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Other Films / Re: A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die (1967)
« on: July 03, 2010, 11:09:37 PM »
I found this at Youtube, it's a Spanish version but it features the original ending.  SPOILERS obviously, don't watch it if you don't want to know the ending of the movie.  It's not of the best quality, but you get the idea of what it was going for.  Too bad this couldn't have been on the MGM DVD. >:(

 I posted this in the TCM schedule update yesterday, but in case people don't see that one, here it is again.

1:00am  Mercenary, The (1968)   
An idealistic patriot hires a gunman to lead the fight against a crooked mine-owner.
Cast: Jack Pallance, Franco Nero, Tony Musante. Dir: Sergio Corbucci. C-106 mins, TV-14 

And it's being shown in the all-important LETTERBOX! ;)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Robert Duvall Appreciation Thread
« on: August 18, 2008, 09:22:59 AM »
 One of my all-time favorites, but his best role bar-none was Gus McCrae in Lonesome Dove. :) 

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Upcoming TCM schedule
« on: August 17, 2008, 01:32:25 PM »
 Tomorrow, Monday, is Jack Palance day with plenty of worthwhile movies, especially The Mercenary which was part of TCM's spaghetti-themed month five, six years ago.  If they use the same print, it's in widescreen so have the recorders ready.  The western-part of the day starts at 9 pm central with Monte Walsh, followed by The Professionals and then The Mercenary at 1 a.m.

Other Films / Re: The Man From The Alamo (1953)
« on: August 17, 2008, 01:23:12 PM »
 I agree with your review, titoli.  An above average B-western for sure with a decent performance from Glenn Ford.  The set of the Alamo is pretty ridiculous, the defenders are basically in one box, but it does provide a good jumping off point for the rest of the story.  Worth mentioning is Chill Wills who seven years later would star in another Alamo movie with a slightly bigger budget, John Wayne's The Alamo. ;)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (2010) REMAKE.
« on: August 16, 2008, 10:58:48 PM »
Was Toshiro Mifune anywhere to be found A Fistful of Dollars or The Magnificent Seven?

  Completely off-topic with nothing at all to do with Nightmare on Elm Street, but that is an awesome idea.  Bye-bye Bucholz, hello Mifune! ;D

For a Few Dollars More / Re: cockroachs
« on: August 16, 2008, 10:56:09 PM »
I think if you broadened it to insects, you might have something here.

 The first thing that came to mind was Jack Elam in the opening of OUATITW with the fly.  I've always looked at this sort of thing as Leone presenting a more realistic Old West than say the average John Wayne western.  The west was a dirty, stinky, nasty place and I'm guessing there was an overabundance of insects around whether it be cockroaches, beetles, or flies. :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: A Fun Message Forum
« on: August 16, 2008, 03:06:01 PM »
Of all the great bands to represent an example of "Indie/Alternative", the board chooses Kasabian and the Killers.

  Kasabian's last album, Empire, was pretty good and the video for it was high quality, almost a Napoleonic wars theme, not just the band screaming their song. ;D

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Tropic Thunder (2008)
« on: August 16, 2008, 03:00:55 PM »
 Saw this today and really enjoyed it.  The cast is really good, especially Robert Downey JR and Jack Black, and seem to be really enjoying themselves.  The opening scene in Vietnam is pretty classic as it pokes fun at just about every Vietnam movie you can think of from Platoon to Apocalypse Now.  If you're a fan of war movies, you'll most likely enjoy this one as it takes all those cliches to town and strings them up.  Also worth mentioning some excellent cameos, but I won't spoil them here.

 As for the complaints about Downey JR portraying a black man, the audience didn't seem to mind and the black people in the crowd enjoyed the part as much as anyone.  The part of Sgt. Osiris is so over the top and stereotypical, you've seen the character in any number of war movies, that it's hard to say this was done with any harsh intent.  The 'retard' jokes get to be a little much, but even then I got the sense it was more poking fun at the actors who take those roles that are sure to bring you an Oscar and the studio heads that back them.

  Very funny stuff though, great casting, well worth seeing.  7.5/10

 Definitely worth seeing for the locations and some of the effects were pretty cool, but otherwise just an average movie.  Figure it this way, if Leone hadn't directed it, how many people would have seen it over 40 years later? O0

Other Films / Re: Red River (1948)
« on: August 14, 2008, 09:59:43 AM »
Nonsense, If she started crying then Clift wouldn't have loved her. He likes men...err...manly women 

  Cherry Valance would have been there to fall back on if Ms. Dru had started to cry. ;D

Other Films / Re: Red River (1948)
« on: August 13, 2008, 09:21:05 PM »
I loved the arrow scene. It's one of my favorite sequences of the whole film.

  I always laugh at that scene, not in a good way, because she reacts like she just got a splinter, not an arrow imbedded in her arm/shoulder.  Although I guess a splinter could hurt a lot too. O0

 Long overdue.  It'll be interesting to see what kind of special features there are, hopefully more than just trailers, and the cover art for the DVDs.  A lot of DVDs lately have had some really cool art, not just generic pictures of the actors starring. :)

Other Films / Re: The Left Handed Gun (1958)
« on: August 13, 2008, 09:40:31 AM »
 I haven't seen it, but I've read reviews that say Newman's Billy the Kid is a psycho, whiney little teenager.  Of course, with Newman doing it, the movie might be worth it.

 Also, the picture that showed Billy the Kid as a lefty was actually taken backwards, I think.  I may be forgetting the story I read, but in reality I believe he was right-handed. O0

Other Films / Re: Red River (1948)
« on: August 13, 2008, 09:38:09 AM »
 I think Red River came up in the Rate the Last movie discussion recently, but I love the movie up until the end which almost single-handedly ruins the whole movie.  One of Wayne's top 5 parts and Montgomery Clift is surprisingly good as a gunslinging cowboy.  Add a great supporting cast led by Walter Brennan and many more recognizable western character actors that bring the movie up a notch.

  But the addition of Joanne Dru, as Groggy said, really pulls this movie down.  What was it with Hawkes that he felt the need to add an unnecessary female character to an otherwise really strong movie?  Cough * Rio Bravo * cough. ;D

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