’ve ever seen, next to The Proposition. The story follows a group of cowboys and their newest young member, who’s always dreamed of being a cowboy. He quickly learns what a bleak and violent existence that can be. The ending is pretty great as well, maybe not quite as good as The Great Silence, but it sure is up there.

Grade: B+