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31  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What Film Noir did you see: February/March Edition. on: February 24, 2017, 06:22:38 AM

It is an awful movie IMO

Here are some good noirs:

Double Indemnity - possibly my favorite noir ever.
Scarlet Street
The Woman in the Window
Out of the Past - many consider this the greatest of all noirs.
The Asphalt Jungle - a personal favorite. Possibly the father of the Heist Film
Gun Crazy - this movie was definitely an inspiration for 1967's Bonnie and Clyde
The Naked City
The Big Heat
The Burglar
The Long Night - a remake of the French film Le Jour Se Leve. Both are good films
Human Desire - a remake of the French film La Bete Humaine. Both are good films
Murder, My Sweet; and the 1970's color remake Farewell, My Lovely (I prefer the latter, which stars Robert Mitchum, over the former, which stars Dick Powell)

Also watch the French Poetic Realism film called Port of Shadows. One of my all-time favorites

Below are some movies that are  debatable if they are noir, but good movies no matter what you call them:
Ace in the Hole
House of Strangers
Sunset Boulevard
In a Lonely Place

Enjoy!  Smiley

Thanx for this list... I appreciate it...Smiley  There are soo many Film Noir movies, its hard to pick a starting place...
32  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) on: February 23, 2017, 08:56:47 PM
Check out the book. It is a famous book. I read it in high school.  Because we had to do a book report on a historical fiction book  Smiley

Ok. I will do that. I saw that you did a book report on it earlier in this thread...
33  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) on: February 23, 2017, 08:40:48 PM
This is a masterpiece.  This should be in the top 20 westerns of all time, heck, maybe even top 10.  I was told about this movie and went ahead and watched it.  Forget My Darling Clementine, THIS is the classic...

Cinematography. Beautiful.  The set pieces were excellent. The black and white was perfect. The lighting, everything was beautiful.

Script.  Perfect. If there was any flaw, it is that the movie wasn't long

Acting. Excellent.  Fonda, Quinn, everybody was excellent. Leigh Whipper was excellent. Jane Darwell was excellent.

Musical Score.  Excellent. It fit the mood of the picture.

Overall. I was blown away by this movie. I can't say enough about it.  I give this a 9 out of 10.  If it was just a tad longer, i would give it my first 10 out of 10...
34  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What Film Noir did you see: February/March Edition. on: February 23, 2017, 03:21:10 PM
Just saw my FIRST film noir.  The Lady from Shanghai. I gave a quick review in this forum...
35  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Lady from Shanghai (1947) on: February 23, 2017, 03:20:20 PM
This movie was a hit and miss. Let me start off by saying i'm TOTALLY new to film noir. I decided since i'm new to westerns also , i might as well tackle the film noir genre as well.  Here is my short review:

1. Cinematography. I saw this on PBS. Even on television, i can tell this is a gorgeous film. I can't wait to get the Blu Ray version of this.

2. Script. Hit and miss.  The good was everything up into they got back from the yacht trip to Mexico. As soon as they hit the San Francisco Bay area, the script went downhill FAST.  Everything was rushed.  The setup. The court scene. The escape from the courthouse.  Everything was rushed and not fleshed out at all.  The dialogue seemed rushed also. I'm new to film noir. Is fast, quick dialogue a film noir staple? By the time i could hone in on what was being said, they would be off to something else.

3 Acting.  Pretty good. I had no problem with any of the acting in this movie. I'm new to Orson Welles, so any Irish accent he supposedly had, didn't bother me. Rita Hayworth.  STUNNING. I'm new to ALL this, lol...

4. Musical Score. I was soo consumed with trying to keep up with the dialogue, that i didn't pay any attention to it.

Overall. I can see why the movie is hyped. I can also see why some people say its over rated. I read in this thread that a hour of this movie had been cut. I don't know what version i saw on PBS, but i believe its the highly edited version.  All in all, i still like the movie and will purchase this for my Blu Ray collection.  The cinematography, the wardrobe, the set pieces, the filming locations,
 everything was on point in that regard.

I rate it a 7 out of 10...
36  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: I giorni dell'ira aka Day of Anger (1967) on: February 22, 2017, 10:30:19 PM
This was a pretty good Lee Van Cleef Spaghetti Western.  I saw it on youtube, so i can't say anything about the cinematography until i get the Blu Ray.

Script... It was ok until the end. The ending was kinda rushed. I also didn't like how the guy left Scott the gun in the box.  Just felt too predictable.

Acting... I only enjoyed Van Cleef.

