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1  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: October 14, 2017, 08:34:02 AM
Longshot.  A 40-minute NetFlix documentary where a guy accused of murder can only clear himself by proving that he was actually at Dodger Stadium that night. 
2  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: The ubiquitous GBU sound... on: October 05, 2017, 02:42:30 PM
OK, we all know Modelo beer uses Ecstasy of Gold as their theme music.

Last night at WNBA Final on ESPN, Ecstasy of Gold played just prior to the national anthem.
3  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: October 05, 2017, 08:15:12 AM
I saw these film upon initial release myself, and yes the skies were always blue. 

I also saw these all on initial US release as teenager; none of us noticed anything off on the color.  In fact, we had no idea at the time that these were actually filmed in Spain, but we did wonder why there were so many Italian actors in them !
4  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: America's Playboy Hugh Hefner R.i.P. on: September 28, 2017, 09:59:36 AM
I was a Playboy subscriber for many years, but stopped the subscription when the decision was made (temporarily, it turned out) in 2015 to stop nude photos and do "partially nude" photos which didn't show much more than on an American beach; also, other features were dropped then.  My last issue was the first after the magazine reversed that decision.
5  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: September 27, 2017, 08:34:12 AM
36 Hours (1964) 7/10

I saw this as a kid decades ago, and felt that the way Garner discovers the ruse is good, but that the "situation" that caused such before he was kidnapped was done in too obvious a fashion.  I recently saw a film (can't remember which) where it was too obvious.  In GBU, when Tuco grabs a board from the grave marker one over, one can see that it states "Unknown", but I didn't catch that upon first viewings.

John Banner in pre-Schultz days was in 36 Hours; after seeing so much WW2 on History/American Heroes channels, and my dad serving in WW2, I just cannot watch Hogan's Heroes any more, can't believe that the network actually Ok'd such a show.
6  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: September 01, 2017, 08:05:51 AM
I am sure that lots of his info comes from Frayling. For example, he says that Leone insisted his inspiration in casting Wallach as Tuco did NOT come from his role as Calvera in THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN - that is a tidbit Frayling always mentions.

Even if Leone really liked the playfulness of Wallach in How the West was Won, there sure was a ton of Calvera from Magnificent Seven in Tuco.  Leone had to have seen Magnificent Seven over a dozen times ....
7  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: 50 Years Later on: August 28, 2017, 07:42:40 AM
In the USA version, Eli Wallach's name is near the end of the titles, stated something like "in the role of Tuco", guessing some sort of agreement with Wallach.

Is Eli Wallach listed second or third in the Italian, German titles, etc.?

Also, saw this, cute
8  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: August 25, 2017, 11:49:13 AM
Did the original 1967 theatrical cut have the three characters intertitles (Good, Bad Ugly) that come up on their intro and exit scenes, in English?
When I first saw the film which was on UK TV in 1976, they were in Italian.

In USA, yes when I saw it in 1968.

However, I have seen a version that had the "intertitles" in Italian even though it was an English-language version; can't remember if that was at a midnight showing in 1979 or on TV.  When I saw the restored version in the theater for UA's 90th anniversary festival in the 2000s, the intertitles were in English.

"From silent era gems (D.W. Griffith’s Broken Blossoms, Buster Keaton’s The General) to westerns (John Ford’s Stagecoach, Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad and the Ugly) to 1970s classics (Woody Allen’s Annie Hall, Hal Ashby’s Coming Home), United Artists has been a major player through Hollywood’s diverse eras. Many believe the studio truly hit its stride in 1951, when lawyers Arthur Krim and Robert Benjamin took over the studio for a 27-year run, producing both venerable franchises (James Bond, The Pink Panther) and beloved classics from Hollywood’s greatest moviemakers, including Billy Wilder (Some Like It Hot, The Apartment), John Huston (The Misfits) and John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate).

