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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 14 Sep 2018, 03:29

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Lonesome Dove
This, gentleman, (do ladies read Recent Viewing?) is the finest western of the '80s. Even Joan Coan, should he ever condescend to watch a six hour miniseries, would agree. It's also better than any theatrically released western of that particular decade. I should've spent twice as much and gotten the older version with subtitles though.


I’ve never seen it. The 80s were a bad decade for Westerns anyhow, so your pronouncement isn’t a big stretch. But better than Heaven’s Gate?
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 14 Sep 2018, 03:52

It's Robert Duvall's greatest role, not to mention his personal favorite. That alone should entice you.
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Postby Dor-Relip Hotels and Bathings » 14 Sep 2018, 09:09

Life is too short for 80s westerns.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby caramba » 14 Sep 2018, 09:10

Matt Wilson wrote:Image
Lonesome Dove
This, gentleman, (do ladies read Recent Viewing?) is the finest western of the '80s. Even Joan Coan, should he ever condescend to watch a six hour miniseries, would agree. It's also better than any theatrically released western of that particular decade. I should've spent twice as much and gotten the older version with subtitles though.


Surely not only ladies but more than one gentleman read Recent Viewing, Matty, but you're right, LD is damn fine TV. Not so sure about the follow up they did which was also based on a Larry McMurtry novel. Anyone whose interested would also do well to check out L McM's son James, who's made a fair number of fine records and is superb live

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby caramba » 14 Sep 2018, 09:12

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Open Range

This little known film (well, not to western buffs), is actually pretty good and while I don't know where I stand on the free range vs rancher debate, it's always nice to see a well-made oater in the 21st Century. Costner's best picture in this millennium. A fine German blu with English subtitles, a long making-of, and commentary by director Costner.

That guy's face looks like it's been lifted from a PlayStation 3 cut scene.


It was. But let's not be too harsh.

Poor old Kevin C had to find some way to claw back the huge amounts of royalties that vanished in a puff of smoke on first Waterworld and then The Postman. Anyone know how his anti-oil spill patents worked out?
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 14 Sep 2018, 14:17

caramba wrote: Not so sure about the follow up they did which was also based on a Larry McMurtry novel.


There were several follow ups.

Because of the great BCB interest in Duvall westerns, I shall have to review one more soon. Tender Mercies, maybe?
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Snarfyguy » 14 Sep 2018, 14:57

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Lynne Ramsay is so fucking great. I need to see the rest of her movies (I've only seen this and Morvern Caller). Joaquin Phoenix is on point.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Samoan » 14 Sep 2018, 15:00

Davey the Fat Boy wrote:
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Lonesome Dove
This, gentleman, (do ladies read Recent Viewing?) is the finest western of the '80s. Even Joan Coan, should he ever condescend to watch a six hour miniseries, would agree. It's also better than any theatrically released western of that particular decade. I should've spent twice as much and gotten the older version with subtitles though.


I’ve never seen it. The 80s were a bad decade for Westerns anyhow, so your pronouncement isn’t a big stretch. But better than Heaven’s Gate?

No 80s Western is better than Heaven's Gate.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 16 Sep 2018, 03:37

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Day of the Jackal

Fred Zinnemann's fine thriller is given a new transfer with plenty of extras. One of the great British films of the '70s, its taut pacing and expert screenplay make for a grand evening. Open a bottle of wine and dig in. Edward Fox's best role?
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

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The House Of Mirth
based on the eponymous Edith Warton novel envelops us (well, just me probably) in the unadulterated savagery of the upper echelons of early 1900s New York society and the survival of the financially and unscrupulously fittest, all beautifully filmed and directed by Terence Davies.


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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

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Day of the Jackal

Fred Zinnemann's fine thriller is given a new transfer with plenty of extras. One of the great British films of the '70s, its taut pacing and expert screenplay make for a grand evening. Open a bottle of wine and dig in. Edward Fox's best role?


Great movie, Fox is fantastic in this. I cant think.of any other films that he is decent in. He's a plank of wood with a posh accent.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 16 Sep 2018, 17:43

:D

Exactly what was called for.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Jeemo » 16 Sep 2018, 21:11

You're not wrong.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Neige » 17 Sep 2018, 08:51

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Just lovely.


We watched this yesterday.

It really is. :)
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 17 Sep 2018, 17:44

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White Boy Rick (2017)

Interesting true-life crime story about a teenage boy in Detroit who became an informant in the FBI's war against drugs. Good performances by Matthew McConaughey and newcomer Richie Merritt.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby sloopjohnc » 18 Sep 2018, 19:05

Watched it last night on AMC. I've seen it before a couple times.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Dor-Relip Hotels and Bathings » 19 Sep 2018, 10:28

Great scenes, but (maybe) not a great film - right?
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 19 Sep 2018, 17:13

:roll:
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby driftin » 20 Sep 2018, 09:37

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Notorious for the ways in which director Çetin İnanç edited footage from Star Wars into his own film, along with music from Raiders of the Lost Ark and Flash Gordon, Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (1982) is the “holy grail” of remakesploitation cinema.

The Man Who Saves the World revolves around two Turkish space pilots who crash- land on a desert planet enslaved by an evil wizard. Memorable sequences involve the heroes battling robots inspired by Battlestar Galactica and Forbidden Planet — plus mummies, skeletons, and multi-coloured yetis. Another sees them in starfighter “cockpits,” wearing motorcycle helmets, as footage from the Star Wars Death Star battle is projected behind them.


Saw this at the cinema. Horribly incompetent, weird, cheap, stupid, illogical... and amazing.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby sloopjohnc » 20 Sep 2018, 18:14

Eddie Shah environment wrote:Great scenes, but (maybe) not a great film - right?


I'd agree. The ending seems too easy and quick a resolution for me. It's startling, but leaves a lot of stuff hanging.
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