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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Beatles Appreciation Thread
« on: August 13, 2017, 06:41:32 PM »
P.S. Sorry not sure how to embed videos on here (it's been a while since I tried to do anything technical on here!)

You may find guidance in this thread ... :)

A friend of mine sent me this link:

It's a good read, aside from the usual typos ("Scofield Kid") and misquotations.

The Rich Contradictions of Clint Eastwood’s ‘Unforgiven’
Clint Eastwood's final Western, 25 years old this week, remains his most complex and personal work.
Film | By Jason Bailey | August 9, 2017

The picturesque prologue that opens Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven features a wide shot at sunset, of a silhouetted figure digging a grave – an image of dark beauty opening a movie that is decidedly not a pretty picture. Much was made, at the time of its release 25 years ago (this week) that Unforgiven was Eastwood’s farewell to the Western, a promise he’s so far kept, which must not have been easy. After all, this was an actor who’d made his name in oaters, making his name on TV’s Rawhide, catapulted to international stardom via Sergio Leone’s “Man with No Name” trilogy, and chasing those films with the likes of High Plains Drifter, The Outlaw Josey Wales, and Pale Rider.

All were released in an era when the traditional Western had already been “demystified,” not only by Leone but “New Hollywood” efforts like McCabe and Mrs. Miller and Little Big Man. But Unforgiven still comes on like a rude awakening, resolutely determined to show the genuine desperation and deprevation [sic] of the era.

That short must be the same as the one that AKA linked to on this site a couple of months back, or a version of it:

So maybe I don't need to go to the trouble of seeing it again this month! ;)

I've never seen Unforgiven in the theater, and they're not bringing it here for the Anniversary. :(
Cmon up for the screening here at the Cinépolis Chelsea on the 18th! I may have to go again ... just in case they show the special short. But I reckon you'll be in Alaska? ;)

I also stayed for all the credits! I think there was only one other person in the audience who did. Too bad, they missed "For Sergio and Don."

Nope, no extras at all at Film Forum. Drat, I'd like to see that.

Off-Topic Discussion / Solar eclipse, August 21, 2017
« on: August 07, 2017, 09:03:04 PM »
I was just wondering if anyone on the Board lives in the continent-wide path of the coming total eclipse of the sun? Or is anyone planning a trip to see it?

I must admit I deeply regret not making travel plans while there was still time. I'll probably never get another chance to see this extraordinary phenomenon.

(Looks like it will be passing right through Big Whiskey, Wyoming! ;) )

And according to the IMDb, the movie was released August 7, 1992, so today officially marks the 25th anniversary! 8)  (though an L.A. premiere was apparently August 3)

Yes ... the famous teaser poster:

I saw it at Film Forum today, August 7, 2017, exactly 25 years to the day from its original release.

It has not lost an iota of its power.

Beautiful! What time was it when the first shot was taken?

Great stuff!  :)

I'm afraid Metallica came up with their tune some time after Eastwood's film was released. (Perhaps the title inspired the band to dip back into film history and discover John Huston's The Unforgiven, from 1965, which is the title they borrowed for their song, not "Unforgiven.")

Also, obviously Clint would never have allowed a glaring anachronism like a rock song to deface the final credits of his masterpiece. He wrote the music himself, and I can't imagine better.

No disrespect, topgunslinger, and thanks for posting.  :)

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: August 06, 2017, 06:59:13 PM »
Also fascinating to discover that Laurence Harvey (who also turned in a great performance) was the father of Domino Harvey, the bounty hunter (sadly also deceased) – I love following through degrees of separation like that (I could probably get to Kevin Bacon if I tried  ;D).
I loved Harvey's performance, too.

I never heard of Domino Harvey. Interesting, sad story:

It's always a pleasure to hear from you, allycat! :)

It's a good article, aside from a couple of typos ... "A Perfect Life"? "John Brown’s icy rent-a-thug in Pale Rider"? Aside from that, there are a few things I'd disagree with, but mostly an excellent summing up of Clint's long and varied career ... to date, of course.

I don't want to start a new thread just for this, but another Eastwood film is to be seen on the big screen in NYC this weekend: High Plains Drifter as part of a "weekend classics" series at IFC Center in Greenwich Village:

Just one screening a day on August 4-6, at 11:00 AM.

The New York Times noted the " unusual bit of programming synchronicity" in that this is showing the same weekend as Unforgiven:

‘HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER’ at IFC Center (Aug. 4-6) and ‘UNFORGIVEN’ at Film Forum (Aug. 4-10). In an unusual bit of programming synchronicity, IFC Center will show “High Plains Drifter” — one of Clint Eastwood’s earliest directorial efforts, in which he casts himself as an amoral stranger who agrees to defend a hapless town from outlaws — the same week that Film Forum screens a 25th-anniversary restoration of “Unforgiven,” Mr. Eastwood’s landmark revisionist western from 1992. The movie, which was named best picture at the Oscars for that year, was widely hailed as a breakthrough in Mr. Eastwood’s continuing interrogation of his macho screen persona. In “Unforgiven,” the actor plays an aging gunslinger and a reluctant mercenary who is cognizant of the fact that, for those who get killed in the West, “deserve’s got nothing to do with it.”


I just found out that Film Forum in New York is showing it for a whole week, beginning today:





(1992) “We’ve all got it coming.” Wyoming, 1880. Eastwood’s widowed William Munny, hog farmer and reformed killer — even of women and children — just can’t seem to keep his kids fed. But then an aspiring gunman brings a job offer from a cathouse madam in distant Big Whiskey: $1000 to waste two drunken cowboys let off easy by Sheriff Gene Hackman (Supporting Actor Oscar) after they disfigured one of her girls. Time to bring in old killing pal Morgan Freeman, even as Richard Harris’ “English Bob” goes for that reward on his own. But there are rude awakenings in store. Eastwood held on to David Webb Peoples’ script until he was old enough for the part, then made perhaps the American cinema’s darkest, most deglamorized look back at the myth of the Old West, and at the cost of violence, as well as his starkest, most tormented personal portrait. Final credit: “Dedicated to Sergio and Don” (Leone and Siegel). 4K DCP restoration. Approx. 127 min.


Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Goodby from Elizabeth77
« on: August 02, 2017, 12:29:32 AM »
Such beautiful pictures, Raewyn! Thank you for sharing them with us. I'm happy you were able to have such a good time with your family and enjoy such spectacular natural wonders. That quilt is amazing!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Recent Books Read
« on: August 01, 2017, 01:43:09 AM »
^ I remember it well! :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: August 01, 2017, 01:41:38 AM »
I was disappointed in Toni Erdmann, after all the hype. I found "Toni"'s antics about as funny as his daughter does. And it's at least an hour too long. Typical German, if they think something's funny, they can't stop saying it. That said, the friend I saw it with (who is German) and another (American) friend both liked it a lot ... and now Gant does too ... so maybe it's just me. ;)

But wild horses couldn't drag me into the American remake! :o

Anyone know what this creature might be? I'm having a hard time finding out with a general Internet search.

It bit me while I was eating lunch under the trees on the plaza in front of the Library today. It is eensy. (That's about a square inch of a paper towel behind it.) Bite itches like crazy.

Note that it might be playing different days in different cities ... In New York, apparently only on August 18th, and only a single screening.

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