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Husbands... :)
Casavettes directed... I'm not sure if there's any others. I know they were pals and I love their scenes together in the
Columbo episode..

There is another one. Hint: A woman directed. They're very good together in it.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: Yesterday at 09:44:11 PM »
For extra credit (and no peeking), what movie were John Cassavetes and Peter Falk in together?

The Dirty Harry Films / Re: Five Reasons For A Dirty Harry 6
« on: September 15, 2019, 06:23:31 PM »
Anyone who saw “The Mule” and who still thinks that Clint could still convincingly play “Dirty Harry” again is lying to themselves.

I'm sure you're right, AKA, but that said ... Clint did play Earl to appear older and less fit than he actually is.

All the same, I wouldn't be categorically opposed to a "Dirty Harry" prequel WITHOUT Clint. He could be seen in flashbacks to the canonical films.

General Discussion / Re: What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: September 15, 2019, 09:36:56 AM »
I watched Honky Tonk Man yesterday. I think it was very much a Clint vehicle as it combined a lot of what he has woven into his movies over the years:

  • his singing
  • the telling of a story
  • him bringing a group of people along with him in a ragtag assortment along the lines of Bronco Billy and one of the westerns (forgot the name of it)
  • bit of humour

Perhaps it wasn't his greatest film (Gran Torino? Dirty Harry? Unforgiven?) but it was more than watchable and certainly not one of his worst films (City Heat? The Rookie?)

I am just happy to see the movies where he branched out successfully with movies that tested him a bit more than the westerns and Dirty Harry movies did.

Nice post, thanks. The Western you are thinking of would be The Outlaw Josey Wales.

General Discussion / Re: What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: September 14, 2019, 05:23:31 PM »
Thank you, Perry. That's a great answer, even if I would take the other side of this debate. I wish we had more discussion like this around here.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Beatles Appreciation Thread
« on: September 13, 2019, 01:17:12 AM »
Here is a link for you, Gant ... or rather for your fellow fans who can make it to the UK for this:

Collectors' Corner / Re: assorted books and stuff
« on: September 12, 2019, 10:00:25 PM »
Here are a few more pictures of baggie's items:

Two scripts, neither autographed or annotated (Absolute Power and Unforgiven):

That signed photograph again, and the front cover of the Starwave CD-ROM:

Assorted books, and the Daredevils magazine:

Clint Eastwood and Felton Perry, still from Magnum Force:

^ I would guess this is the one baggie said she got from Charles Washburn, who was an assistant director and played the doctor who treats Harry's buckshot wounds in Dirty Harry. The photo is definitely from Magnum Force, though, and the other actor is Felton Perry, who played Clint's partner in that one.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Quentin Tarantino
« on: September 12, 2019, 09:25:38 PM »
Gant, this is a good and fair question. I think for me, the violence in Clint's films first of all always served the story. It was not the defining feature of the film. Clint always played character driven characters and directed character driven stories. His movies were never about the spectacle of filmmaking or how far he could push the envelope before he went too far. Quentin Tarantino's movie are all about the spectacle to me. The story is only there to serve the style which underpins them. It's a vehicle for the indulgence of Tarantino's revenge fantasy obsession. Tarantino's films are self-indulgent. Clint's films aren't. Tarantino continues to direct movies that thematically center on revenge fantasies. I'd love to be his psychiatrist, so that I could learn why. In addition, the level of violence in Tarantino's films is oppressive to me. I can't think of a single Clint Eastwood film that you could objectively say that about. 

Secondly, the nature of the violence is much tamer in even Clint's most violent film than it is in Quentin Tarantino's tamest movie. Quentin Tarantino's movies have a level of blood and gore and gratuitously styled violence that Clint never had in his films. There is simply no comparison whatsoever, in my opinion, between Clint and Quentin Tarantino. I also feel like Quentin Tarantino often exploits historical events in very crude ways ways that serve as a vehicle for his overly stylized, gratuitously violent films. I don't think you can say the same about Clint. To me, they are very different directors and filmmakers. I agree that Tarantino is a talented director. I just wish that he used those talents in a different way. His films celebrate, glorify, and trivialize the very worst of human nature to me. Clint never reveled in man's darkest impulses. He reflected upon them, he may have sometimes depicted them, but he never took any glee in doing so. Quentin Tarantino does, and to me, that's disturbing.
AKA, I think this is a brilliant post. You put your finger right on the difference between Tarantino and Eastwood. I've never heard anyone express that so well.

I must admit I haven't seen nearly all of Tarantino's work, but AKA pretty much lays out the reasons why I've never felt obliged to do so.

General Discussion / Re: What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: September 10, 2019, 06:47:26 PM »
Was watching High Plains Drifter last night after many years... I always said this in fact that Billy Curtis was tremendous in that role. That camera shot zooming in of Curtis when he hides under the Hotel is a money shot.......Interesting that Leone didn't care for the movie......

