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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: They Won't Believe Me (1947)
« on: Yesterday at 06:46:31 PM »
Its on TCM tonight at 8:00 PM uncut BTW

I caught this after seeing your post. This was very well done. Robert Young was fantastic but I can see Ray Milland in that role. My only gripe is the ending being yet again, controlled by the censors.  7.5 out of 10.

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Other Films / Re: La resa dei conti aka The Big Gundown (1966)
« on: May 01, 2021, 09:16:28 PM »
I have the 4 disc Grindhouse set. I've  had it for a couple of years now and haven't opened it up yet.  The version I originally saw was on YouTube or somewhere and it wasn't a good print. Criterion is currently playing it and I got my first glimpse of how good this film really looks. I'm  gonna crack open my set now because of Criterion. 

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Other Films / Re: The Tin Star (1957)
« on: February 21, 2021, 12:41:13 PM »
Man, this was good. Very good.  I didn't expect much and was pleasantly surprised.  I agree with most of the comments though about Perkins character.  He was over the top gullible.  Fonda was very good in this.  I liked Kip's character as well.  It was nice to see Van Cleef in this also.  Sure, the film was predictable in a lot of ways but who cares? It was very well done.  I'm scraping the barrel to find very good  Westerns at this point and it was nice to find this one.  8 out of 10.

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Other Films / Re: Tombstone (1993)
« on: December 09, 2020, 08:21:10 PM »
Hey fluisterwoud you hit the nail right on the head!

That was Leone's chief complaint with American westerns, he thought the love/romance side plots killed the stories of a lot of good western films.

I said the same thing.  The romance subplots detract from American Westerns.  Butch and Sundace for instance,  spent about a third of its plot on the love triangle in that film.

  As far as the film thats the subject matter of this thread, it was well done for a modern Western. The Hollywood blockbuster treatment was there but it was somewhat restrained.  The romance stuff was there, but not over bearing.  7 out of 10 stars.

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Other Films / Re: Cutthroats Nine (Condenados a vivir)(1972)
« on: November 29, 2020, 12:43:03 AM »
This was bad. Horrible plot and not much else.  2 out of 10...

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 08, 2020, 05:07:25 AM »
this is better than 8/10

I didn't like it so 8 is even high for me with that movie. 

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: September 07, 2020, 04:09:17 PM »
The Sleeping Car Murders (1965) 

CigarJoe turned me on to this:

Finally got around to watching this.  FABULOUS!  For some reason I knew this was gonna be good and it didn't let me down.   First off, the cast was fantastic.  It starts with my favorite French Actress ( who is gorgeous)  Simone Signoret.  Jean Louis Trintignant and Yves Montand headline a fabulous cast.  Next, the crazy good plot was made even better by fantastic cinematography and musical scoring.  Everything was very good here.  The fast paced and VERY nuanced plot was the obvious centerpiece.   It was VERY well done and directed.  It lost me in a LOT of places, but you were still able to figure out what was happening.  Its gonna take a rewatch to really hone in on the plot as it unfolds.  Its a must watch.  Thanks CigarJoe...   8 out of 10...

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Other Films / Re: The Walking Hills (1949)
« on: September 02, 2020, 03:48:20 PM »
This wasn't too bad.  The plot was very slow in the middle and confusing as to who was who .  The highlights were the music and on location shooting.  I rate it a  5 out of 10.

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I'm pretty sure you jumped the whole movie.
comments like that are why people jump cut this whole message board.  It's down to what,  three or four regular posters...

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Screened this on Criterion.  This started very well and had some interesting  character development that could  have taken the plot in several directions.  The director and writer instead had the plot focus on the three protagonists meeting in jail and their escape.  The director didn't even show them talking about a escape or showing it. One minute they are in jail,  the next minute they are shown running through a swamp.  It was not a scene jump cut. It was a plot jump cut that would have made the French new wave director's blush.... 6 out of 10

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Other Films / Re: Boss Nigger (1975)
« on: May 02, 2020, 08:52:06 PM »
Josuha didn't have one though ;-) I added it to the index

Just check the indexes, and see if there is a review listed, the only problem is occasionally a film has more than one title

Will do.  I usually check but didn't on that one. 

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Other Films / Re: TAKE A HARD RIDE(1974)
« on: May 02, 2020, 08:50:35 PM »
This was pretty good. Loved the musical score and the plot. Both Jim Brown and Fred Williamson were good here.  Jim kelly was used good here.  His character reminded me of the Indian in Sabata.  Kelly was able to show case his REAL fighting skills.  The inclusion of Lee Van Cleff was a bonus.  He wasn't  used much but his character was still central to the plot.  7 out of 10...

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Other Films / Re: Boss Nigger (1975)
« on: May 02, 2020, 05:51:58 PM »
Fix
No way I expected that one to have a review posted...lol

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Other Films / Re: Boss Nigger (1975)
« on: May 02, 2020, 05:14:01 PM »
This is the first of two Fred Williamson westerns, the other being "Joshua" from 1976,  that tried to take a serious tone into the sphagetti western theme and follow in the steps of Clint Eastwood's " Man with No Name Trilogy ".  Whereas Joshua did a good job of getting away from the straight up Blaxploitation themes that were common during the 70s with Moorish actors,  Boss embraced those themes and suffured as a consequence.  ( Seems Williamson learned from this and made a better film with Joshua).   The language being used and the musical scoring in Boss were straight up Blaixploitation.   The shame in this is Boss had terrific filming locations.  Its not clear whether this is Arizona or New Mexico as both locations are given credit from various sources.

The Blaxploitation musical scoring and language aside, the first two thirds of the film actually had a good plot.  It fell apart during the last third with a horribly written, contrived plot.  This undermined a terrific beginning to the film.  Williamson and D'Urville Martin play two Moorish Bounty hunters that ride into town looking for Jed Clayton to collect the reward.  They soon become Sheriff and Deputy by force.  D'Urville in particular was brilliant as the deputy.  ( I learned he initially was gonna play the role of Lionel Jefferson in All in the Family).

Boss received better critical reviews than Joshua made two years later, but I feel that Joshua is the better film because it for the most part did away with the Blaxploitation themes.  If you are bored, its a watch.  Its not anything I would wanna watch a second time.  4 out of 10...

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: May 01, 2020, 03:32:38 PM »
Il mercenario and Il grande Silenzio are not on the level of GBU and OUTW, but yes, better than any other Leone film.

The Great Silence and Once Upon A Time in the West are superior than the man with no name trilogy in my opinion.   Clints movies are fantastic.  I

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