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Ennio Morricone Denies Calling Quentin Tarantino a ‘Cretin,’ Threatens Legal Action Against Playboy Germany

Ennio Morricone Denies Calling Quentin Tarantino a ‘Cretin,’ Threatens Legal Action Against Playboy Germany
Update: Ennio Morricone has denied participating in an interview with Playboy Germany in which he is quoted as calling Quentin Tarantino a “cretin” whose movies are “trash.” Read his full statement, in which he praises Tarantino and threatens legal action with Playboy Germany:

It has come to my attention that Playboy Germany has come out with an article in which I have stated extremely negative comments about Tarantino and his films, and the Academy. I have never expressed any negative statements about the Academy, Quentin, or his films — and certainly do not consider his films garbage. I have given a mandate to my lawyer in Italy to take civil and penal action.

I consider Tarantino a great director. I am very fond of my collaboration with him and the relationship we have developed during the time we have spent together. He is courageous and has an enormous personality. I credit
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Sliff 2018 – Once Upon A Time On The West Screens at The St. Louis Public Library November 10th

This year, the St. Louis International Film Festival will celebrate “Golden Anniversaries” of five movies made in 1968. They are: Bullitt, Medium Cool, Once Upon A Time In The West, Pretty Poison, and Rosemary’S Baby. Once Upon A Time In The West will screen Saturday November 10th at 2pm at The St. Louis Public Library. This is a Free event. This screening of Once Upon A Time In The West will have an intro and post-film discussion by We Are Movie Geeks editor/creative director Tom Stockman.

Sergio Leone’s “Once Upon a Time in the West” — a Western-to-end-all-Westerns — brings Sliff Golden Anniversaries: 1968 retrospective to an appropriately rousing conclusion. Rail baron Morton (Gabriele Ferzetti) angles to claim the single piece of land around Flagstone with water on it, knowing the new railroad will have to stop there. He sends his henchman Frank (Henry Fonda) to scare the land’s owner,
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‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’: Why The Coen Brothers Finally Embraced Digital for Their First Netflix Movie

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‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’: Why The Coen Brothers Finally Embraced Digital for Their First Netflix Movie
Joel and Ethan Coen finally went digital for their Netflix Western anthology, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” but it was more out of necessity than aesthetics. Still, it’s a stunning, hyper-real achievement for cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel’s second go-round with the Coens (Oscar-nominated “Inside Llewyn Davis”), who convinced them that it was the only cost-effective way to make their movie.

“Because it was for Netflix and there was no theatrical, they wanted to try it,” said Delbonnel, “especially after hearing how fantastic digital was from so many people, including Roger Deakins, who doesn’t want to shoot on film anymore.”

Delbonnel, who shot with the Alexa Studio, invited the Coens to take a sneak peek of “Darkest Hour,” and they admired how he was able to capture light and shadow with digital tools. “But it was hard at the beginning,” he said. “They’re not used to watching dailies
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False Memories and Fearful Feminism: The Cinema of Dario Argento

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Suspiria. Courtesy of Tk.Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, who shot Dario Argento’s debut The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970), believes it to be “the blueprint for all Argento movies.” It first introduced the gloved hands and the knives. It displayed a tendency towards strange supporting characters and underlying fetishes. As a film about seeing and memory, Argento would essentially remake the film in 1975 as Deep Red, but would incorporate these fractured images and wounded pasts into nearly all his characters and the films that would follow. His cinema is one of convoluted gender roles and impotence. Argento’s films evolve and progress over time, but always keep traveling back to these same questions, essentially using the framework of The Bird with the Crystal Plumage in various settings and situations in his attempts to dig deeper into these issues. It is an investigation that begins two years prior to Argento’s directorial debut,
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Charles Bronson look-alike takes out the scumbags in Death Kiss trailer

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Charles Bronson, the action bad-ass known for his roles in House Of Wax, The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Dirty Dozen, Once Upon A Time In The West, and, of course, the Death Wish series, sadly passed away in 2003, but he appears to have been resurrected in the form of Robert Kovacs, a man who has a remarkable likeness to the late actor. That resemblance seems to be pretty much the sole reason to...
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Dario Argento’s The Bird With The Crystal Plumage This Weekend Midnights at The Moolah

“Right! Bring in the perverts!”

