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Anyone else keep reading the thread title as "The 3:10 to Yuma"  ... come to think of it, it's pretty close, since 15:17 is 3:10 on the twelve hour clock! :D

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Favorite Current TV Shows
« on: April 21, 2017, 07:56:08 PM »
My wife and myself started watching Vikings  halfway through season 4 and fell in love with the show. After the season ended we binged watched every episode starting with Season 1 and are caught up. We are actually re watching them again. :)

Oh, glad to hear from another Vikings fan!

I've followed the series from the beginning, though I tend to put off catching up ... there is SO much violence on every show. I suppose its historically authentic, but it's a little hard to watch sometimes! I have about a half-dozen episodes from Season Four to catch up with still.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Stupid / Funny Meme Thread
« on: April 21, 2017, 07:20:56 PM »
Now of course I had to go and look at all of those! :D

Here's another one, for Richard Earl (how nice to see him back):

(If you can't tell, it's no. 43, Texas.)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Go On, Make Your Day!
« on: April 21, 2017, 07:10:04 PM »
That's good to hear, Matt. I hope you'll be pain- AND painkiller-free very soon!

Actually, yeah, I could see McConaughey as Philo.

But who will play Clyde? ???

(If he's not CGI, as suggested on the previous page.)

Somehow, I didn't check in here last night, sorry!

Yes, this is good news, though some of us will have the usual complaints about yet another film in the "based on a true story" line.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: April 16, 2017, 07:32:58 PM »
One of the great cinematographers of recent decades, Michael Ballhaus, passed away last week at the age of 81. The Times obituary does a great job of describing what was special about his work:


Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Go On, Make Your Day!
« on: April 16, 2017, 07:29:55 PM »
That was a lovely post, Elizabeth77! I am really happy to hear about the bright moments in your life.

I hear the cardinals calling in Central Park most every day, but seldom if ever do I get to glimpse one. You are lucky to have one come calling!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Baseball 2017
« on: April 14, 2017, 07:00:27 AM »
Shhh, don't jinx 'em! :o ;)

Allycat! It's so great to hear from you!  8)

Trivia Games / Re: Non-Eastwood Quotes
« on: April 07, 2017, 10:50:04 PM »
That's right, Aline! :)

Trivia Games / Re: Non-Eastwood Quotes
« on: April 06, 2017, 09:36:37 PM »
"I don't know nothing. Not one damn thing."

Sally Gerber (Laura Dern) in A Perfect World


He couldn't convict Hitler.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: April 03, 2017, 11:36:20 PM »

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: April 01, 2017, 08:38:57 PM »
And here I thought Matt was being serious!  ;D

My condolences, Brian. I'm sorry for your loss.

R.I.P., Richard A. Cooper.

Eastwood News / Re: Eastwood in the press (minor mentions)
« on: March 29, 2017, 07:13:21 AM »
A Holden Pike sighting!  8)

Thanks for the link. I hope I'll get to listen to it later on today. I'm sure you know that "Big Fran's Baby" in A Perfect World was written by Eastwood (the "baby" referred to is Frances Fisher's daughter, Francesca Ruth Fisher-Eastwood), and orchestrated by Niehaus. When heard on the record player it sounds like an authentic old-time popular dance tune, then it becomes the film's main musical theme.

That's what he gets for looking back at the woman in the truck following him instead of watching the road signs! :D

Eastwood News / Re: Alessandro Alessandroni, R.I.P.
« on: March 28, 2017, 01:39:15 AM »
Maestro Alessandro Alessandroni dies at 92

Alessandroni was a composer, conductor and arranger, but he is best remembered for his whistling performances on the soundtracks of A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. This story in the Rome newspaper La Repubblica is worth a look, even if you don't read Italian, for the video clip featuring outtakes from Fistful. I don't think I've ever seen these before. (And apparently the working title at one point was "Ray el Magnifico.")

Here's the beginning of the story:

Addio ad Alessandro Alessandroni, il 'fischio' western più famoso del mondo

"È molto semplice. Mi telefonò Ennio Morricone e mi disse: 'Sandro, vieni giù un momento, in sala, che c'è da fare una fischiatina'. Beh, era davvero una fischiatina, nulla di più, ma pensa a cosa è successo dopo... Quando abbiamo visto il film, devo ammettere che nessuno pensava che avrebbe fatto una lira". E invece. Invece quella 'fischiatina' cambiò davvero tutto. Alessandro Alessandroni, il maestro - è doveroso chiamarlo così - racconta l'incipit del brano più famoso della sua carriera e più iconico del cinema western, quel Per un pugno di dollari, composto da Morricone, che rese il film di Sergio Leone - e praticamente tutti i film western migliori - ancora più grande. "È stato un grande professionista, abbiamo avuto una bellissima collaborazione", ha dichiarato a La Repubblica Morricone, "sapeva suonare benissimo la chitarra, era il direttore del coro e in questo era superlativo. E sapeva fischiare benissimo. Ha lavorato su Per un pugno di dollari e in altre occasioni. Come mai ho scelto lui per fischiare? Per caso, mi serviva un fischio, ho chiesto ai musicisti che lavoravano con me chi fosse in grado di fischiare bene e gli altri mi sono piaciuti di meno. Lui ha avuto coraggio."

(My translation:)
Farewell to Alessandro Alessandroni, the world's most famous Western "whistle"

"It was very simple. Ennio Morricone phoned me and said, 'Sandro, come down here for a moment, there's a little whistling to be done.' Well, it was really just a little whistling, nothing more, but think what happened afterward ... When we saw the film, I have to admit that nobody thought it was going to make a single lira." And yet. And yet that "little whistling" really did change everything. Alessandro Alessandroni, the maestro—and most deservedly called that—recalled the beginning of the most famous tune of his career, the most iconic in all the Western genre, the one in A Fistful of Dollars, composed by Morricone, that made Sergio Leone's film—and practically all the better Westerns—even greater.

"He was a great professional, we had an excellent collaboration," Morricone told La Repubblica. "He was a very fine guitar player, he was the choir director and in that he was superlative. And he could whistle brilliantly. He worked on A Fistful of Dollars and other projects. How did I choose him to do the whistling? It just happened that I needed someone to whistle, I asked the musicians who were working with me who could whistle well, and I didn't like the others as much. He had courage."

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: March 26, 2017, 07:35:52 AM »
Fess passed away in 2010. Facebook has a habit of posting about celebrity deaths on the anniversary but they don't say the year the celeb passed, so it does come across as new news.

The LA Times obit linked to in Brian's post is dated March 19, 2010.

Duly noted here and in several following posts:

General Discussion / Re: What's next ?
« on: March 22, 2017, 07:07:26 PM »
Clock's ticking, Clint. And we're only getting older.  :-\

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