August 22, 2010

Film Review - "A Fistful of Dollars"

Clint Eastwood stars in A Fistful of Dollars

 A Fistful of Dollars is a surprisingly simple little film about a wanderer who plays two rival families against each other in a town torn by crime and greed.

 Not being much of a western fan in general, I wanted to expand my viewings of Clint Eastwood's filmography. Plus, like the giallo genre of films, Italian filmmakers tend to make their westerns bloodier and more violent. All the more alluring for this blogger.

 Although Sergio Leone's Man with No Name trilogy was the subject of controversy back in its day for its violence, by today's standards it's relatively tame, save for a sword thrown through a member of the Rojo gang.

 Even if you hate the film's violence, you have to give cheers to the film's score by Ennio Morricone. The opening chimes to the film's main theme (which would serve as a bit of a plot point in For a Few Dollars More), followed by the lush guitars and the choir convey the sadness and lawlessness of the film's setting.

 In terms of the non-English speaking actors, the dubbing is better than most of the kung fu movies of the '70s and not a bit distracting at all. In other words, that's a thumbs-up. Not just for the dubbing, but for the film as a whole. And now, for the screen captures!

Silvanto (Jose Calvo) and Joe (Clint Eastwood)

The Baxters

Joe (Clint Eastwood) sticking up for his mule.

Marisol (Marianne Koch)

The Rojos

Joe (Clint Eastwood) encounters a stagecoach.

Joe (Clint Eastwood)

Ramon Rojo (Gian Maria Volonte)

Joe (Clint Eastwood)

August 4, 2010

What's Been Going On Lately

 To those who are following this blog, you're probably wondering why I haven't posted anything in over a month and a half. That's due to several reasons.

 Firstly, I was achieving my goal (I guess if you could call it that) of watching all 700 episodes of Power Rangers, from MMPR to RPM. At the time of the last post, I was smack dab in the middle of Zeo. When I got to Turbo I made it a point to get through it as quickly as possible.
 The era of PR I grew up on was the Judd Lynn era (in Space, Lost Galaxy, Lightspeed Rescue, and Time Force). Time Force was probably the best in terms of character development and relationships (Wes and his dad, Wes and Jen, Jen and Alex, Ransik and Nadira, Wes and Eric).
 Out of the Disney era, I liked Ninja Storm and Dino Thunder because of its humor. Mystic Force just grew on me better than SPD or Operation Overdrive, but RPM was probably the best in writing of the Disney era (probably because Judd Lynn returned).

 I went to Seattle for shopping and sightseeing. We had a tour of Safeco Park, browsed around Pike Street Market, and shopped at Sephora on Pine Street (okay, just me for that one). Shopping is also an easy way to blow a lot of money (but that goes without saying, doesn't it?).

 Just yesterday, I sent an email to Lavender Ranger, the webmaster of PR blog Henshin Grid, suggesting a series of posts on PR voice actors in both the Saban and Disney era series. I was surprised and extremely happy to see he posted my suggestion the morning after. All I can say in return is "Thank you thank you thank you!" :D.
You can see the first of these here.

 As for new posts, I'll try to get on the blog more and post some movie reviews. I made screen captures of some great movies and have some other post ideas in the works too (for this site).

 Thanks for being patient for so long, guys!

 P.S. I wish I could go to Power Morphicon!