"Tremendous," figuratively speaking. ;)

Collectors' Corner / Re: assorted books and stuff
« on: September 08, 2019, 10:38:28 AM »
With AKA's help, here are pictures of three of baggie's items:

"A pencil sketch measuring 20x24 that has some dirt and small stains."

"One signed photograph (no COA)."

"A CD ROM of Eastwood stuff"

I also have the CD ROM ... It was for Windows 95! :D Not sure it would work on modern machines. The company that made it, Starwave, seems to have been bought out by Disney around 1998.

(I used Imgur's "huge thumbnail" option to post the above, so larger versions are available if wanted.)

Baggie, could you also share an image of the "photograph from Dirty Harry with Clint Eastwood and Charles Washburn" that palooka wanted to see?

Collectors' Corner / Re: assorted books and stuff
« on: September 07, 2019, 03:57:03 PM »
Baggie, if you can email them to me, I'll post them for you. PM me.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
« on: September 05, 2019, 07:22:15 PM »
Speaking of Bob Newhart, he is 90 years old today!
And still going strong.

Christopher (and others) will enjoy this interview in the New York Times:

You did so many brilliant comic bits with the telephone. The comic Shelley Berman famously said that you stole the idea of the telephone from his act. Did that bug you?

It bugged me a little because it wasn’t true. The phone has been a comedy prop for long time. Mike [Nichols] and Elaine [May] used it. One of the earliest recordings ever made by Edison involved a telephone that [the comic George] Jessel used to do.

[Later on in the interview:] Do you ever think about death?

I think I know what’s on the other side, but I’m not sure. Maybe it just ends. Some people think you come back. Maybe I’ll come back as Shelley Berman and be pissed off at myself.

General Discussion / Re: What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: August 31, 2019, 07:30:20 AM »
The Mule. :)

General Discussion / Re: What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: August 30, 2019, 07:29:04 AM »
Hey... I got my av back. It's a miracle. Who do I thank... ?
Thank Richard. He also got the av gallery back on the site, so if you ever want to change ... go to Forum Profile and select one of the other Eastwood avs.

Movie Night / Re: The Mule Movie Night, Thursday August 29
« on: August 29, 2019, 08:33:15 PM »
I recommend the little "Making of" featurette on the DVD/BluRay. One interesting tidbit: A lot of Earl's clothes were from earlier Eastwood movies. The suit he was wearing at the end was from In the Line of Fire!

Movie Night / Re: The Mule Movie Night, Thursday August 29
« on: August 29, 2019, 08:08:04 PM »
Even more cool. Love to read stories like this about behind-the-scenes stuff in Clint's movies.

Here's another one, about the main composer, Arturo Sandoval:

I found it interesting that the entire score (I guess, not including the songs heard on the car radio) is less than 20 minutes. It's so typical of Clint to use music sparsely and let it accent the story, not narrate it. The score of Unforgiven was even shorter than that (and no car radios around).

Movie Night / Re: The Mule Movie Night, Thursday August 29
« on: August 29, 2019, 08:01:11 PM »
Anyway, thanks to you both for doing this with me! It was almost like old times.

Maybe we could schedule a repeat performance at a time that would work for SK, Satu,  or anyone else who might like to join in?

Movie Night / Re: The Mule Movie Night, Thursday August 29
« on: August 29, 2019, 07:57:58 PM »
Matt, here is the full story of how Toby Keith came to write "Don't let the old man in" for Clint:

EDIT: Here's a quote:

In what turned out to be another stroke of serendipity, Keith was under the weather the day he cut his demo. “I was sick as a dog that day. I was coughing and sneezing and thinking, this is terrible,” he recounts. “I gave it the best vocal I could that day, and I sent it off. It’s a real raspy, sleepy, tired, sick vocal. I said, ‘Well now you’ve got a reference, and I’ll go back and put a vocal on it for you.’ ”

To his surprise, Eastwood called immediately. “He said, ‘I’ve got a spot in the movie and I’m putting it in there.’ And then Warner Bros. called asking did I read the script before I wrote this song because it fits perfectly.”

To his greater surprise, Eastwood didn’t want to change a thing. “He wanted it sick and tired and dark like that,” Keith says.   

Movie Night / Re: The Mule Movie Night, Thursday August 29
« on: August 29, 2019, 07:55:10 PM »
I do think, however, that the fact that the drugs were cocaine, not heroin or other opiates, mitigates that somewhat. You don't think of the typical cocaine user as a victim of the drug (mostly opiate) epidemic.

Movie Night / Re: The Mule Movie Night, Thursday August 29
« on: August 29, 2019, 07:48:38 PM »
Anyone know where Clint found this song? I'm assuming it wasn't written for the film.

But it was, as AKA just explained. Such an Eastwoodian touch.

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