The Bird With The Crystal Plumage screens Midnights this weekend (July 13th and 14th) at The Moolah Theater and Lounge as part of Destroy the Brain’s monthly Late Nite Grindhouse film series.

Having served his time in the cinematic trenches both as a film critic and a screenwriter (notably collaborating with Bernardo Bertolucci on Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West), Dario Argento, the man who would become known as “The Italian Hitchcock” made his directorial debut with The Bird With The Crystal Plumage, a snappy little giallo, the success of which cemented his path within the genre. Admittedly, there are only a few moments of outright horror and/or gore, but the newcomer’s sharp grasp of tension, atmosphere, camerawork, and pacing are beyond reproach in this telling of Sam, a vacationing American (Tony Musante) who on his last day
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15 Classic Films Turning the Big 5-0 This Year

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15 Classic Films Turning the Big 5-0 This Year
There are a lot of big movie anniversaries in 2018: Can't Hardly Wait turns 20, Die Hard turns 30, and Animal House hits the big 4-0. But what about movies turning 50?

Have you seen these classics from 1968? They run the gamut from Barbra Streisand's first Oscar and Katharine Hepburn's third to genre staples like Night of the Living Dead, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Once Upon a Time in the West. And look for Steve McQueen in the gallery, twice. He was quite the hunk back in the day.

Related: 15 Legendary Movies That Turned 50 This Year
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Jeff Daniels Is at the Peak of His Career in Two Roles Decades and Worlds Apart — Career Watch

Jeff Daniels Is at the Peak of His Career in Two Roles Decades and Worlds Apart — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jeff Daniels, who’s riding the swells during the current television tsunami. He’s not only in constant demand, but the adroit character actor has become a star.

Bottom Line: Always a reliable working actor in movies, theater and television, 62-year-old Daniels broke out in his 50s with a huge career boost from Aaron Sorkin, who cast him as a gruff workaholic network anchor Will McAvoy in HBO’s Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning series “The Newsroom.” After playing the character, a news veteran trying to keep up with the times, Daniels hasn’t looked back. “I’m working in my 60s,” he marveled. “Look at any decade in my career: it’s not how they draw it up in star school. The only way to
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Jeff Daniels Is at the Peak of His Career in Two Roles Decades and Worlds Apart — Career Watch

Jeff Daniels Is at the Peak of His Career in Two Roles Decades and Worlds Apart — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jeff Daniels, who’s riding the swells during the current television tsunami. He’s not only in constant demand, but the adroit character actor has become a star.

Bottom Line: Always a reliable working actor in movies, theater and television, 62-year-old Daniels broke out in his 50s with a huge career boost from Aaron Sorkin, who cast him as a gruff workaholic network anchor Will McAvoy in HBO’s Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning series “The Newsroom.” After playing the character, a news veteran trying to keep up with the times, Daniels hasn’t looked back. “I’m working in my 60s,” he marveled. “Look at any decade in my career: it’s not how they draw it up in star school. The only way to
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15 Classic Films Turning the Big 5-0 This Year

There are a lot of big movie anniversaries in 2018: Can't Hardly Wait turns 20, Die Hard turns 30, and Animal House hits the big 4-0. But what about movies turning 50?

Have you seen these classics from 1968? They run the gamut from Barbra Streisand's first Oscar and Katharine Hepburn's third to genre staples like Night of the Living Dead, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Once Upon a Time in the West. And look for Steve McQueen in the gallery, twice. He was quite the hunk back in the day.

Related: 15 Legendary Movies That Turned 50 This Year
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A Fistful Of Dynamite – The Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

One of the things I enjoy most about films is the stories of how they came to be made. Many times this story is nearly as good as the film itself. And Duck, You Sucker…oops, I mean Once Upon a Time…the Revolution…oops, you’ll have to forgive me; I mean A Fistful of Dynamite has just such a story.

