Sat, 31 October 2015
After making A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965), Sergio Leone outdid his European contemporaries who were churning out spaghetti Westerns with The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). After the trilogy was released across the Atlantic, Leone revitalized the Western, a genre that was born with The Great Train Robbery (1903) but was dwindling by the mid 1960's.
Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach starred as the film's three titular characters, and everyone involved eventually went on to prosperous characters, particularly Clint Eastwood and composer Ennio Morricone. The movie is widely available on Blu Ray and DVD.
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Thu, 1 October 2015
With audiences still reeling from the success Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), we turn our sights to the one that started it all, George Miller's Mad Max (1979), which turns out to be a revenge flick set in a dystopia rather than a post-apocalyptic action movie, much like its sequels.
Not only did Mad Max jump start Miller's career, but it was also the breakthrough role for a young and handsome Mel Gibson, who was cast to play Max. Inspired by the injuries Miller observed while working in an emergency room, the film still remains a breathtaking glimpse of "guerrilla filmmaking", with remarkable onscreen car crashes and close calls with the stuntmen.
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