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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Mutiny on a Bounty(Brando)
« on: July 30, 2008, 10:38:36 AM »
I think it's the most historically accurate telling of the story and I absolutely love Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins together here. We also get to see a young Daniel Day-Lewis and Liam Neeson.

 That's a big part why I like these two movies, the supporting cast.  In MotB (1962), there's my guy Richard Harris, Hugh Griffith, Gordon Jackson, Percy Herbert, Frank Silvera, and like cj said, all those topless Tahitian women. >:D  Good movie all around, the definition of a big 60s epic.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: July 30, 2008, 10:25:44 AM »
The Eagle Has Landed - 7/10 - Good if unspectacular WWII thriller about a Nazi plot to kidnap Winston Churchill with a platoon of paratroopers.

  I agree with your rating, and watching this I couldn't help but think that it could have been a great movie.  But in execution, something's missing that I can't put my finger on.  The cast is pretty good, although the Larry Hagman scenes are laughable, and the story is exciting but it's never as good as it could have been.  Jack Higgins' book is a must read if you enjoyed the movie. :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Mutiny on a Bounty(Brando)
« on: July 30, 2008, 10:20:31 AM »
 I've never understood the appeal of the 1935 Gable/Laughton version, but I'm a big fan of the Brando and Gibson version.  I bought the 1962 version, the special edition DVD, and it looks beautiful.  And another positive of how DVD and special features can really improve a movie, the DVD features the opening scenes and closing scenes that framed the movie but were cut out of a theatrical release.  It's little things like that, filmed deleted scenes from over 40 years ago, that make movies great. :)

General Discussion / Re: Mediocre westerns with great openings
« on: July 30, 2008, 10:14:44 AM »
 I don't know how I forgot Rio Lobo.  The opening train robbery sequence is really good, but once the Civil War sequence is over, the movie goes down the crapper real quick. ;D

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: July 29, 2008, 02:50:30 PM »
Wayne, shamed, leaves, destined to wander between the winds for all time.

 Sounds familiar, but I like it. ;D

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Official Remake thread
« on: July 29, 2008, 10:51:18 AM »
It does appear that the remake of The Wild Bunch has fallen by the wayside, although there is an animated film with the same title coming out next year.

  That's some of the best news I've heard in quite awhile. :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: July 29, 2008, 10:49:07 AM »
Ending murder may not be the option but they could have at least avoided the cheerfully resolved happy ending. It literally killed the movie for me.

  Some sort of fight needed to happen other than the fistfight.  Whether it be one wounding the other and leaving, something needed to change other than Dru telling them to stop fighting.  And the resolution with Cherry Valance felt added-on after all that build-up.

Charlie Wilson's War (2007)  8/10  Enjoyed this movie a lot with the whole cast seeming to have a lot of fun.  Tom Hanks was excellent, Phillip Seymour Hoffman deserved his Oscar nomination, Julia Roberts was good not playing a typical Julia Roberts character, and on a completely shallow, physical level, she looked good in a bikini. >:D 

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: IS Blondie really that good?
« on: July 29, 2008, 10:41:03 AM »
Many are assuming that, because Clint wears the same clothes in all three movies, he is the same character in all three. But is he? I think he is not. In GBU he is referred as "Blondie"; in FAFDM as "Manco"; and in FOD as "Joe".

 Just to play devil's advocate, "Blondie" seems more like a nickname Tuco gives him, Joe could have been just something people called him because it's a common name, "Hey, Joe."  The only issue is Manco, but a translation of that is one-handed, or that's what I remember at least.  So chronologically, maybe after all the use the MWNN had for his gun, he used the sleeve on his hand/wrist.  But the gist of it, I think it's a trilogy with the same character. :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: July 28, 2008, 03:09:48 PM »
Red River
Tall in the Saddle

