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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: February 04, 2024, 04:02:24 PM »
Very sad to hear that Carl Weathers has passed away.
Carl was a huge part of the reason the Rocky films were so successful
I can?t post pictures but it would be nice if someone would
RIP


God Bless you, Carl Weathers, may youRest In Peace.


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General Discussion / Re: What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: January 17, 2024, 03:17:48 PM »
Mystic River

Starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins & Kevin Bacon

Released October 15, 2003

At the 76th Academy Awards, Sean Penn won the award for Best Actor and Tim Robbins won in the Best Supporting Actor category.  Although it didn?t win, Mystic River also received nominations in four other categories;  Best Picture:  Robert Lorenz, Julie G. Hoyt & Clint Eastwood, Best Director: Clint Eastwood, Best Supporting Actress:  Marcia Gay Harden and Best Adapted Screenplay:  Brian Helgeland based on the novel by Dennis Lehane.

As of the release of this in 2003 Clint directed four movies he didn?t appear in, in as many decades!  That pace would change just a few years later with Flags Of Our Fathers, Letters From Iwo Jima and Changeling between 2006 and 2008.  To date, this is one of my favorites that he didn?t appear in but only directed.  A couple of highlights for me is that it was filmed in Boston, just a few towns from where I live and the appearance of Eli Wallach.  It was great to see him in another Eastwood film.  He was great as Tuco in The Good, The Bad & The Ugly with one of my all-time favorite movie quotes, ?When you have to shoot, shoot, don?t talk? and I liked him in Tough Guys, a 1986 comedy with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas.     









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General Discussion / Re: What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: January 17, 2024, 03:00:53 PM »
Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil

Starring John Cusack & Kevin Spacey

Produced & Directed by Clint Eastwood

Released November 21, 1997

This was the first movie Eastwood directed without appearing that I went out of my way to see on the big screen.  I enjoyed reading the book very much.  My first impression of this film is that it was interesting and entertaining.  I enjoyed watching it again recently and may revisit John Berendt?s book.  I enjoyed seeing Clint?s daughter appear in her second film in a row here, the previous one being Absolute Power.  She first appeared in Tightrope in 1984 and more recently in The Mule in 2018.  I also got a kick out of seeing Geoffrey Lewis, who has appeared in a number of Clint?s films dating back to 1973?s High Plains Drifter and including the ?Which Way? comedies.  All of the actors in this movie were very good and the story coasts along at a decent pace. 
 


 
 
 
 


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General Discussion / Re: What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: January 16, 2024, 03:37:51 PM »
Bird

Starring Forest Whitaker & Diane Venora

Produced & Directed by Clint Eastwood

Released September 30, 1988

Forest Whitaker won the  Best Actor Award at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama at the 46th Golden Globe Awards while Eastwood won the award for Best Director.

I first saw Whitaker in Good Morning, Vietnam.  Diane Venora wasn?t a familiar face, but recall remembering her having starring in this movie when seeing her in True Crime.  Both are very good actors and I enjoyed their performances here.  I?d forgotten that Anna Thompson appeared here as Audrey also played Delilah in Unforgiven four years later.

Now that I have a positive perspective regarding movies Clint Eastwood only directs, I have gained an appreciation for them.  I wasn?t looking forward to this viewing but came away liking it, at least a little.  For me, it?s still too long but otherwise okay. 
 
 
 
 
 


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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2023 Movie Discussion
« on: January 05, 2024, 05:35:31 PM »
Priscilla
 
Starring Cailee Spaeney & Jacob Elordi
 
Premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in Italy on September 4, 2023 and in America at the New York Film Festival on October 6, 2023
 
Boring?Bland?Blah.
 
The first thing I noticed is how much taller Elordi is at 6?5? than Elvis was at 6?.  Dale Midkiff was also a little taller at 6?2? in the television movie version of this in 1988, Elvis & Me.  Otherwise, Jacob was passable in his portrayal as The King.  The love story just doesn?t come across convincingly and that?s the biggest problem with this film.  Their relationship was better portrayed in Baz Luhrmann?s Elvis biopic from 2022.  If Austin Butler and Olivia DeJonge reprised their roles as Elvis & Priscilla, respectively, this movie would?ve turned out better.       
 






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I recently revisited Million Dollar Baby.  I think it?s a masterpiece.  Truth be told, I couldn?t bring myself to finish watching after Maggie?s accident.  Perhaps another time. 

