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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Sherlock Holmes
« on: June 30, 2018, 02:52:42 PM »
Alexis Lecaye - Marx & Sherlock Holmes (1981) A pastiche with Holmes living through the last days of Paris Commune. There is little Marx but there's no Holmes. In fact the protagonist could be anyone, from Arsene Lupin to Raflles. Still entertaining for the look at those days. 6/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Sherlock Holmes Movies
« on: June 29, 2018, 11:27:32 PM »
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (2004) I liked Everett as SH, in the Brett line. The movie is good in the first part but, as usual, the finale is much in the usual mold of the fight against criminal, this time with a particular, though not original, trick. 6/10.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Sherlock Holmes Movies
« on: June 29, 2018, 02:46:30 PM »
The Nicholas Meyer S.H. pastiches are all three worth reading, though, as said, marred by their finales. And I think that both The West End Horror and The Canary Trainer  are better than The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, the former dealing with the theatrical activity in late XIX century London and the second one being SH meets the Phantom of the Opera, both bringing on the scene real characters. 7/10 to both of them.

Quite mediocre is the first Meyer's mystery,Target Practice, a Californian P.I. tale. The problem is that the main charcter is not interesting at all and that the plot is not quite original and too politically correct. 5/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Sherlock Holmes Movies
« on: June 29, 2018, 02:37:24 PM »
Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls (1992) Slightly better than the preceding one, it is worth watching for the chemistry between the former school pals Lee and McNee (both excellent in their roles).The american version, one hour shorter than the original, it is to be prefrred. 6/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Sherlock Holmes Movies
« on: June 29, 2018, 02:34:50 PM »
Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991) The only thing that can be saved is Morgan Fairchild, how still beautiful at 40. Overlong, overstupid, overboring. 3/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Sherlock Holmes Movies
« on: June 29, 2018, 02:30:59 PM »
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) One of my all-time favourite movies and the best Holmes movie so far. Yes, the movie was cut one hour short, two episodes were missing but what's left is excellent. Stephens may not be the best Holmes but Blakely is a good contender for the best Watson ever. And Lee is surely the best Mycroft. I saw it when released and saw it again and again. Hope the two missing episodes will turn up before I die. !0/10   

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Sherlock Holmes Movies
« on: June 29, 2018, 02:25:57 PM »
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976) Good in the first part, it suffers from the defect which will affect all the Meyer's Sherlock pastiches, the rough-and-tumble finale, quite in contrast with the detection which precedes it.  The movie also suffers from quite debatable casting decisions. I don't like Wiliamson as Holmes (or as Macbeth). I just don't like him, but I think as Holmes is completely off-line. Duvall as Watson (or as an XIX century Englishman)? You like him? Arkin as Freud? Bah. Read the novel.

Ennio Morricone / Possible source of inspiration for FOD score
« on: June 17, 2018, 11:27:43 AM »
I finished watching a 2-dvd set of old TV western shows courteously furnished by an eminent member of the board a few years ago. I won't discuss the shows themselves but just point out the discovery, at least for me, of the use of modern and electrified jazz music in a couple of series, namely "Shotgun Slade" and "The Deputy". Here's an example:

(see  minute 4'20").

Now I'm pretty sure Shotgun was never aired over here, but I vaguely remember the credits fixed image of The Deputy. Of course, I don't even know whether there was a tv set in Morricone's home to assume he can have caught a snippet of the show and have the idea of a score in contrast with the time and place of the action. But I can' rule it out. And apart from the awkard use of modern jazz in the two american shows, I don't remember  similar use in feature movies of the era (ore even after).

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Raging Bull
« on: June 12, 2018, 08:04:04 AM »

Other Films / Re: "Deadwood" (2004-2006)
« on: June 12, 2018, 06:56:30 AM »
I'll also complain about the lack of very much Western landscapes. It was way too town bound. They should have made it a ficticious mining camp and used and embelished stories from the real mining camps. Sticking to the historical characters restricted it quite a bit.

Mining camp? About 30" of footage for all 12 episodes. The rest is all shot in interiors: of course, because they have to talk. No action whatsoever: the few instances (4 or 5) are inserted  just to suppress your yawn. Not managing even at that because they are not relevant plotwise.

Other Films / Re: "Deadwood" (2004-2006)
« on: June 12, 2018, 01:58:30 AM »
I had bought season 2 some years ago thinking it was a western. It isn't. Nothing happens, loads of melodrama with injection of spoken sex and fake bj's to make it seem real. The narrative pace is, as said, slow, the main pattern being that one mastermind is plotting against somebody who is plotting against somebody else, with some absurd character like the whore killer thrown in for measure and no logic. A good part of time devoted to the practice of the local doctor (I had to check what "gleet" meant and found out that the last time I had heard its italian equivalent was about 40 years ago). It's a ton of talk, talk, talk. If one likes soap operas (this can't even be defined horse opera) it  could earn a high rating. As I don't go for the genre, I give it a generous 6/10.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Mad Bomber (1973) Trash Noir
« on: August 07, 2017, 07:33:55 AM »
You see little Noirsville anywhere.

While you see Noirsville even in Blancsville.

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