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1  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: March 22, 2018, 08:18:05 PM
The Disaster Artist (2017) - 7/10. It gets a passing grade because the subject matter's just too strong...but it's too short and takes too long to get to the making of The Room - which the portion of the movie dedicated to the making of The Room is painfully short. The visuals weren't anything to write home about either.

Even though I haven't read the book, it's still safe to say that the adaptation left a lot of the meat on the bone. The crew should have been constantly turning over and there were complete fabrications: like the whole subplot about Greg's beard and the fight between Tommy and Greg when they're shooting in a SF park.

Franco and co. also didn't cover that Wiseau originally had two Mark characters: one Mark was shot in HD and the other in 35mm until the other Mark found out and quit. Oh, and the character was named Mark because Tommy Wiseau loved The Talented Mr. Ripley and thought the actor's name was Mark Damon.  Etc. etc. The real story didn't need any altering, and the Hollywoodizations (for a lack of a real word) of the adaptation strangely made the oddball world feel way more normal than it should. It also didn't need Rogen's character in general, and certainly didn't need Rogen constantly reacting like someone watching ciips of The Room on youtube.

Still, what we see is entertaining, and it works, it just should have been a lot more and Franco etc. should have made creative decisions that kept it from being Ed Wood Ultralite - which is not entirely a bad thing considering Ed Wood's a masterpiece in my opinion. But why watch this movie when you can see Ed Wood or go to a viewing of The Room? And maybe Tommy Wiseau and his 7 belts might make an appearance at the screening?
2  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Ride Lonesome (1959) on: March 09, 2018, 07:19:17 PM
I've been waiting years for this release, it's definitely worth the 60 USD. Thanks for posting this Jenkins.

I wonder if the extras will be in PAL or not. It doesn't matter if they are since I... eventually will get a region free player and I love all five of those movies to varying degrees.
3  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 24, 2018, 01:23:43 PM
To back up Jenkins, I absolutely despise the Marvel movies or the "Universe". They look like shit with a color palette ranging from a cement block to a cement block, the scores, er, muzak, is mundane, generic background noise at its most effective, the comedy is just cringe worthy and the writing is Save the Cat trash with no real stakes, weak villains, over-powered protagonists and is a bloated, 2+ hour TV episode that only serves a purpose for the next episode to air and to spin off as many of the characters into identical piece of shit spinoffs/sequels/prequels that lack any and all creative integrity.

In other words, the "MCU" is focus group trash. And it's disgusting that this lowest common denominator model has been so successful. They put all of their chips into appealing to the uneducated viewer, the teenager, the focus group fat ass, et al and they won huge. That's just fucking awful.
4  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 06, 2018, 09:30:49 PM
The Silent Partner (1978) A bank teller Eliot Gould is held up at gun point by a Santa Claus (Christopher Plummer), during the holidays in Toronto. The robbery takes place after a large deposit is made. But he's anticipating the heist because of two things, a discarded withdrawal slip he found earlier with identical capitol "G's" that match a hand drawn sign he spots held by the same Santa Claus, and the fact that the Santa was going to rob the bank right after a large deposit was made by a local business man, but he was foiled in the earlier attempt by a small boy who attracted a lot of attention because wanted to tell Santa his Christmas list.

Because the observant teller knows whats coming he devises a way to steal most of the money for himself while letting Santa get away with a portion.

Its a nice little cat and mouse game once the real thief figures out what happened and wants a cut of the loot. The rest of the cast  Susannah York, Céline Lomez and John Candy. 8/10
I've been waiting for a bluray release of this for years now. I can't really recommend this enough, it's a gem of a thriller.
5  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Bandido! (1956) on: February 06, 2018, 09:25:39 PM
An American arms dealer, Wilson (Robert Mitchum), journeys south of the border during the Mexican Revolution and immediately sparks trouble when he provokes federal troops. His actions impress the revolutionaries, whom he joins forces with, and Wilson convinces his new allies to go after a rival arms dealer named Kennedy (Zachary Scott). When Wilson falls for Kennedy's wife, Lisa (Ursula Thiess), and the revolutionaries eventually turn on him, the gunrunner finds himself in the line of fire.

I first saw this year's ago and thought it was passable, but it stuck around in my head, which most mediocre movies don't do. On an additional view, this is really an interesting and entertaining movie. It feels more modern than a lot of westerns of its time, or more 60's than 50's. It was beautifully directed by Richard Fleischer, who is one of my favorite directors when it comes to efficient long takes. He was among the very best, and his style was never showy while being impressive at the same time.

