Movies SHERDOG MOVIE CLUB: Let's pick the Week 198 movie!

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Let's pick the Week 198 movie!

Poll closed Feb 15, 2020.
  1. Ace in the Hole (1951)

    28.6%
  2. The Vikings (1958)

    28.6%
  3. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

    28.6%
  4. Ulysses (1954)

    14.3%
  1. europe1 It´s a nice peninsula to Asia

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    NOTE to NON-MEMBERS: Interested in joining the SHERDOG MOVIE CLUB? Shoot me a PM for more info!

    Here's a quick list of all movies watched by the SMC. Or if you prefer, here's a more detailed examination.

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    As you may have heard: the oldest man in history — Kirk Douglas at 103 — died recently. Dude was actually an actor as well, whodathunkit? There is no better way to celebrate the death of a movie star than having a SMC week dedicated to them. Luckily, this guy was actually pretty darn good at the whole movie-acting part!
    I'm standing by my usual rules of only nominating movies that I haven't seen, so no Spartacus or Paths of Glory! (they would inevitably have dominated the vote anyhow). That said, I've heard pretty excellent things about all these movies.
    Candidates:
    Ace in the Hole (1951)

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    Director: Billy Wilder

    Stars: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur

    Premise:
    A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to rekindle his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.

    Recommended to me by an actual journalist.




    The Vikings (1958)

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    Director: Richard Fleischer

    Stars: Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine

    Premise:
    A slave and a Viking prince fight for the love of a captive princess.

    One-Eyed Kirk!



    Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

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    Director: John Sturges

    Stars: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming

    Premise: Lawman Wyatt Earp and outlaw Doc Holliday form an unlikely alliance which culminates in their participation in the legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

    @Bullitt68 favourite.



    Ulysses (1954)

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    Director: Mario Camerini

    Stars: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur

    Premise: A movie adaptation of Homer's second epic, that talks about Ulysses' efforts to return to his home after the end of ten years of war.

    This Italian Production is the odd-duck out... but it has Anthony Quinn, so it's in.



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  2. europe1 It´s a nice peninsula to Asia

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    Btw, we've reached the end of the cycle! Which movies were peoples favorites?

    Prime Cut
    In the Mouth of Madness
    The Thing
    The Handmaiden
    The Irishman
    The True Story of Jesse James
    Legend
    Hamburger Hill
    Owning Mahoney
    Wreckmeister Harmony
    Close-Up
    Hana-Bi
    My Bloody Valentine
     
  3. europe1 It´s a nice peninsula to Asia

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    Also shoutout to Kirk's worst goddamn role of all time... 2000 leagues under the Sea.

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  4. NoGoodNamesLeft Red Belt

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    Beavis and butthead do america
     
  5. europe1 It´s a nice peninsula to Asia

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    My Rankings:

    4-7 are basically even.

    1. The Thing
    2. The Irishman
    3. Owning Mahoney
    4. Prime Cut
    5. Hana-Bi
    6. Handmaiden
    7. Close-Up
    8. Hamburger Hill
    9. In the Mouth of Madness
    10. Legend
    11. The True Story of Jesse James
    12. Wreckmeister Harmony

    Haven't seen Valentine yet
     
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    voting in this one was a no brainer for me
     
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    I'm Spartacus!
     
  8. LHWBelt Gold Belt

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    I missed a good amount of these. I'd say hamburger hill was my favorite but none really stand out that much. I'm still gona try for my bloody valentine too if I have time.
     
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    Man I love me some Kirk Douglas and these are some tasty picks
     
  11. europe1 It´s a nice peninsula to Asia

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    I'm giving you people the chance to see him play a one-eyed, sea-bandit rapist. And you call that tasty?:D

    Mad that I'm merciless against the arthouse?;)
     
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    Good theme!

    1. Hana-Bi (based on theatrical release viewing)
    2. The Thing
    3. Irishman
    4. True Story of Jesse James
    5. Handmaiden
    6. Prime Cut
    7. Owning Mahowny
     
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    Surprised you hated Handmaiden so much as to not even rank it :eek:
     
  14. europe1 It´s a nice peninsula to Asia

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    Lamo.

    That was not at all my subconscious anti-chickenluver instincts coming to life! Now you're just projecting.

    I'd rank it in that middle-tier. At number 6 after Hana-Bi I suppose.
     
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    Arguably the most underrated Western out there courtesy of inarguably the most underrated director of Westerns. And since I'm here, I might as well complain and say that you could've/should've made room here for Greedy - a criminally underrated, absolutely hysterical film featuring Kirk's last performance before his stroke - by getting rid of Ulysses (unless you've seen Greedy and therefore it's disqualified, in which case I will retract my complaint).

    But yeah, RIP to one of the GOAT. For 50 years, from when he debuted in the mid-40s to when he had his stroke in the mid-90s, he was consistently awesome, at times - most notably IMO in The Bad and the Beautiful - reaching heights precious few other actors have ever reached. Whether we're talking about a masterpiece like Paths of Glory or a turd like The Arrangement, if Kirk Douglas is in it, it's worth watching.
     
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    Yeah I was kind of shopping around IMDB for that last nomination, and that 6.3 score for Greedy just made me roll right past it. Not to mention being out of Kirk's usual stardom period. Though I've heard that Ulysses is supposed to be good as well. More of a human-centric take on a mythological story.
     
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    Did you check out that cast? Not only Kirk Douglas kicking ass in his last healthy role, but Michael J. Fox, Olivia d'Abo, Ed Begley Jr., Jere Burns, Colleen Camp, Bob Balaban, and Phil motherfucking Hartman. It's a fantastic script with a great cast from top to bottom all crushing their roles. I can't recommend that one highly enough. One of my favorite hidden gems unearthed in the last decade.

    Meh. It's just a TCM dud that's receded into the foggy mist of my memory as not good enough to actually remember. I can't see the poll so I don't know where the voting is at right now, but if you have a choice of what order to go through your Kirk Douglas to-see list, I would recommend that Greedy be higher up on the list than Ulysses for sure.
     
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    I can't for the life of me figure out why @europe1 appears stuck in the 1950's.
     

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