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16  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Racket (1951) on: December 03, 2017, 07:05:39 AM
Robert Ryan and Mitchum. I might have to check this out...
17  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Make Way for Tommorrow (1937) on: December 01, 2017, 07:48:58 PM
It is a great film and you need a whole box of Kleenex at the end. The ending of the film is like a punch in the gut. It's a difficult film to watch, I haven't rewatched it in a couple of years.

Exactly.  Its a very sad film to watch. Its a great film to watch.  Criterion has it in their catalogue.  I'm glad you like the movie...
18  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Make Way for Tommorrow (1937) on: November 30, 2017, 08:51:38 PM
Never heard of it.

Thats another thing that is so great about this movie.  It is NOT a commercial film. Like i said, Paramount didn't even promote the film.  Its one of those films that you either dislike or like.  Its a blunt movie that doesn't try and make you like it.  I think its one of the greatest films to ever come out of Hollywood...
19  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Make Way for Tommorrow (1937) on: November 30, 2017, 07:23:30 PM
This was a beautiful film.  A MASTERPIECE.  I came across it over at Criterion.  This was a very powerful and introspective film.  I believe its a must see.  Like the reviews say, this is REALLY a quite masterpiece.  Orson Wells loved it. I did some research on this and found out that it was very possible that Paramount refused to promote this film due to the tone of the story and the director's refusal to change the ending.  I'm not gonna give any spoilers because its a very simple story, but very powerful.

Cinematography 1.5 points.  The Criterion restoration is good, but there is some graininess here and there. Some streaking, but still, a wonderful restoration.

Musical Score 1.5 points.  The score was pretty good. Every piece FIT perfectly what was going on at the time.  The style fit the time period of the movie quite well.

Acting 2 points.  The lead characters, Beulah Bondi and Victor Moore were both EXCELLENT.  I read that their performances were soo good, that the film crew were actually touched during the filming of the movie.

Directing- 2 points. Leo McCarey created a masterpiece.  This is not about fancy camerawork or cinematography. This is about a director who just created a beautiful, simple film and refused to change any of it to make it commercially appealing.  He got fired after this film and later, during the same year, won the best directing Oscar for The Awful Truth film.

Plot- 2 points.  A very simple, powerful plot.

Overall- 9 out of 10 and a must have for your DVD or Blu Ray collection... Afro
20  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Day of the Outlaw (1959) on: November 29, 2017, 11:18:04 AM
This is another movie that i caught maybe the last few scenes of on TCM. It looked like it was pretty good. I might have to go back and check this one out...
21  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Yellow Sky (1948) on: November 29, 2017, 11:11:56 AM
The conversation over in the Ride Lonesome thread about The Gunfighter, reminded me that i've tried to see this movie several times from a bad copy and could only get as far as the ranch and the gang trying to run the ranchers off their land.  I got interested in this movie specifically because i love The Gunfighter. I wanted to see Peck in another western.  I've got this on my purchase list.  Quick note. At the beginning of the movie, when the gang is in the bar admiring the painting on the wall. That scene is EXACTLY like the scene at the beginning of The Oxbow Incident. 
22  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Ride Lonesome (1959) on: November 29, 2017, 12:11:50 AM
Come back to them later. THE TALL T and RIDE LONESOME are very solid movies. Leone once told Boetticher, “Bud, dear Bud, I stole everything from you!”

Another top-notch Western you have to put on your watch list is THE GUNFIGHTER with Gregory Peck.

I already have seen The Gunfighter. I mentioned it in the Fastest Gun Alive thread. It's one of my favorite westerns. Trivia: They used the same town in both The Gunfighter and The Oxbow Incident. Both are great films...
23  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Jubal (1956) on: November 28, 2017, 03:17:53 PM
Rent it first, it's not a must have. In my opinion anyway.

lol. I found that out when i purchased the original " The Man Who Knew Too Much " Criterion edition.  Its not a bad movie, but after watching the remake, it wasn't as good as i wanted it to be.  Criterion does a fantastic job of selecting movies that fit its criteria, so there is always something about the movies they release that stand out...
24  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Tall T (1957) on: November 28, 2017, 03:15:26 PM
Pernell Roberts yea, but Richard Boone was just hitting his stride in 1957, this was the year he began  Have Gun, Will Travel his classy gun for hire character Palladin. Im my opinion he's got three good Westerns after the Tall T under his belt, each is better than the last, A Thunder of Drums (1961), Rio Conchos (1964) and then what is probably his best Western film role in Hombre (1967) which is a bonafide classic.

Thanx. I will look at those western titles that you just posted.
25  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Fastest Gun Alive (1956) on: November 28, 2017, 02:37:06 PM
I loved this movie.  I watched this on TCM, so i didn't know what to expect. Here goes:

Cinematography- black and white. Loved it. The set pieces were very good. 1 point.

Music - Fit the tone and mood of the film. 1 point.

Acting- Glen Ford, Leif Erickson, John Dehner, etc. They had a slew of stars in this one and everyone of them were fantastic. 2 points.

Plot- The best part. spoiler alert. Ford plays the obvious, fastest gun alive cowboy.  The spin is he is REALLY afraid of a real gunfight. Also, like the Gregory Peck movie, The Gunfighter, emphasis is placed on the egotistical nature of cowboys wanting to know "who is the fastest"... The plot gets 2 points.

Directing- Russell Rouse did a fanstastic job with this. 2 points.

I rate this 8 out of 10 overall...
26  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Jubal (1956) on: November 28, 2017, 01:38:15 PM
This film has a underground following.  Criterion even has a release of it. I might just check this out...
27  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Tall T (1957) on: November 28, 2017, 01:32:44 PM
Was it the Boetticher set or something else?

I had false impressions of these two movies going in. First, i thought they were in black and white.  Second, i really don't like Scott as a cowboy for some reason. Lastly, I just didn't like these two movies, particularly the tone. Both Richard Boone and Pernell Roberts belong in television, and thats the tone i got from both films...
28  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Ride Lonesome (1959) on: November 28, 2017, 10:44:40 AM
Like i said in the Tall T thread, i'm not feeling Randolph Scott westerns... 5 out of 10...
29  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Tall T (1957) on: November 28, 2017, 10:43:38 AM
I can't get into Randolph Scott or his movies. I purchased a boxset featuring this and Ride Lonesome because Scott is suppose to be a good western actor. I didn't even bother to watch the other movies in the set after sitting thru The Tall T and Ride Lonesome.  5 out of 10...
30  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Alfred Hitchcock Discussion Thread on: November 27, 2017, 07:42:36 PM
I acquired the movie Suspicion as part of a Hitchcock boxset that had other titles that i wanted.  I didn't know what to expect for that reason.  The cinematography was great. The acting was superb. Everything else was atrocious.  Everytime i got interested, the movie would pull back and go off in a direction that left you wanting. It would never fulfill any of the ideas it would present.  The ending of the movie was like the icing on the whole incomplete case.  It was bad. All build up and all you got was a little speech from Johnny and a quick turn around of the vehicle and the ending credits...   I rate this a 5 out of 10 and possibility the worst Hitchcock film i have watched thus far...
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