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31  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Sword of Doom on: March 24, 2007, 05:47:02 PM
I saw Sword of Doom for the second time today.  I think it is  fascinating movie.  The swordfighting in the midst of a light snowfall with Mifune destroying all his opponents is in a way beautiful and horrific.
I get confused watching this movie.  There is a scene in which the evil samurai kills someone in a boat who looks like Mifune, yet it is not him.  Is this a fantasy thought on the evil samurai's part?  Also, the duel never takes place that is supposed to.  Its as if the film cuts off before the grand finale.
Any thoughts?  I read the imbd analysis.
32  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Letterman on OUATIW on: March 07, 2007, 03:39:11 PM
I guess I'm older than Letterman cause I did see it at the theater in 69.  As I recall, there was stone silence or awe at both the flashback explaining 'the why', and seeing Mr. America, Henry Fonda, get it.
Perhaps wide eyes and open mouths describes it best.
This is what Leone wanted I'm sure.
33  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Final Shootout on: March 03, 2007, 08:13:15 AM
Tim, you are right.  Actually, I'm the one who posed the question similar to this one some time back about 'who Angel Eyes should shoot first'.
I believe I just look at it from a tactical way.  Even though Angel Eyes 'may' need Blondie in case of a trick, he doesn't need Tuco.  If I were Angel Eyes, I'd go for Blondie first, hopefully only wound him before giving my full attention to Tuco's demise.
Like you say, "Angel Eyes is screwed", from the get go.  It was all just a marvelous mind game Blondie came up with to distance himself from Angel Eyes' already drawn gun.
34  General Information / General Discussion / Lee Van Cleef Question? on: March 02, 2007, 06:32:10 PM
I just saw LVC on the Andy Griffith show.  I never thought he did one of those.
Anyway, just how tall was LVC?  On the show, he looked much taller than Andy Griffith, who I thought had some height on him.
35  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: "Something to do with death" on: March 02, 2007, 06:20:46 PM
I think some of you guys are trying to make something out of nothing.  Harmonica is not some kind of supernatural avenging angel.  He is not an immortal either.
"You sound like a real businessman Frank.  Being with Mr. Morton has done you a lot of good." (saloon scene)
This is coincidental to his later comment about finding out "he's not a businessman after all." (final ranch scene)
Harmonica is observant about Frank's men because he knows them from the train.  He doesn't have otherworldly ability.
The best you might could say is that Harmonica is observant and sensitive to movement around him so that he knows what is out of place.  This is typical of desert dwellers and maybe Leone knew it too.
"They must have found someone who pays better."  A good hunch based on observance.  Men are moving from choice postions to go talk out in the open.  He knows Frank wants him dead and a set up is likely, yet they are riding off.
This is a great movie.  I just cannot help but feel that some of you are trying to spook it up a bit or turn it into a Highlander piece.
36  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Final Shootout on: February 27, 2007, 03:18:58 PM
From Angel Eyes crossdraw position, he should logically try to take Blondie first, then swing on Tuco, and hope for the best.
37  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Favorite Non-Western Revenge Movies? on: February 25, 2007, 06:06:56 PM
Payback was the first I thought of.
Kill Bill
Cape Fear (with either Mitchum or DeNiro)
Death Wish
38  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Harmonica's brother's last words? on: February 21, 2007, 09:02:07 PM
I still like "You sick son of a bitch..... I'll show you."  The lines are delivered to Frank.
With the kick, he absolves Harmonica of guilt in letting his brother down. and deprives Frank of his humiliation of his little brother.
This was all the older brother could do to get back at Frank.
I can't imagine doing less.
39  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: puzzling situation on: February 21, 2007, 08:56:53 PM
Now I always thought the names were Dave Jenkins, Caulder Benson, in Morton's train scene.Then, Jim Cooper, Jack Youngblood in the saloon scene. I never thought it was Chuck. 
No, I don't think these are Frank's cronies that he did away with.  I think they were Frank's victims along the way as Harmonica trailed him down through time.  Harmonica also knows Frank well enough to know that he 'fakes evidence'.
40  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: Light please on lighting a match on: February 19, 2007, 09:25:39 PM
Just my poor attempt at some humor from Young Frankenstein.
I'll try to control myself.
41  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: Light please on lighting a match on: February 17, 2007, 06:55:56 PM
What hump?
42  General Information / General Discussion / Re: western genre?? on: February 16, 2007, 04:20:26 PM
I'm no expert on Leone, but I feel that DYS is a very personal film.
43  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: How Many of You Have Seen GBU On the Big Screen? on: February 13, 2007, 08:11:27 PM
Sorry guys, I really had not thought about this from a  younger perspective before.  I just turned 50. 
Looking back now I can say that I saw all of these at the theater upon release or sometime later when it came to town.  I think this is the order I saw them too.
Once Upon a Time in the West, Duck You Sucker, Good, Bad, Ugly, Fistful of Dollars, Few Dollars More.
I know thats odd, but I moved around a lot and some of the smaller towns either repeated original releases, or it was the first time they got there or had double features.
I'll never forget the line for the DYS trailer.  "James Coburn and Rod Steiger will blow you apart in Duck You Sucker".
Good ole days they were.
44  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Big Jake (1971) on: February 04, 2007, 07:03:03 AM
I like Big Jake because JW is tougher in it than some of the others he did and because Richard Boone is in it.  He could really be a scare.
45  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Main Theme as Lullaby on: January 28, 2007, 06:20:33 PM
I just thought of a great tag line for this.  How about
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