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General Discussion / Re: Favorite Clint Eastwood Movies of the 2010s
« on: January 11, 2020, 01:00:20 PM »
My clear favorite is The Mule.  I'd put Trouble With The Curve after this, I suppose.

Then it gets muddy -- but at the very bottom of the list is The 15:17 to Paris.

I like Hereafter and Sully more than most do it seems. J. Edgar was okay, but I strongly disliked Jersey Boys.

So, here's probably where I'd rank them (just according to personal preference):

The Mule
Trouble With The Curve
Richard Jewell
American Sniper
J Edgar
Jersey Boys
The 15:17 to Paris

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2019 Movie Discussion
« on: January 06, 2020, 05:02:29 PM »
The two films I loved the most last year did well last night at the Golden Globes.

Best Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

(Surprised this was put in the Comedy classification, but I'm assuming it was strategic to not lose to Joker)

Which brings up the fact that Joker didn't win for Best Motion Picture Drama. Instead, 1917 won. I haven't seen that one, but I did see They Shall Not Grow Old, and don't feel like watching another WWI film anytime soon. Has anyone here seen it?

Quentin Tarantino won for best Screenplay for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Brad Pitt won for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I was wondering if he'd be nominated as a supporting actor, and hoped he would, since Joaquin Phoenix had a lock on it with his performance in Joker (and he did win the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture- Drama)

Any other thoughts of the winners/losers?  Here's the list:

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Aussie Thread
« on: January 03, 2020, 09:40:33 PM »
There are no words for what's going on over there. Is the area you live still safe, SK?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: January 03, 2020, 10:19:38 AM »
I, too, try to get out more and do more things with real people than staying in and watching TV/movies. I think when you get older, you start thinking about what time you have left, and how you want to spend it. I posted here recently about my father passing away in November, and he was about thirty years older than me. So it's easy to be hit in the face with the fact that I have only about thirty more years, and how many of them will be good ones? I forced myself out of my comfort zone to do the New Year's Eve bash in Nashville instead of staying in. I've been trying to spend less time online, less time discussing politics and films online, and more time out in the world discussing with real people. It's not the easy or lazy way to go through a day, especially if you consider yourself an introvert (which I am, but you may not think so). But, life is really short. The more time we spend out in the world doing what we love, with people we love, the better.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: January 03, 2020, 09:02:07 AM »
But, Matt, that DOESN'T include the countless hours I spent streaming TV shows on Netflix or Amazon Prime or the untold number of hours I spent watching the news every day! Shouldn't life be about more than that? :o

I was thinking of how I wanted to answer this, and realized it was going to be something that might belong in a political forum, because a lot of the reason people spend more time at home is because there's less disposable income than there used to be, so less to frivolously spend going out to meet up with friends, drink, eat avocado toast, etc. Even if you're able to do so, friends may not be able to. So a lot of why so many stay indoors now really may be economy related. But, that's just one reason. There are a lot of other factors. Social media makes us less social. Then there's the lack of tolerance of other viewpoints when it comes to political discourse, which increases depression and isolation. It plays havoc on real world friendships too. I have a half brother who posted one of the most divisive anti-Trump posts I've ever seen on social media, and he lost a lot of friendships over it. His post basically said if you like Trump, unfriend me now (with some flowery language that had no place here or there). Just a purity test hate post. With this type of political climate, is it any wonder we find ourselves spending more time watching Mad Men, The Office, etc. We lose ourselves in a time where things were better, people communicated "IRL" and even murder documentaries are still a welcome escape from where we are today: there's sense and reasoning behind it. I know I spend a lot of time shaking my head and just walking away from discussions with people because their viewpoints and reasoning are just so impossible to wrap my head around. It seems a waste of time to even discuss the issues since we'll never change our viewpoint or come around to the other's line of thinking. There's just too much anger now too, and I'm not even sure this has anything to do with your original post!  ;D  So.... getting back to that....

I just looked up the stat for average TV usage (including livestream videos on phones/tablets etc) in the US, and it's just about 6 hours a day. It sounds like about what you're reporting.

And now.. back to your regularly scheduled programming...


Did you bump into Stevie Nicks and Keith Urban?

Yeah, we did (along with 199,998 others!)

I'm not a fan of Keith Urban, but you gotta respect a performer that plays in 30 degree weather for two hours. I've known of him, but never listened to him, so it was my first exposure to his music. He did a good performance. Stevie was a lot more exciting, since I know her music and she's a rock icon. She only played three songs, but she was great.

