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General Discussion / Re: Giancarlo Santi -RIP
« on: Today at 02:48:54 AM »
Ha ha, delicious ...

One can write a book of all the stories of people who directed or not directed small or large parts of the films related with Leone's name ...

Absolutely amazing are also the statements of Leone and Aldrich about Leone's involvement in Sodom and Gomorrah. 2 different realities in one world ...

Where is the story of Leone being the real director of Bycicle Thieves?

Other Films / Re: Vayas con Dios, Gringo (Go with God, Gringo) (1966)
« on: February 20, 2021, 10:50:56 AM »
I give this a solid 6/10 for the over the top scene of the mexican gang chasing the stagecoach while the occupants play poker and throw dynamite at the bandits without bothering to aim: the kind of action which defines the genre.

Not really.
It is a rather idiotic scene in a film which up to that point is surprisingly good. Luckily Mulargia finds his way back to a solid end after this. One of those litttle Spags which should be known better.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: February 16, 2021, 05:05:41 AM »
The first three are on Blu and there is a 4th and 5th season possibly on Amazon Prime don't know if they have a Blu for them and the 6th is filming.

I know, I just watched the 2nd season, which improves the story and the characters, and if you like it already, you should go on.

It should have been cancelled after season 3, but Bezos was amongst the fans, and he rescued the show by taking it to Prime, but that also means we won't get Blus in the near future.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: February 15, 2021, 07:49:57 AM »
Been watching The Expanse Bluray - Intelligent SiFi about a future where most of the Solar System is colonized and controlled by either the United Nations Earth-Luna, Mars, or the Outer Planets. The asteroid belt is occupied by "Belters" miners and ice trawlers and is sort of the Wild West of the Solar System.

Only the first season I assume?

Other Films / Re: The Guns of Fort Petticoat (1957)
« on: February 14, 2021, 10:32:28 AM »
This is a quite forgettable western. 3/10

Other Films / Re: Hell's Crossroads (1957)
« on: February 02, 2021, 09:35:44 AM »
You mean Garfield calls it "routine" without having watched it?

After rewatching Massacre Time I like the film more, but it still has its flaws.

The plot has indeed as much holes as Blackburn Lancashire.
Not a greater problem in some films, but here are a lot of unanswered "Why"? questions which could have deepened the relationships between the characters and which could have made several parts work.

Strange that the man hunt of the first scene isn't used again.

The locations are often poor, as was the production design.

There are several funny continuity errors, most amazing is the (supposed) big ranch of the baddies, which is at first only a small building (one particular house you can find in many, many of the Spags shot in Italy), which then turns magically into a big hacienda style estate.

Fulci, who spent nearly the whole 60s with comedies, made with this film quite a change and presented here for the first time his cinema of cruelty. He maybe wasn't the greatest talent in the SW genre, as his 2 other westerns also show, but he was competent enough.

The most memorable scenes and shots are not necessarily the typically western ones. Especially the first and the last shots of the movie.

The final shoot-out is ok but not great, but there was a frenetic presentation of violence which was quite unique for its time.

Nero looks younger and not as Djangoish as in Django and Texas addio. Sometimes he wears a Djangolike black cape, and then he's closer in his looks to Eastwood with a sheepskin vest.

Hilton is not too believable as drunk, but he has his moments. It's one of the plot holes that he should be a drunk, but in the next scene he shows that he could have erased the whole countryside single handedly.

Nino Castelnuovo is an impressive maniac, and I especially like him smirking with his head cocked.

The film was marketed as a Django sequel in Germany (a "true Django"), and was a similar success here like the Corbucci film and Texas Adios (another "true Django"). Directly compared with Django Fulci never reaches the brilliance of Corbucci at his best.

None the less an entertaining enough flic which has its moments. 6/10

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017
« on: January 20, 2021, 04:06:10 AM »
Ok, and next thing they do is to restore the yet unreleased original theatrical Italian version by using your 35mm prints?

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017
« on: January 17, 2021, 08:46:55 AM »
Once Upon a Time the West would be correct, I think. Sounds good for me.

The German title sounds great in German, less good when translated into English. It is a spectacular title, and it does make a lot of sense when connected to the death exhalation going through the harmonica, and of course as a description of the moaning melody Bronson plays.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 16, 2021, 06:58:22 AM »

Stanton, I think you'll like The Irishman a lot. Just don't quit during the first 2 hours. It all comes together in a stronger way after that.

