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General Discussion / Re: Western Books
« on: Today at 09:05:09 AM »
The Custer Album - Lawrence A. Frost

 It has got a ton of pictures, I had never guessed the General was so far from being camera shy. 10/10

Other Films / Per un pugno nell'occhio (1965)
« on: Today at 01:50:46 AM »
Namely A fistful in the eye. This spoof was shot in the same set of the original with a spanish cast except the sicilian comic duo. And this fares better than other western farces of Franchi and Ingrassia, with 3-4 sketches that are really effective, especially the final showdown where the 2, under the poncho, wear...well, tomato cans. O0 Some of the jokes will get lost on people who didn't see the tv ads of the 60's, but anyway this gets a solid 6/10 

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: In Memoriam
« on: Yesterday at 08:31:05 PM »
Richard M Sherman at 95. RIP and Thanx to you and your brother.

Other Films / Re: HIS NAME WAS HOLY GHOST(1970)
« on: Yesterday at 11:16:53 AM »
Italian title: Uomo avvisato mezzo ammazzato... Parola di Spirito Santo

Other Films / The Mark of Zorro (1940)
« on: May 26, 2024, 11:37:28 AM »
"The big duel between Powell and Rathbone is marvelous". (Garfield). Agreed: it's the best one I ever saw on the screen for the very simple reason that the two make the fastest swords movements ever.  Garfields rating:"...good entertainment for the kiddies". Maybe for the kids who couldn't watch the Disney series which is still the best Zorro stuff on screen. Yes, there wasn't a Rathbone, But Williams wasn't worse than Power and Bernardo and Sgt. Garcia made all the difference. Here Linda Darnell looks a female, surely less bovine than in later years. But Garfield writes this is "in color". The dvd isn't and when I saw it eons ago on tv we didn't have the national program aired in color over here :-[.  6-7/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Martian (2015)
« on: May 21, 2024, 03:41:39 PM »
This could and should have been at least 30' shorter. What I found annoying is also the fact that I guessed what the rescue plan was going to be after Damon got in touch with control and we have to wait another hour before some kind of genius arrives at the same easy conclusion I made: send the original airship on the way home back to get Damon. So what is left are the introducing scene and, especially, the gripping final rescue sequence. Some of the Damon's survival tactics are interesting but after a while quite boring. 6-7/10

Watched the re-make. Usual fast editing but good plot turns. I don't like nevrotic, mad criminals, but Travolta goes through the motions impeccably. Washington sleepwalks his part. The actors of the original were something else. Still a 6-7/10 

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: May 20, 2024, 04:47:06 AM »
The Death Squad (1974)  Tarantino gave me the heads up to this one and a couple of others cop action movies of the 70's I had missed. It is a tv movie good from start to finish with a thrilling finale and it makes a great companion to Magnum Force. The cast is great. 7-8/10

Other Films / Re: Rattler Kid (L'uomo venuto per uccidere) (1968)
« on: May 20, 2024, 12:17:04 AM »
I had completely forgotten having it watched and I can but confirm the rating. But now I have seen that the first scene is taken from another movie I reviewed recently and I have forgotten which one was, It's the scene of a gang of baddies stealing from an army safe, killing a captain and framing an innocent soldier.   

Here you have Woods being in prison with Dottesio who saves his life and dies. So Woods try to discover how his saver ended up in prison and finds that Dottesio was framed for a double homicide he didn't commit. Fiorella Mannoia is the female lead and one can see why she flipped to pop singing. Wang and Berger are very good but can do little to save us from boredom. 4-5/10 

Other Films / I quattro pistoleri di Santa Trinita' (1971)
« on: May 19, 2024, 11:42:21 PM »
I didn't concentrate to understand what the plot was all about: a waste of time. There are some documents about the ownership of a mine and some baddies want to get them after having massacred Daniela Giordano's family. Raho is the gang leader and during a night in a posada all the characters try to get the documents and the weapons to be sold to the Indians. Another Baddie is Vargas (both he and Raho sport relevant wigs). Some snowy landascapes, Some pretty females (Antonella Murgia and Valeria Fabrizi) but boredom is constant. Pregadio's score is very effective: but for a polizziottesco.3-4/10

I think the wheel scene was the only original moment with a well directed finale. I give this a 6/10 for 2 reasons: Marina Malfatti, pretty as usual though miscast (she was 31 when the movie was shot and here she has a son who looks 15-16. And she shows even less than Rosalba Neri in the twin movie); and of course Kinski. Here the teutsch adopts the trick of using only the left hand, keeping constantly the other hidden or stuck in the belt. Even his head is constantly hanging sidewise, especially in the close ups. And then, he's Kinski. Sure, one of his best performances in SW.

This ought to be the twin companion to Il ritorno di Clint il solitario (I thought I had watched it but apparently didn't. So I'll have to). Not bad, it proceeds at a fast pace and though it is far from original (there are some elements blatantly taken from GBU) it never bores you, even thanks to the Tuco-like Sancho's character (a pity though I watched the movie in spanish: when he's dubbed in italian by Romano - like Wallach was - he's much more funny). The story is about two gringos (George Martin and Richelmy) going after a loot stolen by Daniel Martin's gang and that Sancho has hidden in a tomb, Rosalba Neri is her usual sexy but doesn't show her just as usual nudity. Piccioni's score is negligible. 6/10

As I grew up watching 80s Italian comedies, you'd probably break my heart by naming them. :'(

Well, I won't. 8)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: May 13, 2024, 11:23:54 AM »
John Carter (2012) Nice litttle work, with the hero acquiring a jump superpower in the transit from Earth to Mars. I can't remember how truthful to the novel is (I read it too long ago) but the story flows quite pleasantly, the photography is relaxing and the special effects effective. 7/10

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