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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: November 25, 2020, 02:03:56 PM »
Yes, I heard that on the radio even here in New York City! Very sad for all fans of true football! R.I.P.

And it's always nice to hear from you, Aline! :)

Thank you, KC. :) Even if I am not here that much I always check Clint instagram pages. I am very excited he is up for a new movie. O0

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: November 25, 2020, 12:56:27 PM »
Argentine football player Diego Armando Maradona just passed away. The ones that enjoy football certainly know him. My father was an admirer, great player. He had a huge rivalry with Pele, an also famous brasilian player. Only 60 years old. Sad what unhealthy lifestyle can do.
Rip, Maradona.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: September 10, 2020, 08:38:48 AM »

Have you seen the most catastrophic of them all?  :D

I have, KC! I love those too! ;D ;D

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What Was The Last DVD You Bought ?
« on: August 06, 2020, 10:56:28 AM »
My Nan took me to see this at the cinema Aline. I guess I was about 12... I loved it...

Even today, still impressive :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: August 05, 2020, 07:56:34 AM »
Isnt't it, Chris? :)

I felt weird after reading I said they are pleasant movies :D What I meant the cinematography is pleasant, no CGI just talent of the actors. :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What Was The Last DVD You Bought ?
« on: August 04, 2020, 10:06:54 AM »

I bought it because has a lot of extra features that I would like to see. Also I only watched it dubbed then will be nice to hear the original voices.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: August 04, 2020, 09:34:37 AM »

I have been obsessed with catastrophe movies fom the 70's. There is something about them so pleasant to watch, I always think I was born in the wrong time. :(  I posted only the 77 but I watched all the Airport ones. The most disappointing for was Earthquake I couldnt like the story or the characteres. It was nice seeing Genevieve Bujold so young in that one.
My favorite are The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure, I cried so much in some scenes. Gene Hackman and all the cast are fantastic.

You dont talk much about The Witches do you? I never had much interest but a friend ordered the blu-ray and I got curious. I saw the parts Clint appears and they got me rolling on the floor laughing ;D That lady got a handsome but walking-dead hubby ;D He has a great comic timing, I so would like have seen him to do more stuff like this :D

Pasolini isnt the one the directed Salo? Yikes, one of the most disturbing movies I've seen.
I didnt know where to post this so as I saw the parts Clint shows up this is the last movie I watched. ;)

Eastwood News / Re: RIP Ennio Morricone
« on: July 07, 2020, 09:22:01 AM »
Fantastic artist. Epic scores. Rip :'(

Eastwood News / Re: Happy 90th birthday Clint.....
« on: May 31, 2020, 10:06:46 AM »
Happy Birthday, Mr. Eastwood. Not many actors go so well through the years like you.Thank you for so many wonderful movies :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: How's everyone holding up?
« on: April 07, 2020, 12:52:53 PM »
Hi everyone. Here in Brasil there not so many cases as the rest of the world. São Paulo is the more affected. Here in my city under 10 cases, the mayor has been very tight on the rules.
Staying at home never bothered me, I am used to do my things from here but not having the option of getting out and seeing the streets totally empty is so strange. :( 
Doug, I hope is nothing too much with your wife. KC I was so worried about you, please take care. Take care all of you.

What are you doing to keep busy?

What else? Books and movies :) I rewatched Firefox yesterday, I have always loved this movie.

Richard Jewell opened here last week as "O Caso Richard Jewell" (Richard Jewell Case) and have had some very good reviews. I watched the movie last night and must agree with them.

Richard Jewell works as one more chapter of a Clint's obsession: relating facts, characters (especially ordinary people) and chapters of US history through his clinical and melancholic look.

Only in the 2010 the veteran recounted the anguish of FBI's first director (J. Edgar), rise and fall of The Four Seasons (Jersey Boys: In Search of Music) vocal group, the red-hot nerves of a soldier (American Sniper) and a pilot avoiding a tragedy (Sully: The Hudson River Hero).