Drink, I do like Mean Street a lot.

I rarely stop films when I start watching them, especially not when they are from good directors or do have some kind of good reputation. I'm too curious how they are, and without finishing them I can't be sure about them.

Mean Streets is one of Marty's best, and I don't think he was much of a hit and miss director before 2000. Cape Fear was obviously a more commercially orientated film, and even for that should have been better, but it is far better than Shutter Island

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 15, 2021, 09:43:45 AM »
Unfortunately I view Marty quite different from you.
Repeating instead of inventing. I don't look forward to his films since Departed, which is a missed match point (6/10) and the comparatively terrible Shutter Island (4/10 he never made a worse film, not even close). Departed because up to that point I still had the usual high expectations to every new Scorsese, even if a few before Gangs of Ny also were lees interesting than possible. Like the Cape fear remake. I have to rewatch Bringing Out the Dead, than I maybe put the point when he lost it back to the mid 90s, after Casino.

So I read all these entertainingly different views on The Irishman, and I would have watched it in a cinema, if one nearby had shown the opus, but I'm not eager to watich it soon, I doubt that it will be fun, but it is possible.

A clever guy once called him dead, that was before the Wolf, but the Wolf is not really the prove that that is wrong, still so far he seems not to be completely wrong. Maybe The Irishman and Silence can change that. Sometimes the walking dead can still surprise one, even Polanski did, and before he made his last really good film 1974.

Oops,  I haven't watched Hugo either ...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 15, 2021, 04:40:26 AM »
I still don't understand where the hate from Scorsese films from the 2000's comes from: they mostly rock.

He he, they don't ...

... and there ain't much hate, they simply are not that exciting anymore.

The Aviator is one I did not care for much when I watched it, but was at least one of which I thought it could win by a 2nd watch. Alas I did not found enough interest to rewatch it yet. And actually I don't remember much of it, but there was this well made plane crash, only that it seemes completely wrong in the film in its spectacular manner. Similar the big ship-in-the-storm scene in Wolf of Wall Streeet felt out of place too. That was Marty's best film in the new millennium, but it was way too long in hte 2nd half.

I rewatched last year Gangs of NY, and apart from a few intense scenes, it was a surprisingly cinventional movie with a lot of narrative problems. Not bad, but 6/10 at best.

7/10 for the Aviator so far, and 8/10 for the Wolf.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 06, 2021, 03:54:35 AM »
I haven't seen Die Hard with a Vengeance in a long time, but I understand that some people prefer that film, even though I disagree with that opinion. But Die Hard 2 over Die Hard is something I've honestly never heard before. Renny Harlin over John McTiernan...huh?

Die Hard is a wonderfully directed movie and peak McTiernan was a phenomenal action director -- and Die Hard was shot in scope. Also, Alan Rickman's character is one of the best movie villains to ever appear in a blockbuster. 

I wish any current Hollywood director that makes blockbusters had a third of the talent of a prime John McTiernan.

I was totally disappointed by DH 1 when it watched it with some expectations in a cinema on its release, and being surprised that it became just a classic of action cinema I re-watched it twice in the last 20 years, and it did not improve a bit. All the baddies are still totally uninteresting, and Rickman also, and the action scenes are of forgettable routine. I don't think much of Mctiernan, even if DH 3 is much, much better, but I don't care for any of his other films.

DH 2 was then a positive surprise, a real fun film. I rewatched it 2 weeks ago, and it is bit less good than remembered, but is still fun to watch, beats the first one still in every respect. Actually Harlin made several good action films in these days, and even in lesser films I spotted at least a talent for action. So yes, I prefer him to McTiernan for his directing skills.

And nowadays there are several good directors for big dumb action movies, and also some for not so dumb ones, whose films I enjoy more than any of the DH films. Not to mention worse stuff like the Lethal Weapon series.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 05, 2021, 04:45:16 AM »
They are surely not amateurish, but mostly overlong, and by that I too often lose interest while watching them. Especially when I don't care for the plot in some of them.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 05, 2021, 03:40:00 AM »
Yes, the long car chase in DH 5 is pretty good.

Actually nowadays action scenes are nearly all well enough made, they all know how to keep things dynamic.

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