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Discussion in 'Movies' started by TJPC, Aug 30, 2019.
I looooove asparagus.
I'm a bit surprise you didn't like "Once Upon a Time in the West". Like I stated, I'm not a fan of spaghetti westerns, but I always liked that film from the very first time I watched it in a movie theater during its original theatrical run. I was never a big fan of Eastwood's spaghetti westerns except I do like "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" quite a lot due to Eastwood and Wallach. Those are the only two spaghetti westerns I actually first watched in a movie theater. I fell asleep during "The Good", but I was a few years older when "Once Upon" came out so I was able to stay awake the entire viewing time. I wasn't used to long movies at that age, especially with those viewings in a darken movie theater after stuffing myself with popcorn and candy.
I've never watched The Shining. Never plan to. Not a fan of Stephen King. I've seen most every other Kubrick film. I've never seen James Cameron's Titanic. No desire at all.
That’s the problem with lumping entire swaths of movies together based simply on their setting. West is a great piece of cinematic drama even if it has cowboys and was filmed in Spain.
TGBAU is one of my favorite movies. I found OUATITW to be quite boring.
I agree there. Once upon a Time in the West doesn't even feel like a spaghetti Western to me. It feels more like a traditional Western. I actually think The Wild Bunch feels more like spaghetti than Once Upon a Time in the West. Nevertheless it is my favorite of the Leone Westerns.
I hate all westerns I’ve seen except the Spaghetti Westerns!
I was once married to a woman who refused to watch Spaghetti Westerns because there was so much dust in them. Now I can't watch a Spaghetti Western without thinking, damn, she was right.
Indeed. There's no accounting for taste.
(...or the the lack thereof).
You must not have seen many westerns.
It's a good thing there aren't Asparagus Westerns!
Edit: damn, I was beaten to the joke!
Because people know I'm a film fan, they ask me for my favorite genre, and I tell them I don't really have one.
Sure, I'm more partial toward action movies than toward weepy dramas, but over the years, I've lost a true "favorite" because I've seen so many movies.
That's all because of my site. I've watched 1000s of movies over the last 20 years, and a whole bunch of them are movies I never would've seen - or wanted to see - if not for my site.
It's opened me up to movies I thought I'd hate but I liked.
So I say I no longer have a favorite genre because I see too many movies in "unfavored genres" that I like and too many in "favored genres" that I hate!
I probably have seen more than you realize. In the middle ‘50s to ‘60s, western TV shows were ubiquitous and my Dad watched them all. — “Have Gun Will Travel”, “Gun Smoke” “Bonanza”, etc. etc. Every movie program also had them in heavy rotation. I think I ODed.
I think now they are mostly a uniquely USA art form that may not be enjoyed as much outside the country. Maybe I am wrong, I don’t know. (— the rugged individual, guns, guns, guns)
I do know my Dad also watched every Science Fiction, and I love that genre. My most disappointing viewing experiences however include Star Trek episodes where the find a planet “just like the old west”.
I’m talking about theatrical films, not TV shows.
The Wild Bunch
Dances With Wolves etc....
To name a few
On a similar line of thought, I was heavily into scifi for a long time for both movies and tv shows. For a long time I would even watch lousy scifi stuff, solely for the reason it was scifi. (Not because the movies/shows were any good).
After a few years of buying a lot of scifi movies/shows on dvd/bluray, I gradually came to the realization what Sturgeon's Law really meant in practice. After 2010, I was impulse buying a lot of scifi stuff released by bottom feeder movie companies.
I very much hit the OD + burnout stage in regard to scifi movies/shows, where nowadays I'm very skeptical about new scifi tv shows and movies. I mentioned this in great detail in regard to scifi tv shows on bluray, in my "jedi mindfuck" thread on here.
Today every time I hear about a new scifi tv show or movies, my immediate "knee jerk" reaction is one which resembles disgust or outright dismissal similar (or even more "reactionary") than the OP of this current thread.
This is the "disease" of a lot of scifi stuff.
All you have to do is put any story in space and/or another planet, and it becomes "scifi".
The underlying story can be anything, such as a cop show, romcom, spy, comedy, soap opera, love triange, etc ....
Good point. I think that's why think so highly of certain SF films such as 2001, Forbidden Planet, and The Day the Earth Stood Still. They are genuine science fiction.
Interesting statement, considering Forbidden Planet is essentially a 450 year old story written by Shakespeare, that's been moved from an isolated island to an isolated planet.