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Off-Topic Discussion / New Clint Eastwood ProjectSSSS!
« on: April 28, 2006, 05:47:21 AM »
this is probably the most I've been excited for a newly released movie since... well... ever!... and it's a double-dose... Hearing that Eastwood was going to direct a war movie was enough, but about iwo jima, and now I realize he just started filming Part Two, called 'red sun, black sand'... iwo jima from the japanese point of view... First off I don't know how long it's been since there was a war epic being done by a big time director... the last two were small hit and big miss... private ryan being a small hit in my eyes and the thin red line being maybe the worst movie I've ever seen, definitely worst war movie... I also dont know if two completely different stories have been done about the same battle from each point of view... let alone in two different full length features by one of the greatest directors of all time, and one of the last people making hard hitting movies with class anymore... I couldn't me more excited for August and December.... anyone else nearly dropping dead at this news?

add de palma and scorsese both finally going back to old school crime films with super-casts and it should be a memorable fall/winter.... which is fantastic news considering how slow the first half of the year has been.

Off-Topic Discussion / Favorite Halloween Movie?
« on: October 11, 2005, 12:38:50 AM »
Would have made this a poll, but there are just too many to choose from... I'm sure many of you cinephiles like myself have a sort of tradition of watching certain horror movies on or around halloween each year... what i'd like you to share is what movies you find yourself watching every time the end of october rolls around.

For me the essential halloween film has to be Night Of The Living Dead, I usually watch it only once year, every year, on halloween night... other than that I try to get in the Stephen King trifecta with Carrie, The Shining, and 'Salems Lot(the 70's one) the week before.

Off-Topic Discussion / The Devil's Rejects (2005)
« on: August 12, 2005, 12:33:36 AM »
Not sure if anyone has posted on this movie yet, and You can take my opinion for what it's worth but this film is a masterpiece, if you can handle violence in a movie I urge you to see it, if you, like me, love some well-done violence in a movie well then YOU MUST SEE IT!

I was skeptical after seeing house of a 1000 corpses, which i didn't like too much(but it wasn't bad), but this rob zombie guy really knows what he's doing... if you don't believe me look it up on roger eberts website, he sums it up pretty perfectly, although he didn't love it as much as I did.

Once Upon A Time In The West / Fabio Testi!?
« on: July 27, 2005, 02:30:27 PM »
I had no idea he was in the movie until I stumbled across it on his filmography, apparantly he is a member of franks gang at the auction... another great addition to the best cast a western has seen

Off-Topic Discussion / biggest film dissapointment of my life
« on: July 22, 2005, 11:02:56 PM »
The 39 steps was one of the worst films I've EVER seen... and I like a whole slew of 30's hitchcock spy movies... it was boring, the story was nothing special, just the same ol' spy story but this time without a witty or interesting subplot or spin to go along with it... the acting is terrible, the canadian guy sounded like a brit, the ending was anti-climactic, the title was erroneous, everything you are still watching for is half-answered in a 30 second speech and never dealt with, the only plot point that is at all resolved is the love story that came into play only in the last 25 minutes of the movie... Just horrible, it's on the imdb top 250 and people on that message board are actually trying to make a case that it's the best movie of all time... I'm truly astonished.

The Lady Vanishes and Young and Innocent on the other hand were very good(both of which were on the same dvd I bought, mostly because I had heard such good things about the 39 steps)

Off-Topic Discussion / Sergio Sollima's Revolver
« on: July 22, 2005, 03:22:56 PM »
Has anyone here seen it... I saw a trailer at blue underground and I know a few of you are pretty big sollima fan's... it looks fantastic, I want to buy the dvd but was wondering if anyone could articulate whether or not in fact it was any good.

Off-Topic Discussion / Jackson Browne Song
« on: July 20, 2005, 12:37:14 AM »
ok, first off most of you probably thought this didn't belong in general discussion upon view of the title... but it does...

being a jackson browne fan and looking in a local record store I came upon one of browne's newer albums(which I'm not much of a fan of) but i was thumbing threw them anyway... much to my surprise one of the tracks jumped out at me... simply called "SERGIO LEONE"... never having heard the song I did look up the lyrics, and I must say even after seeing the title i did not expect the song to actually be biographically about leone, maybe references to his movies or something, but i was wrong.

here it is...
He came 'round here with his camera and some of his American friends
Where the money is immortal and the killing never ends
He set out from Cinecitt?through the ruined streets of Rome
To shoot in Almeria and bring the bodies home
He said
I'll be rich or I'll be dead
I've got it all here in my head
He could see the killers' faces and he heard the song they sang
Where he waited in the darkness with the Viale Glorioso gang
He could see the blood approaching and he knew what he would be
Since the days when he was first assisting The Force of Destiny
He worked for Walsh and Wyler with the chariot and sword
When he rode out in the desert he was quoting Hawks and Ford
He came to see the masters and he left with what he saw
What he stole from Kurosawa he bequeathed to Peckinpah
From the Via Tuscolana to the view from Miller Drive
He shot the eyes of bad men and kept their deaths alive
With the darkness and the anguish of a Goya or Van Cleef
He rescued truth from beauty and meaning from belief

Off-Topic Discussion / Land Of The Dead
« on: June 17, 2005, 05:09:26 PM »
just to comment on the movie, it's the one i look most forward to probably since I started actually going out to the movies 3 or 4 years ago... At first with the short 'rock and roll' trailers with growling and shit I was a bit skeptical, but from more extensive looks at the film it seems to have the 3 things I love most about Romero's films, the eerily empty streets, the out of nowhere jump out of your seat jolts(being the master he seems to be the only one who can really pull them off without looking stupid, and i only hope the trailers haven't given away all of them already), and of course the zombie philosophy, with night it was confinement vs. versatility, dawn was short term safety vs long term risk, day it was progress vs. safety, I just can't wait, this really is like the movie event of the century for me... the only equivelent I can think of is if Leone came back from the dead to make a spaghetti western, I mean it's the master and creator of a long-ago great genre, to whom no one else could even come close to comparing to, back to show the kiddies how great these films can be... Romero really is to zombie movies what leone was to spaghetti westerns, and 20 years later he finally gets some financial backing, it's fantastically exciting!