As for the ending, there is one simple thing I would alter.  I?d show Frankie and Scrap inside the diner as partners, co-owners.  I would make it clear that Danger was there working and images of Maggie?s boxing represented by photos of her in the ring, as well as posters from her bouts all in tribute to her.  Dialogue wouldn?t be necessary and I?d have the camera pan out so the last image the viewers see is the diner name:  Maggie?s. 


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General Discussion / What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: January 04, 2024, 03:44:06 PM »
I recently posted this on my Eastwood Facebook page and want to share it here. 

Breezy

Starring William Holden and Kay Lenz

Directed by Clint Eastwood

Released November 16, 1973 (Los Angeles) & November 18, 1973 (New York City)

At the 31st Golden Globe Awards the movie received 3 nominations/no wins:
Best Original Score: Michel Legrand
Best Original Song: ?Breezy?s Song? - Michel Legrand, Alan & Marilyn Bergman
New Star Of The Year - Actress: Kay Lenz

Clint?s third time directing was also his first time not starring.  It?s not a trend that would become regular for another thirty-three years.  After Breezy, it would be fifteen years before Bird in 1988, another nine in between that and Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil in 1997 and six years until Mystic River in 2003 before he?d begin to direct more frequently beginning in 2006.

I enjoyed revisiting this movie again yesterday.  At best, it?s an average but quirky romance.  The overall look and feel is nicely conveyed, much like in Play Misty For Me.  Clint is easy to spot in a cameo where Holden and Lenz walk by him.  Breezy is also seen looking at the High Plains Drifter movie poster before going into the cinema with Frank.

There?s a humorous exchange early on in the film:

Breezy: ?Do you think God is dead??
Frank: ?What??
Breezy:  ?God, do you think he?s dead??
Frank: ?I didn?t even know he was sick.?

Holden?s quick, deadpan response is amusing.

In another scene, Frank takes his former lover Betty to lunch and she tells him she?s getting married.  His response, ?I don?t know what to say.? was met with her simple, yet quick-witted reply that spoke volumes, ?That says it all.  Let?s?order.?

Now that I?m older, I appreciate the writing.  I have a better feel and understanding for both of the main characters, where life?s journey has brought them, their present circumstances and where they?re going.  The time-capsule aspect is fantastic, viewing everything from fifty years ago.












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Off-Topic Discussion / CEWB Annual Seasons Greeting Thread 2023/2024
« on: December 25, 2023, 10:08:21 AM »
Happy Holidays, everyone!




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Off-Topic Discussion / Recent Books Read
« on: December 21, 2023, 07:36:19 AM »
These are the voyages?

I?m a big fan of the original Star Trek tv series and movies.  A few months ago, I decided to reread biographies of the original cast.  I was glad to finally read a couple I had originally missed; From Sawdust To Stardust (DeForest Kelley/Dr. McCoy) and The Longest Trek (Grace Lee Whitney/Yeoman Rand).

When I discovered the show on tv in 1975, I couldn?t get enough!  Kirk was, and still is, above and beyond my favorite character.  Each actor was perfect in their role and became beloved fan favorites, especially Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock.

So, I very much enjoyed this reading journey from the people that portrayed iconic heroes from my favorite science fiction franchise.

Star Trek Memories (William Shatner with Chris Keski, 1993)

Star Trek Movie Memories (William Shatner with Chris Keski, 1994)

I Am Spock (Leonard Nimoy, 1995)

From Sawdust To Stardust - The Biography Of DeForest Kelley, Star Trek?s Dr. McCoy
(Terry Lee Rioux, 2005)

Beam Me Up, Scotty - Star Trek?s ?Scotty? - In His Own Words (James Doohan with Peter David, 1996)

Beyond Uhura - Star Trek and Other Memories (Nichelle Nichols, 1994)

To The Stars - The Autobiography Of George Takei,  Star Trek?s Mr. Sulu (1995)

Warped Factors - A Neurotic?s Guide To The Galaxy (Walter Koenig, 1998)

The Longest Trek - My Tour Of The Galaxy (Grace Lee Whitney with Jim Denney, 1998)


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The Specialist


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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy birthday, Schofield Kid!
« on: October 16, 2023, 05:02:45 PM »
Happy Birthday!


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General Discussion / What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: October 15, 2023, 06:20:40 PM »
That?s interesting.  I wonder if Clint regretted doing Paint Your Wagon and thought to himself, ?Damn, I shoulda done Charro!?

I agree that Clint has a rich career and don?t mean to minimize it down to one film with naming The Good, The Bad & The Ugly as my favorite.  Dirty Harry is a close second, almost tied but having to choose one it?s the western for me.

