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I did a similar write up on High Plains Drifter and Sudden Impact being in common of each other. It's under General Discussion, but you can find it on my posts under my username.

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I only liked five of his movies from the 70s:

1. High Plains Drifter
2. Outlaw Josey Wales
3. Magnum Force
4. Dirty Harry
5. Two Mules For Sister Sara

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Clint Eastwood Westerns / Outlaw Josey Wales: Eastwood's movies in one
« on: October 10, 2021, 10:22:34 PM »
Probably Eastwood's entire career summed up in one movie. It's as if the character Leone made him play was Josey Wales: A peaceful man turned vengeance who goes on a killing spree for those that massacred his family, but redeems himself in the company of others. All that was missing between the two characters is that one had a name and the other did not. Now, take the films in his later career like the fourth Dirty Harry movie Sudden Impact. First, Outlaw was when Eastwood and then girlfriend Sondra Locke appeared onscreen together. Sudden Impact was the last time they appeared together. Both directed by Eastwood and both revenge films. Josey took revenge on those that killed his wife and son. Locke's character takes revenge on those that raped her and her sister. Both movies have flashbacks of the violence. Then he made Unforgiven. The opening when we first see William Munny get back into being a gunslinger is like an echo of Josey Wales. The opening of both movies has Eastwood using a variety of guns for target practicing. Could William Munny be an aged version of Josey Wales, even though Josey lost his wife and son and William only lost his wife? The action scenes and main storyline are exciting, but the story wanders sometimes.

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I choose High Plains Drifter because the story was more exciting and focused. I loved the music and film techniques from the camera angels, locations, choreography of the action scenes and editing

Josey Wales is good, too, but the story wanders sometimes.

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By the way, I enjoy 18 of his movies since I liked Cry Macho.

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I was worried if The Mule, which was decent, but nothing more was his last performance. While I didn't think Cry Macho was something I loved, I was happy to find it something I liked. The tones of drama, suspense and some humor blend nicely and so does the chemistry with Eastwood and his costars. While still a good actor, his body movements look noticeably wobbly, but there's still screen charisma and the story was mostly interesting aside from an unnecessary subplot of Clint healing animals so to speak and they tried to have a romantic relationship between Eastwood and a waitress. The problem is she doesn't speak English and it would be tough for him to understand since he keeps needing translations. Subtitles appear very randomly in this movie. It took over 30 years to make this movie and though it wasn't great, at least I was happy his last performance was a good movie.

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Cry Macho wasn't strongly suspenseful either, but I thought the story was more interesting since it wasn't as repetitive. Also, it balanced drama, comedy and suspense pretty well. It does have similarities to The Gauntlet and A Perfect World, but the relationship with Mike and Rafo are interesting and well written. It was also paced better. Nothing amazing, though. I hope he ends his career on a high note with the possible project Last Ride West discussed online.

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Hi, I didn't know you asked about me. I like Good, the Bad and the Ugly, but some of it drags. The three leads are fine, but the editing is uneven. The acting seems weaker in the other two and shooting hats off seems meandering and just an excuse to stretch the running time. I found For a Few Dollars More weaker since it had the most forgettable scenes and the music seemed to screechy. Fistful of Dollars has good music and action, but the performances outside of Eastwood look blah.

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The Mule wasn't very suspenseful at all for either the drug cartels or DEA after Eastwood. The pacing is surprisingly casual and it had laid back music. None of the music in the trailer was in the movie and certain scenes in the trailer were irrelevant. I do like the family aspect about how many regrets he has not being with his family. There were a few funny parts, but as a crime movie, the good guys and bad guys were blah. Not a bad choice, but his previous three as an actor were better. The best part was the last act, but not enough for me to recommend the movie.

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I liked it more than The Mule, but I don't think it's the best way to end his acting career on top. I want him to end his acting career with a great movie.

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The Enforcer is my least favorite of the series since it had the flatest villains and story. We don't get much personality from the characters except Tyne Daly's.

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By the request for KC, here are the Eastwood movies as an actor I enjoyed from favorite to still good. I also enjoy some of the movies he just directed, but this list doesn't include those.
 
  1. Million Dollar Baby
  2. A Perfect World
  3. Sudden Impact
  4. High Plains Drifter
  5. Absolute Power
  6. The Dead Pool
  7. In the Line of Fire
  8. Outlaw Josey Wales
  9. Gran Torino
10. Unforgiven
11. Magnum Force
12. Two Mules For Sister Sara
13. Good, the Bad and the Ugly
14. Dirty Harry
15. White Hunter Black Heart
16. Space Cowboys
17. Trouble With The Curve

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The Which Way movies are a couple of the worst I've ever seen. I deliberately didn't see City Heat and Pink Cadillac since nothing looks good about them. Joe Kidd is my least favorite Eastwood Western.

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Of the over 40 Eastwood movies as an actor I've watched, I only enjoyed 17. Ten of those he also directed and seven he just acted. I seem to enjoy his directing more than his acting, but ironically, he is still a good actor. Some of his movies drag because of story and pacing issues or sometimes he's a better actor than his costars. How many have you guys enjoyed?

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General Discussion / Re: Top ten acted/directed Clint Eastwood movies
« on: December 03, 2017, 08:30:30 PM »
What's your favorite of those choices?

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General Discussion / Re: Top ten acted/directed Clint Eastwood movies
« on: December 01, 2017, 07:12:12 PM »

He didn't direct Trouble With The Curve at all. Since part of Tightrope was directed by him rather than all and isn't credited director, I am not counting that.

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General Discussion / Top ten acted/directed Clint Eastwood movies
« on: December 01, 2017, 05:15:09 PM »

These are movies he both acted and directed. Not one only. What are your choices?

  1. Million Dollar Baby
  2. A Perfect World
  3. Sudden Impact
  4. High Plains Drifter
  5. Absolute Power
  6. Outlaw Josey Wales
  7. Gran Torino
  8. Unforgiven
  9. White Hunter Black Heart
10. Space Cowboys

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General Discussion / Re: Favorite Eastwood movies by genre
« on: November 22, 2017, 08:01:40 PM »
White Hunter Black Heart is acceptable. A Perfect World is my second favorite Eastwood movie behind Million Dollar Baby.

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