We were pretty far back -- but the crowd went back 3x further behind us. We could have gotten closer to the stage, but with the note dropping over/behind the stage and the fireworks behind them, we wanted a good vantage point for all that, so we didn't want to be too close.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: January 02, 2020, 01:19:52 PM »
Movies are life.  ;)  It's only about two movies a week -- not really that much, imo.

That's a nice pic, Brian. I edited the size so the picture didn't skew the page. Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Our Nashville New Year's Eve event was actually a lot of fun.

Hope everyone has an awesome 2020.

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
« on: December 29, 2019, 07:25:26 PM »
Hi Paul,

Actually, it sounds like it was edited out. In the film, we see Sister Sara hit the arrow through with a rock. It's not gory at all, so no idea why it was edited out for general TV audiences.

Welcome to the board!

Eastwood News / Re: Richard Jewell: Production Information and News
« on: December 29, 2019, 07:23:13 PM »
Please try to see it while it's still in theaters, Christopher! If we of the CEWB don't do our best to get paid admissions up ... who can Clint count on? ???  :-\

C'mon man, you paid to see the new Black Christmas, you can see Richard Jewell. It's worth the price of admission.  O0


I'll be going to the Music City New Year's Eve celebration this year. I'm only 20 minutes from downtown Nashville, but will be driving 30 minutes to take a train into downtown to avoid driving/parking in the madness. I guess it's something you should do once in life -- a big NYE outdoor fireworks/concert celebration. Anyone else have big plans?

A Xichado sighting! Miracles do happen at Christmas!  :)

Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas! We'll see you in the New Year!

I saw this at the 4:00 showing today. Clint has a loyal base here in Tennessee. I remember being surprised to get the last tickets to see The Mule on opening day when I waited until the last minute to buy them, and this happened again for Richard Jewell. The later showings were sold out, but there were a couple of seats left for the matinee. So, we got to see this in a packed theater filled to the gills with senior citizens and definite Trump supporters (you could tell by their reactions to certain jokes regarding the press and FBI).

As for the movie -- I liked it a lot. Clint's style is almost dated, but in a good way. He tells an enthralling story that's dialogue and character-focused with little action -- and that in itself is what I mean by "dated". The pacing isn't rushed, and at times it feels a bit slow, but only because newer movies have a faster pace and you can easily forget what it's like to just relax and watch a more leisurely paced film.  The acting was good across the board, but as pointed out, Paul Walter Hauser is the best of the cast in the title role. But, it's my opinion that he won't win an Oscar for the performance. I would be surprised if Richard Jewell wins anything (or is even nominated) at the Oscar's, but that doesn't take away from the enjoyable experience of seeing the film. It just didn't feel like award-winning material. But, I'm glad Clint made it -- it was a worthwhile subject and a really good movie. I can't quite give it an 8/10, so I'll settle with a grade of 7.5/10. It's a thumbs-up either way!

Eastwood News / Re: Richard Jewell: Production Information and News
« on: December 13, 2019, 08:37:13 AM »
Anyone planning on catching the movie opening day/weekend? I'll probably see it next week. The theater I live about two miles from doesn't have it.

I've got tickets to see it today.  :)

Happy birthday to Christopher, who is now.... 37.  :o

General Discussion / Re: CLINT PICS!
« on: December 04, 2019, 04:24:21 PM »

Gant sent this image to me to host and post.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Brian.
« on: December 01, 2019, 03:04:43 AM »
Happy belated birthday, Brian. Glad you had a good one!


I've been traveling around and taking photos, but not really having the time to go through them. My father's health was in decline, and I was spending more and more time with him in Florida. I took this picture last month at a Marco Island beach bar where we had dinner, drinks and a beautiful sunset, complete with jumping dolphins, and of course lots of gulls, herons, pelicans and egrets. This turned out to be our last sunset together. Unfortunately, he passed away this weekend, watching his beloved Eagles, in complete peace. I was looking through my photos for pictures of my last trip with him, and this one really touched me -- because I feel like that bird on the rock. He looks so alone, and so small in a great big world. And that's how it feels when you realize you're an adult orphan. You're never prepared to lose a parent, even when you think you are.  This picture just seems to embody all those feelings, so I wanted to share.

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