I love most of his movies.  Well, the ones that he appears in.  I don?t count the ones he only directs, but that?s just my opinion.  Yes, there are better actors but Clint is above and beyond my favorite.  I was hoping he?d appear in Juror #2 but it appears he?s only directing.  I?m hoping his final film, whenever that is, is one he appears in.  Just, not a sequel to Paint Your Wagon.


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General Discussion / What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: October 12, 2023, 09:52:29 AM »
Thanks, Hocine.  The only movie that hasn?t crossed the bridge with me yet is Paint Your Wagon.  I?m not sure I?ll ever revisit it.  It?s as bad as the worst Elvis films like Kissin? Cousins, Harum Scarum, The Trouble With Girls and more.  Just painful to watch, lol.  By comparison, I like 1/3 of The King?s movies to Eastwood?s 99% that I will revisit repeatedly that he appears in.  I agree with you on some of his lackluster performances, Pink Cadillac, City Heat, Cry Macho, The Rookie and some others.  That?s interesting about Unforgiven.  I felt the same way about Pale Rider when I first saw it on the big screen in June, 1985.  I came away from that viewing indifferent, not caring much about it and would grow to even hate it until a 30th anniversary viewing during the summer of 2015, in which I had a complete turnaround and now it?s one of my favorites.  Of his westerns, my favorite is The Good, The Bad And The Ugly. 


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General Discussion / What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: October 11, 2023, 04:02:54 PM »
I was unimpressed upon my first viewing of Joe Kidd.  That?s because I compared it to the Leone/Eastwood trilogy.  It took years for me to finally appreciate it.  In the mid-2000?s, when Eastwood turned to directing only more than appearing on screen, I noticed the tide started to turn regarding his films I didn?t care much for.  I now appreciate the value of him just being in them, which I take over any that he only directs.   They haven?t appeared on screen together again, but Clint did produce1995?s The Stars Fell On Henrietta, starring Robert Duvall. 


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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: July 21, 2023, 05:39:15 AM »
https://variety.com/2023/music/news/tony-bennett-dead-dies-pop-vocalist-1235676390/amp/

God Bless you, Mr. Bennett. Rest In Peace, Sir.



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General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday!!!
« on: May 31, 2023, 02:54:38 PM »
Another FB posting by me in honor of Eastwood?s birthday today.

Clint Eastwood?s Ultimate 10 Masterpieces
 
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (1966)
Dirty Harry (1971)
High Plains Drifter (1973)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
Escape From Alcatraz (1979)
Unforgiven (1992)
The Bridges Of Madison County (1995)
Absolute Power (1997)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Gran Torino (2008)


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General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday!!!
« on: May 31, 2023, 02:09:37 PM »
Just posted this on my Eastwood page on Facebook:

Clint Eastwood?s 93rd birthday today.  He?s currently working on his latest film project.  Juror #2 will mark his 50th major starring role since A Fistful Of Dollars in 1964.  Of those, he also directed 25.  His Hollywood career began in 1955, when he landed small parts and minor roles in 11 movies and various tv programs through 1959.  He gained steady work as an actor when he landed the 2nd lead role of Rowdy Yates on tv?s 8-season run of Rawhide.  The popular television western served as a bridge between his appearance on the big screen in Ambush At Cimarron Pass in 1958 and A Fistful Of Dollars, six years later.  He directed his first picture in 1971, of which he also starred in.  Two years later he directed a film without appearing in it, save for a brief cameo.  To date, he?s directed 15 movies that he did not appear in.  This brings his current total to 76 movies.  His career is quite impressive and he stands alone as the most successful actor/director/producer ever.    






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Eastwood News / Re: Clint Eastwood’s next project
« on: April 10, 2023, 09:28:14 AM »
Whatever Eastwood?s final movie is, doesn?t
matter if it does well at the box office and/or Academy Awards.  Like Muhammad Ali, Clint?s career as actor/director/producer is entertaining, formidable, relevant and legendary.  As fans, we?d like to see him go out on top but in the end, it really doesn?t matter.  It won?t change his status, popularity or success.  Clint Eastwood is a living legend with one of the most impressive Hollywood careers of all time.  Nothing will change that. 


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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2023 Movie Discussion
« on: January 18, 2023, 12:12:24 PM »
I?m not sure when I?ll venture out to see another new movie.  The last Batman and James Bond films were major disappointments.  That plus Showcase Cinemas in Revere having closed down are big deterrents.  Maybe the next Star Trek, if there is one and/or Star Wars. 


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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: January 18, 2023, 11:09:34 AM »
God Bless the recently dearly departed.  May they Rest In Peace.


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