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1  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / SW's that stand on their own on: January 15, 2010, 06:38:24 PM
I recently got Vol. 1 & 3 of the Spaghetti Western Bible. Vol. 1 sucks balls(except Viva Django, that was worth the $14 in my opinion. I'd love to watch a Viva Django/Django double feature someday!), but 2 is very entertaining. Movies that I had no interest in at all were fun to discover and opened my mind to some awesome ass kick. Bounty Killer with Tomas Milian is my idea of how a low budget western could be great because of its low budget.

Viva Django was a masterpiece of a western but the first ten minutes feels like a stain on its greatness. I can't help but think that the first ten minutes 'doesn't count' because of this. It really gets to me! Grin

I thought the story couldn't be topped, and I watched Blindman with no expectations at all... and now it(Blindman) is one of my top westerns. TA's Blindman is now one of my top movie characters and performances. I know a blind woman and it was amazing how well he acted the part because the way he talked and his body language reminded me of her.

On the production side of things it feels like a real, lived in west, with no 'make-up' or sterile sets and I love the hell out of that. The lighting is realistic, the acting is perfect, and it doesn't feel like it had to 'salvage' anything from the inventory of SW locations, actors, setpieces, cliches, etc. to make up for a lack of creativity. Even the two Leone locations feel like they're unique to the Blindman world and not "That place we've seen a million times," even though I haven't seen them in other westerns besides Leone's. The irony in what I discovered was that it's also the least cheesy western I've seen, and yet the idea behind the film seems like the most gimmicky SW idea I've heard. It never relies on coincedence to make up for writer's block, everything that happens is driven by character action and I think that's something that you rarely find in almost any movie or story. Blindman's line about a blind man with no money being a bitch, in my opinion, saved the second half from being what could've been a failure, and yet it was done in a way that didn't seem like exposition at all. I even find it unique that the music was more pop-rock than most SW and didn't lean too much on it the same way others do.

(I didn't start this thread just to review Blindman, but I needed to get that out of the way)

I searched my memory trying to think of other non-Leone SW's that stood tall on the merits of their production & originality and the only other film I could think of was The Great Silence. TGS and BM are the only SW's I could think of that seem more like 'cousins' to Leone's films amongst the countless bastard sons and grandsons that have inherited something from Leone and SWdom in obvious ways. Even The Mercenary falls short a few feet of untouchable cinematic greatness. The make-up, unexplainable why's and how's, Zapata Western mold, it definitely didn't 'come out of nowhere', but I enjoy it, so don't take it the wrong way.

Could anyone here name SW's that really stand on their own in production standard, story/originality, avoiding redundance(same looking towns, sets), etc.? the same way TGS and BM do?
2  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Holy shit, I'm back! on: January 13, 2010, 09:27:09 PM
It's been ages! You see, I forgot my password, which was also the password to the email account where I'd be able to recover a password. It wasn't until recently that I used the "Forgot your password? Try the hint!" feature on the email address and whaddaya know, I actually put a hint and answer!

Hmm, apparently Firecracker still uses those bigassed images. Is titoli still kind of a dick?
3  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Le Samouraļ (1967) on: January 21, 2009, 03:00:30 PM
Except for Army of Shadows, all of my first viewings of Melville's films have been great experiences. The reason why AoS wasn't as enjoyable first off was because I had stylistic expectations similar to his gangster films and the way he introduced the characters was enough to throw me off. I was also kind of "Hmm?" about the plot, being that it's about the French Resistance and I expected something other than running around hiding and not doing much spying/resisting, but then when I saw it in the light of being about the establishment of the Resistance I enjoyed it a lot more.

What I've enjoyed about first time Melville experiences is his way of making one feel that "first Melville" experience everytime. When I watched Le Doulos and Le Deuxieme Souffle recently I felt like I was discovering a director I wasn't familiar with because he's so full of surprises Afro I loved how Le Doulos was unpredictable down to the very last seconds.
4  General Information / General Discussion / Re: Was Leone Jewish? on: December 16, 2008, 04:43:39 PM
What if he was?

