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136  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...
137  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?
138  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?
139  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...
140  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Thief (1981) on: November 19, 2017, 10:11:30 AM
I recently pretty much ditched what i consider " modern era " movies ( anything made after 1970) for classic movies. ( westerns, hollywood, noir, etc.etc.). I think i'm gonna make a exception for this because of Michael Mann. I got wind of this movie over at Criterion.  I pretty much like anything that Mann does.  I get the impression that its kind of a precusor to his Miami Vice series.  I get the impression that this movie is where it all started.  I think i'm gonna take a flyer based on that and check this movie out.
141  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: The best movie ever made... on: November 19, 2017, 10:02:36 AM
Angel Eyes doesn’t merely “pop up” running the prison camp in the long version - there Is an explanation at the “fort scene”: the Confederate soldier tells him that if Bill Carson is alive he would be at Betterville. This explains why Angel Eyes specifically enlists to work at Betterville. Assuming he had been an officer before the war, it’s not implausible that he enlists and asks to be assigned to the prison camp.

Ok. I have to go back and rewatch that scene.  What about Blondie being rescued by the mortar fire? lol   I'm just kidding. Like i said, and noodles pointed out, GBU was intended to be more of a "fun" movie, whereas Once never, ever intended to be that way...
142  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / A Raisin in the Sun (1961) on: November 19, 2017, 09:58:47 AM
I always knew about this movie, but i never wanted to see it because i knew it was based on a novel. I thought it was gonna be "school" corny. I was waay wrong. I recorded this off of TCM a few months back and decided to give it a look. I'm glad i did.  The movie and play its based on are soo good, that you forget that this movie takes place primarily in a apartment.  The cinematography. The plot. The acting and directing were all very good.  The acting is what REALLY stood out. I believe most of the principle players in this also did the play on Broadway.  I'm not quite sure of that, but i believe SOME of them were in the play.  Every main character in this movie really did a excellent job of acting.

The script was very good. It was a VERY believable script that i believe was based loosely on true events.  It was done by the director Daniel Petre, but easily could've been something that Elia Kazan would've done.  The tone of the movie and play kinda reminds of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I intend to get this on dvd or blu ray. I rate this a solid 8 out of 10...
143  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) on: November 19, 2017, 09:34:11 AM
This is one of my favorite James Stewart movies.  The cinematography, the plot, the music, the acting, and directing were all very good. The tension and suspense was very good in this.  The cinematography in this one kinda reminded me of the look of Vertigo. I don't know off hand what technology was used, but it was pretty good. I loved this movie soo much that i went and purchased the original with Peter Lorre. This remake is done waay better and is more precise on what it is trying to convey.  Hitchcock had already found his way by the time he did this remake, and it shows.  Where the original appeared kinda rushed, this one took its time and really fleshed out what it was trying to do in every scene.
I rate this one a solid 8 out of 10...
144  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) on: November 19, 2017, 09:25:50 AM
I recently watched this on a Criterion Blu Ray i purchased.  I wanted to get it based on the fact i saw the remake, AND, Peter Lorre is in it.  I thought i was gonna see the original of a carbon copy of the remake done in 1956. I was hugely wrong.  The original was almost totally different than the remake.  I don't know if seeing the remake before i saw the original, tainted my view of the original. I don't think so. I believe that Hitchcock himself wasn't very happy with the original himself, and thus the remake of his own movie.

On its own, the original is a OK movie.  I loved the cinematography. The opening snow scenes were nice.  The city of London itself was nice. ( It looked remarkedly like the setting of The Informer).  The acting was OK.  I thought Lorre's character, though ruthless, didn't come across as scary as i would've thought.  The really bad scene for me was the chair throwing scene in the church.  It went into slapstick territory.  I rate this movie a 6 out of 10...  The remake was WAAAAY better...
145  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Public Enemy (1931) on: November 19, 2017, 09:12:24 AM
I saw this a couple months back on TCM.  It was a pretty good movie. The reason i'm gonna purchase this is because i saw two things that i KNOW directly influenced the scarface movie which starred Pacino.  The most obvious is the scene where Cagney's character brings the loot home to give to his mother.  This scene was reworked and done over again in the scarface movie with Pacino.

 The second scene was when Cagney and his partner were holed up in the apartment, not knowing the machine gun is waiting on them to exit.  Again, scarface loosely redid this in the final act when Pacino is gunned down in his mansion.  So, from a movie historical perspective, i believe this is a must have movie for anyone to purchase.  On its own, i would rate it a 7 out of 10...
146  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Rawhide (1951) on: November 19, 2017, 09:06:28 AM
Watched this again on the new DVD released & all I can say is WOW, I was impressed. This film has vaulted into my top 20 Westerns.

