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General Discussion / Re: bridges being looked after
« on: August 14, 2005, 03:52:59 AM »
I would agree that the actual bridges in Madison County should be well cared for as they are unique.  But I must say that I wish Clint had taken the film of BOMC and thrown it OFF THE BRIDGES and never screened it at all.  I dislike that diabolical film with an intense negative passion !  But the bridges themselves are beautiful.

Regards,

Wombat

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General Discussion / Re: What your favorite Clint Eastwood movie?
« on: August 14, 2005, 03:47:39 AM »
Hmm I will agree with Vik on this one.

The Outlaw Josey Wales is my favourite.  It is a film (like many of Clint's) that is a story within a story.  Each aspect of the film covers a topic that, in my opinion, is relevant to one and all (varying levels of relevance).

Regards,

Wombat

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Clint Eastwood Westerns / Re: Preacher in "Pale Rider"
« on: March 23, 2005, 03:15:44 AM »
Was he a preacher ?  I don't think so.

He had sorta hung up his guns but they weren't far away.  Was he travelling undercover ? Was he searching for the meaning of life (Monty Python's film on the Meaning of Life was not available, sadly, to the public in the time frame of Pale Rider) ?

I think a bit of both.  He was out there in 'them thar hills' doing a bit of soul searching and besides - 'sometimes trouble jest follows a man'.

Regards,

Wombat

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Hmmm - food for thought this topic.  Clint is not a young man any more.  And even with angles and makeup his age will be noticeable.  He wil not be able to credibly clean up a barroom and keep his cigarillo in his mouth.

Now, Unforgiven, was in my opinion a great rounded movie.  Clint was an ageing gunfighter with all the doubts and problems we ALL have as we age.  He treated the object of the movie with realistic sense.

I can see Clint in another Western.  The tough ageing hombre that still refuses to take the antics/actions of power abusing 'people'.  A man who fights for what is RIGHT until his last breath.  Whether it be in a range war, the railroad steamrollering through his land, destruction of the life of the decendants of Ten Bears - whatever ! A noble cause of the small against the big, the good against the bad - yes I can see it.

Regards,

Wombat

PS.  Clint if you read your Web Site Comments - produce and put the 'new western' out - I will go see it for sure ! W.

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Relief or Revenge or Satisfaction ?  In my opinion, for Josey, the death of Terrill was the finalisation of a lengthy period of sustained deep seated hate.  The man (Terrill) and his Reglegs were responsible for the death of his son, his wife and the members of the Paramilitary Band he rode with.

 As an aside: I see the term 'Renegades' used by others in their posts when they describe the organisation that Josey rode with.  I say again, Josey rode with Quantrill's Raiders.  The Raiders were a paramilitary force aligned with the Confederate States of America.  They were a real force, as were the Redlegs for the North.

Back to Josey - he had to expunge that hatred, he had for the Redlegs, from his soul. And the death of Terrill (as their Commander) was a great place to start.  The Commander of the Redlegs was the visage burned into the psyche of Josey as he was the one who struck him with the sabre when his farm house was destroyed and his Family killed.

Torture ?  I don't think so - Josey ran out of cartridges and he continued to fire in a vain attempt to find a weapon that worked.  If Mr Terrill was concerned about this form of 'assault' all the better for Josey.  I am sure that the threat of imminent death and the look of horror on the face of Terrill was of some comfort to Josey as he recalled all the suffering that this creature had brought into his life.

I am sure that Josey was relieved that Terrill died at his hand.  A sense of justifiable death for a man who had stepped far outside the boundaries of decency - even in a war.  It was also a direct slap in the face for the Federal Authorities - was it not ?  Truth, justice and the American way - lead by a butcher, who as the Senator stated "Captain Terrill is the regular Federal Authority".

Vengenance ?  Of course, but done not at a time of Josey's choosing but Terrill's.  Josey was planning to avenge the death of his Family and his comrades but Terrill and Fletcher pushed the issue and Terrill lost.

My final summation:  Good riddance Captian Terrill and it is a pity Josey couldn't make you squirm just a bit more.

Regards,

Wombat

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Top 3 boxing movies
« on: December 04, 2004, 04:44:15 AM »
I would have to say Rocky and the sequels were the must promoted boxing films.  And Rocky had, nearly, a cult following.  The underdog does well.  Cheer the battler to victory over the Champion.

So I would go Rocky 1, 2, 3.

As for language.  Near Miss etc.  The American vernacular thrives on double negatives, particularly in the new Rap style songs.  One of the most annoying, to me, sung by I can't imagine how many singers: "My baby don't love me no more".  Well I am sorry, but in that case, the double negative actually means (in English) that 'your baby actually does love you.

I will admit that down here in Australia the 'absorbtion' of all things American includes the use of double negative speech by many of the younger generation. Sad really.

Regards,

Wombat

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General Discussion / Re:Hoffman on Eastwood
« on: November 19, 2004, 04:28:15 AM »
Dusty Hoffman - hmm - now I know I have heard that name before - somewhere.  Now where was it ?  Is he an actor ?  I seem to recall he did something about ONE THOUSAND YEARS ago and I haven't heard from him since.

