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Other Films / Re: A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die (1967)
« on: July 21, 2006, 10:59:56 AM »
Quote from: Tim
In El Dorado, Cole Thornton is shot in the back and has attacks where the bullet remains near his spine.  In Second to Die, McCord has something similar, although for much of the movie he thinks its epilepsy.  Thought this was interesting, another case of westerns borrowing from westerns.

Yeah, I thought the misdirection was very well done, though if you read Ebert's review (referenced earlier in the thread), he behaves as though this is some kind of out-and-out plagiarism and therefore an indicator of how worthless Italo-Westerns are.

Clearly I disagree with that assessment, but there you are.

Other Films / Re: La resa dei conti aka The Big Gundown (1966)
« on: July 21, 2006, 07:01:24 AM »
Is the print shown on the Encore Westerns (fairly regularly) the cut-down version?  If so, what was lost?

Other Films / Re: Bad Man's River (1971)
« on: July 20, 2006, 08:09:19 PM »
are you always this hostile James?
I'm going to assume that's a rhetorical question.

Other Films / Re: Bad Man's River (1971)
« on: July 20, 2006, 09:49:13 AM »
the "best" in the sense of "most relevant to the plot" title for the movie is the Italian, which translates as "They just keep losing a million dollars".

Italian titles are always, at least from my perspective, the most entertaining when they're uncomfortably on the nose like that, or wildly poetic to the point where they have little bearing on the film at all.

Other Films / Re: Bad Man's River (1971)
« on: July 20, 2006, 03:55:55 AM »
Its a totally crap title and as Firecracker says the film has little to do with a river.
Thanks for sharing.   ::)

Other Films / Re: Bad Man's River (1971)
« on: July 19, 2006, 09:38:46 AM »
This movie is bad and looks hacked to pieces.
Ah, that's too bad.  Great title, though!

if its pre FOD I wouldnt think it would be anymore than average fair. You should get some other titles before you opt for this one.

I've already seen it, so not seeing it isn't an option.

Anyway, as I mentioned, the film came out in 1965 (after Fistful of Dollars) and even uses some of the same locations.  That makes it definitively post-Leone.

interesting title.

I'll definitely agree on that count.  Unfortunately it has nothing to do with the movie.  :P

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Mickey Spillane died Monday
« on: July 18, 2006, 08:27:19 AM »
Sure, but also "not care". One shouldn't looking for news he doesn't care about. Or also should not pose that question at all. I don't care if, say, Bruce Springsteen or Steven Spielberg are still alive or not. They were never alive for me (with the exception of "Duel", to be correct). So the moment i step (unvoluntarily) in the news some of these folks are dead, that won't make me pose any question at all.

Well, I don't recall saying that my perspective applies to you in any way, shape or form, though you seem to assume the reverse.

Some folks -- like Red Buttons and Mickey Spillane -- have been off the cultural radar for so long that I had assumed they were already dead.  Therefore when the news arrived that they weren't dead until just recently, I asked myself in incredulity, "[So-and-so] was still alive?!?"

I'm not even sure why I have to explain this.   ???

Well isn't that the point  of sw's post FOD?
I'm not sure if one can reduce an entire genre, or even a sub-genre, to a single POV.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Mickey Spillane died Monday
« on: July 18, 2006, 08:09:25 AM »
Thanx to internet one can check who's alive and who's not, so the question has no meaning.
But one has to actually care first.   ::)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Mickey Spillane died Monday
« on: July 18, 2006, 07:58:58 AM »
Not to disrespect Spillane, but he's another of several well-known folks who've died recently where my initial response was, "[He or she] was still alive?"

Thanks to the miracle of Bit Torrent, I was able to see A Coffin for the Sheriff, a relatively obscure 1965 Italo-western starring Anthony Steffen and shot in large part in and around the same town set as was used in A Fistful of Dollars.

While I wouldn't say that A Coffin for the Sheriff is bad, I've definitely seen better.  The film has appeal beyond the occasional episode of, "Hey, I recognize that façade!" I found it interesting that the character of Shenandoah was largely a decent fellow, whereas many later Italo-westerns delved so deeply into the nihilistic side of the subgenre that their protagonists were little better than the men they killed.

Oh, and Luciana Gilli was smokin' hot.

Off-Topic Discussion / Comrade Rockstar
« on: July 14, 2006, 05:22:10 AM »
Salon has an interesting review of the likewise interesting biography, Comrade Rockstar.  The book is an examination of Dean Reed's life and career.

Euro-Western fans may remember Reed from such films as Adios, Sabata (aka Indio Black), but there was a whole host of drama in his life offscreen.

Other Films / Re: Bandidas (2006)
« on: July 14, 2006, 05:15:52 AM »
I'm sorry. I guess I am jumping to conclusions. I never saw it. I'm just taking the advice of the members on the board who have seen it ( see Boardwalk Angel and Amaze's comments ) because they have the same taste in films as I do.

Sorry if I sounded like a pr*ck.
Not a problem.  It's just that we might all be surprised by the film.  I'll admit the trailer looks... iffy, but I've seen films with awful trailers that turned out to be great and films with great trailers that were total garbage.

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