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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Netflix users ???
« on: Yesterday at 07:24:23 AM »
I'm watching "Blood Line," which is only 3 seasons. I wish it were longer, since it's a really intriguing show. "Blood Line" has the same creators as "Damages," which is another one of my favorite shows.

I also recently rewatched all 7 seasons of "The West Wing." It's probably my favorite show of all time, and was really ahead of its time in many ways. It tackled issues that we are still dealing with today with intelligence, wit and grace. It has aged incredibly well for a show which first began airing in 1999. 

Actually, many people thought that Angelina Jolie was too beautiful to portray Christine Collins, who was supposed to be sad and miserable.
Against all odds, she was convincing enough and was even nominated at the Oscars 2009.
Finally, Kate Winslet won for The Reader.

I agree with you: Gran Torino is definitely one of the best movies in which Clint Eastwood directed himself.
As I said previously, Gran Torino is thematically close to Million Dollar Baby.
The main difference is that Million Dollar Baby has three great acting performances, which make it more powerful than Gran Torino, in my opinion.
But I can't choose only one or two movies because he made so many great movies I really enjoy.

In chronological order, I think that the best movies in which he directed himself are:
Play Misty for Me, High Plains Drifter, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Bronco Billy, Honkytonk Man, Pale Rider, White Hunter Black Heart, Unforgiven,
A Perfect World (even if Kevin Costner is the lead actor), The Bridges of Madison County,Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino.

Even they are not taken too seriously and are sometimes considered as his worst films, I like The Eiger Sanction, The Gauntlet,
Firefox (probably the most boring), Sudden Impact, Heartbreak Ridge, The Rookie, Absolute Power, True Crime, Space Cowboys and Blood Work because they have something to say about Clint Eastwood's screen persona. And of course, most of them are really entertaining.

Another great post, Hocine. I definitely agree with many of your "best movies" list, but I actually differ a little bit with you on your worst list. Somewhat surprisingly, I actually really like "The Gauntlet." It may even be in my top 10 list of Eastwood films. I think it has some great action set pieces, and it's so over the top that it really is very enjoyable to watch. If not in my top 10, it would certainly be in the second tier of films. 

I also have a soft spot for "Absolute Power," but that may be because it was the very first Clint movie that I saw at the movie theater. I think "True Crime" is also underrated. I prefer both of those movies to "The 15:17 to Paris," "Jersey Boys," "J. Edgar," "Hereafter," "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and "Invictus," but since Eastwood didn't appear in any of these movies, they wouldn't qualify for your list. I agree with you that "Blood Work," "Sudden Impact" and "Firefox" are among his least enjoyable movies. Although not among his best, I think "The Eiger Sanction" has great visuals and in particular a fabulous musical score, which as you likely know, was one of John Williams' earlier works as a composer.   

I've only seen the Which Way movies once all the way through, and I don't really have much of a desire to see them again. I get why the movies appealed to Clint (he's an animal lover, and it was a risky project to do at the time), but I don't much like the character of Philo Beddoe. To me, he's not a very Eastwoodian character. He seems quite naive and not very bright, and he allows himself to be manipulated by Sondra Locke's character far too easily.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: August 18, 2018, 11:00:38 AM »
I kinda like endings like that.. open

I dont think they go through with it tho..

Why not, Gant?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: August 17, 2018, 02:11:51 PM »
I didn't see the film, but I thought that as Clint Eastwood films, we like unresolved, open endings? (In general and in theory, at least.)

I like when incidental plot or character points are left for the viewer to contemplate after the film, but this movie left the entire central plot of the film unresolved, and also ended on a complete cliff hanger in the conclusion. Eastwood doesn't typically leave the central plot points of the film completely unresolved for the viewer.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: August 17, 2018, 11:11:45 AM »
McDormand's performance was good, but I hated the ending. They left everything unresolved.

