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« on: May 29, 2006, 04:46:50 AM »

A close up of a pair of eyes,a boys face,down below we see a catapult extended and loaded with a stone,back to the face,then to the catapult slowly raising,his face again and so on until finally we see the catapult directly in the boys eyeline.The stone is released and to the sound of gunshots ricocheting the stone and camera lens bounce all over the place until the stone finally comes to its resting place just before the boy who is now fully in view-it is Ringo(impressively played by the young Eugene Fernandez).Sound familiar?
     Before you know it the sweet sound of those wonderful melancholic strings come within earshot introducing us to Morricones main "Sean Theme" from Duck You Sucker and the title appears - "EmeRy Films
Present - FIREARM"-written and directed by our friend The Firecracker! We return to Ringo who is now joyfully running with and caressing his dog Red.On the ground there is a mound swarming with ants but instead of pissing on them like elsewhere  Wink Ringo pokes away with a stick,but while this happens Red has run off towards an ominous silhouette  of six figures seemingly wearing ponchos and dusters.On closer inspection there's an unshaven very cool but mean looking leader Groucho(played very charismatically with a lot of humour by Victor Fernandez)wiping away a nose bleed along with five badass Mexicans including Nino(Mitchell Lee Davis)who i swear by his appearance and mannerisms is a reincarnation of Mario Brega.In fact with their course laughter and gross eating habits they could easily be mistaken for Indios gang in For A Few Dollars More and they are all standing in a stark,dried up grey surronding that looks very much like the Miocene clay of Almeria!
The bandits are wrestling over a ham sandwich,but suddenly it is snatched away by Red who proceeds to chomp into his prize.However Groucho is now seething and with little hesitation opens fire.Ringo desperately comes running over to save his pet but it is too late,Groucho finishes off the poor animal to the sneering approval of the other bandits.Groucho seeing the hatred in Ringo's eyes tosses him a pistol with which the boy frantically pulls the trigger again and again,but its useless,the gun is empty.Those bastards have now walked off but Groucho has made the biggest mistake of his life-he's dropped a bullet and Ringo still has the pistol.
I'm not going to give away any more but by now you will have figured that this is a revenge Spaghetti Western and during this movie (made in February 2005) of just under half an hour the director has very much opted for style over storyline considerations but as a Sergio Leone tribute this is very entertaining stuff.Pretty much every Leone trick in the book is utilised with the camera zooming in from all angles,gun duels drawn out to the maximum with bloody but imaginative deaths,windswept sound effects throughout and other great effects like the crunching of boots and cocking of pistols.To add to the authenticity ,like Leone everything has been overdubbed including some Spanish dialogue and i understand samples from other sw's.
     Along with all this we are treated to some very effective and appropriate musical accompaniment taken from the such movies as Django,The Dollars trilogy,OUATITW,Long Days of Vengeance and The Return Of Ringo which all fit the mood of the action perfectly.In between Timothy Murphy(also one of the bandits) provides basic but dynamic acoustic guitar accompaniment including some nice staccato licks and excellent repetitive riffs ascending up the musical scale.
     This is a very promising directorial debut which i understand was made on a shoestring budget .This obviously  accounts for the lack such things as horses and other locations but this in no way undermines an admirable attempt at emulating the master Sergio Leone to which this movie is lovingly dedicated.
    Stunningly filmed in widescreen and very recommended!! Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2006, 05:30:55 AM »

Agree with banjo, it must be checked out, very interesting neo-spaghetti.

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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2006, 06:41:00 AM »

Are you going to do a full length sw then Firecracker and if so can I have an invite to the premier? Grin

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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2006, 03:39:24 PM »

Thanks for the review Banjo Smiley

This is a mistake on my part but Ringo is the one who finishes his dog off. Grocho(the sadistic bastard he is) gives Ringo one of his guns with only one bullet to kill his own dog. When ringo pulls the trigger on Grocho it doesnt work because it is a single action revolver and will not fire unless the hammer is pulled down. Ringo did not know this until the more sympathetic bandit "Eli" shows him how to cock the gun.
sorry for the confusion. I guess I didnt get that across to well in the film and I am ashamed of it.

