The ultimate Spaghetti Western and one of the most iconic films of all time, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly still stands as a titan of cinema and a personal favorite of The Twin Geekscast. Just as Leone was building with larger and larger ambitions, so too have we been looking forward to getting around to this foundational and epic Western classic. From the monumental scope of the story’s buried gold adventure to the comical character interactions which have made the film the stuff of legends, Leone’s first major opus has cemented itself as the indelible icon of the Italian Western style. Clint Eastwood was never better than this iteration of “The Man with No Name”, and paired with the comic capabilities of Eli Wallach’s fiery Tuco the two are a pair that can’t be beaten. Lee Van Cleef is no slouch either, as the scouring scourge of the West whose malevolence knows no bounds. Culminating in the most electric climax of a Western, an astounding standoff yet to be bested, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly remains a legendary monolith within its genre, and of the entire cinematic landscape at large.
0:00: The history and future of the cinema, with the end of the Paramount Decree
18:45: Project Power
23:10: Boys State
32:07: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
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The Twin Geeks · Ep. 87: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)