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Off-Topic Discussion / Estoy aquí, mis amigos
« on: May 19, 2007, 01:51:47 PM »
Wow.............I've been away. Had a bit of a situation........ been through 2 operations, 1 minor..the other..pretty major........including 2 stays in the hospital...5 days...& 7 days. More details as I become more comfortable doing so...I've missed you all so much.

The good news is...that I can say....that now.......I'm healthy  :) worked.......and I'm trying to get back to the things that were important to me before all this happened...and this place is definitely one of my loves.

I seem to have quite a few PMs...all of which I'll get to, I promise...not just yet... :D....need a few pots of coffee and some time....

Luv U guys.....

Off-Topic Discussion / On the Waterfront (1954)
« on: November 20, 2006, 02:07:43 PM »
Tonight............8 P.M.

Cast: Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Leif Erickson, Pat Henning, James Westerfield, Tony Galento, Tami Mauriello, John Hamilton, John Heldabrand, Rudy Bond, Don Blackman, Arthur Keegan, Abe Simon, Martin Balsam, Fred Gwynne, Tommy Handley
Director: Elia Kazan

Must See TV.......Powerful.

Once Upon A Time In The West / Vincent Canby- "it is quite bad"
« on: November 17, 2006, 05:40:40 AM »
"Once Upon the Time in the West," which opened yesterday at Loew's State 2 and at Loew's Orpheum, is the biggest, longest, most expensive Leone Western to date, and, in many ways, the most absurd."

Once Upon the Time in West'( Running Time- 165 minutes)
 By VINCENT CANBY (New York Times)
Published: May 29, 1969

ONCE upon the time in Italy, there lived a little boy named Sergio Leone who, like all little boys, went to the movies quite a lot, particularly to see Hollywood Westerns. In Italy, people like John Wayne and Gary Cooper spoke Italian slang, which never quite corresponded to their lip movements. As a result, there was always something of a distance between the sound and the image of the movies that enchanted Sergio.

When he grew up, Sergio became a movie director. Because Hollywood had more or less abandoned the Western, he went to Spain where he made his own Westerns with a star cast off from American television. "A Fistful of Dollars." "For a Few Dollars More" and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" made Leone a fortune, Clint Eastwood a first-class movie star, and created what was, in effect, a new movie genre.

The world of a Leone Western is just as enchanted as it was in the films the director saw as a child, but the values have become confused. Heroes as well as villains are apt to be motivated by greed and revenge, and the environments in which they operate are desolate and godless, though very beautiful. The Leone Westerns are twice removed from reality, being based on myths that were originally conceived in Hollywood studios in the nineteen-thirties. And, because Leone films are usually shot in Italian and later dubbed into English, there is that same distance between sound and image that existed in the John Wayne movies that Leone watched in his youth. One result of this is that the Leone Western may seem even more arbitrarily violent and brutal than it really is.

"Once Upon the Time in the West," which opened yesterday at Loew's State 2 and at Loew's Orpheum, is the biggest, longest, most expensive Leone Western to date, and, in many ways, the most absurd.

It is also the first Leone movie to be shot on American locations (Arizona and Utah), although most of it apparently was photographed in Leone's beloved Spain. Granting the fact that it is quite bad, "Once Upon the Time in the West" is almost always interesting, wobbling, as it does, between being an epic lampoon and a serious hommage to the men who created the dreams of Leone's childhood.

The movie is eclectic in dramatic detail—it contains the plots of at least a half-dozen movies you've already seen—as well as in origin. Among those who are credited with the story and screenplay are Leone himself and Bernardo Bertolucci, one of the most original of the new crop of Italian moviemakers ("Before The Revolution," "Partner"). Credited with having contributed to the English dialogue is none other than Mickey Knox, best known here as a member of Norman Mailer's rat pack.

The movie's narrative outline, which has to do with efforts to grab some land important to the building of a railroad to the West, is simply an elaborate excuse for a series of classic confrontations between classic Western types. Those include Henry Fonda, the kind of killer who will shoot a child at point-blank range; Claudia Cardinale, the hooker from New Orleans (which explains her accent, as it often did when Marlene Dietrich turned up on the frontier); Jason Robards, a gunman with a fondness for widows who look like Miss Cardinale, and Charles Bronson, who plays Leone's favorite Western character, the enigmatic Man With No Name, en route from nowhere to nowhere, a kind of Flying Dutchman of the plains.