While Sergio Leone was busy making good money as well as a name for himself in pop culture, his contemporaries, like Visconti, Pasolini, and Rossi, were busy winning major awards from international film festivals and critical praise for their high-minded art films. And though Leone proudly stated in press releases and interviews that he was pleased he made cinema for the masses instead of for just a few hundred people around the globe, it was also a sore spot for him that the critics mostly ignored his cinematic offerings,
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‘The Ballad of Lefty Brown’ Director Jared Moshé Shares His Favorite Westerns

‘The Ballad of Lefty Brown’ Director Jared Moshé Shares His Favorite Westerns
The Western is the quintessential American movie genre. Its iconography has been seared into our collective conscious: the solitary cowboy riding the endless frontier, towns struggling to survive in a lawless land, the quick-drawing gunfighter. Generations of filmmakers have engaged with those symbols, building an entire cinematic language on a genre that began with the simple premise of good “white hats” vs. bad “black hats.” In doing so, they have created mythologies, torn down legends and subverted what it means to be an American.

My exposure to the West began in the living room of my parents’ house. My father, a Sephardic Jew born and raised in Greece, shared with me the movies he loved as a child. Over the years my enthusiasm for the genre only grew as I became a history buff, a lover of myths, and eventually a filmmaker. In interviews, I’m often asked to name my favorite Western,
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The Classic Influences of Star Wars

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Although Star Wars today has become much more than just a movie, there was a time when it was nothing more than a risky business proposition. This is a look at how classic film and cultural changes helped that original film blossom into the most popular and profitable film-based franchise in history.

Let me take you back to a time before midichlorians and Gungans. Before lightsabers and tie fighters. This is a time when Death Star could have referred to a Shuriken, and Skywalker was the nickname for future NBA Hall of famer David Thompson. It was 1973 and George Lucas began writing the script for what would become Star Wars, later Episode IV: A New Hope. At this time, Lucas had completed filming his second feature film, American Graffiti, which would become a hit. His first feature film was 1971’s Thx-1138, a dystopian sci-fi, and a flop in theaters. However,
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Wamg Giveaway – Win the The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One Blu-ray/DVD Combo

The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One will be available on Blu-ray/DVD Combo and DVD December 5th Now you can own The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One on Blu-ray/DVD Combo. We Are Movie Geeks has 2 copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie that starts with the letter ‘O’ ? (mine is Once Upon A Time In The West!). It’s so easy! Good Luck!

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be A Us Resident. Prize Will Only Be Shipped To Us Addresses. No P.O. Boxes. No Duplicate Addresses.

2. Winners Will Be Chosen From All Qualifying Entries.

When a dangerous outbreak threatens to destroy everyone living on a newly colonized planet, Lt. Kane Sommerville (Daniel MacPherson) goes against orders and leaves his station to rescue his young daughter (Teagan Croft). Desperate to
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Arrow Video’s February 2018 Blu-ray Releases Include Basket Case Limited Edition, Scalpel, The Gruesome Twosome

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Even after all of your presents are unwrapped and your tree is packed away (or put on the curb), Arrow Video will continue to give the gift of new horror Blu-ray releases for fans looking to expand their collections. The company just announced their impressive February 2018 slate of Blu-rays, including a limited edition version of Frank Henenlotter's Basket Case, The Gruesome Twosome, and much more!

From Arrow Video: "Time for our new announcements! First up two titles coming from Arrow Records and Books this December…

New Arrow Book: The Hitcher (Book)

Pre-order now: http://bit.ly/2BqKmWx

Release date: 29th December

Robert Harmon’s 1986 film The Hitcher is a complex beast: reviled at the time of its release, it has been adored in the long term as one of the most intoxicating, unrelenting highway cult films ever made. Starring Rutger Hauer in the title role whose alluring villainy
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'Godless': Why Netflix's Brutal, Timely Western Is a Must-See

'Godless': Why Netflix's Brutal, Timely Western Is a Must-See
"This here's the paradise of the locust, the lizard, the snake. It's the land of the bleeding rifle."

