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Spaghetti Westerns  -

January 31st, 2012

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There are some decent action movies being made these days. Sadly, too many rely on over the top stunts and CGI more than T-Pain does on lame lyrics and auto-tune.

Sure the razzle dazzle computer wizardry is exciting at first, but without a story or fascinating characters, who gives a popcorn combo number two about special effects? You hear that, Statham and Cruise?

God bless DVD players and the Spaghetti Western. Morality tales set in a lawless land, etched in gunpowder and written in blood. Misdeeds, say hello to frontier justice. Couch, say hello to ass. Dim the lights and hit play.

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Numbers

436

Original number of pages in the first draft of Sergio Leone’s epic, Once Upon a Time in the West. If you haven’t seen this movie, YOU MUST!

If for no other reason than Claudia Cardinale

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Quote

You see in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig.

Blondie, played by Clint Eastwood in 

Words
spaghetti
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noun.     1. a thin, long, round noodle horribly overcooked at places like Fazoli’s and The Olive Garden.     2. a western film shot on the cheap in Spain in the 1960s-70s, mastered by Sergio Leone.

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Fact

Made famous by three of director Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns, Eastwood went on to direct himself in similar type of film called High Plains Drifter (1973). Shortly after the movie, Eastwood wrote a letter to John Wayne suggesting they do a western together. Wayne refused. What a dick!

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The List

Why Spaghetti Westerns Rule

The good guys are bad, just less bad than the bad guys.
Everyone drinks heavily, looks like sh*t, is mean and is handy with a sidearm.
If there are women in the movie, they are beautiful, scared and horny.
Three words: Composer Ennio Morricone. One listen and you too could be a gunfighter.
The bad guys get theirs in the end. Normally in a fantastic and violent showdown.

Part of being a man (besides having a penis, sorry Chaz) is knowing your Spaghetti Western filmography. 

Another part of being a man? Knowing your suds.

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