Once Upon a Time in America (1983) – Sergio Leone

Clocking in at almost four hours long, Leone’s cinematic adaptation of  Harry Grey’s original novel is the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of The Godfather. Robert De Niro stars as David ‘Noodles’ Aaronson, a gangster, who after fleeing New York returns over thirty years later…

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) – Sergio Leone

The Great Movies – The 100 Years of Film book returns me to the western genre with this Sergio Leone epic that stars Jason Robards, Chalres Bronson, Henry Fonda and Claudia Cardinale. Playing against type, Fonda is the villain, Frank, who is working for the railroad, and trying to drive a woman, Jill McBain (Cardinale),…

Toronto After Dark 2016: In a Valley of Violence – Ti West

It was action night at Toronto After Dark on Sunday, wonderfully hosted by the Scotiabank Theatre here in Toronto, and they delved a little further west than they have in the past by screening the latest Ti West film, the western, In a Valley of Violence. West has gotten a lot of love from Toronto…

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)

Clint Eastwood returns as the Man With No Name (though this time his name is Blondie) in Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, a film which may be one of the greatest westerns of all time, not to mention a rip-roaring action-adventure. Building on the style, and pacing he created in the…

Fistful of Dollars (1964)

  Clint Eastwood. No matter what other films he makes, or made, He will be the man who will be forever remembered for revitalizing the Western genre, not once but twice. The second time, is my all time favorite western, Unforgiven (1992), and the first was a small low-budget film shot in Spain, known in…