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I thought it was a really excellent movie all around.  The only thing I wasn't particularly hot on was a lot of the narration.  I liked it at the very start of the movie and at the very end, but for the most part, I found it unnecassary.  I only like narration when it adds something that you wouldn't already know to the story.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Empire of the Sun (1987)
« on: October 31, 2007, 09:56:49 AM »
I really liked this movie.  It actually brought out for me, a very similar emotional response to Schindler's List, even though it accomplished it in a much different way.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Greed (1924)
« on: October 31, 2007, 09:46:25 AM »
I've been really wanting to see this movie, but I don't know how to find it.  Netflix doesn't seem to have it at all?  Where have some other people seen it?

I would definitely put Cheyenne's theme in the sentimental category, if that's what we're calling it.

I'm a sucker for the prettier themes, but I basically like all of Ennio Morricone's music, and part of what makes him great is that he's able to write in so many different styles while still having a distinct sound.

Ennio Morricone / Re: Your favourite Morricone's lesser known works
« on: October 09, 2007, 09:36:29 AM »
I almost want to see it just to see how the music fits in, but not quite.

I didn't vote in the other rounds, so hopefully this is OK.

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly  15
Once Upon a Time in the West  41 (+ 1)
Duck, You Sucker   5 (- 1)

Choosing between GBU and OUTW is pretty tough.

Ennio Morricone / Re: Favorite Ennio Morricone Score
« on: October 08, 2007, 10:54:57 AM »
In my opinion, Once Upon a Time in the West is the most perfect marriage of music and film that has ever been, so I guess I'll have to say OUATITW.  However, Cinema Paradiso is the only movie, and the only music, (two seperate occasions, one listening and one watching), that has ever literally made my cry, and I'm usually not particularly emotional.

I love just about everything he's written though.

If I had to pick one piece of music that epitomizes Ennio Morricone it would probably be the theme to DYS.  It seems to have most of the weirdness, beauty, and creative instrumentation that makes him great rolled into one piece.

Ennio Morricone / Re: Your favourite Morricone's lesser known works
« on: October 08, 2007, 10:42:08 AM »
La Califfa, L Uccello dalle Piume di Cristallo, Metti Una Sera a Cena, Veruschka, and Orca.  I haven't seen any of these movies, but you really don't have to to appreciate the music.  Orca is supposedly a crappy Jaws rip off, but I can't get over how amazing the music is.  It's hard to imagine such amazing music written for a bad movie, but I suspect a lot of these movies aren't that great.

A few other scores of note from movies that I've actually seen are U-Turn, The Thing, and Days of Heaven.  By the way, Days of Heaven is just about the most beautiful movie I've seen, and Morricone's music is matches the films beauty perfectly.  It's a lot more subtle than his more famous scores.

Also, you guys should check out his rejected score for What Dreams May Come.  I strongly suspect that if it had been used, that movie would have a much better reputation.

I would say there isn't any other film composer as good as Ennio.  He's my favorite far and away.

My two distant second favorite film composers are Nino Rota and Bernard Hermann.  My favorite Rota score is La Strada, and my favorite Hermann score is probably Vertigo.

As far as John Williams goes, my favorite single piece of music that I've heard by him is Marion's theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark.  I think it's really beautiful.  My favorite score overall by him is Jaws.

General Discussion / Re: What is your favorite scene from each Leone movie?
« on: September 27, 2007, 10:39:44 AM »
For most of these I really could have picked several scenes.  It's hard to pick favorite scenes when you're talking about your favorite movies.

FFD - first scene with the line about not laughing at the mule.

FFDM - near the end when Manco appears with the other pocket watch.

GBU - where Blondie gives the dieing soldier his coat and a puff from his cigar.

OUTW - Frank's first appearance, from the second the little kid runs out the door till Frank shoots him.

DYS - when Jon (Sean) and Juan decide to go to America and then Juan is carried off again.

OUTA - when Deborah is reading the Song of Songs to Noodles (when they're kids).

General Discussion / Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
« on: May 21, 2007, 12:38:08 PM »
I wonder if Ennio Morricone had any music that he was working on for the Leone Leningrad movie that he might use in the Tornatore movie, because I'm almost sure Morricone will write the music as he's done with pretty much all of Tornatore's films.

I'm not to sure about "most talented".  He's definitely my favorite director of all time, but there's no way I can say he's the greatest because of how few films he made.  If I had to pick the greatest director of all time, I'd probobly go with either Kurosawa or Hitchcock because of how consistently great their movies were, and how many of them they made.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Robert De Niros BEST movie
« on: September 20, 2006, 01:05:42 AM »
Maybe. But have you seen the original movie? Because in that one Mitchum is movie history.

Yes I have seen the original, and I think it's great, but I vastly prefer Scorsese's version in almost every way.  it's one of the few instances I can think of where I like the remake more than the original.  Mitchum was really good, but De Niro was just terrifying.

The big thing for me as far as the movies themselves go is that in the newer movie, the bad guy has a real motive that you can understand, and the good guy isn't such a good guy, and his family is disfunctional.  The old movie had too much of a black and white (I don't mean literally), good and evil sort of thing.  It wasn't nearly as interesting.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Robert De Niros BEST movie
« on: September 19, 2006, 11:26:08 AM »
I'm gonna have to go with The Deer Hunter.  That movie probobly has the most impressive acting I've ever seen all around.  I've read that DeNiro himself said that The Deer Hunter was his best performance.  In my opinion, Raging Bull would be a close second, not to take anything away from Taxi Driver and The Godfather II.  I also thought he was great in Cape Fear.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Kurosawa
« on: September 19, 2006, 11:20:41 AM »
I'd like to add throne of Blood and Ikiru as essential Kurasawa films to see.  My other favorites have already been mentioned:  Seven Samurai, Ran, Red Beard, and Yojimbo.

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