How dare the man - little man's syndrome, perhaps.

Regards,

Wombat

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: November 14, 2004, 04:37:17 AM »
Are there jobs going with the Portugese Mafia ?  I could do with a few changes in my life.  To whom do I send an application ?

Regards,

Wombat

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: November 06, 2004, 11:24:39 PM »
Christmas - try 'Bucko and Champs' (Australian Artists).

Regards,

Wombat

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: October 25, 2004, 05:04:23 AM »
Is a banana pointed,  therefore consituting a point in the hinder ?

Regards,

Wombat

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Baseball 2004
« on: October 25, 2004, 05:02:24 AM »
Baseball, eh ?  Isn't that the American version of Cricket, but with a lot more money, chewing tobacco and advertising associated with the game ?

Not big here in Australia but it is growing !  I played Softball for a few years and even had a season of Baseball in Sydney with a Parramatta Team.  I never actually made it onto the diamond in that season but I sure was good at cutting up the oranges !!!!

LOL - Ha Ha Ha Ha !!!!

Regards,

Wombat

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: October 20, 2004, 05:40:20 AM »
Vik

Reportedly, I have no evidence but the news, our Mr Warne has a bad habit of sending txt messages that could be classed as risque.  However, one such attempt in Siouth Africa had tyhe woman who complained in court on fraud charges.  And the other incident invovled a Brit female.

Txt only as I understand it.  And all hearsay.

Now there is a point for this pointless thread: Truth in Reporting by Journalists.

Is there such a thing ?  Or are truth and journalists on a par with politicians and truth ?

Regards,

Wombat

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Pardon my ignorance but what is/was 'Bird' ?

Regards,

Wombat

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: October 19, 2004, 05:56:10 AM »
Vik,

Would that be Shane 'I Really Shouldn't Have a Mobile Phone' Warne !!! ????

Yes, Warnie has got the world record for the total number of wickets taken - at the moment.  India has helped him achieve that goal.  But it will be interesting to see how long his record lasts.  I believe there are a number of bowlers snapping at his heels.

Me - not  a great cricket fan.  One Day - OK; but the rest too long for me.

Regards,

Wombat

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: October 18, 2004, 04:28:19 AM »
Vik,

Are you being just a we bit facetious ?  Sounds, or should I say, reads like it !!  LOL !

It was a heck of a lot funnier than 'Deliverance' - I can assure you of that !!

Ha Ha Ha Ha !

Regards,

Wombat

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: October 17, 2004, 05:44:09 AM »
Vik,

It was comedy plus !!  It was the story of a Family of Hillbillies who struck it rich by finding oil on their property in 'them mount'ins' so they, as a Family, moved to Beverley Hills - California.

They had an old bomb truck, Jethro, who was played by Max Baer, was the older boy (nephew) whom seemed to be missing a few 'sheep in the top paddock', Ellie-May a goodlooking blonde with an affiliation with ALL critters (need I say more), Granny who was still making possum pie and wanting to shoot Indians and stoic Jed who tried to keep it all together !!

A post is too short to explain it all - but it was very well done and very, very pre-Croc Dundee in LA !!  But the same scenario - Hill Folk getting it on with the City Slickers !!

Regards,

Wombat

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: October 16, 2004, 03:58:28 AM »
Miss Hathaway !!!!  Just remembered.

Regards,

Wombat

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: October 16, 2004, 03:56:55 AM »
Vik,

I need your help here and perhaps They could recall this one also:

"Let me tell you a story about a man name Jed, Poor mountainer but he kept his Family fed, then one day he was shooting for some food, and up through the ground came a bubbling crude ! Oil that is Texas Tea, Black Gold.

Well the first thing you know Old Jed's a millionaire.  And the Kin Folk said get on outa here.  California is the place you oughta be so he packed up his truck and moved to Beverley, Hills that is swimming pools and movie stars THE BEVERLEY HILLBILLIES !"

How is that ?  Off the top of my head !  Pretty close, eh ?

I was/am a big fan of Jed and his Family: Granny, Ellie-May and Jethro.  Mr Drysdale was a card and his Secretary Miss Miss Miss ???????? AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH.  Can't recall her name at this moment in time.

Anyone care to fill in the gaps ?

Regards,

Wombat

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Philo & MGK,

That is the beauty of the ending.  CE just rides away and where he is going is anybodies guess.

Clint has allowed us all to have our own ending to the tale of 'The Outlaw Josey Wales'.

And I enjoy reading the alternative views and/or options.  Makes one think outside the square.

Regards,

Wombat

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Favourite Gangster Films
« on: October 15, 2004, 03:02:11 AM »
I have just purchased a DVD of 'Lucky Luciano'.  The Rod Steiger version.

Unfortunately, I don't have a DVD player BUT I know someone who does !!

I haven't seen the movie in years and it will be good to be reunited.

Regards,

Wombat

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