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Other Films / In Old Arizona (1928)
« on: April 02, 2021, 02:27:47 PM »
Oscar for Baxter, the Cisco Kid. Walsh lost his eye while shooting it. First all-sound western, but it wasn't worth the while. Too much talk and little action. 4/10

Other Films / Re: Hells Heroes (1930)
« on: April 02, 2021, 06:34:08 AM »
"Good cast, good director, but it's that same treacly yarn." (Garfield). Yeah, but the pre-code beginning is very good, as CJ wrote. Pity.

Other Films / The Outcast (1954)
« on: March 31, 2021, 12:53:03 PM »
Run-of-the-mill revenge plot of the nephew who had his inheritance stolen from his uncle. Without Derek and with an actor could have made 6/10.

Other Films / Nevada (1944)
« on: March 28, 2021, 02:46:50 PM »
Mitchum's first starring role in a run-of-the mill B-C oater.

Other Films / They Rode West (1954)
« on: March 28, 2021, 01:18:10 PM »
"Good production, routine plot."(Garfield) I think the finale was routine but the rest no routine at all. Especially for 1954. Excellent production values and, of course, Karlson as a director makes it highly pro. No, the story is no routine at all and is well acted with two lookers as Reed and Wynn that never turns this into melodrama. I don't like westerns with Indians but this gets a solid 7/10

Other Films / The Silver Whip (1953)
« on: March 28, 2021, 11:22:17 AM »
"Good cast and noisy action. But the directing is lightweight and the script too slow...". (Gsrfield) I don't think so. The movie is 73' and has got no filling moments. About the direction being lightweight, I don't know what it means: the action scenes are well done, especially the stagecoach ambuscade (any action scene, in a western, must be "noisy"). So it's 7/10.

Other Films / Young Fury (1964)
« on: March 28, 2021, 09:05:11 AM »
The Wild One meets High Noon. Garfield liquidates it as "nostalgic". which tells only a facet of the story and not the main one (actually I wonder if he saw it all). It could have been better if it had rounded the character of the son and, most of all, given it to an actor. The love story he starts immediately  with the girl doesn't rhyme with what we have seen of him till then But there are lots of interesting facts here. For example that, contrary to the Brando movie, the town people and the sheriff and the bartender Chaney deal differently with the youngsters (very good dialogue between the sheriff and some of them in the saloon); the final scene of the gunfight is absolutely well orchestrated and with the unusual (for the time) use of fake blood in close-up. And it could also be considered a kind of varied anticipation of the finale of FFDM. The movie was distributed in Italy (as I lupi del Texas i.e. The Texas wolves), so it's highly probable they took the idea of the thrown gun to be picked up from there. So I give it 7/10.

Off-Topic Discussion / The Web (1947)
« on: March 27, 2021, 09:27:29 AM »
More of a straight thriller than a noir, of the kind with the mastermind making somebody else the scapegoat for his crimes. O'Brien is good and so is Raines, while Price is not able to give the ironic touch he gives to his famous later villains. The plot assumes O'Brien is a half- or complete idiot, taking Price's word as gold when he is hired. But the story has got some good moments (the beginning most assuredly) and some noirish shot. 6/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Larceny (1948)
« on: March 27, 2021, 07:07:43 AM »
More melodrama than noir. Noir is maybe only when Duryea is inside the frame. But mostly this is about the Payne character who is helping Duryea in his quite elaborate  con schemes acting like a gigolo or kinda. And apart from that, what doesn't work with me, at least, is Shelley Winters being the pivot on which the whole development and final failure of the whole shenanigan works. Because one might, with a great effort, believe that  Duryea is madly in love with her. But that Payne also might have fallen for her is nothing short of incredible. It would have been more simple swap her role with Dorothy Hart's (who here has got a couple of minutes of screen time) and the narrative might have been more tolerable. But the movie is mediocre anyway, the ruse set up by Duryea too complicated to be credible and the plot twists caused by Winters jealousy annoying, let alone the love story between Payne and Caulfield. Noir visuals: not noticed but Duryea's last line is possibly memorable:"He never belonged in this business in the first place".  4-5/10 

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Naked Alibi (1954)
« on: March 26, 2021, 01:00:54 PM »
Nah, this looked good at the start but the two parts of the movie are a reflection of the split personality of Barry which is just inconsistent. We should believe that this guy who's one who's got a regular business, who set up a family has got a double life at the border, runs or ruled  a hijacking racket and apparently nobody's on the wise. Hayden, after he's fired, easily finds the goods on this one which hadn't been possible to do before. Nonsense. This is reflected in Barry's performance which I find inadequate. He's not the psycho kind which will become the rule in the '70s, but a Lee Marvin or Rod Steiger could have played the role much better. I think 6/10 is the right rating because of the two mains. 

Other Films / Re: Dead Man (1995)
« on: March 26, 2021, 10:48:21 AM »
I finally made it through a Jarmusch movie. I was tricked into it by the fact that something here happens, there are shootings. But the rest? The usual artsy-fartsy search for a significant image where there can't be because the plot is missing. Not so much this time compared to a couple of other Jarmusch efforts which I could stand just for the first 10 minutes. But one should be able to explain why, instead of bringing Depp to a doctor or even try to cure him like he did when they first met his Indian friend let's him lose blood and procure him a casket. Oh, a sailing casket, that makes poetry. So this earns a 5/10, which could also be a 4/10 considering the excruciating score by Neil Young which could be easily substituted by any Ry Cooder's one made for Hill, though in that case the movies were good. 

Other Films / The Proud Rebel (1958)
« on: March 26, 2021, 03:34:41 AM »
"the movie is superior fare...has more punch than most Buena Vista releases; the photography...and score are quite good".(Garfield)  You can trust Garfield on the score, considering what he says about GBU's (Morricone's unusually lifeless score) but the movie is, visually, impressive as it is only to be expected by someone like MIchael Curtiz. The problem is the story. Yeah, it has some resemblance to Shane but Jagger is an excellent, threatening villain with his two sons of whom HDS is the evil one. He should have had more screen time as the last confrontation is the real deal, something that could have been made 10 years later. But the rest is Disney stuff, plotwise: the dumb kid, the dog, the 40 years old virgin spinster. Still it is a pleasure to watch some frames and colours typical of the Disney stuff of the time and I give it 7/10.

Other Films / The Battle of Elderbush Gulch (1913)
« on: March 25, 2021, 08:21:04 AM »
Not so early Griffith. Indians attack town and the cavalry saves the day. What triggers the attack is the killing of the chieftain's son about to take two puppy dogs belonging to a pretty orphan ()Mae Marsh) to eat them.  An interesting scene is how an infant of a few months is treated by an Indian who snatches him from his dying father like it was a basketball to throw him on his shoulder It's at 17'27" on youtube.

Other Films / The Last Drop of Water (1911)
« on: March 25, 2021, 07:42:47 AM »
Early Griffith. Indians attack caravan, cavalry saves the day.

Other Films / Fighting Blood (1911)
« on: March 25, 2021, 07:27:28 AM »
Early Griffith. Sioux attack settlers and the cavalry saves the day.

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