  This has come up before, but the ending with Joanne Dru almost single-handedly ruins this movie.  It's a great movie, but the addition of her character brings it down a couple notches, and then how she convinces Duke and Clift to be friends again when all we've seen for most of an hour is fear at what Wayne's gonna do.  Still probably give it an 8/10 but it could have been a 9 or 10. :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Frank Sinatra appreciation thread
« on: July 27, 2008, 05:51:41 PM »
  As much as he gets knocked for his acting ability, always playing himself, some of his movies are great because of his performances.  Manchurian Candidate is a personal favorite, From Here to Eternity, The Man With the Golden Arm, and then there are others that are just good fun, Von Ryan's Express, the Rat Pack movies, especially Ocean's 11, and Four 4 Texas.  Sinatra is and always will be cool.   8)

Other Films / Re: I quattro dell'Ave Maria aka Ace High (1968)
« on: July 27, 2008, 05:45:18 PM »
 After watching God Forgives, I Don't late last month, I watched Ace High this weekend to continue the trilogy.  It wasn't great, but I'd say it was an above average spaghetti, probably in the 6/10 or 7/10 range.  I can see though why a lot of the previous posters didn't like it.  For a movie that was 2 hours plus, not a lot happens.  The lack of gunplay didn't bother me too much, and the last half hour in the casino was my favorite part.  Even with its faults, the cast made up for it, Hill and Spencer are always very likable even if their dubbing sounded funny.  Speaking of, in MNIN, is that Hill's real voice?

  Overall, I kinda got the sense it was poking fun at the Leone westerns.  The music was Morricone-esque but almost over the top.  And then Wallach's line about dreaming about the showdown that needed music really needled all of the Leone showdowns.  But even then, it seemed to be a good natured ribbing, and the line was funny.

  So I've seen the first two of the Cat Stevens trilogy and liked them, should I check out Boot Hill?  I've seen lots of mixed reviews around, including here.  :)  If so, is there a good DVD or are there only the public domain ones?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Upcoming TCM schedule
« on: July 27, 2008, 09:46:09 AM »
TCM shows Ride the High Country like twice a day, doesn't it? They might as well call it the Steven Judd Channel.

  That sounds about right.  It's a good movie and all but Peckinpah did have other movies.  I'll give TCM credit, they have shown Major Dundee a handful of times, but what about The Wild Bunch, The Getaway, Junior Bonner?  Expand your horizons TCM! ;D

  As for this week's schedule, there's some good westerns other than High Country.
5:15pm Wednesday eastern time  Stagecoach (1939)   
A group of disparate passengers battle personal demons and each other while racing through Indian country.
Cast: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, George Bancroft. Dir: John Ford. BW-96 mins, TV-G 

Thursday is a 70s western theme with Monte Walsh, the website says in LBX, Bad Company, A Man Called Horse, High Plains Drifter, and Posse with Kirk Douglas.

Opening TCM's Summer Under the Stars month, Friday is Michael Caine day with a good selection of his movies including The Billion Dollar Brain, a Harry Palmer movie, The Eagle Has Landed, The Battle of Britain, A Bridge too Far, and Zulu among others.

And then Saturday is Charlie Chaplin day, I know we've got some fans around here of Chaplin. :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Upcoming TCM schedule
« on: July 26, 2008, 10:05:42 AM »
  Late notice for today's schedule, but plenty of good westerns to watch starting with The Naked Spur, Ride the High Country (show more Peckinpah movies TCM!), and Hour of the Gun.  Western Union is on now, but I missed the first half hour, oops. ;D

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Who here has an IMDB account?
« on: July 23, 2008, 06:12:49 PM »
I just didn't feel like posting my reasons. Any who, don't make me put a jihad out on you.

  Fair enough, as long as you said you're reasons why, most of which I agree with.  But those movies are so stupidly funny that I like them.  And drugs are bad for you. ;D

General Discussion / Re: shooter and shootee in same frame.....?
« on: July 22, 2008, 09:03:46 PM »
Grace (perfect pussy) Kelly

  Most unnecessary addition to a sentence ever....but it made me chuckle.  Sounds like a rrpower post. ;D

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