Musical Score... Excellent. I was pleasantly surprised by it.

Overall... I saw this on youtube. I will have to get this on Blu Ray... I rate it a 7 out of 10 and a must have for your Blu Ray collection.
37  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Fury at Showdown (1957) on: February 22, 2017, 09:31:02 AM
Gonna see this sometime over the next few days... Thanx for posting.
38  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) on: February 22, 2017, 05:45:57 AM
Great movie, almost like a mini epic. Outstanding performances by everyone involved especially by Mr. Lee Marvin.

Excellent movie. Loved almost everything about it...
39  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: High Noon (1952) on: February 22, 2017, 05:44:07 AM
High Noon is a masterpiece. I can't wait to get the Blu Ray of this movie...
40  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Il grande duello aka Grand Duel (1972) on: February 22, 2017, 05:41:16 AM
Lee Van Cleef clearly was the leading actor in the spaghetti movies i've seen him in. One of the main problems of The Grand Duel is the guy they have opposite him playing Phillips.  Almost the same can be said for Death Rides a Horse.  Van Cleef's problems weren't on screen, it was the material always given him.  

Outside of Clint and the Duke, i can think of no other actor that has the PRESENCE that Van Cleef has in Westerns.  His was a wasted talent...  If he was too old, it was because he didn't get the same opportunity that a younger Clint and John Wayne got...
41  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Il grande duello aka Grand Duel (1972) on: February 21, 2017, 08:47:24 PM
I had always thought it was Bacalov's work. Was it possibly not him?

LVC's best SW outside of FAFDM and GBU was certainly The Big Gundown which turned into more of a vehicle for launching Tomas Milian's career than LVC's

Luis Enriquez Bacalov...  Its the SAME man. He is just called Luis Enriquez in some credits.  Yes, he wrote that music.  Apparently its also been spelled Enrique.
42  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Il grande duello aka Grand Duel (1972) on: February 21, 2017, 05:07:37 PM
I couldn't agree more it's a 5-6/10 at best. The big question has always been for me is why Lee Van Cleef never got a bounce like Eastwood from the Dollars Films, hell even on the strength of For A Few Dollars More alone.

Me too.  Imagine if he and Clint made a few American Westerns together.  He has a screen presence that i think rivals Clint, and in a way, MIGHT be even better. I like Death Rides a Horse and Sabata. I have yet to see the Big Gundown, Day of Anger, etc.
43  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Il grande duello aka Grand Duel (1972) on: February 21, 2017, 01:16:27 PM
An undeserved reputation, there are enough good and original Spags, but, yes, this one isn't one of them. It is ok for a watch with a few good scenes. 5/10 is my take too.

I know there are some good Spaghetti Westerns. I've seen some EXCELLENT sphagetti westerns. 
44  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Il grande duello aka Grand Duel (1972) on: February 21, 2017, 12:06:23 PM
What a mess..lmao   THIS was all over the place.  Look, i know the reputation of Spaghetti Westerns.  What makes me upset with them is they have the foundation for excellent westerns, but for some reason,  the directors wanna jump into the silliness and don't always wanna play it straight.

The Good:

Lee Van Cleef.  One of my favorite western actors, if not my favorite.  Why, Why didn't they give this guy material to work with in Hollywood?  Barquero was fantastic. He needed more of that because in Italy, well...I'll leave it at that.

The flashback scenes of the Patriach's confrontation were very good.

The Musical Score.  Whoever wrote the main theme ( Sergio Bardotti or Luis Enrique) wrote a masterpiece that rivals anything that Ennio Morricone ever did.

The Bad:

The script and acting.  Everything felt RUSHED. You have seen it all before.  Its like the director didn't have any feelings about the movie. Didn't like the guy who played Phillips. Didn't like the jumping around and pole vaulting of Phillips character ( one of the main things i hated about Sabata). A lot more i didn't like, but whats the point?

The Ugly:

Please, somebody tell me that Van Cleef's character didn't catch a bullet with his teeth for real?  lmao  I almost turned it off right at that point.

The Musical Score.  Whoever had the idea to back up the main theme with that banjo music should've been banned from movies, period.  It was horrible...

Overall.  Again, good foundation, but the house falls apart. Is it worth purchasing the DVD or a Blu Ray? I don't think so. Worth having around on Youtube or television.  Maybe?  I saw this on Youtube. Took a chance...

5 out of 10...
45  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Raid (1954) on: February 20, 2017, 01:22:55 PM
Gonna have to give this a look when i can because of Van Heflin.  I'm liking the movies he played in...
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