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Other Films / Re: Long Live Your Death
« on: November 21, 2008, 12:43:54 PM »
Ok spag, not more, not less.

Tessari directs well enough, but he's no match for Corbucci, who probably had made a better film out of this unoriginal script.

Other Films / Re: La collina degli stivali aka Boot Hill (1969)
« on: November 18, 2008, 12:30:50 PM »
I think that, in addition of the good roles of Nero and Milian, the Morricone score was key for CompaƱeros' success.

But the score is great in both films!

And for me Milian's overacting is one of the problems of the film, whereas Musante gives a restraint and well balanced performance. Palance, who was fantastic in Il mercenario, is also clearly over the top, but somehow it doesn't hurt the film.

At least Il mercenario is the only one of the great spags who hasn't got a decent DVD release (except from Italy and the expensive japanese DVD), and the cut fullscreen versions around also don't help very much in building a reputation.
But the announced Koch DVD will change a lot.

Other Films / Re: La collina degli stivali aka Boot Hill (1969)
« on: November 18, 2008, 09:45:06 AM »
1. Companeros has many brillant scenes which belong to the best in any SW, but ... but it has also several sloppy scenes and is in general more shallow than Il mercenario and Il grande silencio.
There was the potential for another masterpiece, but it seems that Corbucci was no longer interested to get the best out of a project.

2. Hmm, looks nice this new God Forgives DVD, and cheap it is also ...  maybe I'll buy it just for fun.

3. I live in a small town near Marburg. "Hessisch Sibirien" some say about Nordhessen, but thanks to all the students, Marburg saves the region for me.

Other Films / Re: La collina degli stivali aka Boot Hill (1969)
« on: November 18, 2008, 06:08:10 AM »
Yeah, I think we have much in common, as if I had to reduce my island films to only one, it would be ... The Wild Bunch.

He he, and if I had too chose an SW avatar I would have taken the same as yours. I like this special film still very much. Il mercenario is one of the great SW masterpieces, but not acknowledged as such by all fans. Which still puzzles me.

God Forgives. You were involved in the latest german release, or you will do another release (the perfect release?) in the near future?
I still have the Jewel Edition which is not perfect but good enough to enjoy. And as much as I have read, the latest release is not a great improvement, but preferable if you don't own the older release.

What about an uncut release of Boot Hill? There seems to be an italian version which is even longer than the extended german DVD.

But Colizzi made 5 films before his premature death. Yes?

I know the Spencer/ Hill one but haven't seen it for a long time. I'm remembering it as their best next to the the ones by E.B. Clucher.

The 5th I have never seen. It is a Spencer/Hill like comedy without Bud and Terence?

Oh and I'm also from Germany.

Other Films / Re: La collina degli stivali aka Boot Hill (1969)
« on: November 17, 2008, 02:27:04 PM »
Colizzi is probably the most underrated SW director.

The most stylish director after Leone and Corbucci (when he had put his mind to his films).

I was always surprised that so many fans really call Boot Hill one of the worst SWs. Is this only due to cut full frame versions, or is it really that difficult to appreciate the qualities of Boot Hill?

I agree excactly with everything Mike Siegel has said about Boot Hill and the other 2 Colizzi westerns.

The best of the trilogy and of course in my SW Top 20.

Other Films / Re: Wagon Master (1950)
« on: November 17, 2008, 02:04:24 PM »
Simply a masterpiece and one of Ford's central films, even in spite of the usual dose of Ford's rather flat humour.
Beautiful directed and photographed.

Another classic:

God hates idiots like you

Other Films / Re: 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
« on: November 16, 2008, 12:36:55 PM »
Most of the action scenes are so shitty made in the remake. And there are too much of them, some of them even superfluous.

For this major failure and for several stupid plot developments, this western is disappointingly average.


Other Films / Re: Reverend Colt (1971)
« on: November 16, 2008, 09:19:15 AM »
Average fits this SW well enough

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Bond 22: Quantum of Solace (2008)
« on: November 16, 2008, 09:16:29 AM »
Maybe the best Bond ever. The best directed for sure with several scenes which showed a sense for a deeper beauty of images you seldom find in mainstream films.

Welcome to the modern age.


Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Watchmen (2009)
« on: November 16, 2008, 06:01:37 AM »
Looks good enough this trailer, but I'm nevertheless sure they will again waste an Alan Moore masterpiece with a superfluous mainstream film, which buries all the brillant ideas beneath it's thirst for special efects.

Other Films / Re: Film Review Best Western List
« on: November 15, 2008, 02:17:59 AM »

The Covered Wagon (1923)

Stagecoach (1939)

High Noon (1952)

Red River (1948)

Shane (1953)

Rancho Notorious (1952)

Johnny Guitar (1954)

The Searches (1956)

3:10 to Yuma (1957)

The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Ride the High Country (1962)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence (1962)

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

The Wild Bunch (1969)

Soldier Blue (1970)

High Plains Drifter (1972)

Unforgiven (1992)

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

No Country For Old Men (2007)

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

Westerns that Film Review love but didn't make the list:

Pale Rider
Blazing Saddles
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
Rio Grande

Most of the film in this list are the usual classics, and even if not all of them are to everybody's tastes, they are considered by many as important.

The odd choices:

Rancho Notorious
extravagant, but not excactly a classic

Soldier Blue
3:10 to Yuma (remake)
mediocre, forgettable

High Plain's Drifter
Pale Rider
Good, but far from being important. Clint is not a very good director.

Rio Grande
watchable, but one of Ford's lesser works

Great film, but at best a half western

Haven't seen 3 Burials, and even if the new Jesse James is maybe the best western since the 70s, there are too much new films. The 40s, 50s and even the 70s are not represented enough.

And what the fuck had happened to Anthony Mann?

Other Films / Re: Ulzana's Raid
« on: November 14, 2008, 11:56:58 AM »
Two versions of Ulzana's Raid were prepared.

One by Aldrich for the USA and one by Lancaster for Europe. Both have the same runtime of 103 min but contain different scenes.

In the 80s a german TV station cut all the scenes of both versions together and prepared thereby a 112 min version, sort of a non-director's cut.

This version got later also a VHS release, but there's no DVD until today.

Other Films / Re: A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die (1972)
« on: November 13, 2008, 06:51:51 PM »
A surprisingly lousy movie.

Carelessly written and mostly idealessly directed. The worst western by routine director Valerii and a major step back after Day of Anger and The Price of Power.

After seeing this film I was absolutely sure that Valerii wasn't the man responsible for all these great scenes in My Name Is Nobody.

General Discussion / Re: Steady/shaky cam Why?
« on: November 13, 2008, 06:30:38 PM »

These two movies don't have action sequences that fall into that catergory.
I seem to recall actually seeing what's going on in some of the more exciting scenes of these two flicks.

I know, but they are modern

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