Although "Once Upon the Time in the West" has moments of genuine impact, such as an early shoot-out between Bronson and three hired killers at a lonely way station, it is mostly fun for the way it cherishes movie styles and attitudes from the past.

It's no accident that people like Lionel Stander, Jack Elam and Keenan Wynn turn up in supporting roles, or that when Miss Cardinale, newly arrived in the West, takes the carriage to her husband's farm, the route takes her through John Ford's Monument Valley. I also like the kind of pure movie exchange that takes place when Henry Fonda confronts one of his men for having betrayed a confidence.

"You can trust me," says the man. Replies Fonda:

"How can I trust a man who wears both a belt and suspenders? He don't even trust his own pants."

"Once Upon the Time in the West" thus is a movie either for the undiscriminating patron or for the buff. If you fall somewhere in between those categories, you had better stay home or go see "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium."

Off-Topic Discussion / Hercules (1958)
« on: November 07, 2006, 04:43:40 AM »
Le Fatiche di Ercole (1958)

w/ Steve Reeves

Directed by
Pietro Francisci¬  ¬ 
Original Music by
Enzo Masetti
Carlo Savina ....¬  musical director¬  ¬ 

Cinematography & Special Effects by
Mario Bava¬  ¬ 

Spartaco Conversi ....¬  production secretary¬ 

There are lots of free movies to watch here (did you know that Woody Strode was in "Bride Of The Gorilla" ?)...but this seems like a good place to start for all you spaghetti-heads out there¬  ;)

By the gods...have fun¬  8)

Other Films / Starblack (1966)
« on: September 09, 2006, 09:35:09 PM »
Starblack (1966)


Directed by
Giovanni Grimaldi (In a Colt's Shadow.. Four Dollars for Vengeance.. Il Bello, il brutto, il cretino)
 Robert Woods ....¬† Johnny Blyth/Starblack
 Elga Andersen ....¬† Caroline Williams
 Franco Lantieri ....¬† Curry
 Howard Ross ....¬† Jop
 Harald Wolff ....¬† Thomas King
 Franco Pesce ....¬† Williams
 Jane Tilden¬† ¬†
 Valentino Macchi¬† ¬†
 Rossella Bergamonti¬† ¬†
 Sergio Ukmar¬† ¬†
 Ettore Manni¬† ¬†
 Giulio Galadini¬† ¬†

Original Music by
Benedetto Ghiglia   
Cinematography by
Guglielmo Mancori  (Sartana Kills Them All ...Run, Man, Run! ...Ballata per un pistolero )

"Chi era quell'uomo mascherato"? ("Who Was That Masked Man?")

Capturing the spirit of Zorro ...The Lone Ranger..Robin Hood.....a large dose of Clark Kent...Batman & Robin...yes, even Mighty Mouse..."Starblack' mixes tongue in cheek humor...high camp...A lot of good Spaghetti Western action ..into a pretty entertaining movie.

Robert Woods stars as Johnny Blyth...who returns home after striking out on his own..building a ranch in Colorado..(at least that's his cover story)...accompanied by his deaf mute sidekick (yes, just like Zorro & his Bernardo) discover (?) his father dead..under mysterious & shady circumstances.....his mother remarried to his uncle...his dead father's brother..the respected Judge King.
The locals are being squeezed by a gang of cutthroats led by the well scrubbed but slimy 'Curry', saloon lender...supporting a very profitable business driving people to financial ruin......then seizing their homes & assets.

Curry's thugs are beginning to encounter an obstacle to their terrorizing & killing of the form of a  masked  protector...his face completely covered by a black mask....who rides a white stallion (like the Lone Ranger, yup).....carrying a black star, which he always leaves at the scene , as a symbol of justice.
Zorro has his Z...Starblack has silver badges.

