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Title: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: JamesK on July 12, 2006, 04:01:26 AM
I managed to catch up with Tommy Lee Jones' directorial debut, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, last night.á While it's firmly in the category of "film of the American West," as opposed to a traditional western, there's plenty that will appeal to those of us who love the genre.á It is a quiet, almost meditative, examination of guilt, retribution and penance with strong performances by Jones and pretty much everyone else in the cast.á Don't miss it.


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: JamesK on July 13, 2006, 01:08:11 PM
Does anyone even plan to check this film out?


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: grandpa_chum on July 13, 2006, 01:37:44 PM
I did check it out a while ago... I was somehow lucky enough to find a theatre it was playing at(limited releases don't get much playing time around these parts)... The comparisons to bring me the head of alredo garcia, which is my all time favorite movie, are appropriate, it really does feel like a peckinpah film and I can't wait to see more from jones as a director, it really was a wonderfully refreshing cynical film, there aren't too many out there these days that aren't out and out desperate horror movies with no realism... so if you are looking for what i consider the holy triple threat of cinema, realism, cinicism, and revenge, then go see this movie, you will love it like i did.

I agree it's a can't miss... specially for folks on this board.


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: titoli on July 13, 2006, 01:40:21 PM
Not me: I don't like the title (Melquiades Estrada? what a name is that for a movie?) and the plot lines  you sketch (" a quiet, almost meditative, examination of guilt, retribution and penance") put me to sleep.
Of course I may be wrong but that is the first impression and I always go with that.





Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: noodles_leone on July 13, 2006, 02:38:08 PM
It's great. Sorry, I don't have the time to "prove" it:) well i have to go, but it is great. It is more for lovers of OUATITW than for GBU fans;)


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: JamesK on July 13, 2006, 07:42:54 PM
Not me: I don't like the title (Melquiades Estrada? what a name is that for a movie?) and the plot linesá you sketch (" a quiet, almost meditative, examination of guilt, retribution and penance") put me to sleep.
Well, you're missing out.  As another poster said, I don't really have the time to "prove" it.  I can only say that it's well worth the time to seek it out and watch it, and leave it at that.


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: The Firecracker on July 13, 2006, 07:59:11 PM
Does anyone even plan to check this film out?

soon enough I'm sure.
When it hits a theatre near me. of course I'm sure the advertisment will be non-existant so I will have to keep a sharp eye out.


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: JamesK on July 13, 2006, 08:06:44 PM
When it hits a theatre near me.
Seeing as it's already out on DVD, I doubt it'll actually do that.  You may just have to check it out on the small screen, as most of us are.


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: grandpa_chum on July 13, 2006, 08:18:11 PM
yeah, it's strange, out here in the middle of nowhere is the worst place in the country to get decent limited release stuff, but there is this one theatre that every once in a while shows an absolute gem of a release, i got to see this on the big screen somehow... same thing happened with duck you sucker, the conformist, and the passenger, i was completely surprised they were showing within 10 hours of my house... but i consider myself very lucky to have seen them on the big screen.


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: The Firecracker on July 13, 2006, 08:27:28 PM
Seeing as it's already out on DVD, I doubt it'll actually do that.á You may just have to check it out on the small screen, as most of us are.

oh. dont I feel stupid. I didnt realize this.


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: Tim on July 14, 2006, 11:32:28 AM
  Saw it in theatres, loved it, bought the dvd in June, and loved it again.  The whole cast gave exceptional performances, especially Tommy Lee Jones and Barry Pepper.  And to me, it seemed like a blending of all the great western directors.  If Leone, Ford, and Peckinpah made a movie together (I can hear the heavens come crashing down) it would have been like Three Burials.


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: cigar joe on July 14, 2006, 04:00:53 PM
I'll be checking it out soon too.


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: cigar joe on August 08, 2006, 09:42:16 PM
Finally got around to this flick, it is good, very good in fact I recomend it a lot. The last sequences when Jones is carrying the body back to Mexico is is just great. The The cinematography and scenery is beautiful, and it will really remind you of Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia.

I'll Have to pick up the DVD. 8)


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: The Peacemaker on August 08, 2006, 09:44:15 PM
Finally got around to this flick, it is good, very good in fact I recomend it a lot. The last sequences when Jones is carrying the body back to Mexico is is just great. The The cinematography and scenery is beautiful, and it will really remind you of Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia.

I'll Have to pick up the DVD. 8)

Where did you see the movie?


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: cigar joe on August 08, 2006, 09:51:23 PM
rented it


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: The Peacemaker on August 08, 2006, 09:52:47 PM
rented it

Thanks. I've been hearing good things about this film so I want to take a look at it.


