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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
« on: March 03, 2006, 05:29:32 AM »
So Mr Ford is in some ways responsible for the 'court room drama' genre in TV/Film. 

General Discussion / Re: Nine hundred days of Leningrad
« on: February 12, 2006, 06:45:44 AM »
2 years now... Havn't heard much from Giuseppe Tornatore / Ennio Morricone Leningrad film. Still hear rumours its a homage to what Leone was trying to conceive.
If only they could get Bobby De Niro on board to boot.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: harry dean stanton
« on: February 04, 2006, 08:12:47 AM »
  Smoker, I'm not doubting that Stanton was a hard man to work with, but what makes you say he wouldn't do character acting.  In most of the movies I've seen him in, he's just that; a character actor, someone in the background.

Sorry didn't make that very clear. Hes been quoted as saying 'My career has been made up of playing myself in every role'.
Hes almost an anti-actor, He states that any guy off the street could do what i do'

Bub in the Repo Man, Brett in A L I E N, Pvt. Willard in Kellys Heroes, Travis in Paris Texas are all the same charactor.. which is Harry Dean Stanton. just the dressing is different. Thats what you get for your money.

Almost like looking out for Jack Nance in a David Lynch film. Playing his aloof self everytime.

One of the reasons why directors who try and mold him into a charactor have problems and sparks fly, and he also turns down alot of jobs.


Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Burt Reynolds
« on: February 04, 2006, 07:56:10 AM »
Fantastic pics Cigar Joe.

Only problem I have with Reynolds in Joe is he can't seem to keep still.
Just because he was a stunt man dosn't mean you have to jump from rock to rock like a 9 year old after eating a extra large packet of skittles. Maybe this energetic agility was apart of the charactor? but still its a bit rich.

Didn't he go to Almeria looking for work on a recommendation from his friend Eastwood? 

For a Few Dollars More / Re: what's in that cigarette of indio's?
« on: February 03, 2006, 10:32:58 AM »
From a film making perspective.

Always thought it was a  Reefer Madness moment specially the swirling sound effect as Indio goes under.
A muddy unamed drug that takes hold of its user. And Few Dollars showing its 60s 'B Movie' pedigree. 

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Bond 21: Casino Royale
« on: February 03, 2006, 10:16:18 AM »
Haven't been able to get excited about Bond films for years, ever since Roget Moore ruined them. MOONRAKER is one of the worst films I've ever seen.

Mr. Craig bears an uncanny resemblence to Nazi super trooper Kurt "Panzer" Meyer.

He's played a German Officer, can't remember the film thou.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: harry dean stanton
« on: February 03, 2006, 10:14:11 AM »
Stanton would have to be written a part he don't do charactor acting. Very hard man to work with.

Fully paid up zen nihilist to boot ;D

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Blade Runner SE Release 2007
« on: February 03, 2006, 10:05:49 AM »
Scott also wanted some gore shots reinstated, ones that were extant at the time of the VHS release (and appear there), but don't any longer.  When the current "director's cut" was assembled, that footage was missing or degraded.  See also Sammon.

Mainland European Threatrical cut has the additional gore shots. Criterion's 80s Laserdisc released it in a widescreen digital format. Ive got it somewhere, Not much to shout about.. dosn't make a real difference to the film.
Quick blood spurt from Tyrell's eye sockets. Deckard has his nostrils rearranged by Priss while in the thunder thies lock.
Their actually amusing and create an distraction from the film.
Stange Ridley had a similar scene in Alien. 'Ash (android) attacking Parker'  sequence tends to come off a little wonkey and obsurd.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Blind Man Soundrack
« on: January 28, 2006, 09:27:26 AM »
Order this just before Christmas, but DigiMovies has been closed over the festive season. been a bit of a back log.

So I only received it this morning.

But it was worth the wait..

Its doin a great job of nursing a hangover. CDs decked out with quite a few Mariachi tunes and a fantastic Title theme. Specially the opening 30 secs, I remember being used when Blindman rides out to the empty bride cart. Makes the hairs standup on the back of your neck.
Wonderful moments of eccentricity like a Komeda soundtrack or Invention John on 'Giu La Testa' and some sitar playing in the mix.

