The Best of the Best: Westerns!

The Western. That most quintessential American genre.

Even when made in Italy by an Italian.

Here’s a great stab at listing the best Westerns ever filmed.

Why did the Western fade? Because it was subverted by Altman. Once it stopped being a Western, and became an anti-Western, the movies died on the vine. Audiences loved tales of good vs evil. Tales where the good is portrayed as evil? Not so much.

Is The New Magnificent Seven All That Magnificent?

Look, Chris Pratt is one of my current favorite actors, and Denzel is obviously a legend, but I just do not see how this movie can compete with the likes of Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Yul Brynner, Robert Vaughn, Eli Wallach, and Horst Buchholz.

The Magnificent Seven
Unmatched.

It. Cannot. Be. Done.

The best one can hope for is that this is a quite excellent Western, but one which is nonetheless inferior to the original. At worst, it might be inferior to the sci-fi remake, Battle Beyond the Stars (in which Robert Vaughn plays essentially the exact same role he did in The Magnificent Seven).

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Battle Beyond The Stars had a spaceship with boobs. Your argument is invalid.

Shudder in fear.