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Very talented guy...RIP

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General Discussion / Re: Clint Fan Art and Other Art Work
« on: July 28, 2011, 06:51:22 AM »

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General Discussion / Re: Celebrating Clint Eastwood at Eighty
« on: May 31, 2010, 02:20:32 AM »
A neighbour had a bunch of VHS tapes, probably over 200 and I got to see DH when I was about 9 or 10 (would have been mid 80s)

I loved it and just remember asking him 'have you got any more films with Clint Eastwood in?'.  An obsession was born.

Even with his lesser quality films there's always something to like if he's in them - that's the mark of a legend.

Happy birthday the Clintster  8)

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General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Clint
« on: May 31, 2010, 02:01:44 AM »
Happy birthday Clint  O0

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Eastwood News / Re: Music from Gran Torino Callum and Eastwood.
« on: July 18, 2009, 11:13:18 AM »
Met Jamie Cullum the other day on a job and asked him about working with Clint, my film idol. 

Replied, basically what can you say?  Never really been a big fan of Cullum's music, however maybe if it floats Clint's boat...

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Anyone got the Clint Eastwood soundtrack collection?  On the back of it is a shot with him wearing sunglasses doing nothing

Try as I may, I could never look that cool
 8)


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Eastwood News / Re: Happy Birthday Clint!
« on: May 31, 2009, 01:51:22 PM »
Happy birthday to the Legend, still going strong.

When I saw GT, I got the feeling the audience felt as if this may be his last film in a starring role.  It'll be a fitting tribute if so, but at the rate he works, you never know  :D

So have a good one Clint!

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Eastwood News / Re: Dirty Harry in UK Cinemas
« on: June 16, 2008, 01:11:09 PM »
Back from seeing it earlier, great stuff.  My, that was a big gun.

Can't believe I've never noticed Clint's shameless plug for 'Play Misty' on the cinema billboard in the bank shootout scene.  ::) 

Benefits of a big screen I suppose.

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Eastwood News / Re: Dirty Harry in UK Cinemas
« on: June 15, 2008, 07:41:48 AM »
Will be going along tomorrow to my local screening in Watford, anyone going there?

 O0

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Anyone local to Watford in Hertfordshire, England may want to check this out:

Dirty Harry showing as part of their 'Movies that Matter' season, 16th June 08.

http://www.myvue.com/cinemas/index.asp?cn=1&ln=1&ci=43
or
http://www.myvue.com/moviesMatter_promo/index.asp?SessionID=5979D23531804B04BEC86B15EBBE6AE0&cn=1&ci=43&ln=1&hi=603

hope to get along
  O0

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General Discussion / Re: How'd you become a Clint fan?
« on: December 14, 2006, 08:51:53 AM »
I think I was about 9/10 when I first saw Dirty Harry, perhaps a bit young I s'pose.  A neighbour had inherited 100s of videos from a closed store I think and I was given DH to watch.  I just remember saying to him I like that guy, have you got any more stuff with him in.

Didn't even realise until about 12 or 13 that he made westerns too!!

32 now and still lovin' The Man (in and admiring way you understand...)

Think Flags is gonna be his crowning achievement.  If he isn't lumped in and spoken about in the same sentence as Scorcese, Spielberg and the rest something's really up.

Good to see some young fans on here too, proves he spans generations  :)

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Eastwood News / Re: Flags - UK Advance Screenings
« on: December 09, 2006, 06:16:56 AM »
Anyone know if there's gonna be a London screening (with Clint in attendance)?

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Eastwood News / Re: Reminder: Oscar Night
« on: February 27, 2005, 09:54:39 PM »
no vik, just anyone in general ;)

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Eastwood News / Re: Reminder: Oscar Night
« on: February 27, 2005, 09:49:55 PM »
CLINT EASTWOOD: THE LEGEND WILL NEVER DIE!!

Well, what a coup!! I'm so happy for Clint of course, surprised he won over Scorcese who really should get something... please!!  And to pull off best film and two awards for Swank and Morgan is a real pleaser.  What a great achievement, Well done Clint! I'm just in awe more than ever, if that's possible!!!!!! :) :) :) O0 :D

Now can anyone who has anything uninformed to say about Clint's work kindly shut the hell up!!!!!

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General Discussion / Re: Anybody met Clint?
« on: February 19, 2005, 03:59:56 PM »
I've never met him.  I went to the Hog's Breath in Carmel in '01 but alas no show and they wouldn't let me pitch a tent.

I too don't know what I'd say if I were to just come across him.  I think I'd hold my nerve in front of most stars but would probably end up tongue-tied or lose it a bit.  But if I could choose any person alive or dead to meet, it'd have to be Clint.  I mean, you could go the historical figures route and meet Gandhi or someone but what would you say to Gandhi?  Er...nice job?  Well done!

