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31  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Il mercenario aka The Mercenary/A Professional Gun (1968) on: January 28, 2018, 09:56:56 PM
Moorman got me curious so I just watched the Kino Lorber DVD of The Mercenary, its listed as 110 minutes but its missing a few scenes, the sequence where The Pollack has Curly strip naked after he shoots his gang is not there, and the sequence where The Pollack and Paco are discussing the revolution over the naked woman's ass as she lies in bed. There may be other things missing but those two were memorable.

That said the film is not holding up to my previous estimation, I'm rating it about 7/10 now, the Morricone score is still excellent but after just previously watching A Bullet For The General I found The Mercenary a bit too corny and a bit too contrived in spots in comparison. It does have some great sequences but overall A Bullet For The General is the more serious film. It's still better than 2/3rds of Companeros, but Milian I enjoy more than Musante.
32  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Film-Noir Discussion/DVD Review Thread on: January 28, 2018, 03:47:50 AM
Today will be the final show of Noir Alley. The selection is, perhaps appropriately, Tomorrow Is Another Day.

It's also the first Noir I've ever seen where a character wears Levis.
33  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: New videos by Noodles_Leone on: January 26, 2018, 07:28:52 AM
34  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: Volonte's voice & Voice Actor for the Captain in GBU on: January 26, 2018, 07:23:22 AM

Nice you should add more of Quién sabe? (1967)
35  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Sad Hill Unearthed - The Documentary on: January 25, 2018, 08:48:18 AM
By the way, I have not received my DVD yet. Has any of you guys received it?Huh

Not yet, after premiers I thought they said.
36  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Pool Of London (1951) Nautical Noir on: January 25, 2018, 03:54:17 AM
Thanks for posting - I might have to check this one out along with "The Blue Lamp" since I've never seen either of them.

I've never seen "The Blue Lamp" either, are there any sites that specifically deal with just the Brit Noir's?
37  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: January 25, 2018, 03:38:45 AM
What are you talking about? I'm fairly new to the board...

Mike has made numerous documentaries
38  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) New York Noir on: January 24, 2018, 04:48:33 PM
I love this film: it only gets better with repeated viewings. The camerawork and mise en scene aren't there to be particularly pretty or even noticeable but their effectiveness and precision are impressive. The acting is top notch except for Ethan Hawke (who isn't bad, he just cannot compete with Hoffman, Shannon and the others).

Check out Journey To The End Of the Night if you can also  Afro
39  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) New York Noir on: January 24, 2018, 04:04:35 PM

But Andy wants Hank to do it alone. He tells Hank, no, no little brother, I was up there recently and may get recognized. Oily Andy drops a couple grand of embezzled money under desperately broke Hank's nose as bait. Operating money. All that moola goes to Hank's head but Hank can't do it stag. He doesn't have the gonads. He visits an acquaintance, an ex con, buss boy, petty thief named Bobby Lasorda, he convinces him to do the actual robbery, Hank will drive the rental getaway car.

Saturday morning. So what could go wrong. Bobby goes in, and scares the shit out of the old lady. Only the old Lady ain't Doris it's Nannette, Hank and Andy's mom, which Hank would have seen if he had balls enough to do it himself. For Bobby, though, you seen one old lady you've seen them all, and he goes on with the plan. Empties the cash register and the safe, dumping trays of diamonds into a sack. Nannette however, is no Doris, when Bobby has his back to her breaking the glass counter tops she grabs a gun out of a drawer and blasts him. Bobby shoots back hitting Nannette. Bobby slides and stumbles for the door and Nannette from the floor squeezes off another shot sending Bobby through the plate glass door. He comes to rest lying very dead among the shards. Hank shits his pants and peels out of the parking lot and down the rabbit hole to Noirsville.


