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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Metallica love GBU
« on: September 24, 2004, 03:07:21 AM »
I dunno if there are a lot of Metallica-fans on this board.  Singer James Hetfield's favourite movie is GBU, and on (almost?) every concert they play the original 'the Ecstacy of Gold' before they come up.  Last year they did at a festival in Belgium.  This year I did not go, but when I saw the livestream on my computer, my heart broke.  Not only did they play the music, they played almost the whole scene on these big screens...  Pretty cool way to start a show, isn't it?

Other Films / Barquero (1970)
« on: August 19, 2004, 01:08:03 AM »
Saw this movie standing in the local video store. It has Lee Van Cleef in it.  Any thoughts on this one?

Off-Topic Discussion / Best Opening Sequence ever?
« on: July 25, 2004, 06:39:28 AM »
Opening a movie interestingly is very important thing, sometimes it can make the movie...  Which are your favourites?

These are some of mine:

- The opening of OUTIW of course, must be the longest and perhaps the most interesting ever...
That one from GBU isn't too bad either.

- The opening of 'Apocalypse Now': A long shot of a forest/jungle, helicopter passing by, dust and napalm clouds, in the meanwhile 'The End' from the Doors coming up... and than BAM the whole thing explodes while Jim Morrison sings the first words 'This is the end...'  Sheer poetry.  What follows is also a very nice piece of filmmaking with lots of cross dissolves, you know what I mean.

-The opening from 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' which is almost the summary of Indiana Jones trilogy.  

-Another one that sticks to my mind is of a film called 'Welcome to hard times' with Henry Fonda.  Not a very good film, but it has a very nice opening.

There are many I can't think of, but I'm curious to hear other peoples' choices.

Other Films / The Outrage (1964)
« on: July 05, 2004, 11:48:24 AM »
I don't know if I mentioned the film before on the board.  Has anyone seen it?  It's a pretty violent, dark but also funny western made in 1964 starring Paul Newman as a Mexican bandit (!)  
I was just wondering if anyone knew if the director was influenced by Leone's Fistful of Dollars, which came out the same year of course.  If not, it might point to the fact Hollywood was also looking for different ways to tell western stories.

Though not a very good film, it has its moments and is worth a watch for Newman's performance (as a Mexican !).

Off-Topic Discussion / Oscar oscar
« on: March 06, 2004, 08:33:28 AM »
Just for fun...
Which film did deserve the oscar for best picture?  I have to stick with LOTR-ROTK though...  For me it's the stuff dreams are made of.

Off-Topic Discussion / Best Film of 2003?
« on: January 05, 2004, 10:50:41 AM »
Which do you think is the best movie of 2003?

Personally I liked Kill Bill, Finding Nemo and Frida a lot, and I am sure I forgot some...

Once Upon A Time In The West / Archetypes
« on: December 21, 2003, 04:09:21 AM »
I wonder if the archetypical proportions of Leone films are in direct relation to why we like the films so much.  I do think so.
After all, OUTIW deals with thematics that affects life the most

-Thanatos, fear of dying
      aging and becoming useless: Cheyenne
      being very physically ill: Morton

-Eros: Jill is the only (important) woman in this film

-Good vs. evil: Harmonica vs. Frank

-Power: Morton vs. Frank

-Childhood memories/traumas: Harmonica

-Loneliness: Harmonica

And so on...

Other Films / High Noon (1952)
« on: December 09, 2003, 08:38:25 AM »
Saw High Noon this weekend, and it seemed to me that this film could have been very influential for Leone's westerns and OUTIW in particular.  Especially when three men are waiting for a train, it all rings a bell.
Also the scene where cooper is behind his desk writing his testament and the camera registers the villagers waiting for something bad to happen, with the music...  A very strong scene that reaches a very high dramatic level for his time I think.  It reminded me strongly of a scene like the shootout in FFDM, GBU or OUTIW where the dramatic tension rises through different points of view cloaked by a musical theme.
(I hope I made myself clear a little :P...)

Trivia Games / Guess which movie...
« on: May 06, 2003, 03:16:10 AM »
Guess which single movie has Henry Fonda, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef in it...?

No cheating, please... ;)

Other Films / How the West Was Won (1962)
« on: May 05, 2003, 11:38:04 AM »
Check this out.  How the west was won has Henry Fonda, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef in it!  What a pleasant surprise.  And besides them, also George Peppard, Gregory Peck and the dude from On the Waterfront (forgot his name, no not Marlon Brando)...  

Nice, large film but the problem was that almost the entire film consists of long shots so first it's really hard to get in the characters and feel with them, and two you can hardly see their faces on a normal size television screen.  Gee, my eyes still hurt.  There's also that 'bend' in the screen, because it was filmed in Cinerama...  You should have seen it in theatres, I guess...

What do you cowboys/settlers think of this movie?

Once Upon A Time In The West / Good Fonda pictures?
« on: May 01, 2003, 08:46:50 AM »
I like to see Henry Fonda on the screen, I think he's a terrific actor with a great presence.  I just saw 12 Angry Men and I must say, it's a great picture and Henry was made for the part, you can tell.  For the rest I haven't seen much films with him except for The Wrong Man and OUTIW of course, so which other films with him would you recommend?

I always wondered why Van Cleef gets two names in GBU...  Why Setenza?  Does it mean something?  Is it a Mexican name, maybe he's Mexican too?  Or Spanish?
Why Angel Eyes?  Is there a story behind it or did Leone find Van Cleef's eyes just angelic? ???

Off-Topic Discussion / Favourite villain
« on: April 20, 2003, 03:55:26 AM »
I would take Frank as my favourite.  He's cold as ice, man. 8)

I didn't include Tuco because I don't think he would fit in this category because he's not really an 'arch villain', the ultimate antagonist.

Once Upon A Time In America / Marlon vs. De Niro
« on: April 10, 2003, 12:43:04 AM »
Because I am a troublemaker, I post questions like these on the board... ;D

Personally, I do prefer The Godfather series.  I like OUTIA very much, but I think it's very painful and intense at moments, while the Godfather has that traditional Sicilian atmosphere...

Web Site Announcements / technical question strikes back
« on: April 09, 2003, 12:24:58 PM »
I have another technical question: how do put a poll on this board?

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