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Other Films / Re: Boss Nigger (1975)
« on: May 02, 2020, 05:51:58 PM »
Fix
No way I expected that one to have a review posted...lol

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Other Films / Re: Boss Nigger (1975)
« on: May 02, 2020, 05:14:01 PM »
This is the first of two Fred Williamson westerns, the other being "Joshua" from 1976,  that tried to take a serious tone into the sphagetti western theme and follow in the steps of Clint Eastwood's " Man with No Name Trilogy ".  Whereas Joshua did a good job of getting away from the straight up Blaxploitation themes that were common during the 70s with Moorish actors,  Boss embraced those themes and suffured as a consequence.  ( Seems Williamson learned from this and made a better film with Joshua).   The language being used and the musical scoring in Boss were straight up Blaixploitation.   The shame in this is Boss had terrific filming locations.  Its not clear whether this is Arizona or New Mexico as both locations are given credit from various sources.

The Blaxploitation musical scoring and language aside, the first two thirds of the film actually had a good plot.  It fell apart during the last third with a horribly written, contrived plot.  This undermined a terrific beginning to the film.  Williamson and D'Urville Martin play two Moorish Bounty hunters that ride into town looking for Jed Clayton to collect the reward.  They soon become Sheriff and Deputy by force.  D'Urville in particular was brilliant as the deputy.  ( I learned he initially was gonna play the role of Lionel Jefferson in All in the Family).

Boss received better critical reviews than Joshua made two years later, but I feel that Joshua is the better film because it for the most part did away with the Blaxploitation themes.  If you are bored, its a watch.  Its not anything I would wanna watch a second time.  4 out of 10...

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: May 01, 2020, 03:32:38 PM »
Il mercenario and Il grande Silenzio are not on the level of GBU and OUTW, but yes, better than any other Leone film.

The Great Silence and Once Upon A Time in the West are superior than the man with no name trilogy in my opinion.   Clints movies are fantastic.  I

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Other Films / Joshua (1976)
« on: April 30, 2020, 09:13:33 PM »
Every once in a while, you run across a Western or Sphagetti Western that you don't expect anything from.  This is one. Fred Williamson stars as Joshua, a Moorish soldier returning from the Civil War, in which he fought for the Union.  After being discharged, he returns home out West only to find that his mother has been killed by a gang, and kidnapped a  woman who was friends with his mother.  The sheriff and his posse lost the trail of the gang.  Joshua takes off after them seeking revenge.  The plot and character development you have seen numerous times with the Clint Eastwood Sphagetti Westerns.

The standouts here are Fred Williamson's acting,  the SUPERB musical scoring and the FANTASTIC on location shooting at Monument Valley, Colorado River,  La Sal National Forest,  Arches National Park and Valley of the Gods.  The screenplay is by Williamson, with tight direction by Larry Spangler.  I can't say enough about the on location filming and musical scoring.  I saw a bad copy on Youtube and can only imagine how this looks with a proper restoration.  Its not the best sphagetti western, for sure, but it has elements that make it a must for your film western film collection.    7 out of 10...





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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: April 29, 2020, 10:01:24 PM »
All (or nearly all) films are influenced by other films, are build on ideas and standards set by older works of any kind, that's per se not a bad thing, as long as this is done with originality. And Bad Times at the El Royale is one of the (few) QT clones which is pretty good in that respect. And QT and a certain Sergio Leone belong to the masters in that discipline, so it is not a bad thing to be inspired by them.
  QT is a plagiarizer..lol...

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: April 29, 2020, 09:55:24 PM »
MAIDEN is one of Polanski's BEST films!

Corbucci?
Not a fan of his work.

Btw Imho Morricone is the true AUTEUR of Italian Westerns.
Think about it!



Yes, QT is at the peak of his powers!
Corbucci's " The Great Silence " is better than anything Leone did....

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Other Films / Re: The Proposition (2005)
« on: April 29, 2020, 08:02:48 PM »
Bone Tomahawk  meets Quintin Tarantino.  7 out of 10.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Touchez Pas Au Grisbi (1954)
« on: April 22, 2020, 07:56:05 PM »
One of my favorite roles of Jean Gabin and a fantastic  film.  9 out of 10 ...

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Lineup (1958)
« on: April 22, 2020, 07:53:52 PM »
I really liked this. I saw it on Criterion.   Eli Wallach foreshadows  his performances  in TGBU  and The Magnificent  7.  Wallach was underused and should have made many more films showcasing  his talent.

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Other Films / Re: Il mio nome è Nessuno aka My Name Is Nobody (1973)
« on: April 02, 2020, 09:13:29 AM »
Yes Straight and restrained, would have improved it.
Why Henry Fonda would sign up for this is questionable...

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Other Films / Re: Il mio nome è Nessuno aka My Name Is Nobody (1973)
« on: April 01, 2020, 02:50:05 PM »
Then you missed some of the most beautiful scenes to be found in a Leone film, or in other words: some of the most beautiful scenes in any kind of western.

And Sabata, really? Sabata is a nice film, but there's nothing in it which could be compared to the best stuff in Nobody.
There was a ton of stuff that I saw in the first half of the film that had Leone played it  straight, this would have been a good addition to his other westerns...

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Other Films / Re: Il mio nome è Nessuno aka My Name Is Nobody (1973)
« on: March 31, 2020, 09:52:23 PM »
This one was a little hokey for me, more comedy and not as plausable (espcially the shots of the what seemed like 5,000 wild bunch, lol) I just don't rate it up there with the others.

For me anyway as soon as a SW pushes the reality envelope, I loose a little respect for it. For example I think it was maybe "Sabatta"?, that had the gun hidden in the banjo, or the troop of acrobats, or maybe both, that was to me more "Wild Wild West" ish. Take it with a grain of salt.

Sabata was a masterpiece compared to this.  Its as if Sergio decided to tear down everything that made his films great.  I turned it off halfway through.  2 out of 10...

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Other Films / Re: Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
« on: February 25, 2020, 08:23:31 PM »
As I have stated earlier in this thread, Paulita and Pete Maxwell are distant relatives of my family.  This lead me to have high hopes for the movie.  My first gripe is Kristofferson as the lead.  His performance itself wasn't bad. The problem is his inclusion set the tone of the movie to more of a pretentious television affair.  His background being in music prevented me from taking this thing seriously. Bob Dylan's inclusion didn't help.  Next, the movie moved along at a long, slow pace with no plot development.  Yes, it was a simple story but it was predictable and boring. 

Peckinpah crammed a long list of western actors into this and it was a waste. The best scene was Katy Jurato and her scenes at the ambush.  James Coburn was well cast and did a fabulous job. The rest of it doesn't measure up in my opinion.  Peckinpah made two western masterpieces, Ride the High Country and The Wild Bunch.  This was nowhere near that level. 6 out of 10...

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Other Films / Re: Soleil rouge aka Red Sun (1971)
« on: February 24, 2020, 10:20:27 PM »
A western that had a good premise and started well but was let down by a bad tone and slow,  boring plot.  Didn't like Bronson's character.  3 out of 10...

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Other Films / Re: One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
« on: February 23, 2020, 09:59:00 AM »
A long time since I've seen it, I don't remember much.
My bad. I saw it on youtube.  Criterion has restored it.  I might get their version of it.   Very good western...

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