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News Of The World a great new western

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Rachael Bee, Mar 26, 2021.

  1. PhilBorder

    PhilBorder Forum Resident

    Sheboygan, WI
    IDK if it's out and out great, but it certainly circles around greatness. The cliched elements are often neatly side-stepped or addressed in a resourceful way, the acting is first rate, and Hanks' character has lost a lot and shows it. He knows how to fight but is smart enough to think ahead. More interesting than just taking dead aim at the bad guys, who really are rotten.

    Maybe the dust storm was one problem too many
  2. groundharp

    groundharp Maybe your friends think I'm just a stranger

    California Day
    There's no way I could stomach seeing this movie unless the last scene has Tom Hanks getting gutshot.
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  3. Rachael Bee

    Rachael Bee Miembra muy loca Thread Starter

    Maybe we can get them to reshoot a new ending where the girl shoots Hanks because he's decided to take her as a child bride. She'll get the shotgun and load it up with three cent silver coins so Hanks will be so full of holes that he looks like Swiss cheese donating blood. Will that work for ya? ;)
  4. darkmass

    darkmass Forum Resident

    Any movie you write will be a must see for me!
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  5. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe 3 months since last false death report!

    I knew that, statistically, there must be somebody out there who hates Tom Hanks.

    I just never expected to find two of them in one place.
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  6. Rachael Bee

    Rachael Bee Miembra muy loca Thread Starter

    I don't hate Tom Hanks! I just wrote an alternate ending for the haters. I like the original ending where Tom and the girl collected beaucoups of small coins for reading the news.
  7. I'll give this a shot. I dig westerns, if they are done right. This one looks a little too clean and polished for right after the Civil War.

    I should say that my favorite western is The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford for accuracy in tone, language, setting and authenticity. It would take a helluva lot to top that one.

    But hey, I enjoyed Open Range, so that's something.
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  8. Rachael Bee

    Rachael Bee Miembra muy loca Thread Starter

    I don't think so. Hank's character is unhappy with the outcome of the war. He is very resourceful. He devises a business model to collect small demonization coins from the illiterate. Business is good because there's plenty of illiterates to go around.

    I also like The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford very much. I just saw The True Story Of Jesse James and I can't recommend it.
  9. vegafleet

    vegafleet Forum Resident

    I liked News of the World just ok. Now, The Assassination of Jesse James was a masterful film, altogether on another level. A gem of film making, but you have to know it is not a conventional western in that it is character driven, not a wall to wall shoot-them up.
  10. Lenny99

    Lenny99 The truth sets you free.

    Clarksburg WV
  11. Grand_Ennui

    Grand_Ennui Forum Resident


    Despite two of the era's biggest movie stars being in it, I always thought the use of B&W for that film was budgetary, though I could be wrong...
  12. Lenny99

    Lenny99 The truth sets you free.

    Clarksburg WV

    Really? I never thought it was due to the budget and for the same reasons. Lol.

    I read that it was the director, John Ford’s choice. But, at the time rumor had it that Paramount wanted to save money. It was shot on a sound stage and not in Monument Valley. So that also leans towards budget cuts.

    Another interesting tidbit I read; Wayne was already struggling with cancer yet undiagnosed.
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  13. Lenny99

    Lenny99 The truth sets you free.

    Clarksburg WV
    I never used to be a John Wayne fan till I paid more attention to his acting. He said some lines that others would have ruined. He was able to pull off the ridiculously great, fair, yet tough part. He was like Bogart, (though Boogie was a much better overall actor), and Eastwood. They could all pull off that type of part better than almost anyone. And, I think it’s hard to do.

    The type of parts they played were often unrealistic to the extreme, but they made those characters seem a acceptable.

    Think about Eastwood telling Hackman in that iconic scene near the end of “Unforgiven”, “Yes, I’ve killed women and children and just about anything that walks or crawls. And I’m here to kill you…,,”. That’s hard to say that in a believable manner.

    Or Bogart in the last scene of the “Maltese Falcon” as he tell Jan Aster, “Sure I love you, but I’m nit gonna be your sap”.

    It’s almost impossible to say those lines without laughing. Who would say those things in those given moments if time. Yet those guys could pull it off. Not many can…..

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