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: August 15, 2018, 03:47:28 PM »
Andy Garcia is a good actor.
I like his performances in The Untouchables, Black Rain, The Godfather part III, Internal Affairs and Ocean’s Eleven.
If he was in The Mule, it would be a good thing.
But which part could he play ? The cartel boss ? Maybe.
Next month, Warner Bros could announce The Mule’s release date.

I’m really not that familiar with him. “The Untouchables was a great movie but I dont remember him standing out. That was more Costner’s, Connery’s and DeNiro’s movie. I dont remember “Godfather III” and I wasn’t impressed with “Ocean’s 11,” but that wasn’t his fault. Its kind of strange since he has been in so many movies, but I dont really remember him ever making a strong impression on me.

General Discussion / Re: 3 films to recommend Clint to new viewers
« on: August 13, 2018, 05:33:34 PM »
Actually Rebecca Perle made more of an impact than Bujold in Tightrope..

Gant, somehow  I don’t think her acting talent is what made such a powerful impact on Perry here.

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: August 13, 2018, 01:47:45 PM »
This just keeps getting more intriguing. If true, this would confirm Andy Garcia is acting in this because there is no purpose to have a stand-in for someone who doesn’t appear onscreen.

That was a great exchange. Chief Dan George was such an effortless, natural actor, even though he had little to no experience when he did that movie!

I'd have to say I prefer Changeling to Gran Torino. Of course the two movies aren't alike in any way really, but in terms of Eastwood movies, I hold Changeling up higher. It's just such a disturbing and engaging story.

This is surprising to me. Does anyone else feel this way as well? Christopher, what did "Changeling" have that you felt "Gran Torino" lacked? I agree that it did have an interesting story.

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: August 07, 2018, 06:45:26 PM »
Here's another photo that I saw recently that Andy Garcia is mentioned in. The rest of the people mentioned in the photo are part of the cast or crew of "The Mule." It does seem he's involved in some capacity. Why else would he be in all these photos which mention "The Mule?"


Gran Torino after TOJW is Eastwood's best movie he ever directed which starred himself.

Perry, I love "Gran Torino" as well, but this is a pretty bold statement. What is it about "Gran Torino" that makes you feel it is the second best movie he has ever directed in which he appears? What is it that "Gran Torino" has that the others lack for you?

I think "Changeling" is actually underrated. It was one of the few films that I saw during the Eastwood challenge that my initial opinion of improved after rewatching it. I thought Jolie did a good job with the role, but I see what you mean, Perry. Not only was she gorgeous, but I don't think she was as convincing as she could have been in the role because Christine Collins is a very vulnerable character, and Angelina Jolie typically plays very strong female characters. I had a little bit of a hard time believing that she would have allowed someone that she knew was not her son to be passed off as her son for as long as she did and even when she pushed back, it was not that forceful. Angelina Jolie, both in her personal life as well as in the roles that she portrays onscreen, is usually larger than life, and Christine Collins personality was the polar opposite of that. I think someone like Hillary Swank might have been a better choice for the role. She can also portray strong female characters (Million Dollar Baby), but she has a vulnerability on screen that I think would have made her better embody Christine Collins.   

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: August 07, 2018, 02:47:50 PM »
Acting I reckon.

While I'm still not 100% convinced that Andy Garcia is acting in this one, I think that's the most likely scenario. He's an actor, and he has been pictured with Eastwood, but I can't understand why if he's in this why he was never announced as part of the cast. The IMDB site was also updated with every actor under the sun that appears in the movie, many of which I've never even heard of, and he still hasn't been added. I can't think of another Eastwood film where such a recognizable actor appeared as part of the cast but was never announced as joining. Does anybody else find that to be odd?

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: August 06, 2018, 03:30:57 PM »
Hello everybody !
According to IMDb, The Mule is in post-production now.
Its page was updated on August 3rd.
I think that it will be ready before 2019.
Usually, Joel Cox starts to edit the film during the shooting.
Indeed, he's one of the fastest editor in Hollywood.
We will probably see the trailer in October or November.
The question is will Warner Bros be convinced of the final product ?
And who is the music composer ?

