The Good, The Bad and The Ugly screening in Newcastle!!!

goodthebadandtheugly02.jpgThere was a time when I was around 6 or 7, when I thought I was the center of the universe. I believed that everything in the world happened because of me. If it was sunny the next day it was because I wanted to go to the beach. If it rained, it was because I wanted to stay in and play with my toys. Obviously I don't think like that now but every now and again something will happen which just makes me wonder. For example, after watching American Psycho I thought for so long that Christian Bale would be the perfect choice to play Batman in a new film. I hoped and prayed during those awful baron years at the turn of this century when it looked like another Bat-film wouldn't ever be made again that something would happen. Then in 2003 it did. Bale was cast as the Dark Knight! Another instance was this May when I visited America. This just happened to be the time when one of my most anticipated movies of this year Grindhouse was being played in theatres. How lucky was that? The movie will never be released the same or even as Grindhouse in the U.K. So today I'm looking through the cinema listings at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle like I do every now and again to see which classic movies they will be screening on their upcoming schedule. It was only a couple of weeks ago they played the great James Mason classic Odd Man Out but the name I saw in their listings today totally freaked me out. On July 22nd, they are playing THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE UGLY. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is my favourite film of all time. Up until recently I preferred Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West but over the last year it's become clear that his previous film is the one that I can't get enough of. Indeed, it was only a week ago yesterday I watched it with my girlfriend, who I shall no doubt drag to see this again in a few weeks. Those landscapes... those faces... that musical score... the humor... the shoot-outs.... Eli Wallach giving the charistimatic performance of a lifetime, Clint Eastwood being the coolest god damn son of a bitch that ever lived and Lee Van Cleef with that evil as hell look and manner.

If there was ever a movie made for the big screen, this was the one. (Note the amusing mistake in the trailer as the translation dubbing from english to italian back into english, left Van Cleef as "the ugly" and Wallach as "the bad"). So July 22nd 2007. You know what day I started this site? July fucking 22nd 2006! That was the day I signed up to blogspot with my old url writing my Superman Returns review which I posted the next day along with the news of Heath Ledger being cast as The Joker (another coincidence as that was a news story I was anticipating everyday for the 12 months prior, and here's my first day writing my own site and an actor is cast!). What a way it's going to be for me to celebrate our one year anniversary of Obsessed With Film. Can it get any better than to see your favourite movie, something you've been desperate to see for SO LONG on the big screen? So let's look at that July week I have planned shall we....
Sunday 22nd- THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Wednesday 25th - MY BIRTHDAY! Thursday 26th - THE SIMPSONS Friday 27th - TRANSFORMERS TUESDAY 31st - GOLDFINGER
What a week that's going to be for me! I keep telling ya man, the world revolves around me! What day does The Dark Knight hit the U.K. next year? July 25th, my birthday of course! Weird huh. Serioulsy though, if you love The Good, The Bad and The Ugly as much as me or if your one of the unfortunate people who haven't seen the flick (and let me tell ya there's still loads out there, despite it's surge in popularity recently over at IMDB. The movie is currently #4 and Leone has TWO movies in the top 20!!), then there's really no excuse for you not to make your way down to see it. I will be there. You will be able to recognize me as the guy who is getting far too excited over a film and the one who for the last 30 mins of cinematic joy this movie brings has got completely lost into the imagery of one of the best and my absolute favourite film of all time.
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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.