When you picture a western stand-off on the big screen, it’s very likely that you can’t help but hear the opening notes of the theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The sound of a flute and ocarina resemble the howl of a coyote before you hear that famous three-note melody from a harmonica. It’s one of the most recognizable themes in cinematic history, and sadly, the man who created it has died.
Ennio Morricone, the famed Italian composer known for spaghetti westerns such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the crime thriller The Untouchables, the sci-fi horror classic The Thing, and Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, has passed away at 91. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, a video essay explores a perfect montage from Bong Joon-Ho‘s critically acclaimed thriller Parasite. Plus, a professional hunter takes a look at hunting scenes in movies like The Revenant, Wedding Crashers, The Last of the Mohicans, and others. And finally, watch the final stand-up set that the late comedian Mitch Hedberg did for Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Read More »
Audiences probably didn’t realize at the time, but Sergio Leone‘s 1966 western The Good, The Bad and The Ugly was a landmark. It would become one of, if not the, iconic films in the careers of Leone, its stars Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef, composer Ennio Morricone as well as one of the most recognizable and imitated films in the Western genre.
All that makes it the perfect piece for a beautiful, limited edition poster, and Skuzzles is happy to oblige. The Canadian company has hired meticulous and lyrical artist JC Richard to do a beautiful screenprint of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, which goes on sale December 23. We’re proud to exclusively debut The Good The Bad and The Ugly poster below. Read More »
Eli Wallach will always be Tuco to me. For some actors who enjoyed a career as long and varied as Wallach, being persistently known for one role above all others would rankle. Judging by Wallach’s frequent interview conversations about his role in Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, he probably wouldn’t mind. Or he would understand, at least.
And Tuco is a hell of a performance, all bluster, willpower and charisma. In that respect, the role may actually be a good representation of the actor’s career. For Wallach was born to Polish Jewish parents, and grew up in an Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn. No one looking very closely would have mistaken him for an actual Mexican bandit, but Wallach’s cagey energy and sardonic wit allowed him to own the role. Those were only a couple of the qualities that made him a mainstay of stage and screen for nearly sixty years. Eli Wallach died Tuesday, at age 98. Read More »
What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 24 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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When film fans hear the word “composer,” we immediately think of a film composer. Maybe our minds even drift to some of our favorite scores by the likes of John Williams, Bernard Herrmann, Hans Zimmer or Jerry Goldsmith. When that happens, it’s easy to forget that a composer can write music for things other than movies.
So in an age where almost everyone’s life is run through their cell phone, it makes almost perfect sense that a great film composer is going to the digital medium. Ennio Morricone, the legendary Italian composer who has written scores for hundreds of films including Cinema Paradiso, The Good The Bad and The Ugly as well as The Untouchables, has signed a deal with LG to not only write brand new music for ringtones on their upcoming smart phones, but allow those phones to exclusively play some of his most famous themes. Read more about this deal after the jump. Read More »
Pajiba has edited another wonderful montage of movie clips, this time compiling the 100 greatest movie insults of all time in under 10 minutes. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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The Alamo Drafthouse is bringing their Rolling Roadshow tour to Spain to pay tribute to one of the most influential film series of the modern age, Sergio Leone’s “dollars” trilogy: Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Quentin Tarantino will be in attendance at the screenings and will introduce one of the films. You can order tickers on OriginalAlamo.com. But more importantly, with a new set of special screenings comes a new set of limited edition posters.
Billy Perkins’ The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly is a triptych set (12×38). A limited print run, each poster is individually signed and numbered by the artist. You can buy them as a set for $45 or individually for $20 each.
Jesse Philips’ A Fistful of Dollars is 24×36 and is part of a limited run, with each poster being individually numbered. A Metallic Variant (seen right) is available for $50, regular version is $30.
Stainboy’s For A Few Dollars Morefeatures a fearsome duo of portraits. A limited print run, each poster is individually signed and numbered by the artist. Featuring metallic inks, the poster measures 32×22. On sale on Mondo Tees for $30.
They also have three more posters (which I’m a little less fond of): Heads of State’s “A Fistful of Dollars”, Jay Vollmar’s “For a Few Dollars More”, and Jeff Kleinsmith’s “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly” available as a set for $80 or individually.
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