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1  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 17, 2018, 08:20:43 PM
Black Panther (2018).   This lived BEYOND the hype its been getting.  Everything about the film is original and spectacular.   Heck, i would put it in a early running for best picture of the year... A masterpiece, 10 out of 10...
2  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 14, 2018, 06:11:32 PM
Moonlight (2016)  Gonna start watching some more recent movies, particularly award winners.  Started with this one to see what it was about.  It was pretty good.  Pretty good acting in this one.  Very different, but it was pretty good. I rate it a 8 out of 10...
3  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: February 14, 2018, 01:27:36 PM
Even the blu-ray won't have audio options? Surely an English territory blu-ray will be able to secure the rights to English audio? The English dubbing on TGS is actually pretty good and we get to hear Frank Wolff's and Vonetta McGee's (I think?) own voices too.

We probably will not get the final answer until the film is released. I'm like you, how can they release the Blu Ray without the audio options?  They HAVE to or like i said,  its a wasted effort to secure the rights.  The film would remain almost as obscure as it always has been.  There is no way i can see them paying up to get the rights and not securing the English Dub version.  If they did, it was a big mistake. I did a double take when i saw the listing on their website that plainly says that it is in Italian with English subtitles...
4  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Vamos a matar, compaŮeros aka Companeros (1970) on: February 14, 2018, 01:23:11 PM
I knew this was gonna be like some of the other comedic tone spags that i purchased and regretted, but gave it a shot anyway. I suffered all the way up to the scene where the trained pulled into the station and the gang member had a TELEPHONE as a ear Lips Sealed.  I shut it down after that.

5  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: February 14, 2018, 11:05:55 AM
The only thing i don't like is it will be in Italian with English subtitles. Doesn't that half defeat the purpose of getting the rights to bring the film to North America?  I rather they get the Fantoma version and release it WITH the Italian version.  I just can't get into subtitled movies... Embarrassed
6  General Information / General Discussion / Re: SALES! (B&N Criterion, etc.) on: February 13, 2018, 01:19:51 PM
Criterion 50 percent off all DVDS and Blu Rays until tomorrow...
7  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: February 13, 2018, 11:03:20 AM
FINALLY!!! Some solid information from Film Movement on their release date.  The theatrical release will be March 30th at the Film Forum in New York.  Their website lists previous screenings in several cities, but the information i garnered is that the New York release is the official theatrical release.  The DVD and Blu Ray will be released in May.  Both will be available from Film Movement at their website and from Amazon.

On an unforgiving, snow swept frontier, a group of bloodthirsty bounty hunters, led by the vicious Loco (Klaus Kinski Nosferatu, For a Few Dollars More) prey on a band of persecuted outlaws who have taken to the hills. As the price on each head is collected one-by-one, only a mute gunslinger named Silence (Jean-Louis Trintignant The Conformist) stands between the innocent refuges and the greed and corruption that the bounty hunters represent. But, in this harsh, brutal world, the lines between right and wrong aren't always clear and good doesn't always triumph. Featuring superb photography and a haunting score from maestro Ennio Morricone, director Sergio Corbucci's bleak, brilliant and violent vision of an immoral, honorless west is widely considered to be among the very best and most influential Euro-Westerns ever made.

Director: Sergio Corbucci
Featuring: Klaus Kinski
Featuring: Jean-Louis Trintignant
Supporting: Vonetta McGee
8  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Third Man (1949) on: February 11, 2018, 06:01:29 PM
I'm gonna give this movie another view.  I saw the last few scenes again on TCM.  Sometimes a second viewing allows me to see some things i missed the first time around...
9  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: I Wake Up Screaming (1941) A Gateway Noir on: February 05, 2018, 06:11:37 PM
I'm so glad that Jessica Rabbitt and others told me to screen these movies before i purchase them.  This is one. I had high hopes for this.  It had some good points.  The cinematography was pretty good.  My problem was the plot itself.  I don't know if it was the acting or the plot, but for some reason i didn't think it was pulled off.  The whole thing felt contrived.

Cinematography- 2 points. This movie had some great shots and set pieces.

Musical Score - .5 points-  Seemed like it alternated between the Little Rascals and Somewhere over the Rainbow.

Acting -.5 points.  I didn't like it.  Some great talent was wasted here.

Plot- .5 points  The plot felt very contrived.

Directing- .5 points.  Even the director couldn't save this.

4 out of 10 points...
10  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Yellow Sky (1948) on: January 30, 2018, 05:22:18 PM
I also think that if The Ox-Bow Incident had actually been filmed on location, say at a real oxbow, it would have gotten another point from me. Afro The studio sets except for the town set are a minus.

