Dec. 5, 2008, 5:29 a.m. CST
Steve McQueen - left far too early. Along with Paul Newman, sadly missed.
Dec. 5, 2008, 5:34 a.m. CST
Unless I missed it, will Norman Jewison's Rollerball ever be featured. I just thought it was remarkable how a film made in 1975 for a fraction of the cost could be so much better than the remake that came later and look like more money was spent on it to boot. <p> Also, I found the message of the original (at least in my opinion) was that no matter how total the control of the state is, there will always be spontaneous acts of rebellion, such as from James Caan's character. Even if straight after the last scene of the film, he was crushed, the fact is - it still happened no matter how total the control of the corporations militarily, economically and even what people see and can find out.
Dec. 5, 2008, 6:21 a.m. CST
by Edward Brock
I watched this one a few years ago and when I found out it was getting featured here, I went back to digg a bit more info about it. Apparently Peckinpah (who else...) was going to direct this but got into a conflict with the suits about showing some onscreen nudity and got replaced just as they were about to start shooting. According to some posters in IMDb, they also changed the ending... the original one sounds more interesting and suited the tone of the film better, IMO.
Dec. 5, 2008, 6:34 a.m. CST
one of my absolute favorites.
Dec. 5, 2008, 6:49 a.m. CST
by Motoko Kusanagi
Watched it for the first time many years ago in the early 90s and keep returning to it.
Dec. 5, 2008, 8:24 a.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
Dec. 5, 2008, 8:36 a.m. CST
made me sad...the part about how McQueen would have a free run today in the 'badassery' department. I grew up in the era of McQueen, Brando, Wayne, Sinatra and so many others. Television was rich as well, with the Rat Pack, comedians such as Red Skelton, Don Rickles, Tim Conway, etc. I saw a documentary on Don Rickles a while back - I think it was either Showtime or HBO, and all I could think about was: that era is gone forever. Maybe its because I turned 50 last year. Maybe I'm jaded, but it seems to me that the entertainment industry is, well, paler these days. There are great directors and fine actors working today, but for sheer charisma and personality, no one holds a candle to stars of McQueen's era. They are gone, and we will never see their like again.
Dec. 5, 2008, 9:41 a.m. CST
Great opening New Orleans funeral scene, wonderful performance by Edward G. Robinson, especially where he reunites with Joan "Ladyfingers" Blondell (they had done a number of movies together in the 30s and 40s). In many ways, the Kid (McQueen) is the 10th most interesting character in the flick, which is saying something.
Dec. 5, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST
I agree with Nasty. I re-watched Casino Royale last night and McQueen immediately sprang to mind. His brutal cool and those eyes just evoke McQueen for me. I think Craig would have been a good opponent, although their looks may be just too similar to each other. This one's going on my Netflix list, too.
Dec. 5, 2008, 11:34 a.m. CST
by Yotz Von Frelnik
Seriously, that's almost the same general pose and setting as the shot of Daniel Craig in Casino, sitting at the card table reaching toward his pistol. Neat.
Dec. 5, 2008, 1:03 p.m. CST
by greigy just wanted to say
Heretic...... next you'll be saying you've not seen Two for The Road.. by the by... Ann Margaret... smoking hot in Made in Paris.
Dec. 5, 2008, 1:05 p.m. CST
by The Eskimo
...could pull off a character sitting across from McQueen
Dec. 5, 2008, 2:05 p.m. CST
by Raymond Shaw
This is out of place but I just saw "The Train" -- and it was a very good film. But people who like this film might wan't to check out "La Bataille du Rail" by Rene Clement. It is a fiction film with a strong documentary feel about the French resistance sabotaging the rail sytem. It was made shortly after WW2 and uses a lot of non-professional actors. It makes a good double-bill with "The Train"
Dec. 5, 2008, 3:32 p.m. CST
Great & highly underrated poker movie..
Dec. 5, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST
Nice to see a fellow Rollerball fan. I second his suggestion, QUint, if you haven't seen it yet.
Dec. 5, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST
I am thrilled Being There is on the upcoming list.<p> Truely an amazing film.<p> I lost any faith in the Acadamy awards when Dustin Hoffman won Best Actor over Sellers for, get this, Kramer vs Kramer. Who gives a F' about that movie now-a-days?<p> Being There is one of the best films of all time.
Dec. 5, 2008, 7:56 p.m. CST
lots of movies i would never have bothered to watch, but enjoy when i do.
Dec. 5, 2008, 11:19 p.m. CST
by Tar Heel
When I saw the headline for today's AMAD, I immediately flashed to my recollection of the ending of the film. I'm afraid today, studio test screenings would force the director to change it.
Dec. 6, 2008, 5:48 a.m. CST
Rollerball has been a staple for me since my teen years. I have missed much classic film, but I've at least seen Rollerball. JONATHAN! JONATHAN!
Dec. 8, 2008, 8:19 a.m. CST
by Red Dawn Don
BEING THERE is a great flick, One caution... that I have. I saw it on vhs and the movie was diminished when after the films ending they went right into the bloopers reel (in the credits?). It lessened the previous 2 hours of movie magic. I wonder if they do so on the DVD.