So snarls murderous outlaw Frank Griffin in the monologue that gives Godless, the new seven-episode Netflix miniseries premiering on November 22nd, its title. Leading a pack of marauders out to terrorize and slaughter every man, woman, and child that crosses their path, he’s not merely a creature of the American West in the 1880s. Griffin is some otherworldly manifestation of it, a reminder that anyone who ventures into this borderless, lawless
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Westworld: 50 things we learned from the season 1 Blu-ray extras

Louisa Mellor Nov 21, 2017

The Westworld creators talk imagery, metaphor and nerdy details in season one’s Blu ray special features…

This feature contains Westworld season one spoilers.

See related Shane Black: a career retrospective Zack Snyder interview: Batman V Superman

While it aired, the first season of Westworld could hardly have been more closely scrutinised for clues, twists and Easter Eggs. Between sites like this one and lengthy Reddit threads, fans went through Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s sci-fi drama with a fine-toothed comb.

The result of that careful work by fans meant that by the game-changing finale, most of Westworld’s secrets had been laid bare. Many fan theories had been proved correct. Nods to the 1973 film and to Michael Crichton’s other famous theme park story had all been exposed. When the DVD and Blu-ray release arrived at the start of this month then, very few
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Le Samouraï

Jean-Pierre Melville’s tale of an emotionless killer is distilled to a narrative minimum. Alain Delon stars as Jef Costello, an imperturbable, ultra- slick hit man who follows a strict personal code. When a contract goes bad, he’s caught between irreconcilable compulsions. Following this Zen-like assassin through the mean streets of Paris never seems to get old.

Le samouraï

Blu-ray

The Criterion Collection 306

1967 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 105 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date November 14, 2017 / 39.95

Starring Alain Delon, Francois Périer, Nathalie Delon, Cathy Rosier, Jacques Leroy.

Cinematography Henri Decaë

Production Designer Francois de Lamothe

Film Editor Monique Bonnot, Yo Maurette

Original Music Francois de Roubaix

Written by Jean-Pierre Melville, Georges Pellegrin from a novel by Joan McLeod

Produced by Raymond Borderie, Eugène Lépicier

Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville

Le samouraï has survived the Quentin Tarantino years Looking better than ever, and with its reputation intact, which is not a minor
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The Green Slime

Look out! Gamma Gamma Hey! It’s the attack of screaming, arm-waving green goober monsters from a rogue planetoid, here to bring joy to the hearts of bad-movie fans everywhere. Just make sure your partner is agreeably inclined before you make it a date movie — this show has ended many a good relationship, even before the immortal words, “We’ll never make it chief, it’s coming too fast!”

The Green Slime

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1969 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 90 min. / Gamma sango uchu daisakusen / Street Date October 3, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Robert Horton, Luciana Paluzzi, Richard Jaeckel, Bud Widom, Robert Dunham.

Cinematography: Yoshikazu Yamasawa

Film Editor: Osamu Tanaka

Original Music: Charles Fox, Toshiaki Tsushima

Written by Bill Finger, Ivan Reiner, Tom Rowe, Charles Sinclair

Produced by Walter Manley, Ivan Reiner

Directed by Kinji Fukasaku

It’s a summer evening in 1969. Unable to get into a showing of Butch Cassidy
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Nest of Vipers & Tails, You Lose…

Guest Reviewer Lee Broughton is back, with another Italo Western double bill DVD review. Wild East’s ongoing Spaghetti Western Collection continues to grow and this double bill release is particularly welcome since it features two obscure and wholly idiosyncratic genre entries from 1969. Italian Western directors had found it relatively easy to appropriate key plot points and ideas from Sergio Leone’s Dollars films during the genre’s early years but when Leone’s sprawling, mega-budgeted, meta-Western Once Upon a Time in the West was released in 1968 it was clear that this was one genre entry that local filmmakers would not be able to easily emulate.

With scriptwriters and directors now essentially being forced to come up with their own ideas and generic trends, a new wave of Spaghetti Westerns were produced that effectively took the genre in a multitude of new directions. The two films featured here were part of that wave.
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