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16  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Favourite Christmas films on: December 06, 2017, 06:37:28 AM
Though not intended to be a Christmas film (released in summer, only the final scene is at Christmas), "It's a Wonderful Life" still holds up.  I saw this for the first time on PBS a few decades ago, and I never considered it a "Christmas film" either.
17  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso aka Cinema Paradiso (1988) on: December 01, 2017, 06:21:39 AM
This was on Turner Classics recently, so I DVR'd it; just finished watching it yesterday.  This was 124 minute version with English subtitles.
I liked it, score reminded me of Once/America.

Does the 124-minute version have anything about the teenaged Toto? Or is that part completely cut?

Yes, had segment of teenage Toto, how he had the huge crush/relationship with the banker's nice daughter, who later went to school in Palermo.

I liked the scene where blind Alfredo put his hand over young Toto's face, and when he removed it, the face was of teenaged Toto (and Alfredo's shirt was different too).
18  General Information / General Discussion / Re: I think it's time.... on: November 23, 2017, 08:11:37 AM
There's no set cut-off point.  I'd suggest 1966 to include Nevada Smith, 1966 Stagecoach, Sons of Katie Elder....
19  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: The ubiquitous GBU sound... on: November 22, 2017, 08:13:00 AM
Expendables-2 (about 1:30 in)

Didn't see the film, watched the YouTube, that's a classic use !!!
20  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: The best movie ever made... on: November 20, 2017, 06:13:16 AM
GBU had too many instances where Leone wanted me to accept the implausible.  The scene were Blondie is rescued by the mortar fire. 

I started a list once detailing where pure serendipity helped in GBU.  Above, for sure.  Stevens blurting out information about the hidden gold when Angel Eyes knew nothing about that.  The carriage in the dessert at the perfect time.  Tuco and Blondie being so close to Mission San Antonio.  Tuco and Blondie ending up in prison camp where Angel Eyes was.  Angel Eyes overhearing that Wallace had called out "Bill Carson".  Tuco who knew so much about guns (shop scene) couldn't get Wallace's pistol to work.  Tuco finding his way to the town where Blondie and Angel Eyes were.  Others as well....

The war keeps intefering/intervening on the adventures of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly... that IS the story  Smiley

I first saw GBU when I was 15.  I didn't realize then that GBU is a huge anti-war film, one may gloss over that at first.  Leone definitely intended that.
21  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: La resa dei conti aka The Big Gundown (1966) on: November 19, 2017, 06:13:06 AM
I'm dating myself but I actually saw The Big Gundown and Death Rides a Horse and of course all of the Leone films on their first releases on huge Times Square Theater screens.

I also saw all the spaghetti westerns on first run at the theaters.  First (Arizona) was GBU in June 1968, I was 15.  We had heard the "Montenegro" single on the radio, my family liked westerns, and we knew Clint Eastwood from Rawhide.  So several us us kids (including my brother who could drive) went to see it, couldn't figure out why all the Italian names were in the titles....could not believe the excitement/novelty of The Ecstasy of Gold only had to wait like 35 years for almost-complete soundtrack music to be released.  A few months later the two previous Leone westerns were released as a double feature here.

By the way, Once Upon a Time in the West got way smaller release in Phoenix than did Death Rides a Horse, Big Gundown, Day of Anger.
22  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: November 14, 2017, 06:34:04 AM
"The Man that I Married"  1940.  An American woman and her German husband and child travel to 1938 Germany, he gets caught up in the Nazi movement.  Rate at least 7/10, historical snapshot of the times.
23  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: November 05, 2017, 08:07:35 AM
Mrs. Cusser and I watched "Sleeping with other People" last night, cute.  And Alison Brie is a major hottie, hadn't seen her before.
24  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Gun Glory (1957) on: October 25, 2017, 09:01:35 AM
Saw this for the first time yesterday, had never heard of it.  Agree about bad casting for the son, thought that myself.  Granger washed up a lot.

Rhonda Fleming was a hottie then, agree !  Have to catch more of her films...
25  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. 
26  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.
27  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 !
28  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.
29  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.
30  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 ....
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