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« Reply #90 on: May 08, 2010, 01:07:10 PM »

Jim Kitses's Horizons West is a good read. His chapter on Leone is pretty bland, but the Ford and Peckinpah sections are great.

Paul Seydor's book on Peckinpah is also an excellent read, mixing behind-the-scenes info with detailed analysis.

I threw out two of my Frayling books this week because they were in terrible shape. I'll have to order new ones ASAP.

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« Reply #91 on: May 09, 2010, 11:17:56 PM »

cj, remember this'en ? http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/product-gallery/B00005WMKX/ref=cm_ciu_pdp_images_all

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« Reply #92 on: May 10, 2010, 03:29:45 AM »


Yea that was a good one with great pictures.

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« Reply #93 on: May 19, 2010, 05:51:57 AM »

I like Hughes's books so i'm tempted by this newish title.


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« Reply #94 on: September 23, 2010, 11:08:20 AM »

An oldie but pretty damn superb.



Written with real love and passion, one film maker's appriciation for another rather than an academic work. It includes a candid if often exasperated account of Anderson's real life meetings with Ford over the years. Included are a wealth of great frame grabs and stills. My only quibble is with Anderson's grim determination not to like THE SEARCHERS. Here's a good pic of some Ford/Leone crossover players having a break while shooting THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE.




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« Reply #95 on: September 23, 2010, 02:04:00 PM »

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My only quibble is with Anderson's grim determination not to like THE SEARCHERS.
You've sold me! (but why "grim"? Perhaps you really mean "impassive").

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« Reply #96 on: January 27, 2011, 12:12:01 PM »

You've sold me! (but why "grim"? Perhaps you really mean "impassive").

(I know it is heresy to say this! but) I thought The Searchers was really overrated. There are many, many better John Ford & John Wayne movies

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« Reply #97 on: February 24, 2011, 02:04:15 PM »



Can you imagine being at that that table?

Awesome.

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« Reply #98 on: February 24, 2011, 04:07:39 PM »

I'm reading Joseph McBride's John Ford bio, it's pretty good so far. I'm only up to his WWII service though.

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« Reply #99 on: March 10, 2011, 12:55:54 AM »

The long running Longarm novels are hit or miss affairs but they're rarely boring.

They're basically romance novels for men, which is essentially pornograpghy.
There is some pretty bloody violence (sometimes disturbingly so, like what happens to Longarm's partner in Longarm And The Railroaders) with graphic sex scenes in between them.
Good ole raunchy fun.
I own about 12 of them.

As I said before, the quality differs , depending on which house author pens the story, but most of them have the aforementioned ingredients that make the engine run regardless how many times it sputters.














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« Reply #100 on: March 10, 2011, 01:04:08 AM »





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I can imagine it being quite surreal.

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« Reply #101 on: March 10, 2011, 02:31:53 AM »

The long running Longarm novels are hit or miss affairs but they're rarely boring.

I'll check. Sorry, CJ...

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« Reply #102 on: March 11, 2011, 12:06:03 AM »

I'll check. Sorry, CJ...


Has CJ mentioned these already?

If you're going to check them out I can only speak for the novels made during the period of the first 100 in the series (roughly 1978 to 1987).
I've read that every time they reach a new centennial (within the course of a year they will reach 400!) the style sort of changes as does certain things about the character of U.S. Marshal Custis "Longarm" Long.

I have numbers 2, 3, 19, 24, 27, 28, 33, 58 and 67.

Okay, so I have 9 in total. Plan to get more on my next trip to North Carolina.
There is an antique store there that sells them.

Out of the nine I mentioned the best is between #2 (this one has A LOT of sex) and #58.
The latter has the edge.
Good whodunit plot with eccentric characters and crackeling dialogue.
The only lame duck I read was #33 but it still has its moments.
#3 is great up until the mid-section of the second half then it becomes merely readable.

I've heard wonderful things of the very first one but don't own it.
Probably a good place to start.

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« Reply #103 on: March 11, 2011, 12:35:57 AM »

Here are the covers to the ones I own with a little aside beneath most of them.









Longarm is sent to investigate a several stagecoach robberies made by a highwayman in knight's armor.
Wish it stayed more focused on the main premise as it gets WAY TOO episodic (Canyon dwelling Indians, Lesbian femme fatales and Mexican religious fundamentalist all have a part to play)  but I really did enjoy it.


Not the strongest of the bunch but a good one.
Longarm is given a partner here that accompanies him through most of the novel.


Sort of sequel to #2 as it's the first time since then that Longarm has visited Mexico and he meets a villain that was lurking in the shadows in the second novel.
Not as strong as its prequel but a good light read nonetheless.



Very very very good.
But it becomes unfocused around the halfway mark and never really regains the momentum it had in the initial 100 pages or so.



Average in almost every respect.
The sex scenes are kinda fun as Longarm beds down a woman he normally wouldn't (a slightly unattractive and older one) and there is some fun confrontations along the way.


The best I've read.
As I already mentioned it's a great whodunit.
Never lets up.


LONGARM AND THE OMAHA TINHORNS doesn't have an image on the internet
An unusual entry.
Longarm is sent to investigate some suspicious going-ons at the Nebraska State Fair.
The book seems to have been written for the sole purpose of the sex scenes as Longarm beds women in almost every chapter in this one.
There is a hot air balloon gunfight that ation nuts can look forward to though.
It's light on the gunplay but heavy on the romance and comedy.
I enjoyed it for how atypical it was.

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« Reply #104 on: March 11, 2011, 10:20:29 AM »

There are two parallel series to this, you noticed?

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