The famed New York Film Forum will host an extensive five-week retrospective this spring in celebration of the studio’s 90th anniversary, offering movie fans the chance to revisit an eclectic selection of classics from United Artists’ deep canon. The 54-film festival will kick off with a New York-themed double bill: Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull (1980), in a new 35-mm print, followed by Woody Allen’s Manhattan (1979). The retrospective programming encompasses a vast variety: West Side Story, Midnight Cowboy, Last Tango in Paris and Sweet Smell of Success are just a few of the films on the docket. 007 fans should take special note of the festival’s Bond-themed evening, which will not only include a new 35 mm print of Goldfinger but a sing-along with the classic theme song. The retrospective concludes May 1st with a Charlie Chaplin double bill of his classics City Lights and Modern Times."

9  General Information / General Discussion / Re: To the moderator: how about a "Television Westerns" FORUM? on: August 25, 2017, 08:53:14 AM
Lucas actually kills quite a few people in the Rifleman series. 

Google tells me that in 4.5 years of the Rifleman series that Lucas McCain killed 115 to 120 men, with 246 total killings on the show.  No wonder Mark turned out so weird, his dad was a killing machine !  There are even sites where the number of killings in each episode is detailed.
10  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Lost scene - script and pictures on: August 23, 2017, 11:21:32 AM
I think Leone knew enough that such scene was not needed, audience was smart enough to get it.

Like how Leone focused on Al Mulloch's face at the beginning, so two hours later he didn't have to add to the bathtub scene "Remember when we surprised you while you were stuffing your face, and you killed my 2 partners and shot me, then escaped by jumping through the window pane?"   Etc.

As to the grotto scene: don't we all know from watching old films and TV that crooks can readily round up other crooks?
11  General Information / Film Locations / Re: The arch in monument valley is falling further apart on: August 14, 2017, 09:25:16 AM
You were SO close.  You could have walked to it from the 163, less than 1.5 miles.
12  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: August 12, 2017, 07:36:22 AM
This needed more background information, showing the 800 boats that participated rather than maybe 20, explanations why the Germans (the "enemy") stalled trying to use the Wehrmacht and wanted to use the Luftwaffe, and using real Churchill's voice for the address to the people (recordings of those do exist, I even have a copy).

Walking with the Enemy
Independent film about Hungarians in 1944 surviving, also based on true story, liked it.

The Glass Castle
Mrs. Cusser wanted to see it, about people succeeding despite a very dysfunctional family, also based on true story.  Woody Harrelson may get an Oscar nomination, deserving.
13  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Sad Hill Unearthed - The Documentary on: August 11, 2017, 08:45:52 AM

Wow !

Next reconstruction should be the arch from Once Upon a Time in the West.
14  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Dunkirk (2017) - Christopher Nolan on: August 01, 2017, 04:44:01 PM
I am seeing the movie on Thursday evening, with Miss Hong Kong, who still hardly speaks any English [and still never heard of World War II]. I figure that a movie with lots of action and little dialogue is best.

Well, even for those who DO speak English and are aware of WW2, I think Nolan did a terrible job on some aspects.  He should've at least had a slide/text at the beginning to explain how the British and French armies came to be encircled with the sea to their backs.  And calling the Germans "the enemy", and no one calling them the krauts, the huns, etc., is very unrealistic.  And there were over 800 boats that came to the rescue, the film doesn't show even 1/10 of that.

On the other hand, Nolan showcases individual heroism of some British citizens who risked their lives in their small boats that could approach in the shallow waters, and that the British felt they could not risk full-blown navy or air force bombardment as that could go bad and leave Britain open for an invasion.  Ans shows how desperate some were to try to get back to Britain at any cost.
15  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: The success of OUTW on: July 30, 2017, 07:24:30 AM
This is amazing. I guess we know where the really big Western fans are.

My brother was in Germany in 1973; he said Once Upon a Time (Spiel Mir das Lied vom Tot, Play Me the Song of Death) was still playing, every night, in the city where he was.

Timmy looks scared here, and looks like a midget.
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