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Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968)
« on: June 24, 2024, 09:55:53 PM »
I rewatched this for about the 5th time or so.  The ending still hits hard.  I have yet to see the alternate endings because I don't want to spoil the experience of the original ending.  I'll get around to it eventually.

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Other Films / Re: The McMasters (1970)
« on: June 21, 2024, 08:54:53 AM »
Pheww, that is so long ago that I only remember that it did not work at all. Despite having an interesting cast and plot. Maybe a rewatch would change that?
  It's on Tubi.

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Other Films / Re: The McMasters (1970)
« on: June 20, 2024, 01:48:28 PM »
I remember it only as a forgettable mess.
Why was it a mess? Its no different than 75 percent or more of Westerns that have ever been made (bad guys taking advantage of a good guy and trying to run him off his land/mineral rights, and/or take his cattle in the process). The only big difference is the subject matter is polarizing.  Just about every Clint Eastwood Western had the main theme of what was going on here with the exception of the central social issues that were on display in this film.  "The Searchers" is right up there with the display of social issues brought to the forefront in a negative way.

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Other Films / Re: The Revengers (1972)
« on: June 19, 2024, 08:39:49 PM »
I found the plot quite familiar but still creative. The choice of actors and filming locations is also extremely suitable. Holden's performances are also extremely impressive. I don't understand why people find his movements superficial and lifeless. I will give this movie 7/10 for what it has brought.
. I agree.  It was a strong performance by Holden.  You even saw his character take a surprising arc in this film.  Its a underrated performance.

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Other Films / The McMasters (1970)
« on: June 19, 2024, 08:34:50 PM »
I couldn't find a thread on this so here goes. This film takes the usual stereotypes, Iconoclasm and history taught in schools, Hollywood, etc. and revels in it.  It is very polarizing. That out of the way, it took that well worn path and was actually pretty good.  Brock Peters, Burl Ives,  Nancy Kwan, Jack Palance and David Carrandine did a fantastic job here.  The musical scoring was actually pretty good.  I saw a very bad copy on Tubi so I can't attest to the photography.  I rate this a solid 7 1/2 out of 10.

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Other Films / Re: The Revengers (1972)
« on: June 18, 2024, 04:57:12 PM »
I agree with everything @titoli said. I'm not aware of any of the bad reviews. I can say they are wrong.  The plot though familiar is very good. As Titoli said, the scene with the guy who was aspiring to be his son is one of the best scenes I've ever seen in a Western.  The choice of characters was very good.  The on location filming was very good.  The musical scoring is the major thing that sets this back.  It made it too "television" and highlighted the faults in the production.  The stereotypes were horrible (Strode, Borgnine's character) but everything else was good. If you take this same Western and put it in black and white film, ditch that horrible musical scoring, this immediately jumps up a serious notch. I give this a solid 7 1/2 out of 10.  I saw this on Tubi where its currently playing.

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Other Films / Re: Broken Lance (1954)
« on: June 16, 2024, 08:49:35 PM »
I found this better than expected. Katy Jurado, Spencer Tracy and Richard Widmark give fantastic performances here. I agree that Widmark looks too old for the part but he carried it well. The story is well written and the action and romance angles had a very good balance. Its very well worth a watch. I find it a solid 7 out 10.

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Other Films / Re: Tension at Table Rock (1956)
« on: June 15, 2024, 04:01:18 AM »
I'm surprised that this Western hasn't received any reviews other than by the poster of this thread.  I pretty much agree with everything Cigar Joe said except that I believe its worth a watch.  What I like is the well worn out story.  Its really hard to mess it up and the writers here did a good job with it.  You take this same story and drop Clint Eastwood in it with a stand out baddie and musical score and you got every Clint Eastwood Western he did.  Its not a knock on Eastwood or his movies.  Its a solid theme that is done here like Leone did later; only better.  Here is a quick review I gave on Letterboxd:

I've seen probably every good Western that has been made but continue to search for the better films.  Of the thousands of Westerns made only a few of them are very well done. This is one of them.  The themes shown here are done over and over particularly with the Spaghetti Westerns and here you see some of the earliest uses of those themes.

