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Eastwood News / John Saxon, Co-Star in Joe Kidd, Dies at Age 83
« on: July 25, 2020, 06:15:13 PM »
John Saxon, 'Enter the Dragon,' 'Nightmare on Elm Street' Actor, Dies at 83

God Bless. Rest In Peace. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

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Eastwood News / R.I.P. Anthony James and Richard Herd
« on: May 28, 2020, 05:07:54 PM »
Anthony James, Actor in 'Unforgiven' and 'In the Heat of the Night,' Dies at 77

Rest In Peace.  God Bless.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Happy Easter 2020
« on: April 12, 2020, 05:40:43 AM »
I hope you enjoy a Safe, Healthy and Very Happy Easter! 

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Off-Topic Discussion / Music Media Progression
« on: March 27, 2020, 05:08:19 PM »
I used to love collecting cds.  It took me a while to make the switch from vinyl & cassette.  Once I was able to play cds in my car I thought there’d be no going back.  Prior to that, I’d buy albums on vinyl for home use and the same ones on cassette to hear while driving.  Funny thing is, I’ve returned to vinyl only a few years ago and have now lost the desire to purchase compact discs at all.  It’s a joy to experience playing records again but I limit myself to classic rock, some jazz and popular pre-rock music like Sinatra and Dean Martin. 

The best part is discovering music I otherwise let pass me by years ago, like Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours”, Billy Joel’s “The Stranger”, The Who’s “Who’s Next”, Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, Bruce Springsteen’s “Born To Run”, The Rolling Stone’s “Exile On Main Street”, The Eagles’ “Hotel California” and more.  I don’t buy into the vinyl vs compact disc debate.  It’s crap.  It depends on your system.  If you have a basic stereo your cds will sound fine but of course, with superior components vinyl will sound better and vice versa.  I don’t care.

For me it’s all about personal entertainment.  I’m not a stickler.  Hell, I remember 8-track tapes sounded better than cassettes on the same stereo but the 8-track drawback was the song interruptions!  LOL!  I’d be listening to the Beatles’ Let It Be album as so…

“Images of broken light, which dance before me like a million eyes…” KERLUNCK!  What the?  Is my stereo busted? Man!! ...KERLUNCK! ”…They call me on and on across the universe.”  Hahaha!  They had 4 programs on each cartridge but not enough space.   It was weird and at times frustrating.  Like many others, I thought vinyl would last forever.  You can’t go wrong with the artistry of albums, an art form lost on the smaller cd packaging.  Although, these days there are sets in both formats that go to the extreme to fans’ and collectors’ delight.

So, a few years ago, I finally graduated to modern technology and took advantage of music available on Spotify and radio programs on XFM.  I loved burning my own cd compilations but even that was limiting.  With Spotify I can compile to my hearts’ content without additional cost.  I can listen at home, in my car and on my phone.  It’s a win-win scenario, unlike the Kobayashi Maru 😉  Yup, I just exposed my geek side.  It’s great revisiting favorites and discovering music I otherwise have and would continue let pass me by.  Thanks to Linda and Amy (you know who you are 😉), I’ve discovered the greatness of The Rolling Stones and AC/DC without having to spend lots of money.           

I remember my dad telling me some years ago, “Vinyl’s making a comeback!”  I laughed and replied, “No way!  What the hell for, anyway?”  Like many others, I figured records had gone the way of VHS tapes.  They died out when DVDs took over, much like vinyl did when CDs came along.  Not long after, I was in Newbury Comics in Boston and saw he was right.  A few short years later, upon another visit, I saw that they had an entire room full of vinyl!  My dad got the last laugh on that one.  It would be a while before I returned to vinyl and am glad I did.  On the other side of the same token (as Dad used to say), I’m thankful for the technological advancement, too.  The best of both worlds.

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General Discussion / Space Cowboys 20 Year Anniversary
« on: January 17, 2020, 09:10:22 PM »
This film has one of my favorite Eastwood movie quotes:  “Clock’s ticking, Bob, and I’m only getting older.”  When I first heard about Space Cowboys, it was rumored that Jack Nicholson and Sean Connery we’re going to costar with Clint.  That would’ve been interesting, but Donald Sutherland, James Garner and Tommy Lee Jones rounded out the cast perfectly.  Sutherland had worked with Eastwood thirty years before, in Kelly’s Heroes.  Clint had also worked with James Garner as well, having appeared in an episode of Maverick.

