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1  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Homesman (2014) on: Yesterday at 08:35:16 PM
It's a 7/10, way better than Meek's Cutoff, but still, all these overly touchy feely arty Westerns seem to be more what I'd call Woman's Westerns. They just ain't the same animal, they got a different vibe to 'em, they still don't even compare to say a Woman's Western from the Golden Age like Westward The Woman. they just got an off feel to them.

You gave it a pretty good score.  It reminds me of something Eastwood would've done.  No, its not in the same league as Unforgiven, but the material is something i could've seen Eastwood do...
2  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Magnificent Seven (2016) on: Yesterday at 03:30:44 PM
We are on the same page cigar joe. I never said the remake of 3:10 to Yuma was better than the original. I'm comparing it to its modern day contemporaries.  After Clint made Unforgiven, there has been only a handful of modern westerns that i consider to strike any semblance at all to the classics.  The remake 3:10 had some elements, but its still a modern western.  When i say " modern western", i am not in ANY way saying the modern westerns are like the classics. The mag7 remake was more a superhero movie to me, than a western.

I've said numerous times that i prefer classic movies from 1970 to the movies made afterwards.  A VERY GREAT PART OF MY APPEAL for classic movies is the fact i love history.  Thats why i love the write up you gave above.  We are on the same page...
3  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Homesman (2014) on: Yesterday at 03:17:12 PM
 The Homesman is a very good movie. Give it a watch. Bone TomaHawk is a retelling of a Sasquatch story.  They knew people wouldn't go for a straight forward bigfoot movie, so they used the angle you mentioned cigar joe:

4  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: The best movie ever made... on: Yesterday at 03:03:08 PM
I started a list once detailing where pure serendipity helped in GBU.  Above, for sure.  Stevens blurting out information about the hidden gold when Angel Eyes knew nothing about that.  The carriage in the dessert at the perfect time.  Tuco and Blondie being so close to Mission San Antonio.  Tuco and Blondie ending up in prison camp where Angel Eyes was.  Angel Eyes overhearing that Wallace had called out "Bill Carson".  Tuco who knew so much about guns (shop scene) couldn't get Wallace's pistol to work.  Tuco finding his way to the town where Blondie and Angel Eyes were.  Others as well....

I first saw GBU when I was 15.  I didn't realize then that GBU is a huge anti-war film, one may gloss over that at first.  Leone definitely intended that.

Thats a lot of implausable stuff, lol.  I think Leone couldn't shake the Italian way of making westerns in GBU.  Its kinda got a Sabata tone to it. Not nowhere as close as Sabata, but in the same ballpark.
5  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Bigger Than Life (1956) on: November 19, 2017, 05:15:57 PM
I saw this on Criterion. I think i'm gonna check this out. With James Mason in it, i can't be too bad of a film...
6  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Scarlet Street (1945) on: November 19, 2017, 04:57:17 PM
I can't wait to see The Woman in the Window.  If its as good or better than Scarlett Street, its definitely a winner. I love Edward G. Robinson. I'm always searching for good movies he has starred in ever since i saw him in Key Largo. 
7  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Bogie, Cagney, Cooper, Gable, Robinson, Stewart: Greats Of The Golden Era on: November 19, 2017, 04:14:45 PM
Edward G. Robinson

Scarlett Street
Key Largo
Double Indemnity

James Stewart

Rear Window
The Man Who Knew Too Much
8  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Maltese Falcon (1941) on: November 19, 2017, 04:11:20 PM
The 1941 version is rightfully considered a classic. Obviously the cinematography is much better, just 10 years improved this art greatly.
It's hard to beat Bogart obviously, but Bebe Daniels is much better and sexier than Astor. All in all the '41 version wins, but the '31 version puts up a good fight.

Cool. I agree that the Bogart film has pretty good cinematography. I'm gonna purchase it on blu ray and give it another look. I'm gonna get the Big Sleep also, even though i don't know what is going on.  As you know, it has a ton of plot twists.  These two films remind me of each other.
9  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Magnificent Seven (2016) on: November 19, 2017, 03:04:48 PM
Again, this was a wasted opportunity.  Hollywood, caring more about fast bucks and not making a classic, did exactly what spikeopath said they did.  They set out to make a widely accepted, entertaining movie, with no thought or care for making a new, classic western.  The remake of 3:10 to Yuma had the perfect balance that i wish this movie had. In the 3:10 to Yuma remake, they made a modern western ( not avengers movie), and spiced it up with just enough entertainment to keep the modern microwave audience tuned in.  Like i said in the " Homesman" thread, i believe that after Clint made Unforgiven, that there are only a couple of modern westerns that still pay homage to the classic westerns...
10  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Homesman (2014) on: November 19, 2017, 02:55:57 PM
That was a great right up spikeopath. Like i said earlier in this thread,  i don't get why this movie isn't talked about more.  Since Unforgiven came out, i think this movie and the remake of the original 3:10 to Yuma were pretty good westerns.  The Revenant is pretty good also...
11  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Winchester '73 (1950) on: November 19, 2017, 02:51:00 PM
This is a good western.  It had plenty of action thru out the movie. The plot was tight and never tried to get too complex. On the surface, ( spoiler alert) changes in ownership of the rifle would seem implausible, but not really. I can see something like that really happening back during those days.  This and The Man from Laramie are probably my favorite James Stewart westerns...
12  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Warlock (1959) on: November 19, 2017, 02:04:42 PM
I kinda liked this movie. I had more high hopes due to the fact that Fonda, Quinn AND Widmark are all in it.  Its actually a pretty good movie the more i think back on it. I said in the thread " what movie would you wish Leone had made), and this one immediately came to mind. Its got kind of a sphagetti western vibe to it.  The look and feel of the film were almost there. I think Leone could've made this one a great movie. I liked all the characters in this movie.  Widmarks's character was especially compelling. On its own, i still rank it a good 7 out of 10...
13  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Kansas City Confidential (1952) on: November 19, 2017, 01:47:56 PM
Another different kind of van Cleef role is his gay henchman Fante in The Big Combo. Good Noir too.

I went and found a review for it and the guy who reviewed it ruined part of it. He didn't put out a spoiler alert, so now i know what partly happens. I still might go purchase it.  Do you think its worth me taking a flyer on it?
14  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Maltese Falcon (1941) on: November 19, 2017, 01:41:05 PM
Thanks, moorman. BTW, the 1931 version is definitively worth seeking out. It is just set in a completely different universe, but it stands very well on its own. I'll have to dig up my old review.

I forgot that there was another version of this.  Which one do you think is the better film?
15  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Kansas City Confidential (1952) on: November 19, 2017, 10:33:02 AM
I saw this great noir back early this year. I had to see if because of Lee Van Cleef. I wanted so see him outside of his traditional western roles.  The movie was a pleasure to watch. Jack Elam being in the movie made it all that much better.  I can't remember everything about the movie other than the fact that they were all being set up to take the fall for a heist they were hired to do. I'm gonna go back and rewatch this and give my comments on it later. From my memory, it was a good 7 out of 10...
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