(Guilio Questi, Italy, 1967): Speaking during the retrospective making-of documentary featured on the 2002 Blue Underground DVD of this legendarily strange Euro art-western, star Tomas Milian nails matters when he describes the movie as a cult item in a cult genre. It's one of those...

(Philip Kaufman, USA, 1972): You know you're in deepest, dirtiest '70s revisionism territory when you realize that the two guys you're watching in an outhouse are Frank and Jesse James (played by John Pearce and a chin-bearded Robert Duvall) wiping their asses with wanted posters....

(Jon Favreau, USA, 2011): When the aliens land to harvest gold and humans, they descend upon a movie-western town stricken with the conventional civic complaints: there's a cattle baron's son (Paul Dano) who gets jazzed shooting up the streets and saloon run by the decently...

(Sergio Martino, Italy, 1970): Four years after the first Arizona Colt movie, in which Giuliano Gemma played the bounty killer title character as kind of Matt Helm alternative Eastwood's James Bond, Anthony Steffen steps into the role and makes him something else entirely: colder, more...

(1925-1989): The spaghetti western's biggest star save Clint Eastwood (who really only counts because the genre bounced him so high over and out of it) was also one of its most tireless stalwarts: cast by Sergio Leone as the techno-killer Colonel Mortimer in For A...

(Romolo Guerrieri, Italy, 1966): By the time Sergio Leone got around to igniting the euro-western boom by mashing up Yojimbo and Red Harvest in an apocalyptic internationalist idea of the west, all the settling had been done and rot had set in: the spaghetti western...

(Giancarlo Santi, Italy, 1972): By this late stage in the spaghetti western game, all Lee Van Cleef really had to do was show up. He was the uncontested top star of the genre -- at least in terms of international bankability -- and the closest...

(b. 1941): If memory serves properly, there are moments in Fat City, Doc and The Killer Inside Me when Stacy Keach has to look at himself in a mirror. These could have been ordinary moments, or at least ordinary enough in ordinary movies about men bearing a certain duality, a Keach...

(TV series, USA, 1950-56): The distance travelled in the half-century by O. Henry's 1907 creation 'The Cisco Kid' -from a ruthless 25 year-old killer who connives to have his beloved killed in his stead  to the kid-friendly caballero with the same name played by the...

(John Ford, USA, 1950): Made the same year that Harry Truman fired John Ford's beloved General Douglas MacArthur for insubordination -- the General had criticized the President's policy of containing as opposed to attacking the Chinese Communists -- the third movie in the director's so-called...