Woods plays it straight..and plays it well..both as the dashing, swashbuckling Starblack...& the mild mannered, guitar strumming, somewhat meek & cowardly Johnny.

It's obvious that this is in the hands of a good director..the guy knew his Western movies..knew the old 40s serials..& without a ton of money, fashioned a nice little nod to the true spirit of old time good guy B Westerns...comic book super heroes..and old time movie serial flavor........complete with secret tunnels..deception.....very hammy bad guys..and all not necessarily being as it appears to be......featuring our hero getting into dangerous predicaments & getting out of them..sometimes inexplicably....with an uncanny knack for always being in the right place at the right time..

......but there's no doubt we're firmly in Spaghettiville---> due to whippings...knives in the forehead...a rape followed by a stunning scene....a moment  not only one of the best resolutions in SW..but in Movieland itself...I cheered.

Grimaldi was obviously aware of shows ...but at a time when copies and simple variations of "Dollars" ..& "Django" were flying out of Texas Hollywood..he went in his own direction.
He also wrote the dialogue..& threw in some wonderful "gotta go where people need our help" ...I was waiting for.... ''ma'am"..ha ha..just like the old one early scene..after Starblack has saved the day...a woman looks up at him adoringly...uttering "Starblack"...a simple hoot of a scene.

Some of the camera shots are spot on terrific.. innovative & fresh..such as peeking through a noose ....overhead shots....shots from behind..from inside a moving miner's cart......& violently when Starblack knocks off 10 guys like shooting ducks.

Both a tribute..a spoof..AND playing it straight.. a fairly difficult blend to pull's clear that there's a genuine affection for his subject matter & his characters.
............the too often obligatory comic saloon fight was actually pretty good..the stunts were well done...the fights choreographed well...some nice moments in the score..nice whistling theme..  and Robert Woods really sings.- which, as it is, turns out to be integral to the plot.

Of course the German version called him Django.......w/ the great title "Django - Black God of Death". .brrrrrrrr!!!
Call it a popcorn & pasta flick...perfect for a Saturday afternoon matinee, perhaps..maybe w/ some cartoons & a newsreel and then.......

"Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear....
A fiery horse
with the speed of light,
A cloud of dust,
and a hearty

"Ciao-Yo, Argento...... Via" !!!!!!!'s not high art...but I give it a "Bravo" anyway.


Trivia Games / Name That Film- Audio version
« on: August 31, 2006, 09:04:57 PM »
What film is this from? Who says it?

----> Here's your clue <----

Other Films / Lemonade Joe..a review
« on: August 28, 2006, 05:56:45 AM »
Lemonade Joe (Limon√°dov√Ĺ Joe aneb Konsk√°opera) (1964)¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†

Directed by
Oldrich Lipsk√Ĺ

Cast of Characters
Lemonade Joe
Doug Badman   
Hor√°ce Badman aka Hogo Fogo --> (Master Criminal of the Wild West)
Tornado Lou
Ezra Goodman
Winnifred Goodman
The Pancho Kid
The Banjo Kid

"This film is dedicated to the rough diamond heroes of the Wild West who avenged wrongs and defended the Law."

Lemonade Joe is among the most inventive...strangest..silliest movies I've ever seen.... blending singing cowboys with Looney Tunes, Road Runner cartoons.., Dudley Doright, Snidely Whiplash...with dashes of Tom Mix, Gene Autry, & Popeye.........into a genuinely affectionate spoof and an homage to old time American well as a biting satire of American capitalism.

To be honest...It's also occasionally tedious...full of stupid jokes, and silly sight gags.

Originally released in 1964...hitting the United States in 1966......Lemonade Joe is the clean living gun fighter who drinks only Kolaloka lemonade and takes on a town full of whiskey drinking cowboys. It's a musical comedy featuring the good guys in white, the bad guys in black, nutty saloon fights, bank robberies, & improbable shootouts.

Director Oldrich Lipsky began his career as artistic director of Prague's Satirical Theater and went on to make several film comedies.
Inspired by silent comedy ...This movie is utterly bonkers, from start to finish..  There are a lot of musical numbers, most of which are great fun....or---> really bad songs both in sort of English and Czech..depending on how you look at it. 

