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Off-Topic Discussion / Freeway (1996)
« on: August 03, 2008, 02:54:49 AM »

A twisted take on 'Little Red Riding Hood' with a teenage juvenile delinquent (Reese Withers p o o n) on the run from a social worker (Kiefer Sutherland) traveling to her grandmother's house and being hounded by a charming, but sadistic, serial killer/pedophile.

What a gem of a film! This is a cult-classic for a reason. I finally watched this for the first time tonight and I gotta say I was blown away. This is black-comedy at it's absolute finest. Reese Withers p o o n is out of this world brilliant here. She owns this role right from the get go. Kiefer Sutherland turns in a great performance as well, being every bit as believable as the serial killer/pedophile is supposed to be.

I also want to point out that the musical score by Danny Elfman is strangely weird but in a great way. It fits the film perfectly and makes it even better. If you have not seen "Freeway", do yourself a favor and do so!

Off-Topic Discussion / The Wolfman (2010)
« on: July 31, 2008, 10:42:29 AM »
The bootleg trailer is up! Surprisingly, this looks pretty damn good. It seems to have that old-fashioned horror feel to it. How can you not be the bit least excited about this with the exceptional cast. The film stars Anthony Hopkins, Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt and Hugo Weaving among others.

Off-Topic Discussion / Frank Sinatra appreciation thread
« on: July 27, 2008, 01:28:28 PM »

I'm a big fan of "Ol' blue eyes" and have been listening to him all morning. I can't stop repeating the song "Time after Time" which is possibly my favorite Sinatra song. The man's voice just sends chills all through my body. He was a man of many talents. Not only a great singer but also an underrated actor if you ask me.

If any of you Sergio Leone fans are fond of Frank Sinatra, feel free to share your thoughts, favorite pictures or songs of the legend. I'd love to read some of your thoughts.

"Time after Time"

Other Films / Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
« on: July 13, 2008, 01:38:11 PM »
Who has seen this John Ford western? Thoughts?

Other Films / Silverado (1985)
« on: July 07, 2008, 05:05:57 PM »

I recently viewed this for the first time, finally! It was much better than what I expected. For those of you who are so obsessed with "Tombstone", I think "Silverado" is a much more fitting tribute to the old classic westerns. I'm surprised to find that there was no thread for "Silverado" here. I think it's great fun.

Off-Topic Discussion / Patton (1970)
« on: July 04, 2008, 07:34:33 PM »

"Patton" tells the tale of General George S. Patton, famous tank commander of World War II. The film begins with Patton's career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion of Germany and the fall of the Third Reich. Side plots also speak of Patton's numerous faults such his temper and habit towards insubordination. Faults which would, eventually, lead to his being relieved as Occupation Commander of Germany.

Happy 4th of July everyone! I thought I'd recommend the perfect film to watch if there was one on this day. "Patton" is an outstanding look into the life of the famous General. George C. Scott's performance is nothing short of brilliant.

Off-Topic Discussion / The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995)
« on: July 02, 2008, 03:59:36 PM »

The setting is early America during the oil boom. An elderly, down on his luck 'oil man', Mr. Cox finds himself in the town of Henrietta. Using unconventional methods, he convinces himself and local Don Day that there is oil on Day's land. The financially strapped Day puts everything into finding oil...but at what cost?

If you're a fan of drama and a great story filled with marvelous acting, look no further than "The Stars Fell on Henrietta." This is one gem of a little movie that was produced by Clint Eastwood and distributed by his Malpaso Production Company and it shows. At times it feels like a film directed by Clint.

Upon release, the film wasn't advertised much and had a limited release which surprises me. It's still not out on DVD either and this makes me mad. This is a film I need in my collection. The cast is outstanding. Robert Duvall who is exceptional as usual, stars alongside Aiden Quinn, Francis Fisher,  Brian Denneyhe, and  Billy Bob Thornton.

This is a must see for all drama film lover's!

