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There's still that Dick Cavett interview (where Van Cleef is promoting EL Condor) floating around out there somewhere.
Hope it surfaces eventually.

Off-Topic Discussion / Insidious (2011)
« on: April 10, 2011, 07:47:45 PM »
Effectively creepy Haunted House.
There are cliches (baby monitor picks up voices) and at times it deteriorates into an action movie (ghosts have fist fights with the living) but these problems are difficult to step away from nowadays.

In between all the creaky stuff it delivers a good dose of nightmare fuel.

Old ladies in tattered bridal gowns are always creepy to me.


Other Films / The Shootist (1976)
« on: March 20, 2011, 09:56:18 PM »
Arguably The Duke's best role and certainly the best of his output in the 70's.
The villains (Boone, O'Brian and Mckinney) should have been fleshed out more but whatever.

Other Films / Have Gun - Will Travel (2013)
« on: March 18, 2011, 06:59:45 PM »
Eminem is playing Paladin.

I'm sure it will fall through but the very fact that he's being considered makes me want to puke in my soup.

Off-Topic Discussion / 3D movies of the Third Reich
« on: February 27, 2011, 10:16:28 PM »
Subj: 3D films of Third Reich unearthed
The find was made by the director of Howling II and Howling   III, whose
follow-up to those classics was Communion, which I happen to be   
watching now -- it's a good picture, even though the creature effects   
are less sophisticated than most present-day action figures...

Were   the Nazis First to Develop 3D Movies?
By Mike Bracken (Subscribe to Mike   Bracken's posts)
Posted Feb 15th 2011 11:15AM

Australian filmmaker   Philippe Mora is at the Berlin International Film
Festival this week to   talk about his planned 3D biopic about surrealist
artist Salvador Dali.   That film sounds quite interesting (Alan Cumming
is set to star), but   while discussing 3D in general, the director
dropped a bigger bombshell:   He has discovered two short, 3D propaganda
films shot by the Nazis back in   1936 –- putting them way ahead of
Hollywood in terms of developing the   technology.

This isn't the first time Mora's discovered interesting   Nazi film
materials. His documentary 'Swastika' was released in 1973 and   featured
previously unseen color film footage from Hitler's home movies   shot by
Eva Braun at his Obersalzberg retreat. Those scenes now turn up in   
nearly every documentary about the Third Reich...

The 3D footage   was uncovered while Mora was preparing another
documentary on the Nazis,   this one detailing how the Third Reich used
images to create their own   reality and control the masses.

The two films, entitled 'So Real You   Can Touch It' (which sounds like
it might have also been the first 3D Nazi   porn film with that title)
and 'Six Girls Roll Into Weekend' (ditto) were   both shot on 35mm film.
Mora explains that the 3D effect was apparently   achieved by placing a
prism in front of two lenses.

"The quality of   the films is fantastic," Mora says. "The Nazis were
obsessed with   recording everything and every single image was
controlled. It was all   part of how they gained control of the country
and its   people."

Mora adds, "They were made by an independent studio for   Goebbels'
propaganda ministry and referred to as 'raum film' -- or 'space   film'
-- which may be why no one ever realized since that they were 3D."   The
director plans to incorporate the footage into his new project, 'How   
the Third Reich Was Recorded,' and believes there's almost certainly   
more early 3D film footage out there waiting to be discovered.

Off-Topic Discussion / The day the movies died
« on: February 19, 2011, 02:56:41 PM »

Interesting article, even if I don't agree that Inception is "God's gift to cinema" and Jonah Hex is a "bad brand".

Off-Topic Discussion / Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
« on: December 05, 2010, 01:03:50 AM »
One of the most boring movies I've seen in the cinema in recent years.

Gone is the impending doom of the original, replaced by loud crashing noises after long periods of silence.


Other Films / Drango (1957)
« on: December 04, 2010, 03:48:59 PM »
One of the most uninvolving Westerns I've seen of the era.