You have the lone gunslinger who comes to town and teaches the sheriff how to be a man and a sheriff.  The sheriff's wife likes the gunslinger by the way.  This is "Shane" from 1953 and just about every Clint Eastwood Western ever made.  What I like here is the writing and directing is very straight to the point.  There is no overly long drawn out "romantic" side stories or long speeches by any of the protaganists.  Its straight to the point which makes the whole project very digestable even if there may be some implausible moments depending on the viewer's opinon of implausibility.

I saw a rough copy of the film on TCM so I can't attest to the merits of the cinematography.  There are some obviously edited in footage pieced together from other projects but overall the look of the film seemed passable.  Its very well worth a watch.   

6 out of 10

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Fantastic game.  One of the best ever.  The sequel, Red Dead Redemption 2 was a failure (online gameplay).  What made the online multiplayer game superior in the original Red Dead Redemption is the fact that that there was more action (you could find enemies anywhere on the map and hunt them down), and the microtransactions were not needed for basic gameplay.  In the sequel, gamers came over from Grand Theft Auto and Fortnite and cried about wanting to fish and hunt in peace without running across random gunplay.  Thus the map was changed to where you couldn't find anyone unless you were within 150 meters of them.  You could go for a very long time and not run across anyone on that huge map to engage in a gunfight.

The original game came out before "Fortnite" changed the gaming world with its microtransaction gameplay.  This carried over to Rockstar including it in Red Dead Redemption 2.  You have to buy ammo, etc.  You have to feed your horse.  You had to eat.  This stuff is obviously more authentic to real life situations but hampers a video game like this which was originally based on spontaneous gunplay in the online gameplay. There is a very real possibility that this is gonna continue in the new Grand Theft Auto 6 game tentatively scheduled to be released in 2025.   Both Red Dead Redemption games are good but the original is one of the best games ever, period.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Le Samourai (1967)
« on: March 20, 2024, 10:56:45 AM »
Restoration trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTFV07ah4fY

Thanks for making me aware of this restoration.  One of the greatest and most influential films ever.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (2024)
« on: March 20, 2024, 10:53:21 AM »
The look of this film is very good.  They never let you down in this franchise in that regard.  It remains to be seen though whether the plot is gonna be good.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: High Sierra (1941)
« on: March 20, 2024, 10:23:03 AM »
Still not high enough. This movie is at least an 8/10  :D

Again, its underrated.  Let me say this:  I prefer this simple plot over the incoherent plots that are "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Big Sleep".  8 is still too high though in my opinion.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: High Sierra (1941)
« on: March 18, 2024, 08:37:34 PM »
This is my third attempt at watching this.  Everytime I would watch it I would be multitasking.  I initially rated this a 6 out of 10 but it was unfair. Upon a complete watch I must say that its a solid showing from Humphrey Bogart and Lupino.  The plot is simple but the execution is superb.  I like the nuance between the two female lead characters.  Lupino in particular conveyed a balance of drama filled emotion that I normally don't like in classic Hollywood films from the female protaganists.  She was very believable.  Usually this is done waaay over the top.

The filming locations and cinematography are gorgeous. The musical scoring was good.  The car chase is fantastic.  It may not be considered among Bogart's best works but its a fine film.  The only problem I had with it is the stereotypical iconoclastic portrayal of Moors on screen from that time in Hollywood.  Willie Best and his character was very cringe but typical of what Hollywood consciously was doing back then. Other than that, I rate this a solid 7 out of 10.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Ferrari - Michael Mann 2023
« on: March 06, 2024, 04:00:29 PM »
I mean, its really simple with Michael Mann:  Crime, gangster thriller: Superb.  Anything else: flop.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Branded to Kill (1967)
« on: March 06, 2024, 03:56:28 PM »
I'm glad you liked it. Underdog is Fukasaku's masterpiece in my opinion, and there still isn't a bluray unless I'm mistaken.

I've seen the "Battles without Honor and Humanity" films he directed and they were pure chaos.  If anybody says they could keep up with the dialogue, action or story, I believe they are not being truthful. Sympathy for the Underdog is superior based on just those facts alone.

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