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: Amaze on August 09, 2006, 01:58:11 AM
I'll try to watch it soon as well


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: JamesK on August 09, 2006, 04:34:25 AM
I'm gratified that so may people around here seem to "get" Three Burials.  I've mentioned it elsewhere and frequently get the kind of response that confuses thoughtful with boring.   :P


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: Amaze on August 17, 2006, 09:28:53 AM
saw it last night. an ok movie. don't think I'll watch it again anytime soon tho. and even tho I didnt find the movie boring, it was a bit too "quiet" as someone above me called it.


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: buff64 on August 17, 2006, 09:58:45 AM
Saw it on dvd.Awesome movie,slow paced,quiet but emotional.I'd love to see it again.


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: boardwalk_angel on August 17, 2006, 10:38:51 AM
bump


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: titoli on August 18, 2006, 06:00:38 AM
bump bump.

I took courage and rented the dvd. I'm halfway though it and fighting with sleep. Exactly as I had imagined it: boring to no end. Nothing happening but with this new hollywoodian trick of copying Tarantino copying Godard's trick of  mixing up temporarily the events to make an irrelevant story significant.
I'll check the other half, though: the women are worth more than a look.


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: cigar joe on August 18, 2006, 06:10:18 AM
The second half is where it becomes a "Western",  ;D get back to us when you finish.


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: titoli on August 18, 2006, 08:03:08 AM
I almost didn't make it to the 2nd half. Yes, a little bit more alive, but little.

Two things: the Morricone's quotation and Levon Helm's appearance: as I had last seen him in Last Waltz can you imagine I didn't get him at first and had to check him back. I'd say he's ready for a horror appearance, without make up. He can couple with Keith Richards...





Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: Amaze on August 18, 2006, 08:15:23 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v47/amaze/22.jpg)

 ;D


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: cigar joe on August 18, 2006, 03:37:52 PM
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Yes, a little bit more alive, but little.


Its a step in the right direction anyway, lol.


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: Jill on June 09, 2007, 06:51:13 AM
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada - it come to the hungarian cinemas only now.

It's a great film. It has very much "intertextual" connects from Antigone to Alfredo Garcia. Acting is very good (I fell in love with Julio CÚsar Cedillo :-* :)), the story is simple, but great. Hard, naturalistic, absurd, poetic and a story of honour. I liked it.
We needed more films like this, and not film with stars, shootin', boom!, monstas and sematic stories.

I feeled I was seeing somethin' that Bloody Sam would have been liked...


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: Tucumcari Bound on June 09, 2007, 03:17:19 PM
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada - it come to the hungarian cinemas only now.

It's a great film. It has very much "intertextual" connects from Antigone to Alfredo Garcia. Acting is very good (I fell in love with Julio CÚsar Cedillo :-* :)), the story is simple, but great. Hard, naturalistic, absurd, poetic and a story of honour. I liked it.
We needed more films like this, and not film with stars, shootin', boom!, monstas and sematic stories.

I feeled I was seeing somethin' that Bloody Sam would have been liked...

I absolutely love this film!


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: Tucumcari Bound on November 23, 2007, 12:48:20 PM
Love this film! Awesome present day western.


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: Jill on November 23, 2007, 03:34:06 PM
Old blind man rocks! He's a great character. Like the "little, funny ol' men" in SWs.
His lines are great.

I like that bizarre, dark humour of the movie.


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: Dust Devil on April 11, 2010, 09:29:54 AM
This is a strange movie with so many awkward scenes, moments and situations that in the very end turn to be pretty much pointless. In my view they only succeed in portraying Texas as the mother of all fucked up places around the globe. Once more, if you didn't get it already. I mean, there isn't one single thing that works normally in Texas, not one single thing. The waitress chick is apparently screwing everybody with a dick all around town (and wider), but she loves her husband (I was just sitting there and waiting for that line, I swear it). The little blondie chick from Cincinnati is just sitting there, drinking her coffee, eating her pie, smoking her cigarettes, loving her husband... and just before you know it her and the old bitch are going around town chasing bucks for some fun. But not only that, they don't just screw them; they dance and have fun with them in four in the afternoon, on radio music, near the mall. In Odessa, in Texas. Then there's the old blind guy, asking good folks passing by to shoot him down. You don't wanna know what he's eating there, right? ''Sir you got any gasoline?'' - asks TLJ's character - ''I have a deer here that started to go bad.''. The old man replies - ''No, but I got some antifreeze.'' The pump the corpse they're carrying full of it.

I don't wanna go any further, but there isn't that much to ''get'' if you ask me. Maybe why the Mexican lied, or did he lie, at all.


6/10


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: Dust Devil on April 11, 2010, 11:33:00 AM
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I'll check the other half, though: the women are worth more than a look.

The waitress, right?


Title: Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Post by: twood on April 21, 2010, 11:14:38 AM
A terriffic film, IMO.