There are some wonderfully goofy songs.......such as "When the Smoke Thickens in the Bar"; "Do You See My Moist Lips?", sung by sultry saloon singer Tornado Lou.."Arizona, Where All Good Men Come From" warbled by the lovely Winifred.

A number of animation sequences mixed with live action add to its cartoon-like sweetness...Joe’s theme song is sung in kinda, sorta faux English, sounding like a mixture of ‘Happy Trails To You’...& "Bury Me Not on the Lone Prai-ree" he rides along an astonishingly surreal animation aided landscape.

It’s shot in black and white, but is toned in shades of yellow, pink and blue. The effect is very much like watching an old tinted silent movie.

Karel Fiala, a star of operetta, stars as Joe...... the ultimate good guy hero with a flashing smile, strong character, and dead on accuracy with a sixgun.

The plot? uh..well...Doug Badman, owner of the Trigger Whisky saloon, controls the small Arizona town of Stetson City.
When temperance crusader Ezra Goodman (yeah..that's right ...Badman & Goodman), and his beautiful daughter Winnifred, are menaced & threatened while preaching abstention from whiskey, Lemonade Joe shows up to save the day.
Badman and his evil brother Horace (alias Hogo Fogo, "Master Criminal of the Wild West" ) fight Lemonade Joe for control of the town and the drinking profits.

Sharp viewers will recognize several winks & nods to "My Darling Clementine"..."Destry Rides Again"...and the maestro..Sergio Leone.

"Lemonade Joe" isn't the kind of movie that everyone will fall head over heels's a farce that some people are gonna love...some are gonna hate...but most will agree that they've never seen anything quite like it..& aren't likely to see again.

I've included a short clip...hope you enjoy it  8)

-------> Click here to watch lemonade-joe <-------

Off-Topic Discussion / Two 'gotta see" Westerns on TCM
« on: August 21, 2006, 05:21:28 AM »
Turner Classic Movies is showing 2 madly good Westerns this upcoming weekend.

The Far Country (1954)  dir. by Anthony Mann
Friday, August 25, 2006 2:45 PM 
  The fourth Western James Stewart and Mann made together, this is a very entertaining Stewart drives a herd of cattle from Wyoming to Alaska to cash in on the Klondike Gold Rush.
  Filmed in Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada..... the backdrop of the Canadian Rockies is nothing short of spectacular.
  Featuring a colorful supporting cast...including Walter Brennan...Jack Elam...John McIntyre in a wonderful scene stealing performance as the corrupt Sheriff Gannon...and last, but not least...Pie, who should have won the "Best Supporting Horse" award for that film.

HONDO (1953)
Sunday, August 27, 2006 6:30 PM
  One of Wayne's finest but least known films as it was unavailable for many years....and just recently made it to DVD.
  Wayne's (as Hondo) entrance, while not on a par with his stunning introduction in Stagecoach (due entirely to John Ford's great visual artistry), is resonant & memorable.
Geraldine Page, making her film debut,  gives a realistic portrayal of a Western pioneer woman uncommon to most Westerns of the eyeliner..ruby red lipstick nor ball gowns for her...
  Music by the great Hugo W. Friedhofer (Vera Cruz)......A fine cast which includes Ward Bond & James Arness...and Lassie (really).

Catch 'em if you can.

Off-Topic Discussion / "Nothing.. is written"..I MUST go
« on: August 17, 2006, 04:35:49 PM » still, my heart.....

Lawrence Of Arabia
dir. David Lean, w/ Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif, Claude Rains, 3h36m

Mon Aug 21
Mon Aug 28

on this screen------->

I honestly don't think I've been this excited since...ummmmmm..i don't know!!! Wowee..Zowee.
I'll be kicking myself forever if I don't go...

Trivia Games / Facial Expressions Test
« on: August 17, 2006, 07:37:45 AM »
 Specially trained officers are working in about a dozen airports nationwide, to find anyone with evil intent...based on behavior..including facial expressions.
How good are you at interpreting facial expressions?