Ahh, anytime there's an inquiry on a person's ethnicity there's always the dick who says "So what?" So what, your post is useless Cheesy So what if you didn't say "So what?"
5  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: How far do they walk on: November 18, 2008, 11:56:43 PM
Go to page 1.
6  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: How far do they walk on: November 18, 2008, 08:07:37 PM
Why is this thread so wide? Grin
7  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Un flic aka A Cop/Dirty Money (1972) on: September 29, 2008, 07:30:54 PM
Jean-Pierre Melville's Un Flic - 7/10

This film kind of rubbed me in an odd way. I LOVED the two heist scenes(but damn the helicopter Grin), and I thought the story of the thieves was fun to follow, but Delon's story was a little dull. After seeing the film I kind of see what the point was but I couldn't help but think that it was dead weight when first watching it. I'm always used to Melville's films having no fat around the edges, but that's how it felt. Maybe when I watch it next time I'll think diferently.
His use of that metallic color scheme didn't really turn me on. In the outdoor daytime scenes it was perfect, but it looked disgusting anywhere else, especially during indoor scenes. It was interesting to see Melville with a new 'color scheme' though.
When one keeps his other color films in mind as well as the fact that the two films preceding this one were films he had wanted to make for years it is a little uneasy watching this less-than-great film. I wonder if he would've gotten his flame back had he lived. Watching him put his style in practice is always fun, though.

I give this a 7 if only because its positive qualities, mentioned above, are enough for me to say this is a good film, but I think I'll appreciate it more on the next viewing.
8  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate the Last CD You Listened To on: September 21, 2008, 02:23:23 PM
Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman(original, not the re-recorded crap) - 10/10

You Can't Kill Rock N' Roll, Little Dolls and Diary of a Madman are worth the price alone!

That riff at the end of Diary before the guitar solo is my number one favorite metal moment. The main riff(the one that goes from electric to acoustic) is far beyond addicting to play on guitar, kind of like the Sign of the Southern Cross intro.

I also think Little Dolls is the masterpiece of the album, because the blending of very hard rocking riffage and the melodic Beatles-y side of Ozzy/Rhoads is done to such great effect. I love the way Rhoads is playing brutal riffs behind a very melodic vocal by Ozzy in the chorus.
9  General Information / Trivia Games / Re: The Sergio Leone Elimination Game (ALL MEMBERS PARTICIPATE!) on: September 21, 2008, 02:14:46 PM
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly 16
Once Upon a Time in the West 42
Duck, You Sucker 3

 Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
10  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Pink Floyd's Rick Wright dead on: September 17, 2008, 02:36:31 PM
Also Stay from Obscured by Clouds, which I think is the only song credited to both Rick & Roger, a great song from an overlooked album(the transition between the Meddle and DSotM style could be heard)

Stay:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3ySnPgKXAg

Also Burning Bridges from the same album is a great Rick/Dave song, as good as their duet on Echoes and Time in my opinion:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW4gcvUF6BI
11  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: September 16, 2008, 06:02:47 PM
That is the charm about cop films or films with a mystery: It's self-consciously a discovery process, which is always entertaining, but if it eventually leads to disappointment then everything else sinks with it. I won't say I was suffering throughout the film, but in a film leading up to an answer you're hoping it'll deliver regardless of what else makes you go "Hmm...", like the mediocre acting(which, in a film that isn't exactly The Godfather isn't always a problem, but when the film fails one could add it to the list of the negative aspects of the film with a feeling of added contempt. "It didn't help!"
12  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: September 16, 2008, 02:35:18 PM
What makes it that bad is the fact that big-assed stars are in the film and it's a waste. Had the actors been as second-rate as everything else it wouldn't have been a tragedy and I probably wouldn't have written a review and a negative rating!
13  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Haunting John Wayne interview on: September 15, 2008, 05:46:17 PM
It's funny how she's asking him political questions, knowing perfectly well he'll say something she disagrees with, and then asks him the question about politics and actors Grin

I remember John Lennon making a comment about similar conditions, that if people are so offended at his feelings on drugs to "Stop asking me about it."
14  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: About the 'car' in the background at the train station... on: September 15, 2008, 04:29:24 PM
There's one in the graveyard scene as well Wink
15  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: September 15, 2008, 03:33:59 PM
Righteous Kill: -10/10
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