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General Discussion / Re: Do you know this man?
« on: June 06, 2007, 06:27:17 PM »
I'd say that latter is the case. It looks like Eastwood just enough to give you the idea, without being lawsuit-worthy.

Saw this last night.
A vast improvement from the second installment but still not as fun as the first.
Has the least action of the three I would say. Only two major action set peices jump in my mind, an early sword fight in a Signapore bath house and the Maelstrom sequence that is the film's climax.
The swordfights still suffer from having virtually no choreograpghy (something that plagued the second film) but the boat battles are a visual treat.
Depp as Sparrow has lost all of his charm but he still manages to be the best thing of the movie. Keith Richards, as Depp's father, was not needed.

My main problem with this series is the amount of fantasy elements in it. The fantasy elements in the first were suddle. The skeleton crew was creepy and added something a swashbuckler hadn't seen before. The next installments went for broke on everything ridiculous and turned the series into a high seas Lord Of The Rings.

Spaghetti western enthusiast will find great pleasure in a scene that mocks a western showdown (complete with electric guitar that apes Morricone's "Man with a Harmonica"). In fact the plot, with all of it's constant (And I do mean CONSTANT) backstabbings and betrayals , reminded me of a Carnimeo western.

I agree with every single thing that Firecracker has said here. Keith Richards was wasted (probably in whichever way you want to take that) in his overhyped part.

I got excited when I heard that Morricone homage. I called it to the attention of my wife who promptly told me that, yes, it was from OUATITW and would I please shut up.

The action scenes were a mess, and the filming of several important scenes left me wondering exactly what was going on -- the most crucial scene at the end especially.

And one of the characters wound up looking a little too much like this guy for me to take things seriously.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Secret Agent AKA Danger Man
« on: May 30, 2007, 09:31:57 AM »
Isn't this the show they got that cool song from......Secret Agent Man, secret agent man....?

Only in America. In Britain, it had the theme that Titoli talks about...called "High Wire" I believe.

This show sort of segues into The Prisoner, which is great.


General Discussion / Re: Spaghetti Western Web Comic?
« on: May 29, 2007, 09:16:07 PM »

Finally got my scanner fixed. Here's a completed wallpaper for you guys to enjoy. After increasing my knowledge of spaghetti westerns, I decided: Screw Sabata, Sartana's the man! The tone's a little different for the Sartana art, but I hope you don't mind too much.

I hope you guys enjoy!

Also, the web comic proceeds at a snail's pace. I got a title card and a panel done before deciding to scrap the story I'd been working with:


Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Top 5 shots ever?
« on: May 23, 2007, 10:23:08 AM »
Casablanca: The shot where Bogart nods almost imperceptibly to give the band permission to play the Champs Elysses.

Other Films / A Pistol for Ringo
« on: May 23, 2007, 01:35:08 AM »
A Pistol For Ringo
3.5 out of 4 stars

This is the second spaghetti I've seen where the lead character prefers to drink milk (the other being Death Sentence). Made in 1965 by Duccio Tessari, this film comes right at the beginning of the big Euro-western craze and therefore, as others have pointed out, straddles the two genres of classical western and revisionist western.

This dichotomy presents itself in the actions of two of the characters -- Ringo, as played by Giuliano Gemma (aka Montgomery Wood) and the sheriff, played by George Martin -- and the choices they make in dealing with the bandit gang led by Fernando Sancho (and his Shemp-esque haircut}. At a point midway through the movie, as Ringo explains his plan to wipe out the criminals, the sheriff scoffs: "You'd kill 'em just like that? Without even giving them a chance to surrender?" Ringo admonishes him for being soft: "Come off it, sheriff. You're as sentimental as a schoolgirl. You ain't never going to live no ripe old age that way."

The film begins with two men on an old western town street wishing each other a merry Christmas, and the holiday serves as an interesting undercurrent for the remainder of the film. Though the movie takes place in the days leading up to Christmas, there exists little of the kindness or compassion that the day is usually celebrated for. Instead, we get a series of killings, robberies and double crosses.

When we meet Ringo "Angelface," the sheriff is trying to catch up to Ringo, who has just arrived back in town after being let out of jail on murder charges. The verdict was self-defense, and by the time the sheriff finds him, Ringo has added four more counts of killing in self-defense to his record.

