Buster Keaton further explored his fascination with the west in his feature Go West (1925). Keaton had previously parodied the westerns of William S. Hart in Frozen North (1922) and Go West is a further development of that exploration. Go West, however, is more influenced by Charlie Chaplin than by Hart; it has qualities which have to come to . . . → Read More: GO WEST (1925) AND ONE WEEK (1920)
DIRECTED BY: Paul Bartel
FEATURING: Tab Hunter, Divine, Lainie Kazan, Geoffrey Lewis, Cesar Romero
PLOT: Gunfighters and dancehall girls converge on the dusty town of Chili Verde in search of buried treasure.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: It’s not really weird; it’s only the presence of cult icon Divine, matched up with eccentric . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: LUST IN THE DUST (1985)
Se Sei Vivo Spara
DIRECTED BY: Giulio Questi
FEATURING: Tomas Milian
PLOT: A bandit is betrayed and left for dead by his comrades, then rides into a strange and corrupt town looking for vengeance and the stolen gold.
WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE LIST: An ambiguously dead antihero who shoots golden bullets fights Mr. . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: DJANGO KILL… IF YOU LIVE, SHOOT! (1967)
Tension arises in a small, western town when the Undertaker comes for an extended visit.
CONTENT WARNING: This short contains strong, graphic violence that some viewers may find unsuitable.
QUESTIONER: What are the most common comparisons to other films that you hear?
CORY MCABEE: There’ve been a few. Because it’s in black and white people sometimes say Eraserhead, but other than the fact that it’s in black and white I don’t really see much… [laughter]. I get a lot of “cross-betweens,” like “a cross . . . → Read More: 123. THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT (2001)
DIRECTED BY: Kelly Reichardt
FEATURING: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Will Patton, Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Shirley Henderson
PLOT: A small group of settlers faces an indefinite fate when they gamble their survival on the
veracity of two diametrically opposed guides, each of questionable character. WHY IT SHOULD MAKE THE LIST: On its face, Meek’s . . . → Read More: RECOMMENDED AS WEIRD: MEEK’S CUTOFF (2010)
NOTE: By popular demand, The American Astronaut has been promoted onto the List of the 366 Best Weird Movies ever made! Please read the official Certified Weird entry. This initial review is left here for archival purposes.
DIRECTED BY: Cory McAbee
FEATURING: Cory McAbee, Rocco Sisto, Gregory Russell Cook, Annie Golden, Tom Aldredge
PLOT: A . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT (2001)
DIRECTED BY: Sam Irvin
FEATURING: Richard Joseph Paul, Andrew Divoff, Jimmie F. Skaggs, a parade of C-list all-stars
PLOT: Many years from now, on a faraway planet, a one-eyed alien villain comes to the frontier
outpost of Oblivion to raise a ruckus and murder the sheriff in cold blood. It’s up to the sheriff’s . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: OBLIVION (1994)
“Do what you will this life’s a fiction, And is made up of contradiction.”
–William Blake, Gnomic Verses
DIRECTED BY: Jim Jarmusch
FEATURING: Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Lance Henriksen, Michael Wincott, Robert Mitchum, Crispin Glover, Iggy Pop, Billy Bob Thornton, Mili Avatal, Gabriel Byrne
PLOT: Mild-mannered accountant Bill Blake heads west to take a . . . → Read More: 86. DEAD MAN (1995)
This post was originally lost in the Great Server Crash of 2010, but a draft copy has been discovered and recreated. We’re happy to reprint this column while Alfred Eaker continues his sabbatical (he’s been assisting on someone else’s film project, among other activities).
Stan Laurel and Oliver hardy were, without question, the most successful . . . → Read More: WAY OUT WEST (1937)