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General Discussion / Re:What should Clint do next?
« on: May 14, 2003, 12:09:18 PM »
Daisy told me to go [email protected]#k myself, and I am out of line because I correctly noticed that she was incredibly moody and guessed she was carrying child?  You people are insane.

That was my point, Windy!  It has been a long long time since Westerns were dismissed by critics as low brow.

Go  :P yourself, by the way.  >:(

Eastwood News / Re:Eastwood sues McGilligan
« on: May 14, 2003, 10:56:57 AM »
De Niro and Hackman have starred in films that have helped shape the world and art of film acting.  Eastwood is not in their league as an actor.  But as an entity in film history, Eastwood is more akin to Woody Allen as being an iconic personality who directed a plethora of classic films, thus making him incredibly important.  His directing ranks him with the best, and his acting ranks him with super stars, but his acting roles have not been as influential to the art form of acting as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Deer Hunter, French Connection, Bonnie and Clyde, The Conversation, etc.  Yes, his Dirty Harry role is a big influence on culture but not so much on the craft of acting in motion pictures.    

General Discussion / Re:What should Clint do next?
« on: May 14, 2003, 10:40:09 AM »
You wrote "we're a long ways from Cahiers Du Cinema" I assumed you meant this group, as being far from classic French film crit.  

But anyway, I stand by my original accurate notice that general audience consider westerns low brow, and that Clint has helped change that.

Are you pregnant or something?

Why Wenders?  Did Wenders say something bad about Clint?  Perhaps in regards to the jazz thing?  I never heard about that.

If that sounds like an attack to you, then I suggest you take some anti-sensitivity meds.  ;)

My personal preferece that Clint be a little anti-establishment is not really that unique or interesting.  It's a pretty common yearning for a fan to have.  

Everybody dance now!

General Discussion / Re:What should Clint do next?
« on: May 14, 2003, 10:28:11 AM »
Daisy, I do consider horse operas a great cinema genre, but you must admit that since we're speaking of general audiences, westerns are consdiered low brow, and we might be a long way from Cahiers Du Cinema, but it's that film magazine that first started treating westerns as high art (especially Hawkes' films).  So there.  :P

General Discussion / Re:What should Clint do next?
« on: May 14, 2003, 09:46:07 AM »
Interesting that his audience, comprised of this group, are drawn between what is considered high brow (art house films) and what is considered low brow (horse operas).  I guess Clint has helped close the gulf between the two.  HPD was a bit shaky, albeit interesting.  When ever I watch Whales I wonder what was directed by Clint and what was directed by Kaufman.

I was not attacking Eastwood.  I was just annoyed when I read that he kept a bowtie that an extra on the Bird set made him to wear to the Oscars, and that he kept it as a goodluck charm, and then wore it to the Oscars for Unforgiven.  This means he has awards on the brain.  I don't mean to step on his toes, but I wish he were more like the Hollywood bad guys.  That's all I said in a small off-hand comment.  

Eastwood News / Re:Eastwood sues McGilligan
« on: May 14, 2003, 09:31:51 AM »
Well, that's the problem.  No, Eastwood is an icon of an actor and a respected filmmaker.  But yes, Hackman and DeNiro have starred in more pivotal important classic roles than Eastwood.  Eastwood should be regarded like Woody Allen, a limited but interesting actor who consider himself a filmmaker first.

Some few can be considered classics?  Gee, let's condemn Clint Eastwood, because only a few of his movies can be considered "classics."  As opposed to the average movie star who makes only "classics." ???  So Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Gene Hackman (for three examples) have been in one or two more "classics" than Clint Eastwood (which is debateable) -- how many of those "classics" have they directed?    

Misty71, you quoted me wrong.   :)

Yes, I never read McG book.  I looked at it once and thought it only analyzed films based upon critical response from newspaper critics (who cares what newsies think?) and boxoffice reports.  Schickel didn't make it seem spurious that Clint wanted honors, but rather natural for a Hollywood veteran to want accolades, which it is.  I don't think this it is terrible that Clint plays the studio system, and vice versa; I just wished he himself wasn't so interested in these things.  Hey, Hemingway accepted awards.

Matt, it's from the Richard Schickel book.  And just to verify, nobody, especially not I, said Eastwood was an icon because of awards.  Schickel wrote that Warners obviously help Eastwood get these honors and showcases because he brought films in under budget and made poor sequels to help the studio.  

He was very very concerned about winning the Academy Award, and he really really wanted to win Cannes. And he has had Warner Bros. politicize on his behalf to get retrospectives and festivals.  It's not a bad thing.  Most people are like this.

I think Clint is like Woody Allen in the respect that he acts in his films in order to get them made.  I think directing means much much more to him than acting.  He wanted the director honor at the Oscars a lot, and I don't know how much he really cared about winning prizes for acting.  Actually, I wish he wasn't so interested in being honored all the time.  It's kind of lame.

General Discussion / Re:Tightrope aspect ratio
« on: May 09, 2003, 02:14:57 PM »
Of course you know that 1.85 and 1.77 are all "shot" in Academy Ratio, 1.33.  But they only show the widescreen in theeatre.  The director/cinematographer keep in mind the tv and video showings.  Widescreen is always better, tighens up the visual.  To see what the director really intended on Tightrope you need to see it in 1.85.  

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