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Off-Topic Discussion / Sweet heaven, a Terry Gilliam western?
« on: February 09, 2006, 09:27:42 AM »
Check this out. Oh, happy day. I hope this one gets made:

I've considered bying the 50 westerns set, mainly because it includes China 9, Liberty 37. Not only is it directed by Monte Hellman, but it stars Warren Oates and Sam Peckinpah. Can you please tell me how the quality on that particular film is?

Other Films / Re: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
« on: January 24, 2006, 05:29:28 AM »
Nice to see this one getting the attention it deserves. Saw this when the DVD came out, had to see it again with cigars and whiskey some time later. Hell, I've even seen it with the commentary track. Peckinpah's greatest, better that Wild Bunch IMO.

In his debut, The Deadly Companion, the protagonist is riding around with a dead body. Peckinpah wanted flies to be buzzing around the corpse, but the studio wouldn't let him do it. This was his sweet revenge...

Oh, and by the way, Warren Oates might actually be a cooler SOB than Clint.

Other Films / Re: Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
« on: January 20, 2006, 12:16:14 PM »
They've put the lyrics back in. That's what I've read, at least (still waiting for the box set to arrive in the mail). I'm with you all the way Granpa, I love this film. I always felt KK was wonderful, but I only recently learned that The Kid was supposed to be around 20. That of course means that KK was miscast, but doesn't make his performance any worse. And I seriously doubt Peckinpah didn't approve of the casting of him. They were close friends, and there aren't many people who got along with Peckinpah. Kris Kristoffersen was one of the few.

General Discussion / Re: best western
« on: November 23, 2005, 02:17:52 PM »
Aaaah. Sorry, didn't see that.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The New World (2005)
« on: November 23, 2005, 02:09:23 PM »
Sorry guys, but Terrence Malick is my favourite filmmaker. I'd rank him higher than Leone, so yeah, I'm looking forward to this. The trailers look stunning. I downloaded the production notes (can't remember from where), a total of 95 pages. Excellent read.

General Discussion / Re: best western
« on: November 23, 2005, 02:02:26 PM »
Has the poll been closed? I can't vote. My vote would have gone to GBU. OUITW was a favourite for a long time, but now I'm not so sure. Still, the vote has to go to GBU.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Peckinpah's restored films on DVD 1/2006
« on: October 10, 2005, 02:13:34 PM »
Full details:

At least we get two cuts of Billy The Kid, even though the butchered MGM is not included. I haven't seen that cut.

Other Films / Re: Dirty Little Billy (1972)
« on: October 10, 2005, 07:30:21 AM »
Where did you find a copy of this?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Peckinpah's restored films on DVD 1/2006
« on: October 09, 2005, 07:23:17 AM »
Oh man, looking forward this. Haven't seen Cable Hogue yet, but the other three are all amazing films. Still, if Pat Garrett is released in a new cut, I'll be slightly disapointed. They should include the other two cuts as well.

Other Films / Re: La collina degli stivali aka Boot Hill (1969)
« on: October 07, 2005, 04:57:25 PM »
I kinda like all of these three films. Not quality works, but enjoyable. Boot Hill is by far the weakest of them though. If you didn't care for God Forgives..., you might as well stay away from Boot Hill. That's my opinion though, feel free to disagree.

Off-Topic Discussion / Dreyer's Joan of Arc
« on: October 03, 2005, 01:45:43 PM »
Just saw Carl Th. Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc for the first time....Wow, I am stunned. I always felt that Leone was the undisputed champion of close-ups. Now I'm not so sure... Also, Dreyer was just as good as Leone with picking interesting faces. If you haven't seen this, check it out soon.  The 1985 score by Richard Einhorn is also fantastic, if anyone knows anything about availability, let me know. For me, Dreyer is the greatest new discovery since I discovered Kim Ki Duk a couple of years ago. I'm borrowing Dreyer's Michael as well. I'll post some thoughts on that as well in a couple of days.

Other Films / Re: The Proposition (2005)
« on: September 29, 2005, 02:56:15 AM »
Yup, I posted some early info on this a long time ago. Cave claimed it would be done in SW style. Early reviews are great, can't wait for this one. Soundtrack by Cave and Warren Ellis is out soon.

Director John Hillcoat and Nick Cave are already working on a new film together, and Cave was actually hired by Dreamworks recently to write Gladiator 2 (no kidding). They rejected his script, by it looks like he might be working more with films in the future.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Overrated Directors - Past & Present
« on: September 24, 2005, 08:27:46 AM »
Personally, I love de Palma, so I'd say no. I can't really see how you can call him overrated. At least in America, critics hate pretty much every non-mafia film he has ever made. Only in France is he considered a genius. Look through his filmography on imdb, quite a few of his films are rated lower than 6.

Other Films / Re: The Long Riders (1980)
« on: September 24, 2005, 08:09:08 AM »
I am very fond of both Walter Hill and this film, his finest western. I'm no expert western history, so I can't really comment on the historical accuracy. Still, I'm sold by the action sequences, the score, David Carradine, and Stacy Keach.

You should also check out Hill's flawed, but interesting Wild Bill. An art western if there ever was one. It seems that whether or not people like this film has to do with if they find Jeff Bridges to be convincing. I do.

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