The locations in this movie are phenomenal, and while you can nitpick (or have legitimate gripes with) the plot at a few points, this is something I'd like to own on bluray and something I'll revisit.

This would make for a good double bill with Run for the Sun of the same year. That's another really fun adventure with fantastic locations.
6  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Tension (1949) on: January 29, 2018, 04:27:59 PM
Should we merge the two threads for this movie?

Edit: Thanks for merging the threads, Joe.
7  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Film-Noir Discussion/DVD Review Thread on: January 28, 2018, 03:06:31 PM
For a second there I thought the series was ending for good. It's just on hiatus until March 10th. 
8  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: January 26, 2018, 10:26:33 AM
There are TONS of references on the web about how Tarantino took inspiration from The Great Silence for Hateful Eight. He has even being quoted as saying that.

As far as Leone goes, i'm in no way detracting from his films. In fact, i currently have one of them as my number one western of all time, ( The Great Silence is pushing it up there).  They are very different in tone.

I'm not saying there aren't any similarities or references, but the plot and setting are much closer to Day of the Outlaw and even the towns are similar. Also, QT never publicly admits if there's truly a strong connection to another movie: City on Fire -> Reservoir Dogs, Vamp -> From Dusk Til Dawn, et al.

The Hateful 8 is pretty much a Tarantinoized combination of an Agatha Christie novel + Day of the Outlaw.
9  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Name Your Top 20 Westerns of all time... on: January 25, 2018, 12:16:40 PM
Hmm, I don't agree. In the end Giu la testa is definitely western (but also a war film), but never in any top 10 of mine. (... but wait, hey ...  it is in my top 10 of Leone films though). Giu la testa has a lot to offer, but also some heavy flaws. Theonly Leone western with a disappointingly directed ending.

And How The West Was won, not a great film, but much better than this overblown kind of a conformist mainstream western should be. Hathaway's enthusiastic directing saves a lot. 6/10

Yeah, I don't see how A Fistful of Dynamite isn't a western.

For me, my rule of everything set in the old west that takes place before or during the Mexican Revolution is a western. Everything that takes place after is a modern western.

Companeros, A Fistful of Dynamite, A Bullet for the General, etc = westerns
Bad Day at Black Rock, The Treasure of Sierra Madre, Lonely Are the Brave, etc = modern westerns
10  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: January 25, 2018, 12:11:04 PM
WOW!  What did i just see?  I couldn't wait on the Film Movement release, so i went ahead and watched a bad copy on Youtube.  Where do i begin? Let me start by saying this is the RAWEST western i've ever seen. I don't count those Quentin Tarantino horrorfests disguised as westerns.  This was a RAW western.  THIS is what i've been looking for in the "spaghetti western" genre.  No parody or comedy here, in fact, its as real as you can get.

There is soo much going on here that i'm trying to slow down and get a grip on where i wanna start.  Lets start with " Silence ".  I'm not ashamed to say that Silence might be the greatest protagonist i've yet to see in a western.  I've always felt that Harmonica was the baddest, but Silence might be better.  In that bar scene, when Silence cleared it out, that was singlehandedly the greatest shoot out by one man i've yet to see.  I'm still shocked by it.

The Director, Sergio Corbucci did some things in this movie that even today, you might not see.  The interracial affair that Silence was in.  Back in 1968, that was huge.  The ending. The ending.  The ending alone is one of the rawest and pure things i've EVER seen on film.  This is a masterpiece.  No wonder people haven't heard of this film.  I love Leone, but this makes Leone look tame.   The film doesn't pretend, ANYWHERE, to be other than what it is.  It hits you hard.

Klaus Kinski. He graduated from just one of the gang, to a real Loco in this one.  Excellent performance.  Frank Wolff gave a great performance as the sheriff.  Vonetta Mcgee was excellent as Silence's lover.  Luis Pistilli was great as usual.  The casting was superb in this film.  The dubbing wasn't that bad either.

Like i said earlier, i saw a bad copy of this.  I can't wait till the Film Movement release.  I can tell the cinematography is gonna be great.  Speaking of that,  its plain as day that Quentin Tarantino got most of his elements for Hateful Eight straight from this movie here. The whole snow scenario.  The stage coach. The sheriff.  Loco and his gang.

The musical score was PERFECT.  Morricone did it AGAIN.  What really stands out here is the fact that its very different than the work he has done in other westerns, but similar at the same time.

