Posts from Gorch in thread „Last Non Western You Watched“

    Serendipity Ringo/Carl, serendipity.


    Just finished watching "The Naked Prey" on DVD. It was pretty grim for its time and holds up well. Not for the squeamish.




    We deal in lead, friend.

    A friend (whom I'm beginning to suspect has far better taste in companions than he has for movies) coerced me into watching some inane drivel titled "The Immortals".
    I have never suffered through such an incomprehensible, incoherent, and just plain unwatchable pretentious waste of celluloid. It looked like it was (badly) filmed in a sewer and was written by a batch of cretins on peyote.
    It was appalling!
    Avoid it at all costs unless you yourself are immortal and can afford to jettison two hours of your life.




    We deal in lead, friend.

    "The Wizard of Oz" with four of my grand kids. Two of them had seen it already, but not on my projector. Three of them bolted when Margaret Hamilton dropped into Munchkin Land. I hope their parents are having fun tonight.




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    Let me try to clarify my opinion about "The Artist". It was technically brilliant but it was a rehash of the old "A Star is Born" plot. There's a fresh faced up and comer and a major star in decline.
    It was executed quite well and was worth a look. I'm not sure I want to see it again, but I'm glad I saw it.
    Now that you're thoroughly confused, I don't think it merited best picture of the year.
    I think Dooley was on the money about either loving it or hating it, but I'm in the middle.
    There. How's that for indecision?



    We deal in lead, friend.

    Took my grandson to see the new "Spiderman" movie in 3D. It was too long but the 3D effects were just amazing. Special effects have come a long way since Ray Harryhausen.




    We deal in lead, friend.

    "Safari" from 1956. Victor Mature stars as the great white hunter. His house is burned by marauding Mau Maus while he's away and his small son is butchered. Vic spends the rest of the movie searching for the tribal leader responsible.


    Sounds like it could almost be a western. As a bonus a savage man killing lion is named "Hatari".




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    I just love grand kids. I have a legitimate excuse to watch and re-watch all of these as they mature in different years. Have another on the way and will soon have to start all over again.
    Last non western I ran was the original "Planet of the Apes" with my six year old grand daughter. It's a madhouse! A madhouse!



    You've got a friend in me.

    "El Cid" and I managed to stay awake through the whole thing. It drags a bit whenever Sophie's on the screen and it's amusing that the story is told over a number of years and only Heston ages. She looks the same from start to finish.
    Love that tournament scene and the one man stand against 13 knights.





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    TCM ran a 1970 film called "Cold Turkey", about a tobacco company that offers 25 million bucks to any city that can quit smoking for 30 days. Bob Newhart, Dick Van Dyke, Edward Everett Horton, Tom Poston and a whole lot of young character actors made this worth a look.
    Of note is that the music score was (I think) the first for Randy Newman and included a banjo solo of the Marlborough Man theme, aka "The Magnificent Seven".





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    I ran "The Patriot" myself today in honor of Flag Day, but my main news is that The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News had a quiz in honor of the 33rd anniversary of his death.
    They showed clips from his films and asked five questions that anyone who frequents this board could have easily answered.
    Bill O'Reilly is a big fan of Wayne.




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    Hondo, I'm glad that you posted your opinion about "Act of Valor". I have read some reviews and was considering buying it and now I will.
    Just finished watching "Cleopatra" on Blu Ray. Hadn't seen it in years and it was a bit tedious in the second half and I now realize that Burton plays a drunken wimp. The production values are flawless, but it's way too long and the soundtrack sounds like composer Alex North used rejects from "Spartacus".
    I may want to add this to movies you sleep through.



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    The MGMHD channel had a WWII double feature last night: widescreen, 1080i versions of "The Devil's Brigade" and "The Bridge at Remagen".
    Since my wife is out of town, I popped some corn, poured a few cold ones, and turned up the sound.
    How's that for living life, Carl?





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    Hi Chester. So you didn't make it through "Independence Day" and "30 Rock". I thought this thread was dedicated to non westerns that you watched!!!


    It's hell to be old, isn't it?





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    A close friend sent me an all region Blu Ray of "Zulu" from England. Apparently Amazon doesn't allow it shipped to the good old USA. Anyway, it was spectacular. Noticed more details than ever and it was so bright I almost wanted to wear sunglasses. It really popped.
    If anyone can scrounge one, you won't regret it.




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    "Barbarian and the Geisha". Picked it up at Wal Mart. Wayne is always fascinating to watch but this one plays like a propaganda piece to promote Japanese tourism. It does, however, look great.





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    Sat down with two of my grandchildren to suffer through what I thought would be a cloying, boring family movie. I was really wrong and we all enjoyed "Dolphin Tale" with Kris Kristofferson and Morgan Freeman.
    If you're looking for an intelligent movie to watch with the young ones, I'd recommend it.



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