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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: January 10, 2011, 12:00:44 PM »
Director Peter Yates has died at the age of 81 (or 82 depending on the source).  :-\
His most famous creation was of course the crime classic Bullitt, but he made numerous other memorable films such as Murphy's War and The Friends of Eddie Coyle.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Favorite Current TV Shows
« on: December 31, 2010, 08:47:39 AM »
My absolute favorite TV show right now is the swedish Komissarie Winter, based on the novels by Åke Edwardson. This show has it all, chilling investigations that build the tension slowly but surely. There's also real depth to the stories with usually melancholy undertones that come from the people that are real, not some cardboard cutouts like in so many other shows. Great actors, perfect execution. I used to think Wallander movies (with Rolf Lassgård as the lead) were the best of the swedish crime movies, but this is now my favorite. The Wallander novels have also been newly filmed in Sweden with an english cast, Kenneth Branagh playing the lead. I think that's pretty bizarre. As an idea it equals to swedes going to Oxford and film the Inspector Morse series with an all swedish cast. And right now David Fincher is in sweden remaking The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It's a strange world...  ???

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Favorite Beer
« on: December 31, 2010, 08:20:45 AM »
My favorite beers so far have been mostly german wheat beers. The unfiltered Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier and the filtered Weihenstephaner Kristall are two of the best. The Kristall is my favorite one!  O0

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: December 17, 2010, 12:56:03 PM »
A couple of days ago I watched Rare Exports in the cinema. It tells a story about people in northern Finland digging on a mountain to find Santa Claus who was frozen in ice a long time ago. This Santa is not the fuzzy and jolly old man of today, but something much more frightening... The film had some good moments and a nice sense of humor but lacked a fully formed coherent script. The cinematography was excellent but at times the film looked like it was shot only to make a beautiful trailer. Those negatives aside, it was not a complete waste of time.  :P

A trailer of Rare Exports can be found here.

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Questions & Answers / Re: Clint's TV interviews
« on: December 09, 2010, 10:10:04 AM »
Thanks, these two were fabulous!

Daisie

You're welcome! It's fun to see how little Clint has changed over the years. Outer appearance changes of course, but his manner of speaking is pretty much the same, very calm and  relaxed.  :)

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Questions & Answers / Re: Clint's TV interviews
« on: December 08, 2010, 11:03:44 AM »
Hey VIP, have you already seen this or this? You're right, there are not that many older interviews out there, have to keep on hunting though...

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Best Title Sequences
« on: December 08, 2010, 10:22:48 AM »
Yeah, Saul Bass was the king of title sequences! And the titles for Seven have been copied in thrillers ad nauseam. Yesterday I watched Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and that film could've had a great title sequence if the CGI was better.  :P

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Weather Thread
« on: December 08, 2010, 10:09:36 AM »
There was a week when we had -20 degrees here in Finland but now it's -5 like Jaffe said. Nice weather for spending time outside.  :)



Yeah, it's pretty but I'm already getting a bit tired of all the snow because the city doesn't do it's duty of plowing the sidewalks over where I live...

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Off-Topic Discussion / The Best Title Sequences
« on: December 06, 2010, 05:16:43 AM »
Watching Magnum Force again recently made think about title sequences in movies. That film certainly has a memorable (if minimalistic) title sequence that sets the tone from the get go. The best title sequence award in my mind still belongs to Bullitt. The funky Schifrin score, the titles themselves with moving image inside them (very innovative for -68), the great cinematography, particularly of the emotionless gansters faces... That sequence also starts the story in a very cool way, so it's not just stylish images.  8)

What are your favorite title sequences?

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Weather Thread
« on: December 06, 2010, 04:35:20 AM »
Today Finland is celebrating it's independence day in a nice snowy weather with -5 C here in Helsinki.  Yesterday was spent pretty much inside watching The Pacific but today I have to go take a stroll outside... :)

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Recent Books Read
« on: November 21, 2010, 02:08:33 AM »
That does sound an interesting book.   I bet AB would like to see it. Me too.

