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This was the last match of the season, a very important one for the team of Salerno (southern Italy) as it might have decided about the permanence of the team in the major league (Serie A)  or being relegated to Serie B in the next season. In the end it wasn't decisive , thought the lost 0 to 4 to the team of Udine.

Other Films / Re: Pardners (1956)
« on: May 20, 2022, 07:43:10 PM »
I must revise my appreciation of the flick. It's a good one especially when the action moves West with some effective gags. We can notice how in a scene where Lewis forces a villain to act foolishly he anticipates his role on Nutty Professor. Also, apart from LVC, there are other famous faces like those of Elam and Chaney Jr. But Leonish speaking, it must be noted how, in the finale, when the letters of THE END appear above the heads of the duo, they shoot at them like Leone will do in the titles of FFDM and GBU. 7/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Harder They Fall (1956)
« on: May 13, 2022, 11:02:25 AM »
I saw it when I was a kid and still remembered the outline and a couple of scenes. Now a dvd came my way and rewatched it undubbed. This could have been effective had it been set in the 30's, but in 1956 most of what we are dished out looks sham. The only thing that looks true are the parties with prostitutes, the rest is Hollywood hokum. And that is not because there were not set-ups in the boxing world in 1956 (I presume there are even today) but the whole shenanigan couldn't work that easily in a televised sport.  What is annoying is the melodrama infused in large quantity, starting with the interview to the ex-fighter which prompts Bogart's scruples and induce him to pay a bonus directly to the fighters instead of their managers, Bogart giving his own cut to Toro, Bogart's problems with his wife, his final decision to denounce Steiger to redeem himself. And what about the fighters? Apart from JJW they're all white and OLD! Max Baer was playing the current champ at 46: possible, yeah, see Foreman or Archie Moore. But the other ones are looking even older. And all white. Not the best boxing movie. 6/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: May 13, 2022, 04:58:53 AM »
Mean Streets (1973) Re-watched after so many decades. It is still interesting but in the light of what Scorsese (and De Niro) did later it looks like a something incomplete: you're waiting for violence to erupt but only at the very end something like that happens. But what is not working is the relationship between Keitel and De Niro. The last one's character is what drives the story: the problem is that there's not an apparent reason for Keitel to be attached to him so masochistically if not pure idiocy. So it's 6-7/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: May 04, 2022, 03:42:38 PM »
Natural Born Killers (1994) 4/10

Mai cos? - Mina

Another Bruno Canfora's masterpiece. Little known, though.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: April 25, 2022, 12:22:17 AM »
The Squeeze (1956) Directed by Aldrich, written by Edwards and starring Dick Powell (and Richard Jaeckel). A little crime yarn good at the start but a quite lame finale. Interesting the gay (not so) subtext. 6/10 On youtube.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: April 23, 2022, 04:16:23 PM »
The Choirboys (1977)  I saw it eons ago and wasn`t enthused. After so many years and now not dubbed, I am annoyed and bored. These cops  are like the collegiates of the softcore b movies: idiots or just not credible. Yes, Wambaugh was a cop, but really it is hard to believe that not a single LA cop had a normal IQ.  And the vice squad stories are embarrassing. A cop`s girlfriend is a stripper and SM Domina. He likes being whipped but two colleagues catch him in the act. Uhm. So what? Instead of telling them to MYFB he suicides after an incredible scene. And the cops all happy because they forced the chief not to punish them  after one of them killed an innocent gay passerby. 3-4/10

Off-Topic Discussion / The Batman (2022)
« on: April 22, 2022, 04:32:11 PM »
A candidate for worst Batman ever (a toss-up with Batman And Robin). 165' for a plot that could have been shortened easily by half. No humor. No action: worst car chase I can remember and final scene worthless. Apparently Catwoman must not be pretty nowadays. So what's left? Nothing of the franchise : Batman could easily find a substitute in any action hero. The photography is mediocre (though I saw a bad copy), the score annoying. Of the cast only Turturro is up to task. 4-5/10

For a Few Dollars More / Colonel Lee
« on: April 21, 2022, 03:47:56 PM »
It came into my mind that Leone had gone to the USA to sign Lee Marvin for the role. But the actor, at the last moment, when everything seemed set,  declined and signed for Cat Ballou instead. I wonder if it was pure chance that Leone opted for an actor by the same name and that, in a register listing actors by their first names including a photograph of same, would follow the first pick. (Of course, he told interviewers that he picked him up because of the small parts he had played before). Or anyway it was the name that reminded him of LVC.  Leone was a liar as Fellini and I also reflected that he said that he had picked Eastwood because of the way he walked as seen from behind. Which reminds me of what Bertolucci told him before Leone engaged him to write OUTITW: that he liked the way he shot horses behinds. Leone probably adapted the line to justify his hiring Eastwood only because of the limited money available.   

Off-Topic Discussion / Catherine Spaak RIP
« on: April 18, 2022, 03:09:04 AM »
At 77.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: April 10, 2022, 03:20:35 PM »
The Blue Lamp (1950) British answer to The Naked City. Well directed, it's like two movies shot in different style: those with the criminals in noir style and those with the cops in a more regular one. 7/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: April 05, 2022, 09:47:40 AM »
The Blue Knight (1973) A '70's Wambaugh I had missed. Of course I did, it was a 188' TV movie. More of a cop drama than an action one, it has one of the greatest Holden performances. He was 54-6 when he shot it, playing a 50 year old. But he looks much older: which suits the character. The plot is nothing original, you guess many developments and how is gonna end quite soon. But the intensity of Holden's performance make you pass over all that. Funny to see a young Sam Elliott without mustache. 7-8/10. On youtube.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: April 02, 2022, 02:50:14 PM »
My Blue Heaven (1990) Mild family comedy, with Martin as miscast as can be (but for me is miscast in all movies because I can't remember him making me laugh in the other 2-3 movies I saw). 4-5/10

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