Sometimes a studio set is great for a film. A example is " The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. " I liked the close quarters feeling of some of the scenes.  It enhanced the tension between Wayne's and Marvin's characters.   I felt it did the same in The Oxbow Incident, but i agree that it could've been even better with on location filming. 
11  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Tension (1949) on: January 30, 2018, 12:51:28 PM
 I was confused as well. I could've sworn this had only one thread because i keep harping on how its a underrated film.
12  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Yellow Sky (1948) on: January 30, 2018, 12:48:36 PM
The Ox Bow Incident is of course a pretty good one too, but Yellow Sky is the more fascinating film. One of my 20 favourite westerns.

The Ox Bow Incident is a bit marred by being a message film with a bit too much talk. And too much studio sets. It is 8/10 for me, but Yellow Sky gets one more. Wellman made some more good westerns, and I probably prefer Westward the Women also over The Ox Bow Incident.

I agree with this comment.  Yellow Sky IS a fantastic movie. I can see why Cigar Joe and yourself say its a better western than The Oxbow Incident.  Its a opinion thing.   The Oxbow Incident is kinda like The Treasure of the Sierra Madre ( another Eastwood favorite) in that they are set in the west but have elements of other genres in them. ( As you already know).  

Me personally, if i wanted to show someone a example of a great western, i would not show them The Treasure of the Sierra Madre or The Oxbow Incident. I would show them Yellow Sky.  If i wanted to show them a example of a great FILM, i would show them Treasure or Oxbow...
13  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Yellow Sky (1948) on: January 30, 2018, 11:40:09 AM
I think it is better, despite the weak ending.

If you are looking for your typical straight forward western, then yes, Yellow Sky is the better straight forward western. If you are looking for the better western FILM,  i don't think its even close. The Oxbow Incident is a masterpiece.  Heck, even Clint Eastwood said its his favorite western.  He ALWAYS mentions The Oxbow Incident when asked about his favorite westerns.

Q: Have you always been a fan of Westerns?

A: When I was a kid there was no television, but you had Westerns on the second half of the bill in theaters a lot. I grew up watching all the John Ford and Anthony Mann Westerns that came out in the 1940s and '50s, John Wayne in all those cavalry kinds of Westerns and Jimmy Stewart. The B-Westerns too, the ones with Randolph Scott. Some of them were good, some were not so good, but we enjoyed them just for the adventure of it all. I grew up through a whole era of them.

One of my favorite films when I was growing up was "The Ox-Bow Incident," which analyzed mob violence and the power of the mob getting out of control. I saw it again recently and it holds up really well. I don't know how the public feels about those kinds of films, but I just felt it was time to do one again.

14  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Yellow Sky (1948) on: January 29, 2018, 04:34:26 PM
Finally got a chance to see the complete film.  This was a pretty good American western.  Again, i love lean, uncomplicated plots and this delivered.  The movie starts fast with the bank holdup and chase.  It slows down somewhat to play up the gang admiring the prospector's daughter.  It picks up again when the gang tries to double cross stretch.  On a side note, i liked each character that was in the gang.  Each one gave a different element to the film.  Widmark was his usual self, slimy. 

One more thing, Cigar Joe,  no, this film doesn't come close to being as great as The Oxbow Incident, lol.

Cinematography- 2 points. This film has some beautiful on location shots thru out.  The black and white cinematography was superb.

Musical Score- .5 point.   Outside of the opening and closing score, there was no music.  That score was horrible.

Plot- 1.5 points.  I love plots that deal with morality.  It was pretty good.

Acting- 2 points.  Everybody was convincing in this film.  Very well acted.

Directing- 1.5 points.  Solid. I didn't like the played up admiration of the prospector's daughter. I felt it bogged the film down somewhat.

Overall  7.5 out of 10 points. 
15  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Tension (1949) on: January 29, 2018, 02:04:22 PM
Itís a double feature because it is part of a 10-film noir boxset. 5 discs, 2 films on each disc. You can buy the discs individually, hence the double feature. Plenty of good noirs are in these boxsets, and therefore as double features. Donít take it as a denigration  Wink

p.s. I think SCARLET STREET is pretty highly regarded. It fell into the public domain and therefore for a while was available on some very poor DVDs, but it has now had a beautiful Blu-ray release.

p.p.s. IMO, THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW is better than SCARLET STREET. And TWITW has still not been released on Blu-ray  Angry

Your recent comment about " Where Danger LIves "  brought these comments back.  Yes, Scarlett Street is highly regarded and a fantastic movie.  I've seen The Woman in the Window since this comment. Its a great movie, but the ending was about as bad as the ending of The Killing.  The movie this thread is about, " Tension ", i still feel is a very, very underrated film noir. I think its spectacular.  
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