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Other Films / SW's that stand on their own
« on: January 15, 2010, 06:38:24 PM »
I recently got Vol. 1 & 3 of the Spaghetti Western Bible. Vol. 1 sucks balls(except Viva Django, that was worth the $14 in my opinion. I'd love to watch a Viva Django/Django double feature someday!), but 2 is very entertaining. Movies that I had no interest in at all were fun to discover and opened my mind to some awesome ass kick. Bounty Killer with Tomas Milian is my idea of how a low budget western could be great because of its low budget.

Viva Django was a masterpiece of a western but the first ten minutes feels like a stain on its greatness. I can't help but think that the first ten minutes 'doesn't count' because of this. It really gets to me! ;D

I thought the story couldn't be topped, and I watched Blindman with no expectations at all... and now it(Blindman) is one of my top westerns. TA's Blindman is now one of my top movie characters and performances. I know a blind woman and it was amazing how well he acted the part because the way he talked and his body language reminded me of her.

On the production side of things it feels like a real, lived in west, with no 'make-up' or sterile sets and I love the hell out of that. The lighting is realistic, the acting is perfect, and it doesn't feel like it had to 'salvage' anything from the inventory of SW locations, actors, setpieces, cliches, etc. to make up for a lack of creativity. Even the two Leone locations feel like they're unique to the Blindman world and not "That place we've seen a million times," even though I haven't seen them in other westerns besides Leone's. The irony in what I discovered was that it's also the least cheesy western I've seen, and yet the idea behind the film seems like the most gimmicky SW idea I've heard. It never relies on coincedence to make up for writer's block, everything that happens is driven by character action and I think that's something that you rarely find in almost any movie or story. Blindman's line about a blind man with no money being a bitch, in my opinion, saved the second half from being what could've been a failure, and yet it was done in a way that didn't seem like exposition at all. I even find it unique that the music was more pop-rock than most SW and didn't lean too much on it the same way others do.

(I didn't start this thread just to review Blindman, but I needed to get that out of the way)

I searched my memory trying to think of other non-Leone SW's that stood tall on the merits of their production & originality and the only other film I could think of was The Great Silence. TGS and BM are the only SW's I could think of that seem more like 'cousins' to Leone's films amongst the countless bastard sons and grandsons that have inherited something from Leone and SWdom in obvious ways. Even The Mercenary falls short a few feet of untouchable cinematic greatness. The make-up, unexplainable why's and how's, Zapata Western mold, it definitely didn't 'come out of nowhere', but I enjoy it, so don't take it the wrong way.

Could anyone here name SW's that really stand on their own in production standard, story/originality, avoiding redundance(same looking towns, sets), etc.? the same way TGS and BM do?

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Off-Topic Discussion / Holy shit, I'm back!
« on: January 13, 2010, 09:27:09 PM »
It's been ages! You see, I forgot my password, which was also the password to the email account where I'd be able to recover a password. It wasn't until recently that I used the "Forgot your password? Try the hint!" feature on the email address and whaddaya know, I actually put a hint and answer!

Hmm, apparently Firecracker still uses those bigassed images. Is titoli still kind of a dick?

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Off-Topic Discussion / Godard three disc/four movie set
« on: July 26, 2008, 05:24:17 PM »
Three 80's one 90's Godard films for $35.

Passion
First Name: Carmen
Detective
Oh, Woe Is Me

Does anyone have this? I got it yesterday and I can't wait to watch them tonight ^-^

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Off-Topic Discussion / Good news for Visconti fans!
« on: July 19, 2008, 04:29:29 PM »
Ludwig coming out in R1 land  on DVD, October 14'th! YES! O0

Amazon link

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Trivia Games / Second vehicle in GBU...
« on: June 11, 2008, 03:50:31 PM »
The truck that goes by while Tuco and Blondie are planting the dynamite is the obvious one, but has anyone else spotted the other vehicle? :D (I did, that's why I made this post. Last time I made a post here you were wondering if I was asking or giving. Well, I'm giving!)

EDIT: Oh yeah, and where is this second vehicle spotted? I say this because, technically, that was just a yes or no question, ya bunch of titoli-style sticklers.

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Off-Topic Discussion / When titoli says something positive...
« on: May 31, 2008, 02:27:56 PM »
...about a movie, especially a movie you'd expect him to hate, it's like watching a Roman emperor pardon a man while he's on his way to the gallows.

Here, here, agree with me!

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Off-Topic Discussion / Un flic aka A Cop/Dirty Money (1972)
« on: May 29, 2008, 04:08:49 PM »
July 22'nd! :D O0 :o 8)

Link

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Off-Topic Discussion / Rate the last thing you did
« on: May 24, 2008, 12:40:21 PM »
Ate three chocolate chip waffles and poured a cup of cranberry-blackberry juice - 8/10

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Duck, You Sucker / Villega travels fast
« on: December 03, 2007, 03:39:05 PM »
This just came to me recently when watching DYS.

Juan & the gang and Villega were travelling at the same time yet somehow Villega managed to arrive at the cafe first and be at work on a patient before Juan gets there.

What the...

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Trivia Games / Duck, You Sucker and Novecento/1900
« on: November 25, 2007, 02:21:07 PM »
Besides Morricone and Romolo Valli there was someone else involved in both movies.

HINT: Not a crew member... At least I'm not thinking of a crew member :D


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Off-Topic Discussion / Do you like live albums?
« on: November 09, 2007, 08:10:54 PM »
Since the music discussion has a lot of room to move forward with a thread every month... :D

My favorite:

UFO - Strangers in the Night
AC/DC - Live
Cheap Trick - At Budokan
Led Zeppelin - Everything
Black Sabbath - Reunion
Heaven & Hell - Live at Radio City Music Hall
Alice in Chains - Live
Eric Clapton - Unplugged

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Off-Topic Discussion / Lenin vs. Lennon
« on: September 20, 2007, 03:55:50 PM »
Well?

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Off-Topic Discussion / Heehee, this is hilarious
« on: September 10, 2007, 05:44:33 PM »
NOTE: NOTE SAFE FOR WORK AT ALL!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3mw49mk_x0

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Off-Topic Discussion / Adventures of Young Indiana Jones on DVD
« on: August 21, 2007, 08:40:20 PM »
http://www.dvdactive.com/news/releases/adventures-of-young-indiana-jones.html

 O0

I used to love watching these when they came out on VHS, but because they weren't all released I hated to feel 'disconnected' from the main timeline watching them. This is going to be cool, especially with historical docs. My favorite was Trenches of Hell.

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