?

And is there anywhere on the list which'll say where he is?

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General Discussion / Re: Morricone or Schifrin
« on: February 19, 2005, 03:53:05 PM »
I think it's a tough call.  One thing I'd say differs the two is that Schifrin seems more of an action scorer, that is many of his themes seemed to be scored around action scenes.  If we take just the Dirty Harry CD collection (amazing BTW!) it's probably not background music that you may put on to relax or be inspired, but it generally is a thumping collection that carries most of the dramatic and action orientated set pieces of the films and seems more custom made for that.

Morricone on the other hand creates more epic, sweeping soundtracks with a bit more of a traditional feel over Schifrin's work which does tend to be thematic, such as the Mission Impossible score.  There are obvious exceptions where Morricone is more minimalist, (some of his work in GBU), then there are the rousing and emotive examples such as Once Upon..West.

In any case both are masters who were made to do Clint's films in the same way that he was born to do the roles, and whether it's Schifrin's funk-laden score over a rooftop prowler's weapon assembly or Morricone's grandiose strings as a bridge is blown to smitheerens and a dying general gets his wish, we love 'em all the same.

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Saw MDB last night - needless to say Clint triumphs again both as director and star - I know he's an outsider so far as the Oscar noms go but I really think he's in with a shot.  We all know he wuz robbed over Unforgiven, not to knock Pacino for his great performance but Clint was better, 'nuff said anyway, was 12 years ago.  But he's very convincing here and played perhaps the most emotionally charged part I've seen him in and got it just right.

Anyway, did think the movie was hard going although was prepared for it somewhat, hearing a family member's appraisal for it being a 'sad' film plus a rewiew that called it 'harrowing'.  Which it is - paraplegism, if that's the word, causes a formerly independent and functional person to be completely dependent and a fiery, competitive character such as played by Hilary Swank would find it all the more hard going to exist in this physical state.

Which is why it irked me a little when I came back from the movie and checked out some reviews and cam across disability groups calling Clint a 'Million Dollar Bigot' and others criticizing the decision made in the film to terminate Maggie's life on her request.  The argument made is that this film, alongside the Javier Bardem? movie, shows that fully dependent paralysis victims can't enjoy their life and should be 'put down' or relieved of their misery.

One thing that has always struck me about Clint's career is how he's been so misunderstood throughout.  If it isn't that he's a right-wing nut-job in the Dirty Harry days it's that he advocates euthanasia now and has shares the viewpoints and personas of his characters.  Every movie is an exploration of what the characters would do, and how they would react in a situation according to their strength or weakness of character.  Very few film stars, including one of Clint's status, are actively seeking to impose their will and beliefs on their films, therefore it's not a reflection of how Clint would act, let's say if his own daughter were in that situation.

The paralysis issue has been much in the headlines anyway, what with the sad passing of Christopher Reeve last year.  At the end of the day, Reeve spent nine years of his life paralysed from the neck down and then died.  That isn't right - despite the steps he made to recovery and the strides he made for public awareness, he lost his life and his fight.  Although a very courageous man, he had to suffer the indignities of being assisted for every part of his daily life, washed, going to the bathroom, everything.  That isn't fun, that isn't enjoyable and he, like Maggie in the film was a very able sportsman and parallels can almost be drawn.  So when Maggie makes the decision in the film it is down to her own viewpoints about her own validity as a person (she only feels worthy due to the love the crowd give her).  It's not indicative of EVERY single paralysis victim's thoughts and the film is not trying to represent them all.  And if Clint went against the book's conclusion and had her walking around again happy, returning to the ring and getting the title, that would have sold out the author's intent, and Clint has too much integrity in his work to do that.

So enough of this political correctness issue, time has shown people have been misinformed about Clint's work and it will again anyway.  I know I'm biased about Clint, to me he can do no wrong, but I'd say the same if it were Mel Gibson in the role or whoever.  It's just one film, one character's choice and movies are not meant to be the medium in which all opinion should be centered.  So  >:( to his critics and  O0 come Oscar night for all of us and the man himself.

P.S. Sad to read about John Vernon too.  Would have thought him older than Clint, that's a shame.

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Eastwood News / Re:Happy Birthday Clint!
« on: May 31, 2004, 03:56:30 PM »
 ;D Many happy returns Clint!!! 74 and crammed into your life what most can only dream about.  Looking forward to Mystic River release (next week?) - Play Misty's on in about 20 minutes.  Thanks for all the years of entertainment (about 20 for me now).

P.S. Just had great fun going thru Real Player links!! There can never be too much Clint!

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