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I'm pretty sure you jumped the whole movie.
comments like that are why people jump cut this whole message board.  It's down to what,  three or four regular posters...

Screened this on Criterion.  This started very well and had some interesting  character development that could  have taken the plot in several directions.  The director and writer instead had the plot focus on the three protagonists meeting in jail and their escape.  The director didn't even show them talking about a escape or showing it. One minute they are in jail,  the next minute they are shown running through a swamp.  It was not a scene jump cut. It was a plot jump cut that would have made the French new wave director's blush.... 6 out of 10

Other Films / Re: Boss Nigger (1975)
« on: May 02, 2020, 08:52:06 PM »
Josuha didn't have one though ;-) I added it to the index

Just check the indexes, and see if there is a review listed, the only problem is occasionally a film has more than one title

Will do.  I usually check but didn't on that one. 

Other Films / Re: TAKE A HARD RIDE(1974)
« on: May 02, 2020, 08:50:35 PM »
This was pretty good. Loved the musical score and the plot. Both Jim Brown and Fred Williamson were good here.  Jim kelly was used good here.  His character reminded me of the Indian in Sabata.  Kelly was able to show case his REAL fighting skills.  The inclusion of Lee Van Cleff was a bonus.  He wasn't  used much but his character was still central to the plot.  7 out of 10...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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!

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....

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

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 ...

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.

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...

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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