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1  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Vamos a matar, compañeros aka Companeros (1970) on: July 29, 2007, 01:04:37 PM
Sweet. Does xploited cinema post to the UK then? And if so, is there any additional charge? Sorry for all the questions guys.
2  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Vamos a matar, compañeros aka Companeros (1970) on: July 29, 2007, 03:04:58 AM
Anchor Bay has had an R1 release for ages.

Oh right. I've looked on their recently and it didnt come up with any results. I'll have another look.   
3  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Vamos a matar, compañeros aka Companeros (1970) on: July 28, 2007, 03:08:48 PM
Just seen on play.com that Corbucci's 'Compañeros' is going to be released on DVD on the 31st of this month. I dunno if this is old news or not. I dunno what the situation is like in the states but I've been looking high and low for this for a long time over here in the UK and havent been able to get my hands on it. Finally! Unfortunately, it looks like its only gonna be done in a Region 1. But...c'est la vie.
4  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Indiana Jones 4 Plot Revealed??? on: May 22, 2007, 08:40:41 AM
Oh dear god. This is terrible. I hope its wrong. why cant they go with the atlantis idea. does anyone remember the video game from back in the early 90's? it kicked ass. hmmmmmmmmmm...
5  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Django shoots first (Django spara per primo)(1966) on: May 08, 2007, 05:03:11 AM
Found it floating around in HMV the other day for a fiver so I snapped it up. BARGAIN.

Anyhows, watched it last night with bated breath BUT I enjoyed it much more than I thought. Plot isnt bad but reminded me alot of AFFOD and Yojimbo in places. Can't really justify that claim properly but it was the way Django strolled into town and the town bum explained how he could make some money for himself. Yes...I know...weak...but it just kept springing to mind.

Fight scenes are just as good and physcially demanding as the original Django and its more much more humorus in places. However, what made me laugh the most was how their was a saloon brawl in the opening stages, whereby Django humiliates his woud be assassins (like the original), a mountain top ambush (like the original) and the films climatic moments was in the graveyeard (like the original...AGAIN!) Haha. But it had some cute twists at the end although one could hardly claim it was attempting the same social commentry as Corbucci's.

I dunno about anybody else but my copy was in Italian with subtitles (basically no dubbing). I found that somewhat refreshing BUT was confused as to why the director employed an Italian singer to sing in English if it was never intended for U.S/English marketing.

Also significantly less gory than Corbucci's. I spose I should expected something tame from a film was a 12 rating. I dunno if the post Corbucci 'Django' films were suffering from the originals ban but I found that aspect a little disappointing.   
6  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Frank Miller's 300 (2006) on: May 08, 2007, 04:47:58 AM
Cheers bro.  Afro Easy to get lost round these parts.
7  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: May 07, 2007, 01:47:38 PM
Spiderman 3 - 5/10

Once you've seen the first one you've seen them all. Nice CG, nice attempt at character development (although often cliche) and plenty of superficial humorous moments.

But too much convenience. Like the meteor from space with Venom just happens to land near Peter Parker and parasite itself upon his gimp suit. Also, wierd how the bitter journalist just happens to be at the same church in NY as Peter Parker when he's tearing the Venom off himself to reveal his true identity. Plus too much many pro-patria moments just made me nauseous. At one cruscendo Spidey standing in front of a giant American flag billowing in the wind. It reminded me of the moment in the first film when one extra says "If you take one of us New Yorkers on, you take us all on". Blurgh! Nice...but not exactly subtle.

I found the moral problematic too. if someone does something horrible to you...turn the other cheek? Struck me as exhuding unabashed righteousness. Not that's necassarily a bad thing but it was a subtly issue again.  The ending was a bit vague too. He tells his uncles murderer he forgives him and the Sandman just blows away as if he was Genie from Aladdin. And what about his daughter? Live or die...they didnt wrap her up very well.
8  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Frank Miller's 300 (2006) on: May 07, 2007, 09:21:32 AM
Despite the obvious mythological disparities, despite the cheesey script, despite the dire acting, despite the fact that Spartans spoke in Scottish accents and wore speedo's, despite the heavy reliance on cg, despite the overwhelming homoerotic undertones ... I thought it was all right.

I mean it's just a means of retelling the legend and so fact isnt really that important, right? Plus the cinematography is superb. So many shots are virtually pieces of art by their own account.

Having said that I thought the way the actor playing the King was martyrised at the end was slightly suspect. Sprawled out on the battle field in a Jesus like crucification pose.

