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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Overrated Directors - Past & Present
« on: September 21, 2005, 03:22:04 PM »
SERGIO LEONE

Kidding.

Spielberg is overrated in my book. Today he is considered one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. He's made some great films, several good, quite a few mediocre, and some crap. He surely isn't one of the all time greats in my book.

Also, Ron Howard has never made a particularly good film IMO. Way overrated.
I agree on Sofia Coppola, but I still think her father deserves all the credit he can get, eventhough he made Jack.

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Other Films / Re: Dirty Little Billy (1972)
« on: September 20, 2005, 02:08:02 PM »
Just noticed on imdb that this was Nick Nolte's debut, he has an uncredited part as "Town Gang Leader". Sweet.

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Other Films / Re: Dirty Little Billy (1972)
« on: September 20, 2005, 09:28:49 AM »
I've been looking for this for quite some time. Some years ago, a Norwegian film magazine made a list of the top 10 westerns. This was included, as well as The Hired Hand, another flick I haven't seen yet. Will probably pick up the SE DVD of the latter.

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Other Films / Re: Major Dundee (1965)
« on: September 19, 2005, 12:09:10 PM »
Got the new DVD in the mail today, and thought it was a pretty good flick. Will definately be seeing this again in the near future. I never did care much for Heston, but he's very good here. Even in this extended cut, it's not as Peckinpah intended it to be, don't let the DVD cover fool you. The extras are very interesting as well, with RG Armstrong, LQ Jones, and James Coburn sharing some rather amusing anecdotes on Peckinpah. Also, the 2005 re-release trailer is narrated by LQ Jones. It is wonderful, I'll take him over the trailer guy any day.

Of course, the disc looks and sounds pretty good. The only thing I missed was the original, butchered theatrical cut. I'd like to see that one some day as well. Recommended.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Roman Polanski
« on: July 03, 2005, 11:37:15 AM »
I finally got to see Bitter Moon the other day. At the time when the relationship between Peter Coyote and Emmanuelle Seigner starts going downhill, Coyote is watching Once Upon a Time in America on television. It's the scene in the restaurant with DeNiro and McGowern, just before the rape. It was a nice touch, and I knew that from that point on, Coyote and Seigners' days of wine, roses, and kinky sex were over. Strange film. Started rather dull, but only got better and better. I always thought Peter Coyote was great, so it was nice seeing him in a leading role for a change.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Porco Rosso
« on: May 24, 2005, 12:29:30 PM »
Yup. They are Asian imports, but the quality is very good though, at least on the Spirited Away disc, which is the only Asian Miyasaki disc I have. Porco Rosso is extremely entertaining, well worth a fistful of dollars. Forgive the pun. Couldn't resist.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: La Dolce Vita
« on: May 24, 2005, 12:16:30 PM »
It's been a long time since there was any posting on this subject, but I ordered 8 1/2 - Criterion Collection today. It should arrive next week when my exams are finally over. The disc comes with an intro by Terry Gilliam. Can't wait for that. I never really got into it the last time I saw it, but a couple of years have passed, so the moment is hopefully just right now.

Did you ever seek out any other Fellini films, General Sibley? Anyone you liked more than La Dolce Vita?

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Best hat in a Western
« on: May 23, 2005, 09:49:09 AM »
I always had a soft spot for Johnny Depp's hat in Dead Man, but it doesn't come close to this one. Someone mentioned Chuck Jones. Daffy Duck wears a similar hat in a hilarious western cartoon.

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Well, I have yet to see any of them done better than this. The closest would be Carpenter's The Thing. In Alien, less IS more.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Director of Wild Bunch Remake
« on: May 12, 2005, 09:19:17 AM »
Heat is clearly closer related to Thief than The Wild Bunch, but remember that Heat is a remake of Mann's own TV-movie LA Takedown. The script for Heat was already written when he started making Takedown. He just cut a lot of it out in order for the film to not be longer than 90 minutes. The script was based on years of research on actual cops and criminals. So the story comes from the research, and I doubt the similarities with The Wilb Bunch are there intentionally.

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A Fistful of Dollars / Re: Old Mexican Proverb
« on: May 12, 2005, 03:54:09 AM »
Did I start it with the old Mexican proverbs? When? Where?

Loved the proverb site, it has been bookmarked.

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i will have to admit to only having seen gladiator, thelma and louise, and white squall.

I know a lot of people have problems with Gladiator. Personally, I think it's great, and I rarely like the huge oscar films. But if you don't like this, you can certainly skip Kingdom of Heaven. Thelma and Louise is also a film I really like, although the stupidity of the protagonists is hard to swallow from time to time. Harvey Keitel is great in it though.

Even if you hate these films, you ought to check out his first three films. Alien does deserve all the praise it has been given, and it is scary. Much of the film is designed by Giger, an artist who took drugs because he was scared by his own visions. His designs are scary and beautiful at the same time. Blade Runner is still his masterpiece though.

To a certain degree I agree with dave jenkins that Legend is a joke. The film is pretty even by Ridley Scott standards, and Tim Curry is great in it, but the plot is virtually non-existing. The film works slightly better in its directors cut version, but it't still far from great. Clearly, the filmmakers had good intentions, but I have no idea how anyone thought that this film would find an audience.




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A Fistful of Dollars / Re: Don Miguel Rojo
« on: May 10, 2005, 03:58:17 PM »
Please come back with some old Mexican proverbs. And ask him how it was like working with Baby Jesus. Was he as fun in real life as he is in the movie?

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Off-Topic Discussion / 1900
« on: May 10, 2005, 03:56:00 PM »
Has anyone seen this Bertolluci film? It's being released on dvd here in Norway next week. The 5 hours+ cut. I've heard lots of good things about it, and been wanting to check it out for a long time. I loved La Commare Secca and Il Conformisto by Bertolluci, and The Last Emperor wasn't bad either. This should be good. This is worth picking up, isn't it? If you say no, I'll pick it up anyway.

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now i would love to see a western from spielberg... and maybe the coen brothers could do a good one, although i've never seen a bad coen brothers movie i'm not sure how they could with a western... but ridley scott? my god no!... it would just be crap like it always is, i've yet to see a ridly scott movie i didn't hate... it would just turn out to be a western gladiator, long, dull, visually stunning but overdone, the dialogue will suck, and it will all result in crap... thats my take.

I've actually never heard of any one hating Ridley Scott before. You hate all his films? Even Alien, The Duellists, and Blade Runner? Even the not-as-great-but-much-more-lighter Matchstick Men?

I'm on the other end here, not very interested in seeing a western from Spielberg. Although he's great when he just wants to entertain (Indiana Jones, etc.), I've never been a great fan of his more serious films. I know I'm in a minority here, but he usually picks rather uninteresting stories to tell, and pushes all the wrong buttons as far as I'm concerned. It's not nearly as bad as your usual Ron "I want another oscar" Howard film though.

I did not know Zimmer and Scott had a fallout though Bill Carson. Too bad, their collaboration has certainly been one of the better composer/director relationships after Sergio passed away.

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