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Your Favorite Hal Ashby Film Is...

The Landlord
1 (1.9%)
Harold and Maude
14 (26.9%)
The Last Detail
6 (11.5%)
Shampoo
0 (0%)
Bound for Glory
2 (3.8%)
Coming Home
0 (0%)
Being There
12 (23.1%)
Second-Hand Hearts
0 (0%)
Lookin' to Get Out
0 (0%)
The Slugger's Wife
0 (0%)
8 Million Ways to Die
0 (0%)
haven't seen any
14 (26.9%)
don't like any
3 (5.8%)
other
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 52

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Re: Directors Best Poll - Hal Ashby
« Reply #20 on: February 12, 2013, 11:38:40 AM »
1. Being There 4/5
2. The Last Detail 4/5
3. Coming Home 3/5
4. Shampoo 3/5
5. Harold and Maude 2/5

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Re: Directors Best Poll - Hal Ashby
« Reply #21 on: April 24, 2013, 12:57:48 PM »
Harold and Maude, a top 10 film of all time

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Re: Directors Best Poll - Hal Ashby
« Reply #22 on: May 19, 2013, 12:15:26 AM »
Bound For Glory
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I honestly didn't think I'd make it. Nearly 2 1/2 hour biopic of Woody Guthrie rambles and ambles for such a long time. When it becomes more of a standard drama in the final 45 minutes I was relieved, though the portrait of his relationship with women was surprisingly negative. The period detail is the best thing about the film, by far. That and and the performances seems to be where all the effort went. I don't understand why the lack of focus for the bulk of the film, and why the tone is so solemn. Probably didn't help that folk rock is not a style I get excited about.

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Re: Directors Best Poll - Hal Ashby
« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2014, 11:34:45 PM »
Shampoo
The Landlord
   
6. The Landlord
8. Shampoo


Not a good day for me to spend with Hal Ashby. It started with Shampoo (* 1/2), which I thought was a comedy, possibly even a rom-com. However, I felt like a visitor from another world who didn't understand the language or the culture, let alone the humor. It was a flat but somewhat bright and bubbly presentation of a rather despicable person to spend time with. I'll take 3 more hours of Jordan Belfort over another hour of Warren Beatty's George. What a horrible, disrespectful roach of a human being.

I debated jumping right into The Landlord (* *), but it was different enough, though they both possess the spirit of hippy revolution railing against the square establishment as represented by those financially well-off, as well as a lead who romances (mainly) two women. At least The Landlord looks, walks and talks like an odd duck, and some of the performances are charming, mostly the tenants.

I guess there's nothing left by Hal Ashby for me to watch.

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Re: Directors Best Poll - Hal Ashby
« Reply #24 on: April 09, 2014, 03:44:52 AM »

1. Harold and Maude
2. Being There
3. The Last Detail
4. Coming Home
5. The Landlord
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Re: Directors Best Poll - Hal Ashby
« Reply #25 on: May 13, 2015, 03:17:56 AM »
I have to go with Being There the same way one must eat croissants whilst in France. It is obligatory.
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Re: Ashby, Hal
« Reply #26 on: March 29, 2016, 01:20:20 PM »
1. The Slugger's Wife (2)
"Time is the speed at which the past decays."

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Re: Ashby, Hal
« Reply #27 on: November 19, 2017, 11:47:26 PM »
8 Million Ways to Die (1986)
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After a botched raid, a Detective loses his job and spirals into alcoholism. Like a moth drawn to a flame, while attempting to recover he falls in with crooks and prostitutes, ends up accused of murder, strikes a relationship with a drunk (Rosanna Arquette) and aims for redemption by bringing down a drug dealer (Andy Garcia). 80s Neo-Noir could've worked with the right balance between the personal demons and professional redemption. Unfortunately, this was taken away from Ashby during post-production and the scenes are essentially cut together, but there's no thought given to having the two halves play off each other. There's a definite feeling of nobody guiding the performances in post (Ashby's speciality) and the actors end up with too much room to hang themselves. Garcia in particular goes from slithery, to scenery-chewing to shouting at everything.

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Re: Ashby, Hal
« Reply #28 on: November 20, 2017, 03:44:28 AM »
Being There, 60
Let's Spend The Night Together, 35
Harold And Maude, 35
Shampoo, 30
I might remember it all differently tomorrow.