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Old 04-10-2005, 16:57   #21
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This is purely a personal opinion but I find it hard to believe anyone can love movies and not love "Once Upon A Time In The West". It exults, almost to the point of indecency, in the transforming power of cinema.
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Old 04-10-2005, 17:06   #22
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it has a good opening, I'll give you that
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It has a great opening, middle and end; it's pure cinema, the grandest of horse operas, balletic, poetic...and probably one of the finest movies of the 20th century. IMHO

It's one of the those movies that even just thinking about certain scenes moves me to tears (and makes me ever so slightly inarticulate). I like it.

I'll also agree with comments on Bronco Billy and The Beguiled, BTW, but I wouldn't recommend either for anyone just moving off the Leones and gagging for more of the same.

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Having never seen The Outlaw Josey Wales, and encouraged by people's comments on here (plus Mike's excellent review on DVDTimes) I've just bought it in Play's sale for 6.99.

Thanks guys!
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Old 04-10-2005, 21:23   #25
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Good stuff. Enjoy. You will have a new favourite film soon.
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Good stuff. Enjoy. You will have a new favourite film soon.
To be honest, it took me a while to realise that I haven't actually seen it. Unforgiven is in my Top 10 (not sure what the other nine are, to be honest, but Unforgiven is definitely in there somewhere! ), and I've seen the Clint/Leone westerns, but Josey has slipped the net. No idea why, but can't wait to see it now!
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'Are you gonna pull those pistols...or whistle Dixie?'
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'Are you gonna pull those pistols...or whistle Dixie?'
Will I get that reference in, say, about a week?
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Indeed!
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Indeed!
Give me a few days then, and I'll get back to you!
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About Once Upon A Time in the West - and the last time I looked Clint wasn't to be seen. This is a film of great, mythical moments but as a story, as a narrative, it's pretty abysmal, slight and far, far too long. I find myself skipping whole swathes of this movie because, like Peckinpah, Leone is a man who imagined a few great scenes and seems bothered or bored by the bits that connect those scenes together. The opening 20 minutes is stunning, the introduction to Fonda electrifying, and the languid camera pan that reveals Monument Valley evokes the whole history of westerns. I once spent some time in Monument Valley and had that portion of Morricone's score on the car's CD and, I can tell you, it was heartswelling. But take that music away, cut out the 30 minutes of pure gold, and OUATIA might seem fairly average.
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Sorry, I meant OUATITW!
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The film does take its sweet time getting to Harmonica's "resolution", but I don't find it less than than enthralling at any point. Jason Robards makes for a good deal of entertainment along the way.
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Well if you do like 'Once...In the west' then give the often forgoten 'Fistful of Dynamite' a go. It's just been given the SE treatment i believe.
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Well if you do like 'Once...In the west' then give the often forgoten 'Fistful of Dynamite' a go. It's just been given the SE treatment i believe.
Good grief man, where have you been?

As for WA, typically trenchant and forthright views, expressed in the way only he can, opinions which he has a perfect right to hold. Even about a film I love. Very much. Very, very much.

But - and beg pardon for this - I still can't help feeling I'd like throttle him, thugee style, preferably using a strong lariat while his own Morricone CD plays in the background, before dumping the body in a roadside grave marked 'Sam Peckinpah'.

I'm off for a lie down right now...

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Joe Kidd should have been brilliant given all of the individuals involved. The first half is pretty good, but it descends into sillyness.
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For anyone that hasn't seen The Outlaw Josey Wales for whatever reason (or for anyone who just fancies seeing it again ) this is on TCM tonight at around 9pm.
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For anyone that hasn't seen The Outlaw Josey Wales for whatever reason (or for anyone who just fancies seeing it again ) this is on TCM tonight at around 9pm.
Tried tuning in at 9 tonite to watch this on TCM only to find it was asking for a PIN number Could have sworn TCM wasn't pay-per-view tho
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Tried tuning in at 9 tonite to watch this on TCM only to find it was asking for a PIN number Could have sworn TCM wasn't pay-per-view tho
I think I read something on Digital Spy about this, something to do with software updates causing this problem.

Or something.
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