Richard Jewell subtly connects with all these movies, especially with Sully and 3:17 pm. It exposes, examines and problematizes the culture of building heroes and then demolishes them without any ceremony. In the era of the war on terror, a misleading (or at least hasty) newspaper cover is enough for an idol to become a traitor.

The main character (Paul Walter Hauser) is just a regular guy. Adult, single, lonely, living with his mother, Bobi (Kathy Bates, Golden Globe nominee for the role), he walks from job to job. But his true dream is to be a policeman again.

In this narrative of ordinary people - the falsely accused innocent, the self-sacrificing lawyer, and the suffering mother - against belligerent authorities, Eastwood seems to question: why is always easier to provoke minor collateral tragedies rather than accepting the lack of easy answers to horror of terrorism? The Richard Jewell Case is a straightforward portrayal of how contradictory, flawed, and fleeting the concept of heroism can be.

Billy Ray's script (Captain Phillips, Terminator: Dark Destiny) does not surrender to generalizations, such as pointing a finger at the media. Remember, for example, that Eastwood celebrated good journalism in the underrated True Crime (1999).

With the usual visual and sentimental economy, the filmmaker sets the plot in powerful performances by dramatizing the delicate fabric that separates private and public life, the press and justice. In times of fake news around the world, Richard Jewell is an irresistibly up-to-date nineteenth-century movie.

There are some others very interesting reviews that I am lazy to translate right now but those are the links.

I look a mess but took a picture :idiot2:

General Discussion / Re: What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: October 25, 2019, 08:30:17 AM »
Sharon is underrated. She did a great job in psycological drama Scissors (1991) and Streets of Blood, also she is extremely charismatic.

General Discussion / Re: What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: October 23, 2019, 07:25:01 AM »
According to her biography, Sharon Stone was offered the part but turned it down because she thought that it wasn’t important enough.

Really?? I didn't know that. I liked Rene Russo but Sharon would have been great.

General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Clint
« on: May 30, 2019, 08:00:13 AM »
What a nice picture, SK, it's a merging, right?

Happy Birthday, Mr. Eastwood :smitten:

Eastwood News / Re: What’s next for Clint ?
« on: February 18, 2019, 07:58:32 AM »
This may sound weird but I'd like Clint played an exorcist priest.

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Reviews and Features in the Media
« on: February 16, 2019, 08:08:24 AM »
There are a lot of them here, but I chose only those two reviews on The Mule. I translated just part of the first one for thinking it most significant.

The Mule works lika a mix of everything that was school to the director passing through all the elements found in many of his works e mixing all personality characteristics of his roles through of his career (joker, tough, smart, fair-minded, womanizer, emotional). Exactly because of that, The Mule is the perfect goodbye (which we hope isn't true) of this true legend.

This other one below is very bad and unfair, I think.

The inevitable fail is announced as soon as the script, based in true story try of Leo Sharp, try to create a parallel between James Stewart and Eastwood persona. Just for knowing a little about the career of the star of Vertigo to see the impossibility of the project: the first is the archetype of the good man that fights to  reverse the crisis he went through and comes up like a bittersweet hero at the end; the other is the Man with no Name, a cold-blooded gunslinger.

Therefore, much as all secondary characteres that Earl meet on his way as a transporter of cocaine make efforts to convince us of the similarities between the essences of those two stars, this a task doomed to fail. Because we got very little to believe in the goodness of the protagonist of The Mule. Because after all, the florist is someone that made a big mistake, that ran to the drugs traffic to try to recover his home and that way, contributed to the industry of narcotraffic.

All the subplot that involve the characteres is totally irrelevant and doens't help that narrative bow of the character. Among the police persecutions and personal dramas, the plot of the movie gets over filled.

Eastwood that was never a subtle movie maker, lost himself completely trying to creat a transition between a road movie, a crime suspense, a family drama and a displaced comedy. For not picking only one of the narrattives, for not accepting the thriller nature of the project, underestimating solid and catchy performances of the agents played by Bradley Cooper and Michael Pena, he shows that his Gran Torino days are definitely in the past.

