Thursday, March 22, 2018

Sarah Vista and Social Club 1

SARAH VISTA SOCIAL CLUB is a brand new, monthly live Music event with Sarah Vista and friends, featuring the very best local and international bands and artists from the country/Americana/rock and roll world….all cherry picked by your local wild western hostess Sarah Vista!

March's very special guest is the incredible young Rockabilly/Roots Country talent that is Joey Wailer and his hotly tipped new line up….

Plus a full gang live set featuring her newest material from Sarah Vista and her posse of outlaws!

April's event features the "Rockero's", hotly tipped Brighton boys and their original, unique sound and style…. (Friday, 27th April)

Dust off those Stetsons, strap on your spurs, and head on down to Aces and Eights for a good old time at London's coolest Saloon Bar….!

Tickets £10.00 + £1.00 Booking fee = £11.00

LONDON: Aces & Eights Saloon Bar
156-158 Fortess Road
Tufnell Park

Directly opposite Tufnell Park Station, venue in the basement.

50the Anniversary of The Wild and the Dirty

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the release of “Quella sporca storia nel West” in Rome.

Johnny Hamilton, comes home from the Civil war, where he learns that his father was killed by the bandit Santana and his mother has married the ambiguous father's brother, Uncle Claude, who would in turn kill the bandit in a duel. But the continued presence of gunmen and impediments that lies in trying to find explanations puts him in a suspicious mood. Aided by his friend Horace, he manages to avoid ambushes by those who have an interest in not letting him find out the truth. In the tomb of Santana he finds clues evident that the bandit is still alive. He discovers also the refuge of Santana and there finds his uncle which in effect is the instigator of the murder of his brother. Johnny manages to put in conflict the uncle and the bandit telling Santana the existence of $300,000 which has disappeared. However Johnny is held captive, tied to a cross, while Santana storms the home of Claude. Johnny's mother, who now understands and asks Claude for an explanation but is mortally wounded; However, she finds the strength to drag herself to the place where Johnny is held and with the help of Horace, frees him, and then dies. The two friends roam the country and kill his uncle Claudius and his henchmen.

The film was directed by Enzo G. Castellari and features Andrea Giordana, Horst Frank, Gilbert Roland and Gabriella Grimaldi. Based on Shakespeare’ Hamlet it has an outstanding score by the late Francesco De Masi.

Quella sporca storia nel West – Italian title
Uccidere o non uccidere? – Italian title
Deus Criou o Homem E o Homem Criou o Colt – Brazilian title
Django porte sa croix – French title
Django - die Totengräber warten schon – German title
O stavromenos tou Rio Grande – Greek title
To moutro tou Notou – Greek title
Johnny Hamlet – Portuguese title
Johnny el vengador – Spanish title
La venganza de Johnny Hamlet – Spanish title
Det kom en farlig hämnare – Swedish title
To Kill or Not to Kill? – English title
The Dirty Story of the West – English title
The Wild and the Dirty – U.S.A. title

A 1967 Italian production [Daiano Films, Leone Films (Rome)]
Producers: Ugo Guerra, Elio Scardamaglia
Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Story: Sergio Corbucci based on “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare
Screenplay: Tito Carpi, Francesco Scardamaglia, Enzo Girolami, Bruno Corbucci
Cinematography: Angelo Filippini [Technicolor, Techniscope]
Music: Francesco De Masi
Song: “Find a Man” sung by Maurizio Graf (Maurizio Attanasio)
Running time: 92 minutes

Johnny Hamilton – Chip Corman (Andrea Giordana)
Emily/Evelyn/Ofelia/Betty – Gabriella Grimaldi (Gabriella Boccardo)
Ross – Enio Girolami
Gil/Guild – Pedro Sanchez
Eugenia – Stefania Careddu (Stefania di Sambrese)
Polomo – Giorgio Sanmartin
Horace/Dazio – Gilbert Roland
Claude/Claudio Hamilton – Horst Frank
Gertrude ‘The Queen’ – Françoise Prévost
Santana – Manuel Serrano
Undertaker – Franco Latino
With: John Bartha, Franco Leo, Fabio Patella, Ugo Adinolfi, Claudio Trionfi

Special Birthdays

Louis Dearborn LaMoore (aka Louis L’Amour) (writer) he would have been 110 today, he died in 1988.