If you see it in a book store leaf through it, I got hooked that way! Then I went and bought it from Amazon for half the price...  8)

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What was the last record you bought.
« on: November 21, 2010, 02:00:54 AM »
Hey Jaffe good to see you on the board.     
That is one of my favourite Stones' Albums.            The other one that I still have is Aftermath.
   

Exile is such a laidback album, I love it! :)

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Recent Books Read
« on: November 19, 2010, 09:36:30 AM »
Right now I'm in love with a book called Uncommon Places: The Complete Works by photographer Stephen Shore. It's a photo book with some essays. The pictures portray these seemingly mundane views of small town streets and motel rooms, but are really fascinating and beautiful shots of places that no-one else seem to be interested in. The pictures were taken between 1973 and 1979 across the U.S. Highly recommended for anyone with a love for photography!  :)

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What was the last record you bought.
« on: November 19, 2010, 09:20:06 AM »
It's been a while, but I believe the last album I've bought is Stones' Exile on Main St. And not too long ago I bought the soundtrack of Bullitt. Very, very cool!  8)

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Collectors' Corner / Re: Eastwood cinema posters
« on: November 17, 2010, 10:24:55 AM »
The latest Clint eastwood Collection magazine has a poster for Thunderbolt & Lightfoot that I don't remember seeing anywhere.

Even a Google Image search and I couldn't find it there. The closest one is this one but without the bottom pic, it's just the top pic of Clint. With the tagline, "He has exactly 7 minutes to get rich quick." You'd be forgiven thinking it was Clint all alone in the caper not with his gang.



Oh man, I've GOTS TO get a Thunderbolt and Lightfoot poster! It's one of my all time favorite Clint films and the rest of the cast is all golden too. George Kennedy in that film is one mean sob.  O0 And pleasepleaseplease release the film on Blu-ray already!!! :P

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The Dirty Harry Films / Re: In Praise Of Dirty Harry
« on: November 17, 2010, 10:03:57 AM »
  Max and Harry make for a great pairing in a double feature.

  It seems like most movies these days are a series of padded scenes, and the overriding question screenwriters/producers/directors ask themselves is "what does the mindless mainstream want to see now?" instead of "what should happen next?" or "does adding this scene here make sense?".

Haven't read the screenplay for Dirty Harry, but Don Siegel was famous for keeping his films very tight and that applies to DH too. He didn't like to shoot anything that he knew wouldn't make it in the final film. Roots in low budget filmmaking help too...

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A Jaffe sighting! :D

Welcome back! 8)

Thank's KC!  :)

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Welcome back Jaffe. 8)
Thank's Kid! I know I've been MIA for quite awhile, doing this, that and the other. I'm not planning on leaving this board though, too many cool people! :)

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FINALLY ordered this set after nearly two years of drooling over it. Should arrive in a few days!  :D

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I saw Gran Torino a couple of months ago in London and was surprised and very moved by it. It's almost the same reaction I had with with Changeling... I've been pretty much "out of the loop" for a good while concerning Clint's latest ventures, meaning I knew the name of the films he was working on and had seen the trailers but that was pretty much it. With Gran Torino, I went in expecting a much lighter fare and came out pleased that the story wasn't just Dirty Harry -The Return as the trailer led you to believe. It was a rich, moving story with real emotion, depth and wisdom that only comes from experience and life lived.

The film began letting us believe we knew what was coming. Kowalski gets to know and like his asian neighbours and becomes an enforcer who blasts away the neighborhood punks once and for all. Wrong. The story goes on to give you a bunch of clues what you could think of as cliches and then turns them upside down. A perfect example is the character of the young priest. At the beginning I thought that he was just another know-it-all kid fresh out of seminary, who was put in the film just to annoy people and make a nice contrast to Walt who has pretty much seen all. As the story progresses and Walt gets to talk to him more, the character builds up to be a very bright and intelligent young man who may not have the school of life behind him but is willing to listen and understand and most of all, not give up on people. Other main characters have real depth to them as well, even the gang members are not the usual one-dimensional punks, but cousins and other kids Thao used to know who just took the wrong road to get some sort of respect in life.

I loved Changeling and I love Gran Torino, and I think both films rank among the best in Clint's career and both made within a year! The man is definitely on a roll! O0

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