A test nuclear explosion codenamed "Baker", part of Operation Crossroads, at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, on July 25, 1946. The 40 kiloton atomic bomb was detonated by the U.S. at a depth of 27 meters below the ocean surface, 3.5 miles from the atoll. The purpose of the tests was to study the effects of nuclear explosions on ships. 73 ships were gathered to the spot -- both obsolete American and captured ships, including the Japanese battleship "Nagato". (NARA) #
Gunslinger is the ultimate tribute to the Old West. The third installment in Smash TV’s epic VJ trilogy, we present you with a 62 minute behemoth that embodies the spirit and chaos of the Wild West. The Back to the Future III of our trilogy, if you will, Smash TV has bid a fond farewell to the neon excess of the 80s and set the controls of the DeLorean back to 1885. A simpler – and infinitely more dangerous – time.
Painstakingly assembled from more than 50 Western movies, ranging from Sergio Leone’s early Spaghetti Westerns all the way up to 90s reimaginings such as Desperado and Wild Wild West, Gunslinger serves as a humble attempt to pay homage to one of the longest running and most influential genres of the silver screen. Whether your loyalty lies with the trusty sheriff, the dastardly villain, the ruthless mercenary, the opportunistic thief, or the unpredictable vigilante, it provides a thrilling look at heroism, betrayal, greed, loss, and justice in a time when law and order was as rare as the gold men killed for.
Taking a magnifying glass to one of the most prolific genres in film history, Gunslinger aims to preserve the ideals and struggles of a unique time and place in history which becomes more and more foreign to our daily lives with each passing year. Deliberately paced to match the look and feel of a Western, it recontextualizes classic tropes of the genre to deliver a unique and fast paced narrative. A mysterious stranger arrives in town, authority is challenged, vengeance is sought, tensions run high at the saloon, a frantic horse chase ensues, and everything goes to hell in an epic gunfight you’ll have to see to believe.
The audio borrows from a number of different genres; from time-honored soundtracks by Ennio Morricone and John Barry, to modern hip hop and electronic reworkings of genre standards.
Gunslinger condenses 30 years of Western movies into one unforgettable hour. The good. The bad. The ugly.
An ode to the Man with No Name.
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Tracklist: Ennio Morricone - The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Ennio Morricone - Pursuit Monte Cazazza - A Gringo Like Me Backini - Go Go Killer The Avalanches - Frontier Psychiatrist People Like Us & Wobbly & Matmos - Cattle Call Luke Vibert & BJ Cole - Songs Of The Night Life Flying Lotus - Mages Sages (Instrumental) Forsaken featuring Joker & Ben Blackmore - Last Saloon Swagger John Barry - Midnight Cowboy Sir Richard Bishop - Essaouira Susan Christie - Ghost Riders In The Sky Sam Spence - Wie Ein Blitz They Might Be Giants - Minimum Wage Angelo Badalamenti - Blue Frank Ennio Morricone - L'Estasi Dell'Oro (Bandini Remix) Monte Cazazza - Birds Of Prey The Wiseguys - Cowboy '78 (Casa De Sanchez Mix) Matmos - For The Trees (Return) Randy Newman - Blue Shadows On The Trail