This lands him in jail just in time to witness a gang of bandits rob the bank and massacre a good part of the town. The sheriff, his assistant Tim, and a posse give chase, but the bandits find shelter by taking over a ranch where, coincidence would have it, the sheriff's fiancee Ruby and her father live. The bandit leader Sancho demands safe passage back to Mexico in exchange for the hostages' lives. To show he means business, he tells the sheriff that he'll kill two hostages a day -- one at dawn, one at sunset -- starting with the ranch hands until their demands are met.

The sheriff has a conundrum. He's pressured by the bank staff to get the money back at all costs. Meanwhile, Ruby is on the inside, potentially being accosted by her captors. The sheriff and his assistant come up with a plan -- they'll send Ringo in to infiltrate the gang and protect the hostages until the cavalry can arrive. Ringo agrees to do so, for 30% of the stolen loot.

Ringo rides right up to the front door and begins playing with Sancho one of those chess games that work out so well in spaghetti westerns. The gang leader, the fiancee and her father, even we as the audience can't be sure which side the smooth-faced but sly Ringo is on.

The film touches upon some interesting themes of race and class. Dolores, Sancho's main squeeze as they say, finds herself being woo'ed by Ruby's father. Ruby seems none too pleased, and we can never quite be sure whether it's because Dolores is a member of the bandit gang, or because she is Mexican. At one point, Ruby spits out in anger that she's sure that Dolores has worked in plenty of kitchens. Also, some interesting scenes exist where the lower class criminals experience culture clash with the well-to-do Ruby and her father (mostly in issues of food and drink -- at one point the bandits are offered vintage Dom Perignon).

Beneath the classes of wealthy ranchers and banditos are the ranch hands, a silent group of poor Mexicans who exist only for target practice it seems. Indeed, the sheriff and his posse seem uninterested as these poor folks are murdered, so long as the white wealthy girl and her father come through the ordeal.

Key moments come at the end of the film, as Ringo fights one of Sancho's men hand-to-hand until one of them finds an axe, and as Ringo leaps down through a skylight with another of the bandits beneath him. An effective, even if a bit mellow, score by Morricone punctuates the action.

Recommended.  O0

Other Films / Re: List your SWs
« on: May 22, 2007, 10:53:51 PM »
Here's the list I have right now. Movies in varying quality. Some DVDs. Some VHSes from flea markets. Some ripped from Netflix DVDs. Some burned from others' copies. Some AVIs found via piracy means. I ain't none too proud, but I'm slowly slowly working to replace those whose legality is in question as I find them available from places like Exploited.

More than a few of these are barely watchable in their current formats. So please don't ask me to review Black Jack until I get a copy that isn't what seems like a taped off of television pan n' scan of an already fullscreen.

