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Ennio Morricone / Re: Meet before Wednesday's concert
« on: July 13, 2006, 09:51:09 AM »
So far as I know the concert (s) are still on.  Morricone was to have followed the Wednesday and Thursday performances with an appearance at the NFT (?) to answer questions and be interviewed on his work.  That Friday night event is what is cancelled.

The concerts themselves are still listed on the Apollo website.

Anyway, I'm combining this trip with business in Scotland and London so I can't back out now.

I will post a review of the concert, as I am sure others will do, afterwards.


Ennio Morricone / Meet before Wednesday's concert
« on: July 11, 2006, 06:04:59 AM »
Meet  prior to Wednesday's concert?

I will be flying into London along with a friend for the concert.
Does anyone want to meet for a drink or perhaps dinner (spaghetti ?) prior to the concert?

This should be at a venue within a quick walk to the Apollo, but since I'm in the USA, I would have to let a London participant suggest a place.


Ennio Morricone / Re: Ennio Morricone 19/7/06 London Concert
« on: July 11, 2006, 06:02:02 AM »
I now see that the NFT was a Friday event where Morricone woould take questions and hold a discussion.

The websites of the Apollo indicate that our concert is still on.

General Discussion / Re: Least favorite Leone film
« on: July 09, 2006, 02:20:24 PM »
FOD does have its weaknesses, but I think if you allow for the budget and where Leone was at the time he made it, its not the worst.'

I, too, am in the camp of thinking that OUTIA was weak.  Primarily in the plot.  Again if you adjust for the budget and where Leone should have been this film wasn't what it should have been.  I thought the plot was poor.  I've always thought that MILLER'S CROSSING had the plot that was worthy of Leone.

Ennio Morricone / Re: Ennio Morricone 19/7/06 London Concert
« on: July 09, 2006, 02:15:04 PM »
I'm in Row A, Seat 58 on Wednesday the 19th.

But is this concert still on?  There is a messae about cancelation on the Sergio Leone news section?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Best ending ever?
« on: October 30, 2004, 07:51:38 PM »
Also gotta go with the original "NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD" where the hero after surviving a night of hell holding out against Zombies attacking the farm house and defeating the Zombies from within, goes outside at dawn and is mistaken as a Zombie by the militia/Law enforcement and gunned down.   Since the character is a black man and the movie was made in the mid 60s the ending is even more jarring.

Although Lenone's films are great packages I think the ride is the deal, the endings while often completing the story are not particularily great as compared to other films.  Heresy, I know.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Best ending ever?
« on: October 29, 2004, 04:45:47 PM »
Body Heat.  William Hurt goes to prison on a love/murder and you see him in his prison bed when he wakes up and realizes that Kathleen Turner is still alive.  The fade out confirms this.

Duck, You Sucker / Re:Proud of France
« on: September 06, 2004, 03:21:44 PM »
I would always scratch my head when I would hear of the french respect for Jerry Lewis (always heard 2nd hand, can't verify that it's true).  When I later found out that OUTW is often considered in France the greatest film of all time -- it caused me to flirt with a re-assement of Jerry Lewis.  <grin>

Few French films have really penetrated America, but it is clear that they have had great film makers.  I think they really excel in the appreciation of the art form.  They coined the phrase and elevated the crime films of the 40s and 50s into Film Noir.

Of course they are without peer in the appreciation and development of fine food.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Favorite Robert De Niro Film?
« on: August 26, 2004, 11:13:20 AM »
Just watched the Mission in its new DVD release.

I would move De Niro's performance in that film way up.  Not only does it have a Morricone score, but De Niro conveys so much emotion through his facial expressions.  

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re:Anachronisms in GBU
« on: August 18, 2004, 04:48:05 PM »
We are recalling from memory here, so could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure the Chinese locomotive company ceased building steam a couple of years back.

The excursion company ordered a Chinese 2-6-0 built like an American unit about 10 years ago but the ship bringing it over sank.  They did not re-order, for what ever reason.  (This was in Trains)

Trivia Games / Re:the two als
« on: August 18, 2004, 04:38:22 PM »
Sorry, but to me Al Capone is Neville Brand, the character actor who played him in the Untouchables (tv series).

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re:Anachronisms in GBU
« on: August 17, 2004, 01:52:21 PM »

I vacationed in China this year and the tour included 7 days on a tour boat up the Yangteze River.  One evening I was standing outside on the boat watching the smaller cities lining the banks of the River below the Three River Gorges Dam, when I saw a working steam engine switching cars in a yard.  Nineteenth Century technology at work in 21st Century China.  Cool.


« on: August 17, 2004, 01:46:31 PM »
I join the General in voting for Robards as the worst performance.  Stoic acting is a part of Leone movies, but whereas there is something behing Bronson and Eastwood, Robards just looks bored.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Kubrick
« on: August 16, 2004, 04:20:18 PM »
I thnk Dr Strangelove is his best.  

I don't think 2001 ages very well.  In the 2000 election hanging chad crisis there was a website that pariodied the disconnect HAL sequence where Al Gore was the Kier Dullea character and Geo. Bush's voice was HAL. Instead of memory banks sliding out and sticking in the tray, they would become chads that floated around the astronaut.  "I'm afraid, Al. I'm afraid."  I showed it to my 13 year old son who then wanted to see the original source and so we rented the DVD.

At the time it came out, the FX was unlike anything ever seen before and the slow sequences where the audience was allowed to marvel at the future were great.  But now, something like the long time it takes Dave to retrieve the Gary Lockwood character and re-enter the air lock just moves so damn slow.   I would submit that modern audiences can't watch the film.   Although OUTW moves slowly sometimes, there is tension and a big payoff, Kubrick's switch or stories and ambigous ending doesn't work some 35 years on.

As an aside, I worked at a movie theatre back in 1969.  On the day of the moon landing, the theatre was almost deserted as everyone stayed home, but there were a handful of people that came to the movies and watched 2001 INSTEAD OF THE MOON LANDING!  What kind of people would do that?  

Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Best Opening Sequence ever?
« on: August 16, 2004, 04:04:23 PM »
The opening to Jaws is pretty damn good, and it incorporates a dynamite musical theme which is the hallmark of a Leone western.

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