Baby Driver (2017)

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Baby (Ansel Elgort, The Divergent Series) is a brash young getaway driver under the thumb of crime boss Doc (Kevin Spacey, Seven, The Usual Suspects) to pay off a debt. After completing his final job for Doc, Baby dreams of driving away with a waitress he’s fallen in love with, only to find that Doc isn’t willing to let his “lucky charm” go that easily. Baby plans to do one last heist before making his own getaway, only to find that everything has it’s price. Continue reading

The Grand Duel (1972)

the-grand-duel-movie-poster-1972-1020378467Lee Van Cleef, the most magnificent bastard of all time, plays against type as a hero in this western directed by Sergio Leone protege Giancarlo Santi.  Even though Cleef is the good guy, he still wears a black hat, so you know he’s just as crafty as ever.  Playing as Sheriff Clayton, Van Cleef is out for justice against the Saxton family — the corrupt brothers who run the town after their pwn name sake.. The Saxton family are after a young man named Phillip, who they believe killed their patriarch (who killed Phillips father).  The film starts off with Clayton saving Phillip from a group of bounty hunters who are after the $3,000 price on his head.  At first it seems Clayton is after the money as well, but like he says “I never kill for money”, a far cry from his character Angel Eyes in The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.  From here on out, it’s typical spaghetti western fare with double-crosses, grand set pieces, amazing cinematography, a sweeping musical score, and lots of people getting shot. Continue reading

A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

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There isn’t a whole lot I can add to the subject of this film after it’s been the topic of so many film historians, critics, and hipsters since it first came out. However, I feel I should write up a review regardless as I finally watched it for the first time yesterday and also since this year marks it’s 50th anniversary. It’s a loose remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo (another film I need to watch — I’m not sure if I ever have) and directed by the amazing Sergio Leone. The rather simple story follows a drifter into a small Mexican town besieged by criminals and a corrupt sheriff. The drifter uses his wits and quick trigger finger bring justice to the town, as well as making a huge profit in the process. The only two honest men able to make a living in the town are the saloon keep and the undertaker (not the wrestler who was defeated at WrestleMania 30 by Paul Heyman’s client Brock Lesnar) whom aid our hero with shelter, whiskey, and key information at various points in the film. Continue reading

Django Unchained (2012)

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Quentin Tarantino gave us a new movie for Christmas (he did this once before with Jackie Brown)  last year, bless his heart.  It’s a western movie called Django Unchained.  It’s been obvious from Kill Bill and Inglourious Basterds that Quentin has had an itch up his ass to do a western and this is it.  I finally got to see this movie this past weekend (I’m a little late on the draw) and my feelings are mixed but mostly positive. Continue reading