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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Rat Patrol
« on: March 21, 2006, 10:36:21 PM »
I loved the Rat Patrol when I was like 3... even got some Rat Patrol toys.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: An idea that might be fun
« on: March 21, 2006, 10:26:33 PM »
I already sorta did that, "They Call Me the Quitter" goes on sale tomorrow.

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: De Niro Last Smile
« on: March 04, 2006, 10:34:56 PM »
Smiling with us, rather, one cineaste to all others.
agree completely  (wasn't that fun?  just like old times)

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: GBU SEEMS TO BE THE BEST!
« on: March 04, 2006, 05:36:07 PM »
It's my favorite movie, though I think it's only the first of three masterpieces he would make.  Once Upon a Time in the West and Once Upon a Time in America are also phenomenal.

Starting with For a Few Dollars more, SL's work became fantastically more complex and the last appearance of "The Man With No Name" is the best...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Film-Noir Discussion/DVD Review Thread
« on: March 02, 2006, 06:07:35 PM »
Well, watched the Neo Noir 1975's  "Farewell, My Lovely" , being a Chandler fan, this one followed the book very closely and I was impressed. Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, John Ireland, Harry Dean Stanton, and Sly Stallone in a bit part. Moose Malloy was played by Jack O'Halloran very well, though I prefer Mike Mazurki take on Malloy from 1944's  "Murder My Sweet". Had the sleezy aspects of the novel down well.  The version I watched was on VHS, but it seems that Canada has a DVD out, don't know the quality though.

A good film to add to the collection.
O'Halloran was a notorious bar bully out here in Los Angeles, big and strong, but couldn't fight a lick and as a result lost some.  I think he tried to hit a guy with his car once.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Film-Noir Discussion/DVD Review Thread
« on: February 25, 2006, 11:05:35 PM »
Check out the Fox Film Noir "House of Bamboo" saw it last night, sort of a cross between Noir & "North By Northwest" by the great San Fuller. I was impressed with his attention to detail, it has great shots of 1954 Japan, a great train robbery sequence, just a very well done film. Robert Ryan plays black market gang leader Sandy Dawson, also with Robert Stack. Don't want to give anything away. In Cinemascope
Great cool guy flick, Sam Fuller rocks, but not really a noir, it was in  COLOR!

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: I didn't like this movie
« on: February 20, 2006, 06:18:07 PM »
do you like it yet?

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: De Niro Last Smile
« on: February 20, 2006, 06:17:29 PM »
I think Sergio is really smiling at us at the end.   

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Downfall of Cinema?
« on: February 18, 2006, 12:54:55 PM »
you have to be joking... have you ever seen any non-classics from the golden age? they are all the same, formulaic, low-standard, bad acting, pretty faces, almost non-directed pieces of crap... just like any movie that's made today that will be forgotten in half a century.

as for the list of 2005 films dave... in order from best to worst in my opnion... 15 films of value(I saw about 30 2005 releases).
Grizzly Man
Land Of The Dead
Broken Flowers
The Devil's Rejects
The Ice Harvest
The Matador
Lord Of War
Good Night And Good Luck
The New World
Brokeback Mountain
King Kong
The Skeleton Key
40 Year Old Virgin

the last 4 may be a stretch, but the rest were definitely great films I'll still want to watch in a decade... the 5 on top are 5 of the best films I've ever seen and could compete with the top 5 of any year, in my eyes.
yeah, what do I know about how this business works, I've only been it it and seen for twenty years.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Downfall of Cinema?
« on: February 14, 2006, 01:10:04 AM »
The "downfall of cinema" is the long term result of short term thinking, and non-creative studio types doing that thinking.  In the Golden age, the moguls loved movies as much as the producers, directors, writers, etc. did.   They had higher standards and weren't cynical.

General Discussion / Re: Bruce Lee a Leone fan??
« on: February 09, 2006, 12:44:00 AM »
Kurosawa to Leone to Hong Kong.

General Discussion / Re: What are your favourite leone films in order
« on: February 09, 2006, 12:41:34 AM »
1. (tie) The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, Once Upon a Time in America

2.  For a Few Dollars More

3.  A Fistfull of Dollars

4. Duck You Sucker, which didn't start out as a Sergio Flick and gets docked even more for being a Sabata Western.

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: Max and Noodles: The Same Person!?!?!?!
« on: January 29, 2006, 10:50:08 PM »
it's absurd.

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Henry Fonda
« on: January 19, 2006, 12:12:16 AM »
He was typically great.  But in this he was every bit as brilliant as the material.

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: First time seeing this film
« on: January 19, 2006, 12:11:04 AM »
It's a masterpiece.

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