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The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were war crimes? Excuse me? Because there were civilians in those cities? There were civilians in every city bombed in Europe and Asia in WWII. On your view, everything done in that war was a crime. Well, make up your own rules if you want, the rest of the world doesn't see it that way.

Thank you for saying so, as now I don't have to.  And given that it has been said, I can stop following this thread.  Bogus revisionism is something I can do without.

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My problem with that episode rests with it's [sic] title, WHY WE FIGHT.

It implies that the US rushed into WWII to prevent the destruction of Euopean Jewry in a selfless act of sacrifice.

The title implies no such thing.  It's a direct reference to a series of propaganda films produced during the war that more often than not portrayed the Axis (not entirely inaccurately) as a collective of monsters.  Interestingly enough, the films were directed by Frank Capra, who at the time was a Major in the US Army Signal Corps.

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Other Films / Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
« on: August 09, 2006, 03:34:25 AM »
I'm gratified that so may people around here seem to "get" Three Burials.  I've mentioned it elsewhere and frequently get the kind of response that confuses thoughtful with boring.   :P

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Red Dead Revolver
« on: July 27, 2006, 05:59:25 AM »
Let's hope the whole "boss who can't be killed except in one particular fashion" holdover from the Capcom development team has also been revised/excised.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Red Dead Revolver
« on: July 26, 2006, 01:20:13 PM »
it doesnt do a damn thing for you though.

That's what I meant; the scalping knife doesn't add to quickdraw, impress Indians or anything.  It's just a waste of $25.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Red Dead Revolver
« on: July 26, 2006, 02:42:57 AM »
There's a new version of Gun being released for the PSP. Perhaps this bodes well for a sequel?

Neversoft always said they wanted to do more than one installment of the series, and since all they seem to do these days is more Tony Hawk knockoffs, the odds seemed good.  Unfortunately sales for Gun were excreable.  If we're lucky, we'll get another that's an improvement.  If we're not....

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Red Dead Revolver
« on: July 26, 2006, 02:26:48 AM »
yeah but the space cant be empty.

I'm of two minds about that.  On the one hand I'd like there to be more to do, but on the other hand I'm often glad that it's quiet, because then one can get a real sense of the "you are alone and free" perception that drove the American West.

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there needs to be a sense of some activity. I vouch for stagecoachs (that you may or may not rob) going by and army convoys carrying canons(that you may or may not destroy).

other bandits should be able to ambush (or attempt to) stagecoachs and convoys. the same goes for Indians (if you want to go there

I could go for the stagecoach coming through, and it would be nice to see the train actually run outside of missions.  Also, what exactly is the scalping knife for, if not for scalphunting?  Add it in.  The same for buffalo hunting.

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also if you go to a town and shoot up the place...you should turn into a wanted man.

I told my wife the other night that it would have been nice to have to some Fable-style options in terms of being good or bad.  The story's all right as far as it goes, but being able to approach it differently depending upon one's preference would definitely add some replay value.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Red Dead Revolver
« on: July 25, 2006, 11:15:38 AM »
If somehow Gun and Red Dead Revolver were to cross-pollinate, you'd have a terrific game.  When it comes to atmosphere -- and a great way to simulate quick-draw showdowns -- Revolver is the clear winner, while Gun has terrific horse-riding mechanics and a real sense of space.

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Other Films / Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)
« on: July 25, 2006, 11:13:00 AM »

dont be ashamed. Thats pretty much the only Clint Eastwood western I have yet to see. I think most here can say the same.

Somehow I think the most most-neglected Eastwood western is probably Paint Your Wagon... but I know what you mean.  ;)

What's the most surprising to me was how much I enjoyed the movie.  Sure, it's not a classic like many of Eastwood's forays into the genre, but it's still a lot of fun.

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A Fistful of Dollars / Re: Joe's machete throw
« on: July 25, 2006, 07:41:19 AM »
I've never really taken time to think about the reality of the machete throw.  I just let up a small (interior) cheer when Joe waxes the bad guys and then move on.  Which is probably best for this sort of movie.  :)

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Red Dead Revolver
« on: July 25, 2006, 07:39:22 AM »
I ended up digging out my copy for replay a few days ago.  Still lots of fun.  The flaws are there, but starting fresh and digging into the good, old-fashioned violence is a pleasant distraction.

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Other Films / Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)
« on: July 25, 2006, 07:24:49 AM »
I'm almost ashamed to admit it, but until just a couple of days ago, I'd never actually seen Two Mules for Sister Sara.  Sure, I knew all about it, including things that spoiled certain surprises for me, but I never sat down to watch the thing.  I was missing out.

A number of places describe the film as a comedy, but I don't think I'd go that far.  I'd classify it an action/comedy, with the contents tilted more heavily toward the action end of the spectrum.  All in all, I found the mixture quite satisfactory.

And it didn't hurt that Shirley MacLaine was a lot more appealing as an actress (and to the eyes) than she was to become later on.    :-*

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General Discussion / Re: Brokeback Mountain effect
« on: July 25, 2006, 07:18:01 AM »
The western will return. Everything in life works in cycles, but the western has lost 100% of it's respect from people my age because of Brokeback Mountain which IS NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT a western!!!!

Sorry to disagree, but Brokeback Mountain, the film and the short story upon which it was based, is a western.  It may be more in the mold of "story of the American West" than of a traditional type, but it's still a western.

I would suggest that you find a copy of Still Wild : Short Fiction of the American West 1950 to the Present, an anthology edited by Larry McMurtry (and in which Annie Proulx's "Brokeback Mountain" appears) to see just how the story fits in the genre as a whole.

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General Discussion / Re: Best Leone western according SLWB people
« on: July 25, 2006, 07:14:00 AM »
I wouldn't go that far, myself, but I will say that the opening sequence of the film is probably the best such thing I've seen in any film.

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Other Films / Re: A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die (1967)
« on: July 21, 2006, 01:26:04 PM »
I don't know why people need film critics. Most of them are pompous and arrogant anyway.

I appreciate critics when they actually take the time to examine the film/book/whatever in question and give me a reasoned assessmet.  When it's basically nothing but this is stupid and I hate it, I'll agree they aren't much use.

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