May 19, 2009, 4:39 a.m. CST
Since I actually have never seen this one before. But as a Robert Aldrich fan (especially of Attack, his other WWII movie) I am going to give it a try and than see if we have the same reaction to this flick.
May 19, 2009, 5:53 a.m. CST
I really liked this one. Great story though about the plane door. Can't see Russell Crowe doing that.
May 19, 2009, 6:08 a.m. CST
You'll have your Victor McLaglen fill from both that and Quiet Man there Quint. I think you'll enjoy.
May 19, 2009, 6:31 a.m. CST
...for the best fist fight EVER on screen. That is all.
May 19, 2009, 7:25 a.m. CST
Now we know why he gave Peter Parker that speech about "great responsibility." He knows what he's talking about!
May 19, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST
—"Freebie and the Bean"? There was a discussion about this on another posting and I know you're busy as hell scooping the rest of the staff, but, I'm wondering if you had any thoughts on that one. If you haven't seen it, would you add it to your queue?<br><br>Wait, does that read snide? It's not meant to be. Just interested in reading your opinion.
May 19, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST
Quint, I've been fascinated with this column as it's great to watch a young film fan educating himself - the essence of film criticism is to develop context... and you've been getting buckets of great context. I'm learning tons of stuff along the way, too.<p>That much said, you're in for a real treat with THE BEST MAN, arguably the best U.S. movie ever made about the political process (though THE CANDIDATE gives it a run for the money). Brilliant performances all around and a crackerjack script by Vidal.<p>I was hoping that the film would have received a proper DVD release during last year's campaign, but such was not the case. I'll comment more when you review it next time. Spoiler for those who don't mind seeing the ending: http://tinyurl.com/qfajmc
May 19, 2009, 11 a.m. CST
Jimbocop is right. The fight in The Quiet Man seems to go on forever. They Live! gets a lot of props for having the longest knockdown dragout fight, but The Quiet Man also "packs a punch".
May 19, 2009, 11:06 a.m. CST
Unless you spend all of your freetime watching movies and are approximately over half a century old, odds are yeah, one might have some gaps in his or her movie viewing. <P> People gave this Quint guy shit when he was doing his AMAD column because he hadn't seen classics that apparently everybody has supposedly seen. <P> I mean we were all watching films, in utero, just to make sure we were keeping up with our fellow man's requisite film viewing.<P> I want to meet the person that has seen every so called "important" film ever made. I also then want to point and laugh at that person for a life clearly wasted.<P> Get over it monkeys, nobody has seen them all!<P> Nobody also took my eye. Nobody!
May 19, 2009, 11:08 a.m. CST
keep going Quint
May 19, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST
by nolan bautista
is still a catch-phrase in the Philippines when somebody fucks-up
May 19, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST
As good as John Wayne and Maureen OHara is in that one. Ben Johnson is the shit in Rio Grande. Quint, you will not believe that horse riding trick!
May 19, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST
Quiet Man is one of my all time favorites! Great flicks coming up!
May 19, 2009, 3:05 p.m. CST
You know you're an old fucker - like me - when you remember this stupid rating before the letters were switched. That's right, I remember GP, but M (Mature Audiences) is a little before my time. And those were the days when an X-rated film won Best Picture.
May 19, 2009, 4:12 p.m. CST
yeah, this had an anti-war feel to it, but it just lets you down halfway thru; good performances but the pace is so slow that you lose touch with it. great choices the rest of the way, though.
May 19, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST
"Toodloo , should i be the catcher or you this time pilgrim?"
May 19, 2009, 6:43 p.m. CST
I kid, I kid!
May 19, 2009, 6:56 p.m. CST
You're not all together incorrect that these are movies I need to see. That was the point of doing AMAD and this column because ever since stepping into my role as editor on the site my time for exploring film that isn't coming out next week or next month or next year was gone.<BR><BR>In my defense, I've seen more movies than most my age and more movies than most period. I grew up in a house where the only vintage film that was forced on me were the three Leone Man With No Name films and the Connery Bonds. My parents didn't care about John Wayne and the man has made a shit-ton of movies. I saw a few in my teen years, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance being the movie that actually got me into the straight up Western genre.<BR><BR>But yes, more than seemingly anyone else I've had to take the initiative and explore vintage cinema on my own. I've hit a great many "Duh" films over the years and few recently. I got some more to go, so hold on to you hat, but I think the important thing is I'm watching them now, making the effort. And no, my interest in film did not begin last week. I've been doing this since I was 15. This very job at AICN. It meant I was learning on the job a lot. I ravenously watched movies in my childhood. I was always the weird movie kid. I watched my favorites over and over again, discovered new flicks on cable and was a fixture at the mom and pop video store a short bike ride away as early as 8.<BR><BR>So, even though that whole last post reads defensive, I just want to say I understand the thought behind this. Why does this guy write about movies when he hasn't seen so many? I don't know what the line is. When have I seen enough to make me a valuable movie writer? I own nearly 3000 movies on DVD and Blu-Ray, I own a good 30 features on 16mm, about half a dozen on 35mm, I see between 400 and 500 films a year theatrically (new releases and vintage screenings) and my walls are covered with movie posters, lobby cards and British Quads. It is my obsession and I'm frankly glad there's more to discover. It keeps my fire burning as a movie lover.
May 19, 2009, 8:22 p.m. CST
May 20, 2009, 7:46 a.m. CST
by Damned if I can login
You still don't have Robert Aldrich's "Attack!" on your list. An *extremely* good war film, and one of Aldrich's best. Ya get to see Jack Palance at his ultimate creepy best...and it's all serious, no camp whatsoever.
May 20, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST
by Yotz Von Frelnik
That's what I thought that thrid poster said above "OKINAWA".
May 21, 2009, 8:37 a.m. CST
Is sort of a stand out in the JW library. While it isn't my favorite JW movie, I do think he was a better actor than he is often given credit for.