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31  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: T-Men (1947) on: July 12, 2017, 04:39:56 AM
Thought I had watched this in the '80's but I was probably wrong. Visually is amazing, every shot is good for a picture, but then you expect it from the director. What's wrong? Too long, it ends up making the villains look like idiots not getting hip to the agents identities when, in reality, even a doubt would have induced them to get rid of them. The overvoice narration didn't bug me: it was in the style of newsreels, can't see anything wrong with that.
A particular which I found curious is that the hotel keeper is really able to speak impeccable italian with a neapolitan accent while Genero is made to speak, phonetically, an italian with sicilian  terms and accent: that care was rare in the movies until at least The Godfather. Anyway 7/10.
32  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Give 'em Hell Malone (2009) Hyper Hammer on: July 12, 2017, 04:13:08 AM
Yep, but I've been in Philadelphia, in 2001, and it was even worse than it must have been in the '70's. Very much like NYC pre-Giuliani.  But that's not the point: you don't have a seedy locale, you create it, you must not perforce fly to fairyland.
33  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Give 'em Hell Malone (2009) Hyper Hammer on: July 12, 2017, 01:16:09 AM
I give it about a 7, I went with the flow, in the extras on the DVD Thomas Jane said they were going for what they were calling a non reality "Noiriverse."

Nonreality, agreed. Noiriverse, only in your usual all-around noir approach.  A character like the Fireman, who is able to be back in action not even 24 hours after he got burned (presumably) to death or the chinese girl, belong in a Marvel or fantasy universe, not in a Spillane (let alone his precursors) universe. But as I told you, is the dirty side of the city which is missing. That city which was ever present in the '70's cop movies. Here is all a cartoonish reality: funny, sometimes, but without the grit.
34  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Give 'em Hell Malone (2009) Hyper Hammer on: July 11, 2017, 11:49:37 AM
Usual action movie for teenagers, over the top characters (but the fireman is hard to ingest), it plays with some hard-boiled genre clichés (the fedora, the trench-coat) but it is really a mish-mash of cartoon inspired movies. Noir nowhere in sight (oh, yes, some scenes are shot at night) but the hard-boiled heroes, even Mike Hammer, had to do with characters who kept a connection with reality, not a fairyland like in here. Mildly entertaining but also areas of boredom. 6/10
35  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Songs currently playing in your brain and\or you're singing. on: July 10, 2017, 02:19:25 PM
Bread And Butter - The Newbeats
36  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Give 'em Hell Malone (2009) Hyper Hammer on: July 10, 2017, 10:14:41 AM
So I guess I'll have to buy it now.

Not necessarily:
37  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Bugles in the Afternoon (1952) on: July 08, 2017, 10:11:57 PM
Must admit that I didn't remember a thing about this movie. But I read the novel and so I rewatched it. The finale suffers from comparison with the one in the novel, which is all about Reno's part in Custer's LS. It is reworked in a quite simplistic way, especially the confrontation between Milland and his rival. In the book the rivalry is more complicated and the finale quite different. Still the novel suffers from too much ambition: Haycox aimed at a bigger target, he wanted to write a serious novel, but ends up delivering a just more sophisticated romance for a female audience. He should have stuck to the portrait of the 7th cavalry's daily life before LBH's end. So I give the novel a 8/10 and the movie, which adheres to the novel quite strictly in the first part, stays at 7/10. 
38  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Elsa Martinelli R.I.P. on: July 08, 2017, 10:08:31 AM
She did for me what Claudia Cardinale never did.  Cry
39  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Texas, addio (1966) on: July 08, 2017, 01:20:34 AM
Die Berlinerin Solvi Stubing left us this week  at 76. Cry
40  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / All the Money in the World (2018?) on: July 07, 2017, 12:33:37 AM

Some pictures from the set:
41  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: El Cisco (1966) on: July 06, 2017, 01:13:37 AM

Probably 5/10 is more fitting, though the three girls are palatable. Here the gimmick is the exploding cigar.
42  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / The Relentless Four (I quattro inesorabili) (1965) on: July 04, 2017, 05:26:54 PM
Decent little movie featuring the recently passed away Bruce Wayne. It is not original plotwise, but it has good pace and good plot twists, and two great stunts: Howard Ross plunging on a table from at least 3 meters and the last scene featuring Hundar, a scene which would have well befitted an even better movie. The copy at

is of very high quality. 7/10
43  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: One-Eyed Jacks (1961) on: July 04, 2017, 10:40:58 AM
In the top 10 list of Tarantino's favourite westerns.
44  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Paolo Villaggio R.I.P. on: July 03, 2017, 12:30:08 AM
I don't know if he was known outside of Italy, surely his books, if not his movies about his employee Fantozzi were translated in French. Anyway he earns his place here for a Zapata Western he shot with Gassman.
45  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / A Stranger in Sacramento (Uno straniero a Sacramento) (1965) on: July 02, 2017, 10:19:27 PM
This mediocre revenge story (bogusly based on an inexistent american novel) filmed in central Italy it is a fine example of what the SW craze was about when compared to the american ones: you have innumerable deaths, some sadistic scenes and those 2, 3 tricky devices which really marked the difference (here, for example, the cigar routine, or the way Hargitay is freed from prison). Hargitay is good, I mean he manages not to laugh through his scenes: he should have had a better career in B movies. The big mystery to me, though, is how butt-ugly Giorgelli could ever have one, and a big one at that. Worth a watching :

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