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16  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Michael Cimino (1939 - 2016) on: July 06, 2016, 02:05:02 PM

I think Heaven's Gate is an absolute masterpiece.

Same here (along with DH)

I can't think of another film that better depicts the psychological damage from war than THE DEER HUNTER.
17  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: High Noon (1952) on: June 13, 2016, 01:27:46 PM
I haven't seen this in awhile but it does list high for me for American Westerns.
I haven't seen the extras which I must remedy soon with my local library.

I could be wrong but aren't most Westerns "morality tales"?
18  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: June 01, 2016, 12:09:37 PM
All I took from that Wenders movie is... I saw a grown man crap.
After about 25 years I remember nothing else.
19  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: May 29, 2016, 01:08:55 PM
Last night I revisited LEON, THE PROFESSIONAL.

Is this film a tribute to Leone?
If it isn't it certainly was inspired by the grand theatrics Leone created.
I'm wondering because the character's name is Leon, they bring up Clint and it has Danny in it.
I even wondered if i was hearing Morricone at times.

Needless to say great film but not without some week and obvious plot points.
20  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: May 24, 2016, 02:23:26 PM
I hope I didn't come off as a Corbucci hater.
It's just that I think Leone is on the level of a Kubrick or Tarkovsky.
A Master Of Cinema with no "false notes" Smiley

THE GREAT SILENCE is one of my favorite Non-Leone films most wanted on BD.
Margheriti's ...AND GOD SAID TO CAIN and KILL THE WICKEDS only rate higher for me.

Also, I wouldn't want a happy ending in GS.
It's original and great the way it is.
I just don't think it's that brilliant of a thought.
However, I do give Corbucci props for "sticking to his guns" Smiley and getting it released that way.
It must have been hard.
21  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: May 23, 2016, 06:26:54 PM
Actually it was a stroke of genius. Corbucci was the only Spag director who had the talent and the ideas to rival Leone. And The Great Silence and The Mercenary are superior to most of Leone's films, but can't mess with OUTW and GBU. But then, only a few other films can.

I respectfully disagree.
22  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: May 23, 2016, 02:39:30 PM
I like this film and would buy a BD in a heart beat.
However,  DJANGO is Corcucci's best.

Having said that Corbucci is nothing more than a second rate Leone (maybe even third Smiley)
People who think Corbucci is better than Leone mustn't get Leone are are contrarians who think going against the grain makes them special (there are a lot of those on the internet)

People always wax on about the downbeat ending as though it was a stroke of genius.
I tend to think of this type betrayal of an audiences expectations is rather cheap and obvious.
A vengeance film without a payoff in the end is just dumb.

Still, it's in my top ten of most wanted films on BD
I love the snowy setting.

23  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Une corde, un Colt... aka Cemetery Without Crosses (1969) on: May 21, 2016, 02:28:18 PM
This has become one of my favorite Westerns almost on par with Leone's best
With every viewing it ranks higher for me.
It's close to the top now thanks to the Arrow BD.

Between the beautiful Spanish guitar and Hossein's brilliant sombre performance this film has a quiet, poetic beauty unmatched by any other Western.
His performance is similar to the Man With No Name but with an added vulnerability.
It could even be argued he was a little depressed.
I like that we don't know the full relationship between the 3 characters. (I hope I didn't just miss it)

The main theme song works perfectly (for me Smiley) as the fanfare music it is.
It kinda reminds me of the theme in 3:00 TO YUMA
It was written by his father and every time it appears I get the chills and realize Hossein "gets" Leone like no other.
I can't think of a better made tribute in any Art-form. (I dislike Tarantino)
The dinner scene, directed by Leone himself, also stands out as a high-lite among all Westerns.

This film is a great example of a grower.


24  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) on: May 21, 2016, 01:27:14 PM
It did, it's mentioned in one of the commentaries  Afro

Cheers, CJ.
I assume you're talking about a KEOMA BD/DVD commentary.

I never understood the musical choices in KEOMA until I last revisited McCabe.
I felt like I found the smoking gun. Smiley
25  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) on: May 20, 2016, 02:17:20 PM

So this is coming out on BD? Shocked
This might be my favorite AW.

I'm aware that the film was shot in soft focus but if memory serves the DVD showed artifacts of a low bit rate.
It would be great to be assured that the next release was as good as it gets.

About Cohen...I think his music is essential to the down-beat vibe of the wouldn't be as great without it.
After my last viewing (a few years ago) it occurred to me it must have inspired the odd music in KEOMA.
26  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) on: April 20, 2016, 11:27:50 AM
This film is one of the few American Westerns that I actually like.
Sure, it's not in the league of McCabe & Mrs Miller (imo) but I thoroughly enjoy the silliness much like MY NAME IS NOBODY.

His last film THE DEAD is his greatest achievement as far as I'm concerned.
It's not a Western though.
27  General Information / General Discussion / Re: RIP Tuco on: June 25, 2014, 02:00:33 PM
VERY sad news!

Adios Amigo and thank you for your brilliant work.
28  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: Makeup Or Continuity Error? on: June 19, 2013, 09:54:41 AM
I just re-watched TGTBTU and the makeup was used again with the scene where Angel Eyes enters the darkened room with Carson's "whore"
This time it was applied better so it wasn't as distracting.
29  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Makeup Or Continuity Error? on: June 15, 2013, 10:15:13 PM
I've been wondering for a long time now about the scene near the end where Manco breaks in to steal the gold and gets caught.

When we see him right after getting in through the roof he's wearing dark makeup.
However when Mortimer lights the room his dark makeup is gone.

Has it ever been discussed whether this was a makeup blunder meaning we weren't suppose to notice it or a continuity error where he should've had it on when the lights came on?

My guess is we shouldn't have noticed it.
30  General Information / General Discussion / Re: Leone vs Corbucci on: June 15, 2013, 12:18:34 PM
Also, it's easy to look down on Corbucci, who is often considered as nothing more than a genre moviemaker.
And for this reason, it's also elitist to chose the "quite obscure" Corbucci since Leone did reach mainstream and critic recognition. For instance, QT didn't even mention Leone during the Django Unchained promotion, while we know that Leone has been one of his major influences since Reservoir Dogs.

The "elitist" point is something I always consider in someones taste.
I was talking about Fabio Testi in Dead Men Ride and while I think he's brilliant  someone said his performance AND the film is much better than any Clint & Leone film... OK, the performance might be debatable but the film???
I thought this might be elitism rearing it's ugly head.

Don't get me wrong I LOVE films like Django, Great Silence, And God Said To Cain, Cemetery Without Crosses, Dead Men Ride,A Stranger In Town, Blindman, Sartana (I could go on and on) but as good as they are I don't think they're on the level of Leone's films.
Perhaps I'm biased since I've loved the Dollars Trilogy most my life whereas I didn't discover Corbucci until about 20 years ago.
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