This is a masterpiece. It IMMEDIATELY jumps into my top 5 western of all time.   I gotta let this marinate a little, lol. Whereas Death Rides a Horse is the closest to what Leone has done in that genre,  this movie here is on a different level.  Its different.  A masterpiece...

Cinematography- 2 points Even with a bad copy, i can tell the film is beautiful to look at.

Musical Score- 2 points.  Already one of my favorite Morricone scores.

Acting- 2 points.  It was soo good, i could overlook the dubbing.

Plot-  2 points. Excellent.  The plot was very similar to Death Rides A Horse.

Directing- 2 points.  Corbucci created a masterpiece.  

10 out of 10 and only the 4th film that i have given that rating to soo far. ( pre 1970).

I'm glad that you enjoyed the movie but I think the main source for The Hateful 8 had to be De Toth's Day of the Outlaw. It probably influenced Corbucci as well.

I also don't think it's fair to say Leone's westerns look tame in comparison when he was never trying to make a movie like Silence.
11  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: Blu-ray to be released Dec 2013 on: January 19, 2018, 12:42:21 PM
I guess it's just a clean up job of the region A MGM transfer. Bad news.

The bluray format has been around for a decade now and only Leone's first western has a worthy transfer (I haven't checked out Kino's GBU disc yet).
12  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Name Your Top 20 Westerns of all time... on: January 16, 2018, 07:46:11 PM
It was I preferred Body Heat over Double Indemnity. It was like five years ago. I have since strongly disavowed that statement (although Body Heat is indeed a very good movie).  Wink

I wasn't trying to throw a playful jab, I just couldn't think of a better example to use.

Nearly every time someone bumps a thread from the 00s, I have to cross out or delete an old post haha.

I usually stand better by my opinions, but I have to say the top 20 I gave was my "favorite westerns", not necessarily the best ones. I've watched Pale Rider much more often than I've watched Shane and I intend to watch Pale Rider more often than Shane. Shane is way more groundbreaking. Both have flaws. I like Eastwood Smiley

True, it's 'favorite', I guess my list doesn't differentiate much between those two. I am definitely one of the bigger fans of Shane out there, I think it's one of the greatest movies ever made, but I understand your reasoning.
13  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Prowler (1951) on: January 15, 2018, 11:13:22 AM
If this isn't a masterpiece, it's close. I like it more and more on additional viewings. The first act of this movie is some of the best old hollywood had to offer.

I have the bluray and the quality varies. It's not tremendous, though there seems to be an uptick in the image quality once the movie heads to the ghost town. Considering what the state of the movie was in, the restoration had to be a success. With that said, I don't know if it's good enough to double dip if you already have the DVD. If you don't own this on any format, then I'd definitely recommend buying the bluray before it potentially goes out of stock.
14  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Name Your Top 20 Westerns of all time... on: January 15, 2018, 10:34:05 AM
Pale Rider over Shane? That's like having Body Heat over Double Indemnity. Sorry, had to give you a little gruff about that one.

The Searchers
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Wild Bunch
Once Upon a Time in the West
Rio Bravo
My Darling Clementine
3:10 to Yuma
Red River
For a Few Dollars More
The Magnificent Seven
Forty Guns
McCabe and Mrs. Miller
Yellow Sky
Jeremiah Johnson
The Great Silence
Johnny Guitar
Seven Men From Now
Man of the West

Could easily be in the 17-21 range:

The Ballad of Cable Hogue
A Fistful of Dynamite
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
The Man From Laramie
Ride Lonesome
The Tall T
The Naked Spur
The Bravados
Face to Face
A Fistful of Dollars
Day of the Outlaw
15  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Il mercenario aka The Mercenary/A Professional Gun (1968) on: January 12, 2018, 01:16:04 PM
I happen to have enjoyed this movie very much, but I disagree with your insistence that he has to discuss in detail what he didn’t like. Saying he doesn’t like anything about the movie means he doesn’t like the story, acting, cinematography, music, etc. Is it necessary to go through all that in detail?

A movie, like any artwork - painting, book, music - either appeals to someone or doesn’t. It’s not always easy to explain what one doesn’t like about something. If he didn’t enjoy it, he didn’t enjoy it.

I like Groggy’s advice: A simple “it sucked” will suffice  Azn

I honestly couldn't care any less that he didn't like the movie, but why post "Did not like this movie...  3 out of 10..." on a message board? At best, it offers nothing in terms of discussion and at worst it's troll bait, and bad bait at that.

I have a tough time relating with not being able to articulate why someone doesn't like something, but that's probably a different debate altogether.
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