Bo Gray (actor) is 70 today

Stefano Curti (composer) is 55 today.
Francesco Quinn (actor) would have been 55 today, he died in 2011.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

New Book Release

Deadly Spaghetti: The Goodest, the Baddest & the Ugliest Italian Westerns Ever Made

Author: John Le May
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s the Italian film industry cranked out over 600 "Spaghetti Westerns"- and for every Fistful of Dollars were a dozen pale imitations, some of them hilarious. Many of these lesser known Spaghettis are available in bargain bin DVD packs and stream for free on Amazon Prime. If ever you've wondered which are worth your time and which aren't, this is the book for you. Decipher the meaning of "April Morning" and see Lee Van Cleef bust a rap in Captain Apache! Check out the original Shanghai Noon in the form of the Shaw Brother's co-production Blood Money. Puzzle at the Acid-induced Hippie Western Matalo! See hearts ripped out of chests in The Fighting Fists of Shanghai Joe! Thrill to William Shatner in dual roles in White Comanche! Visit Robert Shaw, Telly Savalas and Martin Landau in A Town Called Hell! Split a few heads with Bud Spencer in Massacre at Fort Holman! See faces melt and Giuliano Gemma shoot down Aztec sorcerers in Tex and the Lords of the Deep! And watch Django go bananas in tropical Mexico in Django Strikes Again!

Country: U.K./U.S.A.
Language: English
Available in Kindle and printed formats
Pages: 128
Available U.S.A.: March 4, 2018
Available U.K.: March 18, 2018

[Thanks to author Howard Hughes for giving me a heads up on this relese.]

La gran ruta la oeste (Great Western Trail)

Great Western Trail, the great route of the West
By Daniel Marco

I'll start at the end: This game drives me crazy! I had the opportunity to try it for the first time a few months ago, recently arrived from the Essen fair and it was love at first sight. Great Western Trail mixes several mechanics very well interlinked that will take us to travel through the United States to sell our cattle.

Great Western Trail is a game by Alexander Pfister (Isle of Skye, Mombasa, Oh my Goods! ...) that has recently been published in Spanish by MasQue Oca Editions. The game is illustrated by Andreas Resch who already worked with Pfister in Mombasa. We are facing a game for 2 to 4 players with a duration that will be around 2 hours in which we will squeeze our brains to optimize our movements to the maximum.

The Great Western Trail board

The first time you see the game unfold it may seem a bit messy but it really is not that bad. The board is divided into 4 main parts:

The route that we will take as authentic cowboys on the back of our horse driving the cattle. It occupies the entire central part of the board. We have several possible ways to go. We will go through different areas. We will face many dangers (no one said it was easy). We can go through different places and stop at buildings that even we ourselves will order to build.

When we stop to rest in a neutral building or some of ours we will have different actions to do: trade with the Indians, buy cattle, expand the reach of our rail line ... If we finish our movement in a building of another player we can only perform some auxiliary action available on our individual board. In addition, in some we will have to pay a "toll" to be able to cross over them.
Kansas City

It occupies the left side of the board. Every time we arrive in Kansas City, the first thing we will do is add new hazards to the route and new workers to the labor market. This will make us approach one step at the end of the game. Each time we fill in the labor market a file will go down the board. When we reach the end the final is shot and we will play the last round.

Then we will convert our cattle into money. One of the main mechanics of the game is to build decks (deck building). We are cowboys and we will handle a hand of cattle cards. Our mission is to take advantage of the trip between Texas and Kansas to exchange certain cows from our hand for others from our deck. In our destiny they will not pay us anything for the repeated heads of cattle. So the ideal is to arrive with as many unduplicated cows as possible.
Railway line

Corresponds to the top and right of the board. Finally, we will use our rail line (represented by our locomotive) and the money we have just won to send the cattle to any of the available cities. We can only send cattle once to each city in the game (except Kansas City and San Francisco). When sending the cattle to a city we will place one of the disks of our individual board in that city. This will cause us to unlock certain auxiliary actions or improve certain skills such as moving more squares per turn, being able to transport more heads of cattle ...

Cattle market

In the lower part of the board we have the Cattle Market. Through actions of certain buildings we can go to the cattle market to acquire new cattle.

The individual board

In the individual board shows us on the one hand all the actions we can perform and the various improvements (covered by wooden discs).

On the other hand, in the central part of it we have room to place our workers. These can be of 3 types:

The cowboys will be useful to us to be able to acquire better cows and at a better price.

The builders will help us to build better and better buildings.

The engineers will use them to be able to advance our rail line and save money when sending our cattle to faraway places.
End of the game

When the round tab of the Labor Market leaves the board at the bottom, the last round will be held. Afterwards, the points will be counted. We are facing one of those games in which you score for everything. We will obtain points for money, buildings, cows, cities visited ...

The game of the year (for me)

I know I have left many aspects of the game in the inkwell (such as goal cards, for example). I do not pretend to explain the game with hairs and signals. For that, I always recommend reading the regulation. I hope that someone who is not clear that the game is going to have an idea above.

As I said at the beginning, I'm excited about this game. I enjoy every game from the first moment until the last round.

In Great Western Trail it is advisable not to neglect any of the fronts since it can become complicated to try to recover later. We must build buildings, placing them strategically to optimize our trips. We have to expand the variety of our cattle as well as removing the least valuable ones. We must hire workers from the 3 classes. And we must try to squeeze every objective to add all the possible points.