Other Films / The Mountain Men (1980)
« on: June 22, 2008, 01:34:57 AM »

A pair of grizzled frontiersmen fight indians, guzzle liquor, and steal squaws in their search for a legendary valley 'so full of beaver that they jump right into your traps' in this fanciful adventure.

Has anybody seen this Charlton Heston film? The plot sounds interesting.

Off-Topic Discussion / The Butcher vs. The Oilman
« on: June 18, 2008, 11:08:50 AM »

Bill "The Butcher" Cutting in conversation with Daniel Plainview. Pretty funny video for you Daniel Day-Lewis fans!

Other Films / Hud (1963)
« on: June 17, 2008, 01:05:08 AM »
What's your opinion of this Paul Newman western?

Off-Topic Discussion / Stan Winston 1946-2008
« on: June 16, 2008, 12:57:20 PM »

This is incredibly sad news. Stan Winston is the brain behind so many Hollywood movie monster creation's. I've been a fan of his for years. This is shocking. :( Rest in peace, Stan.

Off-Topic Discussion / The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
« on: June 06, 2008, 02:08:05 PM »

I absolutely love quirky comedies such as this one, with a dry sense of humor. Bill Murray could never been more right in being cast as Steve Zissou. His type of comedic delivery is perfect for director Wes Anderson's material.

I think this is an original little comedy with some flat out hilarious moments that also comes with some touching sequences mixed in. I love the dialogue, and the whole ensemble cast along with Bill Murray with Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Anjelica Huston, and Jeff Goldblum.

Here's the plot for those who don't know: With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife (Anjelica Huston), a journalist (Cate Blanchett), and a man (Owen Wilson) who may or may not be his son.

Other Films / Hidalgo (2004)
« on: June 03, 2008, 01:06:51 PM »

I'll start off by saying, there are plenty of "film snobs" here on the Leone Forums, so I know, there won't be that many fans of this here. However, I liked it, and I'm not affraid to admit it.

I've put off watching this film for the longest time because of it's mixed reviews upon it's release in 2004. It's been on the HDNet channell recently and I DVR'd it. I watched it last night and I gotta say, I'm extremely pissed off I not only didn't see it the last 4 years, but didn't get the opportunity to view it on the big screen.

I personally think it plays out like an old-fashioned adventure film straight out of the 1960's. If this film was made back then, I think it would have had many more positives reviews. I thought Viggo Mortensen was wonderful in the lead role as Frank Hopkins.

For those of you who are not familiar with the plot of the film, here it goes: Set in 1890, this is the story of a Pony Express courier (Viggo Mortensen) who travels to Arabia to compete with his horse, Hidalgo, in a dangerous race for a massive contest prize, in an adventure that sends the pair around the world.

Here we get great visuals, a beautiful musical score by James Newton Howard, great adventure action, and an epic quality feel, which I love! I view this as highly underrated.

Note: Film legend Omar Sharif also stars.

Other Films / Two Rode Together (1961)
« on: June 02, 2008, 11:48:14 AM »

The US Army is under pressure from the desperate relatives of white prisoners of the Comanches to secure their rescue. A cynical and corrupt marshal, Guthrie McCabe (James Stewart), is persuaded by an army lieutenant (Richard Widmark) to assist in the negotiations with the Comanches.

I think this is an underrated film from legendary director John Ford. James Stewart is great as usual, and there's a damn good supporting performance from Richard Widmark.

Off-Topic Discussion / Australia (2008)
« on: May 25, 2008, 01:41:23 PM »
Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat (Nicole Kidman) who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man (Hugh Jackman) in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand.

This is a highly anticipated film for me! It's an adventure, drama, war, western, and romantic epic all rolled into one. These are the kinds of films I live for.

NOTE: SERGIO LEONE and "THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY" fanatics: Listen closely to the music at the beginning of the trailer. The music sounds just like "Ecstasy of Gold" from "GBU." This is a direct homage to that film and of course Ennio Morricone's masterful score!!! I'm escatic right now!!!!!!

Here's the official website:

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