First of all from beginning to end its hitting on all cylinders. This is a Stage Station film in the tradition of "The Tall T" & "Comanche Station" of the later Bud Boetticher/Randolf Scott Ranown series, all of the action takes place in the stage station and its immediate surroundings.

The opening sequences of a stagecoach crossing the rugged barren wilderness including shots of it passing through snowbound passes are just spectacular. The Black & White cinematography is gorgeous, and add to that the historically accurate use of a team of mules pulling it makes this film one of the best portrayals of stage travel I've seen.  Even the stagecoach itself is adorned with a "headlight" type lantern for night travel.

This is one of those films where you learn some bits of Western lore, its a good example of what was prevalent in that "golden age" of the Western 1950 -1971 when the audience through both films like this and the abondanza of Westerns on TV were innundated with things western where you were  in the aggregate going to a sort of "Western University".  Its a knowledge that is getting lost now and a good example is the illogical stupidity and implausible scenarios in the recent remake of 3:10 to Yuma.

But I've been digressing. Lets get back to Rawhide.

Care is also taken to show how the arriving  team of mules is changed out for a fresh team. For those who are not familiar with western staglines most stage stops "stations" were located between 15 to 20 miles apart so that fresh teams could replace the arriving team.  Each tandem of driver & shotgun made a run of about 100 miles a day, so they would go through between 5-7 stage stops in a shift.  At some stage stations they had lunch or dinner for the passagers, All the aspect of working a stage station was depicted spot on. The set is perfect.

Dir Henry Hathaway does an impressive job in this film,  his shots and compositions are beautiful & all the actors are convincing. This film boasts Edgar Buchanan's finest performance as Stationmaster Sam Todd, and Jack Elam is his creepiest as Treviss, Tyrone Power is Tom Owens, Susan Hayward as Vinne Holt  a tough ex-saloon singer turned protector/surrogate mother of her dead sisters daughter,  Hugh Marlow as the gang leader, George Tobias as Gratz, and a great performance by Dean Jagger as the slow on the uptake "one horse horse thief" Yancy. Its got a very well intergrated low key un-intrusive to the story "love interest" between Power & Hataway a good example of they way it should be handled in all Westerns.

This film should be in anybodies Western Collection, 8/10 or better.

I can't believe i hadn't already commented on this film.  I agree with everything cigarjoe said.  This is a VERY underrated western.  I too have it as one of my top 20 westerns. I agree that it also was better than the Tall T and covered the " station change" process better.  I loved everything about this movie.  Jack Elam played what i consider his best western role in this one. If there is one he did better, please let me know.  I saw this on TCM and will be getting this on dvd or blu ray.  I rate it a 8 out of 10...
147  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Maltese Falcon (1941) on: November 19, 2017, 09:00:09 AM
I'm gonna revisit this film also.  At the time i wrote my review for it, i was still new to noirs. I have a few under my belt now, so i believe i can go back and give it a more credible review. I also intend to purchase this on dvd or blu ray.  I love the write up Jessica Rabbitt gave also. 
148  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: The best movie ever made... on: November 19, 2017, 08:37:53 AM
They are both fabulous movies, but GBU had too many instances where Leone wanted me to accept the implausible.  The scene were Blondie is rescued by the mortar fire.  The whole scenario where Angel Eyes suddenly pops up with RANK and RUNNING a prison camp. I didn't like the civil war angle of the movie at all and felt it padded down and dragged the movie.  Tuco is OK, but bordered on slapstick.  Again, GBU is a great movie. I just think that Once Upon a time is the more serious and plausible movie. If i was a professor giving a class to art or film making students, Once would be the movie i would use to teach...
149  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: The best movie ever made... on: November 19, 2017, 04:58:39 AM
It is indeed a great film. But I tend to think GBU is a better over all film. Maybe it is the pacing or the story and the fact that Tuco steals the film. I am also partial towards Eastwood and would have liked to have seen him as Harmonica. Anyway, still a cool flick, even with Bronson.
Pacing and Tuco ARE why I say Once is the better film.  The GBU dragged in numerous places. Tuco bordered on slapstick...
150  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Scarlet Street (1945) on: November 19, 2017, 04:32:05 AM
I give SCARLET STREET an 8/10 and THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW a 9/10

Edward G. Robinson is one of my very favorite actors of all time. I’m not a fan of his gangster roles. I lov ehim in non-gangster roles.

I loved him in Key Largo as the heavy. He is one of my favorites also.
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