The story is told nicely in individual flashbacks that sort of rewind, overlap, and take off from different character's points of view. The acting from all the principals is intense. Charles Hanson, played by Albert Finney is at first devastated, then resigned and finally desperate as he goes on a quiet vendetta when the police seem to be blowing him off. Philip Seymour Hoffman's Andy is tragic, he  gives a tour de force going very convincingly the full range of human emotions. Watch for Michael Shannon as Dex the scummy brother in law of dead Bobby who puts the touch on Hank to cover the loss of Bobby for his sister and her daughter. Hell, he doesn't want to be stuck with taking care of her.

Excellent last film for Lumet, excellent dysfunctional family Neo Noir, like a train wreck that you can't stop watching. 9/10
40  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) New York Noir on: January 24, 2018, 04:03:56 PM

Dysfunctional family noir.

Directed by the legendary Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men (1957), The Fugitive Kind (1960), The Pawnbroker (1964), Fail-Safe (1964), Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), The Verdict (1982)). He was one of the busiest directors of the post studio era. This was his last feature film before his death in 2011.

The cinematography was by Ron Fortunato and the music was by Carter Burwell (Fargo (1996), Miller's Crossing (1990), Barton Fink (1991)).

The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman (Boogie Nights (1997), The Big Lebowski (1998), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Red Dragon (2002)), as Andy Hanson, Ethan Hawke (Gattaca (1997)) as Hank Hanson,
Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny (1992), The Wrestler (2008)) as Gina Hanson, Albert Finney (Tom Jones (1963), Gumshoe (1971), Miller's Crossing (1990)) as Charles Hanson, Rosemary Harris (The Boys from Brazil (1978)) as Nanette Hanson, Brían F. O'Byrne (Million Dollar Baby (2004)) as Bobby Lasorda, Aleksa Palladino (Boardwalk Empire TV Series (2010–2014)) as Chris Lasorda, Michael Shannon (Vanilla Sky (2001), The Missing Person (2009), Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009), The Iceman (2012), Boardwalk Empire TV Series (2010–2014)) as Dex, Leonardo Cimino (Mad Dog Coll (1961), The Young Savages (1961),  Naked City TV Series (1958–1963), Moonstruck (1987)), as William, and Amy Ryan (The Missing Person (2009) as Martha Hanson.

Everything a Noir should be. It's about slimeballs. It's about losers. It's about family. It's about infidelity. It's about desperation. It's about dead ends and about broken dreams. A get rich quick scheme.  A simple story of a robbery that's gone horribly, horribly, wrong. It's about Murphy's Law.

Andy (Hoffman)

Hank (Hawke)

Nannette (Harris)

Bobby (O'Byrne)

Gina (Tomei)

Charles (Finney)

Dex (Shannon)

Martha  (Ryan)

Chris (Palladino)

William (Cimino)

Andy Hanson, Manhattanite, corporate real estate stooge, embezzler, drug addict, silver tongued devil. Dreaming of Rio on other people's money. Hank Hanson, basement dwelling screw off, the weak kid brother with the good looks. Mom and Dad likes him best. But he's a deadbeat dad three months behind on his alimony. His wife thinks he's a bum, his own daughter thinks he's a loser, harsh. He's even screwing Andy's wife Gina, skeezy, it's a brother tag team, so of course given this dish, Gina is another piece of work.

Andy, getting desperate as his big bubble world is crumbling around him, geezes up a job that's pure CAKE.  The stickup of their parents Mom & Pop jewelry store in a Westchester Mall.

Andy Hanson: We don't want Tiffany's. We want a Mom and Pop operation, in a busy place, on a Saturday when the week's takes go in the safe. We both worked there. We know the safe combinations. We know the burglar alarm signals. We know where everything is. I figure, between the week's take, the jewelry and the cases, the vault, there's a $500,000 haul. I figure probably six. The old dumb old lady that works there, she's alone till noon. She's not going to be a problem.
Hank Hanson: Andy...
Andy Hanson: Yeah?
Andy Hanson:  That's mom and dad's store.
Andy Hanson:  That's what I said. A Mom and Pop operation.

