April 06, 2003

Gooder, Badder, Uglier

Over at Banana Oil, Ian says that he's shocked, simply shocked, that I'd never before seen The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, and that I have to see Once Upon A Time In The West when it comes out on DVD. It's another Sergio Leone spaghetti western, and it has an interesting cast--Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson, Keenan Wynn, and also Jack Elam, who I've only ever seen before as the sidekick in the James Garner movies Support Your Local Sheriff (outstanding) and Support Your Local Gunfighter (eh...so so.). So you know I'm curious.

And of course, Ian was right about A Town Like Alice, only he doesn't know that I think so because I haven't reviewed it yet. I'll get to it sometime this week, probably.

Regarding Charles Bronson...I just had occasion to watch The Great Escape, another classic movie I'd not previously gotten around to, and while there was considerable stuff to like about it, I was most impressed with Bronson. He plays a Frenchman named Danny who escaped to England at the beginning of the war and enlisted in the RAF. In the flick he's a "tunnel king", that is, he's in charge of building the tunnel they'll use to escape. It's a role almost entirely unlike his usual shtick, and if I hadn't seen his name in the credits and been looking for him, I'd never have recognized him.

I suppose Ian's going to be shocked again, now.

Posted by Will Duquette at April 6, 2003 08:37 PM