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On 9/24/2020 at 1:38 PM, Strider said:

Watching movies like "Panic in Needle Park" as a kid is a major reason why I resisted the lure of the "romantic junkie" myth, no matter how many rock stars or friends of mine did heroin. No thank you. Keep that shit away from me.

My niece was a junkie for decades. She passed a couple years ago. Also knew some guys back in the 70's that OD'd on that shit. Weed just wasn't good enough, I guess.

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4 hours ago, redrum said:

My niece was a junkie for decades. She passed a couple years ago. Also knew some guys back in the 70's that OD'd on that shit. Weed just wasn't good enough, I guess.

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So sorry to hear that redrum, my sincerest condolences.

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On 9/21/2020 at 3:07 PM, kipper said:

I only watched GFIII once and was horrified by how bad it was. Since then I try to put it out of my mind and focus on Michael Corleone sitting alone at his home in Tahoe showing an aged and weary face as the wind blows the dry leaves across the ground and consider that the last page in the story.  Godfather III is more dead to me than Fredo was to Micheal after Fredo broke Michael's heart.

This was the end of that story.... there were no other pages in the tale, nor did it need any.  There are many ways to make sauce, but if you keep adding ingredients to it after it already perfect, you will fuck it up every time.

Good analysis Kip of the franchise and you are correct about GFIII even though I like the movie (I look at it more of a stand alone and not part of the GF franchise). Even then as a stand alone the movie has so many damn problems. Why is Michael, the quiet, calm, sociopath now grandpa scarface? Why is he, as you pointed out, relying on Connie & Vincent (Connie who he hated and Vincent an out of control dope who is screwing his daughter). The dynamic between the characters makes no sense. 

I figured Coppola should have focused on the Vatican banking scandal with Michael not even in the movie but having died. Have his son as the boss desperately trying to be a legitimate businessman and thinking he can work with the Vatican toward this goal only to find out legitimate business is just as, if not more so corrupt and violent than the mob. Now that would have been a great movie. Keep it focused, none of the silly subplots GFIII had, with the whole premise being when you are dealing with seriously big business, legitimate does not exist, only power.

 

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9 minutes ago, Mr.Bones said:

 

His son couldn’t be The Godfather the kid looked like and acted like a homo, the mob wouldn’t stand for someone like that, Connie would’ve rubbed him out, the only one I could see taking over was his right hand and loyal Al Neri.

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18 minutes ago, RainbowElf said:

His son couldn’t be The Godfather the kid looked like and acted like a homo, the mob wouldn’t stand for someone like that, Connie would’ve rubbed him out, the only one I could see taking over was his right hand and loyal Al Neri.

That's how he acted in GFIII, he was still a little kid at the end of GFII. My vison is a completely different GFIII where Anthony has followed in his fathers footsteps but wanting to continue his fathers dream of legitimacy. He would be a completely different character and not the Nancy-boy opera singer we got in GFIII.

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4 hours ago, Mr.Bones said:

That's how he acted in GFIII, he was still a little kid at the end of GFII. My vison is a completely different GFIII where Anthony has followed in his fathers footsteps but wanting to continue his fathers dream of legitimacy. He would be a completely different character and not the Nancy-boy opera singer we got in GFIII.

A great mob movie that's pretty much unknown. Also stars Joe Pesci. Even has a black hit man. Super violent, but also some good humor. The scene at the piano bar is hilarious.

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6 hours ago, Strider said:

Happy birthday Buster Keaton. Born 125 years ago on this day...October 4, 1895. Resting place in Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park.BusterKeaton.jpeg.db2434d64170ee7e7347bce3f8b20ee7.jpeg

'That was a real buster'

I have a 1966 Mercedes 'Fintail' and I found out today why the brakes weren't quite up to snuff. One 9 inch line (left rear) was clogged with what looked like tar. I put it in the vice and used a small, long drill bit and even it had a tough time drilling through the crud. Well, Murphy's Law took over and the drill bit wandered and came through the side of the hose. Kiss it goodbye. But.....I already ordered a new one from 'Parts Geek' for $12 + shipping. Should be back on the road this week. This model Mercedes was featured in 'Marathon Man' and meets an untimely end.

 

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Inspired by Buster Keaton's birthday yesterday it was Silent Movie Sunday at my house.

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Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" was an instantaneous and lasting success upon publication in 1865. The book has never been out of print and has seen numerous adaptations on stage, screen, and television. Sunday I went back to the earliest film adaptations, starting with the very first one made in Britain in 1903, with 18-year old May Clark as Alice. About nine minutes long. Next came a 1910 one-reeler made in the U.S. with 11-year old Gladys Hulette and distributed by the Thomas Edison company. Only ten minutes long but a bit more watchable than the 1903 film...the Alice is more credible in the 1910 film. Finally, we get a more fully-fledged telling of the story in the 1915 version starring 15-year old Viola Savoy as Alice. At 52 minutes long, we get more of the story and more of the characters, although it still has that stiltedness of many early 1900s silent films before D.W. Griffith' revolutions in editing and narrative structure.

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As many great movies as he was in the 1950s, Rod Steiger also had a helluva run in the 1960s. "The Longest Day". "The Loved One". "Dr. Zhivago". "In the Heat of the Night". And this intense  small-budget New York film directed by Sidney Lumet. Rod Steiger is "The Pawnbroker". Thematically, it sort of ties in with "The Stranger". This was the poster used to advertise the film in the U.S. military.

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9 hours ago, Strider said:

As many great movies as he was in the 1950s, Rod Steiger also had a helluva run in the 1960s. "The Longest Day". "The Loved One". "Dr. Zhivago". "In the Heat of the Night". And this intense  small-budget New York film directed by Sidney Lumet. Rod Steiger is "The Pawnbroker". Thematically, it sort of ties in with "The Stranger". This was the poster used to advertise the film in the U.S. military.

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Great movie. I watched it a while back and saw it in the theater when it first came out. Thanks for posting that. I just ordered the book.

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