Timmy's guitar playing is decent filler for the soundtrack. I do enjoy "Grocho's theme"(which is played when you first meet the gang) but the rest is far too repetative and rather annoying, but that is all I could get. Thankfully Morricone and Bacalov were there (not literally) to help me out.

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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2006, 04:50:39 PM »

Also Banjo, is "Catapult" what the English call a "slingshot"? Yes it is similar to a catapult indeed but around these here parts we calls it a "slingshot"

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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2006, 04:50:54 PM »

Thanks for the review Banjo Smiley

This is a mistake on my part but Ringo is the one who finishes his dog off. Grocho(the sadistic bastard he is) gives Ringo on of his guns with only one bullet to kill his own dog. When ringo pulls the trigger on Grocho it doesnt work because it is a single action revolver and will not fire unless the hammer is pulled down. Ringo did not know this until the more sympathetic bandit "Eli" shows him how to cock the gun.
sorry for the confusion. I guess I didnt put that across to well in the film and I am ashamed of it.

Timmy's guitar playing is decent filler for the soundtrack. I do enjoy "Grocho's theme"(which is played when you first meet the gang) but the rest is far too repetative and rather annoying, but that is all I could get. Thankfully Morricone and Bacalov were there (not literally) to help me out.
I guess i shudda looked a bit closer but theres quite alot of the camera panning around in that particular scene with the dog.
I noticed some bum notes in the first bunch of guitar riffs for one scene but i really enjoyed the guitar players no nonsense attitude which is evident in his playing.  

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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2006, 04:52:47 PM »

Also Banjo, is "Catapult" what the English call a "slingshot"? Yes it is similar to a catapult indeed but around these here parts we calls it a "slingshot"
Yeah we call that a catapult!
Was Mitchell Lee Davis aware of his resemblence to Mario Brega and if so did he try and play on this?

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« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2006, 04:56:50 PM »


Was Mitchell Lee Davis aware of his resemblence to Mario Brega and if so did he try and play on this?

no. He has never seen or heard of Leone. Nor do I think he has ever seen a western in his whole life. I directed him to act like Brega whenever possible. For example the scratching of his beard during the canine's torture scene.

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« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2006, 05:02:40 PM »

Well you did a great job of directing him because his performance was extremely close to Brega's character in the first two dollar movies.
Did you record the guitarist while he played along to the action,or was he recorded seperately and you overdubbed him afterwards?

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« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2006, 05:05:01 PM »

Well you did a great job of directing him because his performance was extremely close to Brega's character in the first two dollar movies.
Did you record the guitarist while he played along to the action,or was he recorded seperately and you overdubbed him afterwards?

all sound you hear in the film, with the exception of some natural sounds, was dubbed in later in the editing room.

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« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2006, 05:10:12 PM »

So the one tune i didn't recognise must be from Long Days Of Vengeance which arrived on my doormat from the postman this morning?

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« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2006, 05:12:42 PM »

So the one tune i didn't recognise must be from Long Days Of Vengeance which arrived on my doormat from the postman this morning?
I suppose you mean the music used for the showdown? Yes that is "Lond Days of Vengeance".

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« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2006, 05:22:17 PM »

Looking at Firearm it looks as if you spent alot of time examining Leones camera work,are you completely self taught in this respect or have you received some sort of training?

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« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2006, 05:25:55 PM »

Looking at Firearm it looks as if you spent alot of time examining Leones camera work,are you completely self taught in this respect or have you received some sort of training?

 you learn a great deal just by watching somebody elses work.
you don't need schooling.

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« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2006, 05:31:30 PM »

   What with Noodles Leones upcoming film,Marco Leones The Ugly,The Pugly and The Ugly Pugly (i would really love to see and review this one Marco!)it makes you wonder how many more of us have a sw film hidden away in the closet.
Leone Admirer possibly? Roll Eyes

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