Agree with the above, but there's one more mystery to be solved: Is Andy Garcia involved with "The Mule," and if so, in what capacity?

Wow. That is really cool, and given that "Yellowstone" is a modern western, it has to be a deliberate homage on the part of Costner to Eastwood and "Unforgiven." I don't recall ever hearing "Claudia's Theme" played anywhere outside of "Unforgiven."

Eastwood and Costner are rumored to have not gotten along when they made "A Perfect World," but I'm kind of questioning that now since Costner contributed to an Eastwood documentary and said positive things about him, and now this. Does anyone have excerpts describing what happened on "A Perfect World." I'd be interested to learn more about what prompted the tensions on set.

The Dirty Harry Films / Re: Implied Harry's answers
« on: August 02, 2018, 07:08:34 PM »
Thank you so much! Great points everyone, you guys are amazing.  I feel a little bit dumb right now because I never thought he was referring to himself, but in the first situation it makes sense. When he says "Never guess" Chico must have remembered what Harry said after rescuing the suicide guy:

Great point Aka but...this isn't obvious? It isn't what a cop must to do, protect people? :( We know there aren't many cops like Harry but Mustapha laughs like he suggested something absurd! But as you said we can't affirm definitively... it's a really vague response and I am still intrigued by his answer. Why he didn't answer the same way he did to Chico's girlfriend when she asked why does he stay in police? He said  So we assume, now things are clearer for him, right? ???

I think to us as fans, the fact that Harry does what he does for the victims may be obvious, because the "Dirty Harry" series frequently gives us a window into his point of view, but I question whether this is obvious to his superiors and the critics of the film series. I think they'd say that he does what he does because he is arrogant and because he has no respect for authority. Because he doesn't respect the chain of command and is frequently on a power trip, and that he does what he does for those reasons.

While it is true that he does all of these things at times, what I think his superiors and his critics miss is that his motivation for doing so is because he doesn't believe, and his experience has proven to him, that policies, procedure, bureaucratic red tape and the chain of command often fail to do what he believes is most important, protect victims and safeguard society. I actually don't think that essential motivation to what Harry does is as obvious as it might first appear.

I also think that what you say about Harry feeling regret for being unable to protect those close to him in the past, such as his wife and various partners, like Kate, may be part of his motivation to act in the ways in which he does.

The Dirty Harry Films / Re: Implied Harry's answers
« on: August 01, 2018, 04:56:10 PM »
Aline, let me see if I can help you out here. For the first quote, based on the context, I think Harry is referring to himself. Cops often go undercover as civillians to catch criminals to avoid putting regular people in harms way. Remember when Harry pretended to be a pilot in “Magnum Force?” It would be a similar type of thing here.

The second quotation requires more interpretation because its not possible to know definitively. I think Harry does what he does for the victims who would otherwise go unnoticed. Those who are on the margins of society or who the masses may not value. Harry serves as the protector of ordinary San Franciscans who would otherwise have no one to fight for them.

Do you remember when The Man with No Name helped out a woman in trouble who he did not otherwise know? When he was asked why, he said he was helping her because he knew someone like her once and there was nowhere there to help? I think Harry has a similar motivation. He does what he does to ensure that doesnt happen on his watch.  He is always there to help because everybody counts and all innocents deserve protection from lawless criminals who seek to do them harm.

What do you think, Aline? It is great to see you still thinking deeply about Eastwood’s work after so many years as a fan.

Eastwood News / Re: A Perfect World.. in London
« on: July 31, 2018, 04:20:35 PM »
I'm glad Eastwood acted in this one, but I'm also a fan of Denzel Washington and it would have been interesting to see what he might have done with this role. I'd love to see him work with Eastwood in the future. 

I think Kevin Costner was perfectly cast in this and to date, I still think it remains his best performance.

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