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Other Films / Re: Joe Kidd (1972)
« on: August 28, 2020, 01:39:23 PM »
4/10 are about 4 reasons to like the film. Entertaining on a low level, but still a bit underwhelming for both, Clint and John. Don't know how it could went so wrong. It seems a promising movie, but the result is surprisingly lifeless.

Hang em' High suffers from the often a bit uninspired directing, but the plot and the characters make it more fun to watch than Joe Kidd. 6/10

Eastwood's US westerns:
    Unforgiven  8,5/10
    The Outlaw Josey Wales  8
    2 Mules for Sister Sara  6
    Hang 'em High  6
    High Plains Drifter  6
    Joe Kidd  4
    Pale Rider  2

Other Films / Re: Joe Kidd (1972)
« on: August 27, 2020, 12:38:45 AM »
The weakest western of the ones Eastwood made between 1967 and 1976. (Not counting the even worse Paint Your Wagon, but which isn't one he produced and controlled).
I don't know how much director Sturges was responsible for this Eastwood film, but viewed as a Sturges western it is also a disappointment, his weakest contribution to the genre apart from the Sinatra clan dominated Three Sergeants.

Well, still not a bad film, but way beneath its potential. 4/10

Other Films / Re: Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964)
« on: August 21, 2020, 03:56:34 AM »
Odd reviews here.
This is an intelligent western full of subtle ironies and some clever dialogues. Sure it lacks some atmosphere, and the simplifying last scene is totally wrong in the context of the film's complexity shown before, but otherwise it is an enjoyable genre contribution. And Brynner is great in his best western role (and film). 7,5/10

Wilson's other western Man with a Gun (1955) is also very remarkable in certain respects, but also has a last scene which looks like re-shot by the producers.

Other Films / Re: My Darling Clementine (1946)
« on: August 14, 2020, 12:18:55 AM »
Are you saying the bonus feature is not sufficient?

I rewatched the feature, and at first it seems that every difference between the 2 versions is covered, but it is not. For example the scene in which Tim Holt chases John Ireland through the desert is longer (and better) in the review version, and when Bond and  Mature sneak to the Ok Corral it is Bond who says something about the fact that they go without their boots, a dialogue eliminated from the release version, even if the scene is the same, only without any dialogue.

Btw this is quite a funny detail, cause I have no idea why both went to the shoot-out on their stockings (which one barely notices in the release version without that dialogue). Sure, they sneak from the sides, but there is no real advantage apparent. But of course too much logical questions lead mostly nowhere in many westerns, not only the ones by Ford.

Other Films / Re: My Darling Clementine (1946)
« on: August 13, 2020, 01:42:19 AM »
I know, but there are websites which analyse even the slightest detail which is different in such versions.

The German one does this, with lots of images, and very, very detailed, but so far not for MDC.

Other Films / Re: My Darling Clementine (1946)
« on: August 12, 2020, 05:57:49 AM »
Anybody here knows where I can find a detailed analysis of the differences of the pre-release version?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: August 09, 2020, 01:03:27 AM »
We just disagree philosophically. I don't think there's more room for originality by making arthouse movies or making movies for arthouse audiences as opposed to genre stuff. I'm of the belief that nothing is really original, and a genre director can just as easily have a personal or unique style as any other director.

Yes, absolutely ...

... and "arthouse" is such an idiotic term, too bad it has to say something though ...

And as you mentioned Hossein's Cemetery without Crosses, everybody worth being here should have watched that one long ago.

Sergio Leone News / Re: A 1969 show
« on: July 20, 2020, 03:24:14 AM »
but tells a story about Wyatt Earp killing by reflex his own vice-sheriff.

I think that was actually Wild Bill Hickok

Other Films / Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)
« on: July 15, 2020, 04:07:20 AM »
If you want an US western that really was influenced by SWs, this is it, even if Siegel's directing is mostly still "American". But also less inspired than in the other films he did in these years, and the final battle is quite boring, so that 2 Mules is easily the weakest of the 5 Don Clint films. The Morricone score helps to heave it though to a solid 6/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: July 06, 2020, 01:05:32 AM »
I can't give it a "10" because there are films by Wenders I like even better and I want to reserve the higher score for those.

But your short review begs for a 10 ...

My Wenders 10ers are Der Stand der Dinge (1982, The State of Things) and Der Himmel ueber Berlin (1987, Wings of Desire). The State of Things got much praise on its release and won the Golden lion of the Venice Film Festival, but seems now to be a comparatively underrated film.
Other favourites are Alice, The American Friend, Paris Texas and yes, Every Thing Will Be Fine, his best film since an eternity.

I have to re-watch Kings of the Road and really should try the DC of Until the End of the World

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: SELECT100
« on: July 06, 2020, 12:53:57 AM »
Yeah but you aren't a big B movies fan, are you? I think TH is their most dedicated advocate on this board.

Hmm, but there aren't much films in that list which I would call B-pictures.

And if we talk about Bs and trash, I'm not focused on those, but budget has not much to do with a film's entertainment value. I'm doubtless focused on westerns, and have most likely watched and enjoyed much more cheap Spags than anybody else here.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: SELECT100
« on: June 29, 2020, 02:24:11 AM »
Interesting, there are only a few films in that list I rate 8/10 or higher.

Other Films / Re: Gone with the Wind (1939)
« on: June 15, 2020, 12:49:30 AM »
I don't understand what's the issue here. The result is that Gone With The Wind will be released untouched except for a memo at the beginning. Well, that's good, it's a win-win situation for every single person on earth with absolutely not a single drawback.

I'm all for it. Let's put a small text at the beginning of every movies, so that people will stop tampering with the editing (for instance: put "don't hurt your horsese please" in front of DYS and let the British see the real cut).

Perfect solution: nobody is hurt, movies are preserved and old school moviegoers won't have to defend racist points of views just to save their favorite movies.


Other Films / Re: Johnny Yuma (1966)
« on: June 13, 2020, 12:19:43 AM »
This is probably the best I've seen so far on my Spaghetti Westerns 20 film boxset, apart from The Grand Duel and Death Rides a Horse.

I prefer Johnny Yuma to both. Guerrieri was the better director, and his 10 000 Dollars Blood Money is even better.

Other Films / Re: Gold of the Seven Saints (1961)
« on: June 12, 2020, 09:53:59 AM »
After having rewatched it, I think now that Moore did a good job in this atmospheric buddy western. This western should be better known.

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