Little wonder the film stars Jeff Chandler...


Off-Topic Discussion / Toy Story 3 (2010)
« on: December 03, 2010, 06:13:18 PM »
Did anybody see this?
I thought it was great.

Didn't see many films in the cinema this year but I thought it was the best of the lot.

I wish I would have gotten here a few days sooner because now it looks like I'm deliberately stepping on Peacemaker's toes.
This is the second in a series of short films.
The first is already in post.
Both films (or maybe even a trilogy) will premiere at Fantastic Fest this fall alongside Mike Malloy's feature length Eurocrime! doc.

You may read the review, or you may not.
I just want to direct your attention to the author...

Off-Topic Discussion / King Solomon's Mines (1985)
« on: February 22, 2010, 09:53:03 PM »
All the films I've seen from Cannon never cease to amaze me.
They're usually plagued by awful scripts but always manage to entertain me.

This was no different.

One of the many "Jones Clones" that cropped up after Raiders Of The Lost Ark.
The respect for the source material is nonexistent as this Allan Quatermain has an American accent and has an adventure sometime in the late 30's to early 40's (a brief glimpse of a swastika gives the time period away) but then again, who cares? This is a Cannon film.
The only thing this movie has to achieve is to be fun.

And that it is.


Other Films / Gone With The West (aka Little Moon And Judd Mcgraw) (1975)
« on: February 09, 2010, 07:22:50 PM »
Apparently it's called Gone With The West but I've always heard it refferred to as Little Moon And Judd Mcgraw.

James Caan was tricked into starring in this turd after coming off of The Godfather. Production was halted after Caan walked off the set.
The filmmakers had to make due and add a modern day wrap around story, concerning a journalist writing for a magazine that wants a piece on the American West, in order to end the picture properly.

At least, that's the only way I can accept this movie ever being made.
Garbage from start to finish.
Sammy Davis Jr. is the only thing that is somewhat entertaining.


Here is what an IMDBer had to say about it.

Gone With the West and Little Moon & Jud McGraw are NOT the same films. I have seen both films and it seems to me that Gone With the West is the original version (released in 1972?) and Little Moon & Jud McGraw (released 1975) is most definitely its own movie retelling the story (badly) and having footage from Gone With the West (badly) edited in it.

Though it's difficult to say for sure because of absolutely no valid information surrounding the films, my guess is that the producers of Gone With the West were unhappy with the end product in 1972 and possibly held it from release because of embarrassment. Then new footage was filmed of a writer in a modern setting being told the story (which drastically changes for this new version) by a Native American woman, and that is where Gone With the West footage comes and is edited very sloppy (showing shots from completely different scenes in the film and trying to make it appear that it's happening at the same time). Perhaps the goal of this later version was to make the film a bit more normal and Western-ish, for I'm sure the original version is quite strange to some people, but they made a tragic mistake.

If you saw this film as Little Moon & Jud McGraw then you did NOT see the right film. Try to find it as Gone With the West and see what it was truly meant to be.

I thought everyone should know this because I saw Gone With the West first and am completely in love with it. But Little Moon & Jud McGraw is just awful with its badly edited footage and horrible new music score. I don't want anyone to watch Little Moon & Jud McGraw and think they're watching Gone With the West.

By the way, James Caan's character was not originally called Jud McGraw. In Gone With the West there is a scene where he is called Jebidiah Kelcy so obviously that was his real name. Of course, that bit of the scene is cut from the other movie.

Damn them for making Little Moon & Jud McGraw!

Off-Topic Discussion / Dead And Buried (1981)
« on: January 31, 2010, 10:45:55 PM »
A near masterpiece as far as I'm concerned.
Atmospheric and moody.
Every actor in the film is in top form but the most praise should go to the lead (James Farentino) and Jack Albertson.
The less you know about the film the better.


That makes two horror films from the same year that are underappreciated.
The other being Andrzej Zulawski's Possession (although, this film IS a masterpiece).

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