This mismatch only add to the deception caused by this hybrid, that rips laughs is wrong moments_ the scenes in which Earl interrupts his way to give car advices to a black family and to a group of lesbian motorcyclists are embarrassing and despite the good intentions of both sequences in treat the character like a tolerant old citizen.

About the technical aspects, Eastwood didn't loose the rhythm and the capacity of direct a movie. Despite all, The Mule doens't make any mistakes in this area.The edition and photography give the correct visual and pace to the picture and all the supporting cast filled with names like Andy Garcia and Laurence Fishburne make the possible to save the endeavor. And this is the point. If werent the ethical issues of the picture— Eastwood doesn't seem to understand that Earl is a criminal, independent of his motivations, in trying to turn him into a hero—the project wouldn't need to be rescued from itself. But all The Mule want is makes us sympathize with a villain without never see him with a minimum of critical sense.

Any self respected antagonist must seduce in a certain way, the audience. In Earl case, this ambiguity is never built: the script tell us that we just must have consideration and empathy for the protagonist just for the fact he is a old man victim of the circumstances_something that he clearly is not. By the way, Eastwood, this model of vegenful cowboy, would need to effort much more as an actor to convince us that he is merely helpless.

With an inexplicable obsession for cell phones and way too much didactic dialogues ,The Mule sounds like an attempt of his star of redeem himself of Blondie's crimes. It's like if Eastwood was trying to prove that his reviewers are wrong and his ideas have changed. However the world vision of the filmmaker seems to keep intact even if mascared like the insane party in Mexico shows: everything remains the same, after all. He can recognize he made mitakes but he can't be more than a draft of James Stwart.

And that's ok because Eastwwod is Eastwood despite all problematic statements of his personal life: he is a Hollywood star and doesn't need to try to be something he is not, especially for being fundamentally the anti James Stewart. To exercise his abilities as a movie maker to the maximum, the actor needs a solid script and the story of Leo Sharp had all pontencial for that. Here, however, the responsible for master pieces like Mystic River, Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby lost himself. The Mule is probably one of worst Eastwood movies.


I watched The Mule last night. As always I'm the last one to watch and you must have commented everything possible already so I don't think I have much to add. I went to a talkative friend that distracted me a lot during the movie so I intend to watch it again... alone >:(

What a crazy character. I remember have seen something similar only in White Hunter Black Heart maybe a little in True Crime but this one beat all of them. I love when Clint play characters like that, I love the bohemian personality of Earl, I love the way he dances and sings and he sings a lot ;D As soon as I finish here, I'm posting on the thread reviews and one of them is very harsh, the reviewer says The Mule is the worst Clint movie which I don't agree at all. I'm not a movie critic, I watch movies for fun and I had fun watching The Mule, I didn't go to judge the character. I confess I don't like something that is very regular in Clint movies, extensive dialogues and weepy drama families but apart from that I love the movie and it is now among my favorite ones. :)

I don't think there is spoilers on this but chose to post here.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: February 08, 2019, 08:06:40 AM »
Not a movie but a serie. I lost account how many times this has been aired here.

The Thorn Birds

When I saw on tv last week I couldn't resist and I am watching it again. When I watched many, many years ago I thought Meggie as a child very Sidney Penny look alike but I dont know where I took from it couldn't be her. But it is! Its amazing, the same cute face, just little smaller. Two years later she would be with Clint in Pale Rider. And her character was called Meggie too. And Clint played a preacher and Richard Chamberlain played a priest and she fell in love with both! Am I missing something?? Was she casted in Pale Rider on purpose?? Anyway I dont know what is so appealling in The Thorn Birds. it is a oversentimental melodrama but the serie just dont age and never fail to make me cry. I'm loving watch this again. Wonderful Richard Chamberlain.

Eastwood News / Re: RIP Michel Legrand
« on: January 26, 2019, 12:48:07 PM »
Weird, I was with the tv turned on when the reportage was been aired but I'm sure the reporter mentioned Clint. So it was Breezy. Legrand was French and collaborated with the likes of Orson Welles, Jean Cocteau, Frank Sinatra and Edith Piaf.

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