Originally Posted by IPEEINTHESHOWER
I'm really looking forward to True Grit being released to cinemas over here. For me, the films of the Coen brothers really started to decline in quality after The Big Lebowski, as it seemed like they were either trying to be overly pretentious, or they had put the filmmaking process into autopilot mode and let it veer into self-parody. While I wasn't a fan of Burn After Reading, No Country For Old Men and A Serious Man were both stunning returns to form - you could tell they had been putting in more effort into being original, instead of trying to rip off Barton Fink or Fargo or whatever.
Unforgiven is good, but far from the best western ever. My top five:
1. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) - Great story, great filmmaking, extraordinary soundtrack
2. The Wild Bunch (1969) - Perhaps the most stylish one, and pretty violent IIRC
3. The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966) - It's like every frame was crafted to be as badass as possible.
4. The Searchers (1956) - An utterly goregous looking film
5. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) - More like a prototype of the revisionist western meets film noir, really dark and atmospheric