Movie Marathon Day 7: The Wild Bunch

Starring:  Ernest Borgnine, William HoldenPlot: A group of outlaw cowboys try to survive in a world where they aren't needed, or wanted anymore.Review: This film was very controversial in the year it was filmed (1969) for being very violent and showing gore before it was commonplace in movies.  So I had to kind of sit back for a lot of it and remember that this was made 50 years ago and obviously wouldn't even make a child of today flutter and eyelash, but it was pretty bold for a time where violence wasn't a thing, no one saw blood on tv or in films, so it was interesting to watch.So we dive into this movie, filmed in 70mm technicolor, which means it's colours is a bit funky and was filmed through a constant rain of falling sand.  Directed by Sam Peckinpah, a director known for his westerns like Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia and Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, this movie is pretty intense and not nearly as slow as one would figure for being 50 years old.  Checking through Youtube there are some pretty amazing shootout scenes and blood splatter that makes me think controversial is an understated word for it.Ernest Borgnine is really the only name that I know from this movie and he looks identical in every movie to me, which is remarkable.It clocks in at over two hours, but I have to say that I did not think it was that long while watching it, they drag the fight scenes out a whole bunch and make you sit on the edge of your seat as people get gunned down, trampled by horses, or one scene where a dudes throat gets slit.  Definitely not your typical western to me, not knowing all that much about them, and a 180 from the spaghetti variety, this movie is well worth someone sitting down and watching.I won't say too much about it, because if you haven't seen it and want to, this is a great movie.  It was voted as one of the best westerns of all time, has amazing scenes and looks fantastic in 70mm.  The graininess of the movie only adds to the appeal and I love the 70mm that it's filmed it, I think it's beautiful.I will say that it ends in typical western fashion.  If you watch a lot of these types of movies, you'll know what I mean, but also won't be disappointed by any spoilers.Take the time out of your day to give it a go.