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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Favorite Halloween Movie?
« on: October 12, 2005, 08:03:12 AM »
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Old Dark House (Karloff)
Tell Tale Heart (you can find it on the single Hellboy dvd)
The Innocents (my favorite movie of all time)
Night of the Living Dead
Evil Dead
Wolf Man
Bride of Frankenstein
Black Sunday
Black Sabbath
The Bad Seed
City of The Living Dead AKA The Gates of Hell
The Beyond
Kill Baby Kill

I usually start the first week of October, I have all of these titles on either dvd, laserdisc, or 16mm

Lots of good ones there FH!
I might add:

Phantasm (I)
The Black Cat (Lugosi/Karloff)
The Haunting (original)
Horror Hotel (City of the Dead)
Inferno (Argento)
Profondo Rosso (Deep Red - Argento)
Dawn Of The Dead (Original of course)
Carnival Of Souls
Return of The Living Dead

and that should just about cover it!

General Discussion / Re: Leone in High Definition/Plasma
« on: August 25, 2005, 02:33:57 PM »
after DVDs, what's next ? what's wrong so far that you would correct the situation ?

I was speaking in terms of TVs, not DVDs. I'm waiting for program content to catch up with widescreen TVs. Also, CRT...LCD...Plasma...Projection... I'd just like to wait a few years to see how the technology settles before spending several thousand dollars. I don't need buyers remorse for a TV I'm not even sure I'll like a year down the road.

General Discussion / Re: Leone in High Definition/Plasma
« on: August 25, 2005, 09:10:30 AM »
I bought a Panasonic Widescreen CRT last year and was dissappointed with the fact that the black bars were still there on widescreen material. I understand why, but the manual warned about screen burnout because of this. The fact that 95% of my viewing is 4.3 anyway meant that the sides of my screen would probably burn out even faster, and I just can't stand to look at 4.3 programming in stretched mode. After a month, I took it back and got a Sony 4.3 HD which I love. I would like to have a plasma some day, but the technology is just too unstable for me at this point.

To Spag Fan: you've got exactly the point. There are many movie actors who can't play but that have screen presence and many good actors who can't get through the screen.
About Eastwood, just think of the close-up before he shoots the three bads in FOD: it is ludicroous, to be generous. But he was clever (this sets him apart from many others who didn't learn) and I never saw such awkward expressions already starting from the second movie with Leone. He hasn't managed to acquire the variety of expressions other, more gifted actors have. But he doesn't need it as long as he's playing Clint Eastwood: on the contrary, it would be damaging. The problems arise when he tries something different, as in painful movies like Honky Tonk Man. Then you feel (or, at least, I do) that he doesn't have it. True, the last effort of him I saw is A Perfect World, where he played Eastwood. Don't know what he did after that.      

I agree. There are actors and then, there are Actors. Both can be enjoyable.

Yes. He's got simply a screen presence (and, to me, barely that, like Fabio Testi). Tomas Milian is an actor.

Then I guess we really shouldn't consider Eastwood to be an actor either. I mean, he's got screen presence, but like so many of the great "actors", he's basically been playing himself all these years.

...better than Nero (that I do not even consider an actor. Actually I do not consider even Hill an actor)

You don't consider Nero an actor? Damn. ::)

General Discussion / Re: Something to do with dubbing
« on: August 09, 2005, 11:02:50 AM »
I have to admit to not being a big Lancaster fan myself. He usually just doesn't end up convincing me that he's not "acting" if that makes since, especially in westerns.

General Discussion / Re: Conflicting things about Sergio
« on: August 04, 2005, 08:20:50 AM »
What you say is very well thought and there is probably more than a grain of truth in what you wrote.  Actually you may very well have explained one of the reasons why I don't like so much Eastwood's movies: they run too close to plan.
 I also think he should have come to appreciate what Leone did for him well before, as without the trilogy and expecially GBU (of which he was given a percentage) there wouldn't have been no "Clint Eastwood", no Malpaso and the rest of the story. That's why I also think that his putting Leone on a par with Don Siegel is unfair.And this even not taking into account the fact that FFDM and GBU are still the best movies he was in and the closest he ever got to Art.

You seem to be forgetting that cinematic gem - Pink Cadillac! ;)

General Discussion / Re: Larry McMurtry
« on: August 03, 2005, 05:21:45 AM »
I'd definitely recommend a rental of the Lonesome Dove movie (mini-series) with Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones. The book's great also. If you like that, the others should be of interest as well, especially The Streets Of Laredo with James Garner, although it takes a little getting used to him playing Tommy Lee Jones' part. Also, there's Dead Man's Walk. It's got a very strange ending to say the least.

General Discussion / Larry McMurtry
« on: August 02, 2005, 10:33:34 AM »
What are your  thoughts on this american western writer? Of his westerns, I've read Lonesome Dove, Comanche Moon and am currently reading The Streets of Laredo. I think it's great stuff and SW elements abound.

Other Films / Re: A Town Called Hell (1971)
« on: July 29, 2005, 10:50:16 AM »
Mine's fullscreen P&S, so no doubt your version's better. I had high hopes with the all-star cast, but it's butchered sooooo badly. :(

Other Films / Re: A Town Called Hell (1971)
« on: July 29, 2005, 05:29:45 AM »
Marco, you must have got a much better print than I did on a Brentwood budget collection. The version I watched was so chopped up it rendered it useless. What I did see was as you said "barbaric" I'll withhold judgement till I see a better print.

Other Films / Re: Spaghetti Westerns vs. American Westerns
« on: July 27, 2005, 10:22:18 AM »
Sure they starred, but that didn't make them Star.

Are you really really really sure? ;)

Other Films / Re: Spaghetti Westerns vs. American Westerns
« on: July 27, 2005, 05:37:10 AM »
To be a star in a genre it means to have your name directly associated with that kind of movie, not just having "starred" in one.

So those guys didn't actually star in the SWs that they starred in? ;)

Other Films / Re: Spaghetti Westerns vs. American Westerns
« on: July 26, 2005, 12:50:49 PM »
So Burt Reynolds is a SW star too? And Yul Brinner too?

As well as many other things, I'd say so. They did star in Spaghetti Westerns.

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