Take the test and find out.
I got 1 out of 10 on the first try...he he¬  :-\

Facial Expressions Test--->

Off-Topic Discussion / Screamer Radio
« on: August 11, 2006, 03:48:13 PM »
Screamer Radio is an Internet Radio player...I've been using it for awhile..& it's just really really great.
It's was created & is maintained by a computer science student in Sweden...there are hundreds and hundreds of stations that are already preset & ready to go...every kind of music...from rock to soul to reggae to classical to jazz...whatever....everything's covered.
There are even, for film enthusiasts, a bunch of stations that play nothing but movie can record what you're listening to..even if you decide in the middle of a song that you'd like to record press "record"..and it gets the whole song, from the beginning.
It definitely gets the boardwalk_angel seal of good approval.

I think you'll like it too--->¬  ;) ;) ;)

Off-Topic Discussion / Spanish translator for SW wanted
« on: August 09, 2006, 04:28:33 PM »
I've got an early (1964) SW....Cavalca e Uccidi (Ride and Kill)...dir. by Mario Caiano..scored by Riz Ortolani...a nice looking widescreen's in Spanish w/ no subs.
I've watched it..and w/ the help of a couple of plot synopses I found on the web..managed to follow it pretty well.
I thought it might be fun to add English subtitles to it..& make it available for others (like you guys) to view..I have the necessary software to do this, but I need someone to translate and transcribe the Spanish dialogue for me...
I've already played with it a bit..& added some gag subtitles to parts of it..I subbed the first part of the film...just to see how it far, in written form--->

00:02:22,000 --> 00:02:26,000
-ai yai yai yai

00:02:32,800 --> 00:02:36,800
get out..drunken varmint
-Ok...Ok...I'm moving

00:03:11,900 --> 00:03:15,900
There goes Marguerita Goldstein.what a stuck up lady...phewwwwww!

00:03:37,800 --> 00:03:41,800

00:03:52,300 --> 00:03:45,300
-yo moody!!!!!!!!!

00:03:45,300 --> 00:03:49,300
Got any chopped liver...Chicolini?

00:04:38,000 --> 00:04:42,000
Hey...Irving...Que Pasa? You got any cumquats?

00:04:50,000 --> 00:04:54,000 some nice turnips today, though.

00:05:18,100 --> 00:05:22,100
Let's grab a racquetball court later...what do ya say?

But I'd like to do it for real.
Any Spanish speakers out there want to take on a project?

Off-Topic Discussion / For A Few Posters More
« on: July 07, 2006, 05:57:41 AM »
Part 2 of my Poster Trilogy....& Spaghetti Western tribute....with musical accompaniment by Ennio Morricone

Per Alcuni Manifesti Piu

---> Click here to watch <---

Off-Topic Discussion / The whole shebang
« on: July 02, 2006, 08:27:03 AM »
I it necessary to get the whole shebang? Couldn't I just go for part of the shebang...or 1/2 the shebang....or maybe some of the shebang now...& the rest later?
I'm troubled by this.......... ???

General Discussion / All spaghettied out?
« on: May 30, 2006, 11:02:49 AM »
Some telltale signs that you just might be watching too many Spaghetti Westerns.....

The last 4 movies you've watched take place in the same town...the same street..the same saloon...the same stupid little church on the corner...!!!

You're watching an Alfred Hitchcock movie...with musical accompaniment by Ennio Morricone...'cause--->
you've got these tunes in your head..that you just can't get rid everything you do..everything you watch, is accompanied by Morricone or Ortolani or somebody!!!

You're watching some SW..and find yourself thinking.."Hey..there's Romano Puppo"!!

If you see another horde of riders riding through that same  #!!%%$## mountain pass (you know the one I mean..yeah..that one) one more'll scream.......

Then maybe it's time to take a break..have a nice cup of old Andy Hardy movies for awhile...

The preceding message has been a public service announcement brought to you by the boardwalk_angel Institute for Spaghetti Western abuse...& is step 1 of the 12 step  program for recovering, burnt out Spaghetti-heads..and has been accompanied by the theme to "Tepepa" has everything else I've done this morning.

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