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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Sherlock Holmes Movies
« on: April 12, 2013, 04:45:58 PM »
What about Cadfael, btw?

Books highly recommended; from the series, definitely the first season, maybe the second, the last one is uh-oh.
Some of that may have something to do with me enjoying Sean Pertwee as Hugh Beringar a lot, unlike the other two actors. But the last episode of the series would be better left out; it changed the book an awful lot, without much justification for the changes.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
« on: April 12, 2013, 04:22:29 PM »
Some of mine are rather obscure... for a Sergio Leone board. ::) It's not a definitive list, though fairly close to definitive right now.

I do enjoy Eli Wallach as Tuco, of course.

Viktor Preiss as the actor Benda in "Zmizení herce Bendy" ("The Disappearance of the Actor Benda"), a Czech TV film from 2010 based on a short story by Karel Čapek. He does not get much room, as the story concerns his disappearance ;), but he's perfect in the role. EDIT: Actually, Tomáš Töpfer as his friend who investigates the disappearance is excellent as well.

Another of my favourite actors is Rudolf Hrušínský. Objectively speaking, his best role is probably in Spalovač mrtvol; but it's a repulsive character and I can't list it as favourite because I saw it once and that's enough for a lifetime... and as favourites go, I'll go with the rather obscure children's film Strašidla z vikýře, where he plays the heroine's quirky grandfather who's been trying to fly for years... he's both energetic and driven and completely heartbroken in the film, and a lot of fun to watch.

Jan Kačer in Valley of the Bees. He's so intense, and took the role so seriously.

Boguslaw Linda as Robak in Pan Tadeusz. That has something to do with my love for Pan Tadeusz in general... and he's closely followed by Daniel Olbrychski as Gervazy in the same.

Jessica Tandy in Driving Miss Daisy. The way she goes from the spry, commanding elderly lady she's in the beginning to the brittle truly old lady she's in the end...

Konkona Sen Sharma in Aaja Nachle. Yes, that's Bollywood. Her character undergoes a fairly clichéd transformation from a tomboy into a pretty girl/romantic interest. Kind of a Cinderella transformation. But she does it fantastically, believably.

Magda Vášáryová as Princess Slavěna in Princ Bajaja. OK, so she had some other more "serious" roles... but this fairy tale princess is just what she should be, and believe me, that's not what everyone can do. As testified by many recent Czech fairy tales...

Riiight... Ivana Baquero in Pan's Labyrinth was unbelievable. (I'm going through my five star ratings on ČSFD to refresh my memory.)

And Daniela Kolářová as Alena in Noc na Karlštejně. One of the best comedic roles I know; in a film that's not quite perfect, she definitely lifts it in my eyes. Particularly because I mostly know her in roles of very serious women otherwise.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What was the last DVD you bought?
« on: April 12, 2013, 03:12:48 PM »
Buddy Goes West is really silly. Can be enjoyable as a silly film, if I can remember, which I can't much.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Best ending ever?
« on: April 12, 2013, 03:09:16 PM »
From a formal point of view, probably not.
From a viewer's point of view, very easily.

General Discussion / Re: Watch in Leone 's movies
« on: April 12, 2013, 03:06:25 PM »
So this board is good for something. And just look what it's done for titoli!

It's rather the school; but this board, and others, made me use English outside of school without worrying too much about grammar and all that and rather worrying about what I wanted to say. Which in turn made me study English, I think... in a gross simplification.

General Discussion / Re: Watch in Leone 's movies
« on: April 12, 2013, 02:40:59 PM »
I assumed the point of this to show passage of time.  The clock at the station says 7:55; the one in her hand says 10:10, so the point is to show that she has waited at the station for several hours and nobody shows up.

I took a brief look on wikipedia for the history of time zones in America; it actually began with railroads

I actually assumed that, too - not sure which one of my assumptions came first... Now it's mixed up in my head, and maybe it can still be both. How long would have people waited in those times before assuming something was wrong, I wonder?

I think I learned all about the time and railroads when I did my research for my history paper on Grammar school. Though I'm not sure if it made its way into the final paper... there were so many topics I ran across, I remember I had a hard time actually starting to write.
(Seeing what my English was like back then... :-[ But then, had I not been bold enough to go out and use my imperfect English anyway, I would not have improved. ;D)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What was the last DVD you bought?
« on: April 12, 2013, 02:27:15 PM »
Pan's Labyrinth. And two old Czech comedies.

These, and OUATITW in cinema this Sunday, explain why I suddenly have so little money in my wallet now... ;D

Trivia Games / Re: You Know You Are Obsessed With SWs When...
« on: April 12, 2013, 02:19:14 PM »
You are happy because your longcoat-mania links your two obsessions, SW and Les Mis.

And you secretly enjoy the Tenth Doctor not just because of David Tennant, but also because of the coat.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Poll: How do you like to see movies?
« on: April 12, 2013, 02:07:51 PM »
BTW, could my "small theatre" experience also be a European thing? The art film sort of cinema, rarely sold out but always with dedicated people? What are small theatres like in the US?

I think you'd really have to disregard who's popular, and at times acting ability, and just focus on faces that portray emotion without the need for dialogue.

That's it. That's pretty much what Leone did.

I'd very much love seeing the Czech actor Jiří Schmitzer in a Western, before he gets too old... He played a gunslinger in a film based on a Jack London story in the 80s, and he was great. He's the silent, immovable yet expressive type (strangely, a lot of the photos in the Google search show him making faces...).

And while I'm on the subject of Czech actors, I'd also put Viktor Preiss in there, just to see what he'd be like in a western... because he's the most versatile actor I know, period.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Full Screen vs Wide
« on: April 12, 2013, 01:05:36 PM »
Hm... I now have a new computer with a widescreen monitor; I guess I should watch some Leone to put it to good use. ;D

And welcome back, Beebs/Tex, a bit late from me. O0

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Best ending ever?
« on: April 12, 2013, 12:39:57 PM »
There are various narrative structure theories that I don't really remember, but basically, you consider "ending" to be the climax and what follows, while drinkanddestroy thinks it's just that final word.
I think both are equally plausible.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Gran Torino (2008)
« on: April 12, 2013, 12:30:22 PM »
Good point, Senza - it's not unintentionally funny, or not funny when it wants to be, which is both awkward. This film's not awkward, not to me at least.

Whenever I'm singing a catchy tune I want to get rid of, I try and switch to Love Over Gold by Dire Straits... it's got a complicated tune and rhythm that somehow works very well for that purpose.
I caught myself switching to it from basically nothing now.

I was listening to some soundtrack by neither of them, and father expressed his opinion that it's "nothing like Morricone or Pan Tadeusz". I told him those two were a separate class of soundtracks... I'm not sure he got it, but it brought me to the point of realising that Morricone's soundtracks and Wojciech Kilar's soundtrack for Pan Tadeusz (I'm not familiar with his other work) can stand on their own; not so many others can so well.
Maybe it's really a European & classical thing.

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