We go in on Saturday morning just when old lady what's her name, Doris opens to door. Wave a gun in her face. Scare the shit out of her. Empty the cash register, the safe, the displays, and scram. The insurance covers the loss and damages. Nobody loses.. I will take the swag to a fence down in the city that Dad once knew in the Diamond District. $500,000 in diamonds/jewels nets $120,000 and we are flush.

41  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Sad Hill Unearthed - The Documentary on: January 24, 2018, 02:56:23 PM
This email in my inbox this morning

Dear Sad Hill Unearthed US fans,

We are pleased to announce that Sad Hill Unearthed will be premiered in the USA at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The screening dates are set for 8 February at 4.30pm and 10 February at 7.00pm at the Lobero Theatre.

We would be delighted to have you there if you wish to join us.

SBIFF is a pass based festival, offering 4 levels of passes which grant priority admission to films and/or events. Passholders are seated in order of Pass level (Concierge, Platinum, Cinema, & State Street) 20 minutes before each film or one hour before each event (general admission 15 minutes before each film or 30 minutes before each event). Individual (rush) film tickets are only available for purchase 5 minutes before the start of the show, space permitting.

However we do have a limited number of Filmmaker Guest Tickets for our film at $15 dollars (this is the cost for us, no margin charged to you). These tickets grant priority admission to the film.

Please let me know if you are interested in joining us, we would love to meet you! Please also remember to spread the word, every bit helps! Thanks again for your continued support!



Santa Barbara is in California. I replied that when they show the movie in New York, I'll be thrilled to come  Smiley

42  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Journey to the End of the Night (2006) Gritty São Paulo, Brazilian Noir on: January 24, 2018, 03:45:38 AM
Thanks for this review, looks & sounds like a hidden gem!

It's one of those "how come I haven't heard about this before" surprizes, the stills don't quite capture the feel of the overall film. and you can get it pretty cheap on Amazon.
43  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: January 24, 2018, 03:18:46 AM
 Afro Afro Afro
44  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Journey to the End of the Night (2006) Gritty São Paulo, Brazilian Noir on: January 23, 2018, 04:22:22 PM

Meanwhile .... In Santos, a girl named Monique (Alice Braga) comes home and finds her lover in bed with another woman. She gets beaten up in the ensuing fight and flees into the night towards the docks. She comes upon the barley conscious Wemba and helps him to his car. She offers to drive when she sees that Wemba is not fully capable of driving. When Monique and Wemba get back to Wemba's flop, they both get shot at by Paul's hitman which commences a cat and mouse chase through the streets of São Paulo.

All of these events coming at you at lightning speed intertwine inevitably, resulting in a train wreck of a denouement.


The biggest surprise in the film is Brendan Fraser who director Eason casts (like Sergio Leone did with both Lee Van Cleef in For A Few Dollars More, and Henry Fonda in Once Upon A Time In The West) way, way against type as Paul. Seeing Fraser play and enraged degenerate jackass is a jaw dropping, eye opener, he shows quite a bit of range here from his former pathetic good natured schmos as he chews up the scenery.

Mos Def is very likeable as the honest, loyal, Wemba who plugs away at his dangerous mission for a shot at a life of monetary freedom. Scott Glenn gives us a nuanced performance. He's a cold no nonsense successful pimp on one hand but on the other a caring father and loving husband who wants to give his second son a better life. Catalina Sandino Moreno, plays the screwed up former prostitute who flip flops in affection between Paul and Sinatra. Matheus Nachtergaele as the transvestite hooker is quite convincing, as is Ruy Polanah as the extremely spaced out fortune teller.

A nice surprise, screencaps from the Alchemy/Millennium February 27, 2007 DVD, its a love it or hate it film, for true Noiristas and AficioNoirdos, 9/10.
45  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Journey to the End of the Night (2006) Gritty São Paulo, Brazilian Noir on: January 23, 2018, 04:21:43 PM

An excellent Neo Noir with an actual "Classic Noir" ballpark runtime of just 88 minutes. I'm impressed.