$10,000 Blood Money
Ace High
Adios Sabata
And For a Roof, A Sky Full of Stars
Animal Called Man, An
Any Gun Can Play
Bad Man's River
Beyond the Law
Big Gundown, The
Black Jack
Black Killer
Blood at Sundown
Boot Hill
Bounty Killer, The / The Ugly Ones
Bullet for Sandoval
Bullet For the General
Cemetery Without Crosses
Coffin For the Sheriff, A
Companeros (Vamos a matar)
Cut-throats Nine
Day of Anger
Dead Aim / Lucky Johnny: Born in America
Death Rides a Horse
Death Sentence
Dirty Outlaws
Django II
Django...Kill! If You Live, Shoot!
Django the Bastard (The Stranger's Gundown)
Dollar For the Dead (Spaghetti Tribute)
El Topo
Face to Face
Few Dollars for Django
Fighting Fists of Shanghai Joe
Fistful of Dollars
Fistful of Dynamite (Duck, You Sucker!)
Five Man Army
For a Few Dollars More
Forgotten Pistolero
Four of the Apocalypse
Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe, A (Nobody's the Greatest)
God Forgives, I Don't
God Said to Cain
Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The
Grand Duel, The
Great Silence, The
Guns for San Sebastian
Hallelujah for Django
Have a Good Funeral, Sartana Will Pay
Hills Run Red, The
His Name Was Sam Walbash, But they Call Him Amen / Savage Guns
I Am Sartana, Trade Your Guns for a Coffin
I Am Sartana, Your Angel of Death
If You Meet Sartana, Pray For Your Death
In a Colt's Shadow
Johnny Hamlet
Jonathan of the Bears
Last Pistolero, The
Light the Fuse, Sartana is Coming
Long Days of Vengeance
Lucky Luke
Man Called Apocalypse Joe, A
Man Called Sledge, A
Man, His Pride and His Vengeance
Mannaja, A Man Called Blade
Massacre at the Grand Canyon
Massacre Time
Mercenary, The
Minute to Pray, a Second to Die, A
My Name is Nobody
Navajo Joe
Noose For Django
Once Upon a Time in the West
Pistol For a Hundred Coffins
Pistol For Ringo
Price of Power
Reason to Live, A Reason to Die, A
Red Sun
Return of Ringo
Return of Sabata
Ringo and His Golden Pistol / Johnny Oro
Run Man Run
Sartana Kills Them All
Seven Guns for the MacGregors
Shanghai Joe
Shoot, Gringo, Shoot!
Shoot the Living and Pray For the Dead
Sonny and Jed
Son of Django
Specialist, The
Straight to Hell (Spaghetti Homage)
Stranger and the Gunfighter
Stranger in Town, A
Stranger Returns
Taste of Killing
Texas, Adios
They Call Him Cemetery
They Call Me Hallelujah
They Call Me Trinity
They Still Call Me Trinity
Today We Kill, Tomorrow We Die
Viva Django
W Django
What Am I Doing in the Middle of the Revolution?

I do enjoy Breathless, but my personal favorite has to be....


Also, when I bought my prescription sunglasses, I purposefully went with a non-athletic sort so I could walk around in a suit and pretend to be Godard.

This photograph is the visual definition of cool:

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Duke at 100
« on: May 21, 2007, 09:28:27 PM »
TCM is a quality channel. AMC used to be.

How I hate that my current cable provider gives me AMC but not TCM!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Duke at 100
« on: May 21, 2007, 06:10:38 PM »
Nothing all that great?

Surely we're not such myopic western fans that we dismiss The Quiet Man?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: "God Save the Queen" at 30
« on: May 21, 2007, 10:10:26 AM »
That album's a good one. Strummer was also in the sort-of spaghetti-ish Alex Cox inside joke Straight to Hell.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: "God Save the Queen" at 30
« on: May 20, 2007, 04:22:07 PM »
Only tangentially related, but I'm watching my Essential Clash DVD, and the footage of them preparing for Bonds is set to Morricone's Carillion and Sixty Seconds to What? !!!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: John Rambo Teaser Trailer Released!!
« on: May 19, 2007, 03:17:54 PM »
I'm sorry MWND but I absolutely do not agree with anything you have said. You are clearly on the bandwagon of every Sylvestor Stallone hater there could possibly be. This is a guy who came from nothing and wrote and starred in one of the greatest movies ever produced in ROCKY (1976).

That's a flawed argument as already pointed out. I love Rocky. I think it's the second best sports movie ever made. Subsequent Rocky movies suffered. I wasn't a huge fan of the one that came out at Christmas, but it was a little better than 2-5.

Rambo, however, has stunk since they brought John Rambo down from the mountain. Rambo II and III were so bad as to be offensive. And unlike Rocky, I don't think Rambo IV is a believable comeback story.

But just because I don't like Rambo, that doesn't mean I hate Stallone. I love Rocky, as I've said. I love Oscar. But would I have to be excited about Cliffhanger II? In the words of Pete from O Brother Where Art Thou: "That don't make no sense."

Web Site Announcements / Re: A New Discussion Board
« on: May 19, 2007, 02:30:47 PM »
Or...perhaps even a separate site, perhaps Wordpress-based? I don't want to take business away from the SLWB, but it might be cool having a separate site called "The Spaghetti Review" or some such.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Something I have yet to see
« on: May 19, 2007, 10:51:26 AM »
Not sure if this is the best place to ask, but what the hell.

Has anyone ever seen the French reenactment of the Battle of Little Big Horn / Custer's Last Stand that was set in modern Paris? I heard about it once and am not even sure what it's called, but it sounded extremely interesting.

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