Tonnes of Gladiator rip offs I might add. Like the heroes physical visual appearance was blatently based on Russel Crows. Plus many a slow motion wheat field scene with wife and child.

As long as you watch it and not expect a lot you wont be disappointed. Just accept it for what it is. A big budget Hollywood profit spinner. Most of it is funny for all the wrong reasons. Worth a watch I'd say.
9  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: Was Gunther Ruiz German ? on: May 05, 2007, 03:03:56 PM
Yeah. It's a great moment. The way it's choreographed to the Morricone score makes it seem he's making some kind of stabbing motion. Must have hurt.

I ultimately think that Leone didnt have a specific agenda with his nationality. I think he was supposed to visually remind an audience of a Nazi tank commander. If anything he's a metaphorical hybrid of Mexican authoritariansm and German Nazism. Its down to audience interpreation at the end of the day. After all Gunther is German sounding and (as somebody has already pointed out) Ruiz is a Spanish sounding surname.

It's pretty provocative nonetheless considering it's an allegorical film (for the politically volatile state of Europe in the 1950's). As Frayling discusses in 'Something to do with Death' Italy was plagued by turmoil in the wake of the 1968 student riots. I spose Ruiz is complimented by the Mussolini look alike at the end. Both their deaths would have been a liberating things to see onscreen. Especially as Ruiz's in particular was so savage.
10  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: Was Gunther Ruiz German ? on: May 05, 2007, 09:46:35 AM
By any accounts...I've never seen anyone clean their teeth so ominously as Ruiz. Sinister!
11  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Worst Movies By The Best Directors on: May 01, 2007, 07:05:32 PM
For Sergio Leone I would put Fistful of Dollars as his worst.

It's a great film, but it pales in comparison to his later work.


If Leone was included on the list, however, they would probably put DYS as his worst. Most people who like Leone's films seem to be disappointed with DYS, even though I think it's his second best.

I dig DYS. Obviously I'm bias cuz on uni work...but i think its a very misunderstoof film. The omly problem was Coburns Irishn accent. I still maintain the politics of DYS is far more mature than anything put togather by Corbucci, Damiani or Lizzani.
12  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Worst Movies By The Best Directors on: May 01, 2007, 07:03:20 PM
I am not a big fan of Hidden Fortress, but it certainly doesn't deserve to be on this list. As much as I love Robert Altman, he should be on there for Popeye. Maybe F.F.C. for Jack too. Certianly De Palma for making Snake Eyes.

I couldnt agree more. What happened there? Actually dont try and answer that...Cage is what happned to that film. Just like Cage in Lynch's Wild At Heat. Abysmall!
13  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: Quién Sabe: A Comparative Analysis of Revolutionary and Gender Politics in Two Z on: May 01, 2007, 05:29:14 PM
Done and done again. You learn something knew every day huh? I've changed it to Central America as although I understand the Noth America pigeon-holing is probbaly technically more correct...I think that its important to make sure there's a distinct seperatuon between the U.S and Mexico so that the political aspirations of the two films is made abundantly clear to a less..."Enlightened" reader. 
14  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: Quién Sabe: A Comparative Analysis of Revolutionary and Gender Politics in Two Z on: May 01, 2007, 05:43:47 AM
Cheers guys. I dont know why I put 1962 and I cant believe I didnt spot it. AND I cant believe it's in the opening paragraph. GREAT (Mentally kicks himseld). Haha.  There are citations in the actual word document but the blog wont let me use them. I tried looking for something else to post it online but couldnt find anywhere else decent.
15  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Quién Sabe: A Comparative Analysis of Revolutionary and Gender Politics in Two Z on: April 30, 2007, 07:26:39 AM
For those who are interested...here's the final draft of my undergraduate dissertation, focusing on the revolutionary and gender politics of two Zapta Spaghetti Westerns.

I'd just like to thank everyone on the board who have given me suggestions (regarding books to check out etc etc) and for the general banter that's fueled my interest in the genre. It's gone from being a mere interest to an unhealthy obsession in the last year. On the off chance that any of the authors of my sources post on here...Cheers!

Having said that, I'm not trying to be Frayling, Cox, Weisser or Fridlund or anyone of that order. This is simply from the perspective of someone who's love for Spaghetti's has developed in the last year or so. There are so many areas that I wanted to tackle but due to word limit restrictions couldnht. Hopefully I can take my interest onto my MA studies next year.

Please be kind.

Soooo.............

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