I also find it funny, and i believe i remember romero commenting on this, that he is only being given the money to make a zombie movie because a de-romero-ized remake of one of his zombie masterpieces made a shit load of money... aah, the wonderful ridiculousness of hollywood.

Off-Topic Discussion / Place To Buy Spaghettis
« on: January 24, 2005, 05:54:51 PM »
I'm looking for a place online prefferably, or offline if it's a chain of somesort, where i can get spaghetti's in widescreen format(usually not region 1, that is the problem)... and region doesn't matter since i have a regionless dvd player that can play both PAL and NTSC... So literally anything will play... i know there have been a few good places mentioned on the boards before... i just can't find em.

Ones i'm REALLY looking for even though i'm sure most of them do not exist(Also some of these i haven't looked for very hard... i'm just listing the ones i'm on the look for.-
Jonathan of the Bears
The Mercenary/Proffessional Gun(Widescreen only, i can get it otherwise)
The Big Gundown
Django Sees Red
The Big Racket
Inglorious Bastards
Any Gun Can Play
Great White
High Crime
Street Law
The Great Silence
Navajo Joe
Shoot First... Ask Questions Later
White Fang
Cemetary Without Crosses
Face To Face
Run Man Run
Day Of Anger
Sahara Cross
A Reason To Live, A Reason To Die

If anyone can help me get my hands on a widescreen copy of One Eyed Jacks I would appreciate that too.

Other Films / A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die (1972)
« on: December 04, 2004, 01:37:13 PM »
Just saw it... and wanted to know if anyone else can confirm my suspicion that i swear the fort was the same set as the jailbreak scenes at the begining of FAFDM... also the use of the sweetwater ranch... and the one i'm least sure about... Is some of the score straight out of Above The Law... the Van Cleef spaghetti.

anyone else notice any of these when seeing it.

Once Upon A Time In America / james woods comment
« on: October 05, 2004, 09:31:25 PM »
I always laugh when i watch the Once upon a time: sergio leone documentary and i hear woods comment on how great a movie it was until the american producers brought in the editor from police academy to cut the movie in half and butcher it to pieces... although in a much funnier way... i just assumed it was a joke, but while reading something i IMDB trying to figure out this whole gio/brega thing i realized there was an uncredited editor and upon further investigation confirmed that he was the guy who butchered the film and much to my surprise was actually the guy who edited police academy just months earlier... I find this incredibly funny... i thought woods was exagerating as a joke to how pathetic the editing really was, but he wasn't... they really did hire the editor for police academy to dismantle a classic masterpiece of leone's... THE DISGRACE!

Off-Topic Discussion / John Ford
« on: October 01, 2004, 11:31:17 AM »
I just saw the quiet man the other night... and i hate to say this but john fords best movie, imo, is not a western and the same goes for john waynes performance, two things i never thought i'd say... and if your looking for leone influences(i have no proof of course) or just one of the best-shot sequences in movie history then watch the flashback sequence in the quiet man... it's astonishing... half the shots resemble shots i'd only seen prior in a leone film.

I know there are some ford fans here... anyone else think the quiet man is horribly underrated and/or his best film?

General Discussion / Leone's League
« on: September 28, 2004, 05:52:44 PM »
I hate to say it this way because although he's my favorite director i don't believe he was the greatest most influential director or even had the most talent (i think hitchcock gets that title) but who do you think, among directors, are even in leones league and comparable to him... worthy of being in the same sentence.

I mean there are a lot of great directors and a lot of respectable choices for "favorites", but who do you think deserve to be in the upper echelan(no idea how to spell) of directors... simply the best and greatest.

My personal updated list(with the guidance of some knowledgable posters)...
Sergio Leone
Alfred Hitchcock
Stanley Kubrick
John Ford
Orson Welles
AKira Kurosawa
David Lean
Charlie Chaplin
Frank Capra
Victor Fleming

what are your thoughts...

Once Upon A Time In America / Mario Brega?
« on: September 13, 2004, 01:58:29 PM »
mario brega is credited as playing mandy on the final credits... did i completely miss him or was he only part of the extensive film that was cut even from the original cut... i know leone had an unrealistic 10 hours of film he dreamed of putting in the movie.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Special Edition Restored Scenes
« on: September 11, 2004, 09:46:26 AM »
I was wondering what scenes they restored? I have the old regular dvd... can anyone tell me which "deleted Scenes" from this dvd were restored into the new special edition... specifically want to know if the angel eyes arriving at the nearly deserted confederate fort scene and the setenza's gang 3 is the perfect number scene were restored... or even on the dvd at all... i'm disapointed they decided to redubbed only certain scenes, would have loved them to just stick all of em in there with subtitles.

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