Plus a track called 'Zatoichi in the West'
So does this confirm my suspision that Anthony & Co picked up an idea while in Japan while filming the last 'Stranger' film?

70s spaghetti western soundtracks tend have more selection in sound than its 60s counterparts which were more thin on the ground and held up by a strong title theme. e.g. 'Death Rides A Horse' (Some CDs hold 8 different variations on one title theme)
But this is probably more of whats available sometimes, from recording sessions to LP soundtrack.

Quite possibly one of the finest spaghetti soundtracks outside Morricones work.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Bond 21: Casino Royale
« on: January 19, 2006, 06:20:59 AM »
On the bandwagon jumping.. 2 years ago Bollywood actress and model Aishwarya Rai put rumours out that she was going to be the bond girl in the next movie. Producers denied the claim. She looked a little silly.. end of the day, shameless publicity.

Theres BBC archive footage of the Craig Press meeting on this page.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Bond 21: Casino Royale
« on: January 19, 2006, 06:13:05 AM »
Yeah hes slight. Had a great turn as a Brit Sgt in the WWI film The Trench. Layer Cake must of been the piece that made the producers take notice. No great movie, but he does have a good acting presense about him.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Bond 21: Casino Royale
« on: January 18, 2006, 05:10:32 PM »
Daniel Craig? It could of been alot worse, lots of rumours of a new young hip 20 something 'bond jnr' were doing the rounds :shudder:

Clive Owen always seemed to be the only one that came to my mind, pre-selection.
Or maybe Christian Bale.. if you give him about 10 years from now.

Roger Moore over did his stay.
The buttclenching embarrisment of watching a wrinkly Moore hang-on to Golden Gate bridge, while Christopher Walkens Baddie ritually chuckles at his predicment. Always takes on a whole new meaning outside the film to my eyes. Time to get your coat. 
Should of passed over Dalton alot sooner (atleast 1980) who seems to get dumped with alot hate. no cheeky one liners.. Because well.. his bond was alot more back to basics, cold, simple and edgey. Dear god even more faithful to the Books than Connery maybe?
Dalton was pursued for the part as early as 1970 by Cubby Broccoli. But the actor declined on the grounds of being too young for Flemmings spy charactor. The Living Daylights is a good bond movie, arguably the best 80s offering. But his Bond career was stuck on the rocks with the Bond legal rights problems from '1989-95' and honorably stepped down for Brosnon.

Brosnan took to long to make the part his own. Don't think his heart was ever in it. By the 3rd film it started to sink in. And is always just seemed a little flat or safe.

I just think the Bond dosn't automaticly makes a good bond film. OHMSS being evidence of this. Everything but George Lazenby is pure gold in this film to me.. I don't  understand anybody who would sit throught the lazy mess that is Diamonds Are Forever. Just because Connery came back for it. The John Barry soundtrack stops it looking like a complete farce.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Your favourite scene in this movie?
« on: January 18, 2006, 04:21:21 PM »
Watch it couple of nights ago.. been a while

Surreal playful image. Specially Tuco's Ladies Parsol. Fantastic desolate sounding Morricone accompaniment.

Or Tuco in the gunshop.. which probably says more about Leone's charactor than Tuco.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Red Dead Revolver
« on: January 18, 2006, 04:02:44 PM »
The 2 Disc Western Graffiti compilation would cover half of the stuff on the Read Dead soundtrack. But its not very easy to find these days.

emusic do a good free months trial, 40 free downloads.

But make sure you cancel your account before the months out, or money may leave your account.
They have The Spaghetti Western 'Classic Italian Themes' compilation (All 4 Volumes of it)  in their database.

Plus a few obscure Ennio Morricone scores.. including Leone's Giu La Testa

Other Films / Re: What other SW's were shot in America?
« on: January 18, 2006, 03:42:12 PM »
Guns For San Sebastian is another Mex one. Falls into Joe's definition, of 60s Euro Westerns

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