The film was written and directed by Eric Eason who phenomenally worked some genuine low budget Noir magic.  Combine that with Ulrich Burtin's gritty, very grainy, style of cinematography with an interesting production design palette heavy on primary colors by Francisco de Andrade. The film evokes a curious comic book/graphic novel melange of Classic Film Noir, Sin City and Vittorio Storaro's work in Dick Tracy. The films music was by Elia Cmiral.

The tale is filled with lowlifes, losers, and those on life's lowest rungs, as a film noir should be. The cast of characters include, pimps, prostitutes, drug mules, transvestites, gangsters, crooked narcotics cops, smugglers, a soothsayer, a homeless girl, a dishwasher, and a little boy all on their own individual  journeys to the end of a single night in the city of São Paulo.

The story starts a few months before in a rundown section of São Paulo at Sinatra's Cocktail "Club", a combination strip joint/whorehouse. A Russian mobster is caught with a prostitute and shot full of holes by his pissed off wife who then blows her own brains out. He leaves behind a large suitcase filled with heroin.

Sinatra (Scott Glenn)

Paul (Brendan Fraser)

It's worth a fortune and it just dropped into their laps. The flesh-peddler Sinatra (Scott Glenn), and his cocaine addicted pimp son Paul (Brendan Fraser) concoct a scheme to sell the heroin to Nigerian drug lords who are on a cargo ship docked at the nearby port city of Santos. Sinatra wants to use the cash to get out of the biz with his second wife, an ex club prostitute named Angie (Catalina Sandino Moreno), their son Samy (Gilson Adalberto Gomes), and hop a flight back to the states. Paul wants to just break even on his debts. The deal hinges on a drug mule who can speak Urhobo with the Nigerians.

Angie (Catalina Sandino Moreno)

Sinatra and Samy (Gilson Adalberto Gomes)

 Nazda (Matheus Nachtergaele)

The dead mule

A couple of hours before the drug deal the mule suffers a massive coronary while packing fudge with a Brazilian tranny Nazda (Matheus Nachtergaele). Things now go seriously Noirsville. Sinatra and Paul must rely on the only other Urhobo speaker that they know, their club's dishwasher Wemba (Mos Def). Wemba with the chance of never having to wash a dish in his life again, half goodnaturedly, and understandably, half selfishly agrees to help. He heads off on his odyssey to Santos with the suitcase.

Wemba (Mos Def)

Complicating things convolutedly are a series of serious twists. <possible spoilers>

Paul wants to double cross his old man with the help of his goons and take all the moola for himself.  He has one man follow his father while the other stakes out Wemba's flop house. Paul is also screwing his old man's second wife. Nice guy.

An informer in the club rats to a narcotics cop who has known all along about the heroin, He knows that a deal is going down, heads to the club and braces Paul for fifty percent of the swag.

Wemba, in classic "hero" mode, makes good on the drug deal on the ship. While triumphantly on his way back to his car walking along a deserted quay with the cash in his backpack, he calls Sinatra on his cell phone. Telling Sinatra of his successful mission he suddenly gets mugged by a couple of strung out addicts who knock him in the head, take his phone and run away.  Sinatra hears this and detects that something just went wrong from the abrupt break of contact with Wemba. Paul, who was standing alongside Sinatra, now assumes Wemba has skipped with the cash back to Africa. Sinatra heads to a local Soothsayer (Ruy Polanah) who, obviously, has some serious street creds with the locals, to see if he can divine the whereabouts of his cash cow Wemba.

Soothsayer (Ruy Polanah)

Paul in an "un-cute" meet gets into a vicious fight with Nazda the tranny, and cuts his face with a straight razor. Nazda now disfigured and obviously "marked down" in street value earning power, is out for revenge.

Monique (Alice Braga)

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