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Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Best ending ever?
« on: November 01, 2004, 08:19:36 AM »
What happens after. The song, I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles, plays on the Victrola phonograph when a phone call to the Powers home reports that Tommy is coming home. His mother cheerfully goes upstairs and hums to herself as she prepares his room for his home-coming: "Oh, it's wonderful. I'll get his room ready. I knew my baby would come home."

In the rival gang's gruesome plan, Tommy's bullet-ridden, rope- and blanket-wrapped 'mummified' corpse/body is gift-delivered by a knock on the door. When Mike answers the front door, Tommy appears alive, bound from head to foot except for his exposed, bandaged and bloody face. It is the film's final memorable bone-chilling image - he tetter-totters on the doorstep, and then his mummy-body falls and crashes with a dull thud - face-first onto the floor. The needle on the revolving phonograph record becomes stuck, sounding like a heart-beat.

Mike examines the body of his brother - and then stares into the camera. Filmed from ground level and from the waist-down, he slowly and steadily walks toward the stairs in the interior of the house, presumably to tell Ma. The needle reaches the end of the record. The film's somber message appears over the image:


The END of Tom Powers is the end of every hoodlum. 'The Public Enemy' is, not a man, nor is it a character -- it is a problem that sooner or later WE, the public, must solve.
Ahh, they don't make em' like that any more!
They certainly don't. But I found the part where he is delivered home to be so... estranging and hard to believe.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Best ending ever?
« on: November 01, 2004, 03:52:18 AM »
But if we were to include television, I'd go with Twin Peaks. Bob's reflection in the mirror...
I hated that and loved it at the same time. If only they would've given him another season...  :'(

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General Discussion / Re:What is a good film board (not just Leone)
« on: November 01, 2004, 03:49:03 AM »
Well, FilmTotaal is great if you know Dutch... :P
Rotten Tomatoes can be fun sometimes, but there's simply too much going on there (too much non-film related also) for my taste. I can't keep up with them...

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General Discussion / Re:Duck, You Sucker Restoration/DVD issue
« on: October 30, 2004, 03:43:29 PM »
The original title is not "Fistful of Dynamite", my friend!!! The original title is "Once upon a time...the Revolution".
You see in this world there is two kinds of people my friend...Those who think it's DYS or FOD, and the others...
Isn't the original title "GiĆ¹ la testa"?

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Best ending ever?
« on: October 30, 2004, 03:42:00 PM »
...just as much as I love the ending to PUBLIC ENEMY just as much.....AW, hell, I could go on and on and..... ;)
You mean the 'I ain't so tough part', or what happens after?

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Millers Crossing/Road to Perdition/Funeral
« on: October 22, 2004, 11:00:03 AM »
I certainly prefer it over King Of New York. KONY has more enetertainment value, but The Funeral made a bigger impact on me, and is a film that grows on you.
Hmm... I didn't find KONY to have that much entertainment value at all (well, except for the scenes with Walken. Walken is always compelling for me)...

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Eli Wallach in Mystic River
« on: October 22, 2004, 04:05:18 AM »
Yes, great to see Eli again. Also a pleasure to see a well acted film not loaded with CGI .
Most well acted films aren't loaded with CGI...

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Millers Crossing/Road to Perdition/Funeral
« on: October 22, 2004, 04:03:29 AM »
I've seen it, and it's easily the best Ferrara film I've seen. Quite depressing, but great nonetheless. The cast is terrific, especially Vincent Gallo.
Is it better than King Of New York? Because, except for always ubercool and great Christopher Walken, I found that to be very disappointing and a mess of a movie.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Your favorite Eastwood movie???
« on: October 22, 2004, 04:01:51 AM »
Non-Leone? Unforgiven & Dirty Harry.

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Once Upon A Time In America / Re:Favourite Member of the Gang?
« on: October 20, 2004, 02:50:43 AM »
noodles wasn't going to take the money. he was going to go to prison with max.
Really? So that's why he didn't join in on the action that night?

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Other Films / Re: Judges (2006)
« on: October 19, 2004, 10:52:33 AM »
I don't know... it doesn't look anything special to me...

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General Discussion / Re:Music in films
« on: October 18, 2004, 03:41:45 AM »
We did this once before awhile ago, but David Lynch & Angelo Badalamenti fit the catagory.
How could I forget? ???

About Spielberg and Williams, I wasn't really thinking about those scores, but more about Indiana Jones. In my opinion the score fits the image very well in those movies. I really can't remember the music from the movies you (Dlanor) mention, or I haven't seen them (AI).
As for Tarantino, most of his music hasn't been used in movies before, so he's not borrowing from existing soundtracks. Als, I've never heard him claim the music he uses was made for his movies, and that would be illogical, since a lot of this music was made many years prior to his movies. Sometimes the right pop song at the right moment can be so much better than an original score. (For instance, 'Sunshine of Your Love' in Goodfellas, or 'Little Green Bag' in Reservoir Dogs.)

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General Discussion / Re:Music in films
« on: October 16, 2004, 02:23:44 PM »
Well, maybe not with a certain composer, but both Martin Scorcese and Quentin Tarantino both use music very effectively in their films...

Of course Hitchcock en Berrmann were great together, and Spielberg and Williams can get very nice results... :P

But really as wonderful as Morricone/Leone? (By the way, I feel that OUATITW is their best collaboration) Well, perhaps Miyazaki and Hisaishi.

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General Discussion / Re:The genius of any film you like
« on: October 15, 2004, 08:13:53 AM »
i'm trying to find an excuse for you to love, what i believe to be a bad film. i don't really believe that there are genre films... there are plenty of movies that rise above and are enjoyed by both fans and haters of that genre... OUATIA is one of those... i hate the gangster genre... but i love ouatia, i'm just sorry that godfather can't do the same thing.
Masterful storytelling, some of the greatest actors the US has ever known giving one of their finest performances (Brando, Pacino and the underrated Cazale for example), great art direction, beautiful cinematography, what's not to love?

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Kubrick
« on: October 15, 2004, 08:10:10 AM »
I would submit that modern audiences can't watch the film.  
I disagree. I am now only 19 years old, and I saw it first three years ago, and it made quite an impact on me then. I saw it last year again on the big screen, and although it sometimes sags a bit in some parts in the middle, it still has one of the most impressive and wonderful opening sequences in my opinion.

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