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3526  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Big Trouble in Little China (1986) on: May 14, 2009, 11:05:35 AM
Got the DVD as a present a few days ago, don't know what was I thinking not to buy it myself. Not very original but highly entertaining. One of those movies that are perfect for growing up watching them.

8/10


I often asked myself whatever happened to Dennis Dun? He had a good roll from the late 80s to the early 90s with a couple entertaining flicks and became somewhat of a fans favorite, often playing this ''little cowardish but witty Oriental character'', and then he suddenly disappeared from the scene. I know he was in a few other things later, as says IMDB, but unfortunately (or not?) I haven't seen any of those.

(I'm not saying he was a great actor, but he had a unique charm and presence. I'm sure most people will agree with that.)
3527  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Songs currently playing in your brain and\or you're singing. on: May 14, 2009, 10:39:56 AM
Blues Brothers Soul Man

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnaSRhMB_qo
3528  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Best Version? Vote! on: May 14, 2009, 10:37:27 AM
Anyway, my nickel on the 175 minutes version.
3529  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Best Version? Vote! on: May 14, 2009, 10:30:36 AM
I've stopped worrying about what version of OUATITW I'm watching a long time ago, but this seems the best answer:

Ideally, then, we should have a home video release that offers us all 3 versions of the film.

Of course, it is questionable how many people outside the US would buy the new ''three in one, plus specials'' Blu-ray perversion. For a price that is hard even to imagine, let alone pay.
3530  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: David Lynch's Lumière et compagnie (1995) on: May 14, 2009, 10:24:33 AM
Haven't seen it before, but I'm scared to even think what Ed Wood would have made of this. This might have been his 5 minutes of glory.
3531  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Phantasm II (1988) on: May 13, 2009, 03:42:52 AM
The Phantasm series always had a big cult following, and I never understood why. Sure, the first two (especially the first one) must have been very good and exciting at the time they came out, but I don't see them standing a chance against The Evil Dead and such. It's been at least 10 years since I last saw them, I don't really feel like watching them again.
3532  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Vera Cruz (1954) on: May 12, 2009, 05:41:36 PM
Burt has a great smile.

True, he even beats this little fella: Grin


The acting is OK. Burt is the only one that really shines, the others are not bad but nothing special.
3533  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Vera Cruz (1954) on: May 12, 2009, 05:34:38 PM
This one has been swallowing dust on my shelf for years. Taped it on a VHS cassette but never got in the mood to re-watch it... Until a few days ago.

I wasn't impressed by it the first time, though can't deny that this time it was a little more interesting because of the various connections and influences to those fellas that came making Ws after Aldrich.

The intro is atypical for (American) Westerns of that era and really entertaining, the second part turns into a more or less predictable revolution story. I know, I know, it was filmed more than 50 years ago, it was a revolution itself in those days... I know, but it just doesn't go down as it should for me.

Gary taking children for hostages... I can only imagine what The Duke thought about it.

I might give it another try in a few days but doubt it'll change my opinion. The scene with the boys and good old Max shooting the flares is the last I liked. The scenes with the two women; Countess and Nina, are the only things I remember from the second part. The rest is blank.

5.5/10
3534  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Hud (1963) on: May 12, 2009, 12:08:12 PM
Quite the contrary, as I think that the only western element in this movie is Newman's Stetson.

Don't forget he was shooting vultures with his rifle Wink Cheesy
3535  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Hud (1963) on: May 12, 2009, 12:02:41 PM
While I believe there are movies that fit under the umbrella term ''Modern-day Western'', I don't think Hud qualifies. Sure, there are obvious connections to the Western genre, but the movie is really a drama. The ''Western cowboyish feel'' is there I think just to deepen the characters and their emotions.

Hud is nevertheless such a wonderful and sincere movie with great performances from all the main actors. Melvyn Douglas being the best, of course.
3536  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) on: May 12, 2009, 11:27:08 AM
My mistake, no birds, it's a fish and two hares: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1XKZt5Nc5k
3537  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) on: May 12, 2009, 11:21:51 AM
I was never crazy about TMFSS (sounds like Typhus), but it has its moments.

The opening sequence is exquisite; I don't know if anyone ever mentioned how many animals Siegel used in it?

There's the horse (the real one, not Clint), the tarantula, the snake, the cougar (the real one, not Shirley MacLaine)...

Anything else? Birds of some kind probably, maybe vultures, can't recall...
3538  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Jack Bull (1999) on: May 12, 2009, 10:57:47 AM
I never had the chance to really sit down and watch it calmly, only through bits of it on TV. However, from what I've seen I'd agree with your 7/10 rating. (I didn't much like Goodman to be honest, but Cusack was not bad, as well as the old fox L. Q. Jones.)

This movie has actually become somewhat of a cult classic, I know a lot of people that normally don't dig on Ws talking about it and loving it.

Hopefully I'll re-watch it soon.


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Question: are John Cusack and Edward Norton the same person or are they twins?

No, not really. They never looked alike to me.
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