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Clint’s first movie of the 1990’s had limited release, but I was determined and found myself seeking it out at a cinema in Boston.  This character study reminded me of Honkytonk Man and like that film, I didn’t enjoy it.  At least, not right away.  I enjoyed the book by Peter Viertel very much, though.  I’ve yet to see the movie it was based on, The African Queen.  My initial reaction to Clint’s character, John Wilson, losing a fistfight was negative.  I smile now, when I think of how I reacted then.  Seeing it now makes me appreciate and enjoy it.  Wilson’s verbal reaction to his loss was funny and for the first time I laughed. 

I remember the publicity about The Rookie around the time of its’ release.  I thought it was cool that Charlie Sheen would be teaming up with Eastwood.  After having been disappointed with Pink Cadillac and White Hunter Black Heart, I was looking forward to something good.  At the conclusion of The Rookie, I was indifferent.  I was a little concerned, confused, even.  Was this strike three on Clint Eastwood movies for me?  I was questioning my loyalty as a fan.  Coincidentally, the year before I was let down by Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.  Three bad films in a row by Eastwood didn’t help.  In Star Trek, redemption was delivered by the original series cast swan song in 1991.  It would be twenty months after the release of The Rookie for salvation to come my way when Unforgiven was released.

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I first saw Bronco Billy on cable tv.  I was fortunate to see Any Which Way You Can at the cinema with my friend, Mike.

Bronco Billy is okay.  If anything, it’s interesting to pick out actors that have performed with Clint before, such as Geoffrey Lewis, Sondra Locke, William Prince, Bill McKinney, Sam Bottoms, Dan Vadis, Walter Barnes, Doug McGrath, Woodrow Parfrey and Hank Worden.  The humor is not effective, very lighthearted.

Unusual for a sequel, Any Which Way You Can is better than its’ predecessor.  Unlike Bronco Billy, the story flows nicely and comedy is on point.  Every Which Way But Loose proved the naysayers wrong when it came to Clint doing a comedy and this film hammered the point home.

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Questions & Answers / Correction ?
« on: January 17, 2020, 07:00:27 PM »
Is this something that could/should be amended?

I just noticed something that, with Gran Torino, makes the first comment on these films outdated.  Walt Kowalski is the third character to die in an Eastwood movie. 

Curious, there’s no mention of Walt Kowalski’s death here.

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For the first time after viewing these again recently, I came away enjoying them very much.  So much so, that I look forward to seeing them again.  Another first.   After becoming a fan, I sought out all of Eastwood’s films but didn’t care for these upon first viewing.  Even this time around, it took a second viewing of each to finally appreciate and fully enjoy them.

After first recent viewing of Two Mules For Sister Sara I thought, “Well, at least Don Siegel did a better western with Flaming Star.”  I’m glad I gave it another chance so soon.  I enjoyed watching the interaction between Eastwood and MacLaine.  They have good moments individually and together. 

The best part of Kelly’s Heroes is the ensemble cast.  My favorite character is Big Joe.  Telly Savalas plays him perfectly in every scene.  Whereas I used to find this film long, drawn out and boring I now enjoy watching the story unfold from opening credits to the end. 


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Clint Eastwood Westerns / Coop’s Rawhide Page
« on: May 10, 2019, 11:26:24 AM »

I’m finally getting around to checking this out in season order.  I thought I’d share my thoughts after I watch each episode of Rawhide here.  For what it’s worth I’ll be giving my ‘so-called’, er-aaahh….  ahem, ‘reviews’, LOL.     
Rawhide was a happy discovery for me, but not for long.  I first learned about this western television program through Iain Johnstone’s 1981 book, The Man With No Name: The Biography of Clint Eastwood.  I wondered why I hadn’t seen the show before.  Being a new Eastwood fan, I was excited about the prospect of seeing it but that feeling was short-lived.  Over time I came to realize although it had a decent run of eight seasons, it wasn’t currently as popular as Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Big Valley and The Rifleman to still be shown on tv regularly.  Many a year would pass before it finally would, but my interest had faded.  Not in Clint’s movies, just Rawhide.  At the time, he was still heavily involved in acting and directing, unlike now.
When Rawhide finally saw the light of day on DVD, I was happy to add it to my collection.  This was another short-lived feeling.  After viewing the first season, I understood why it wasn’t shown as frequently as the other westerns.  It’s just not as good.  That’s not to say it’s bad, not at all, just not enjoyable enough to look forward to more.  That was strike one.  Strike two was the amount of time in between the release of seasons one and two; July 25, 2006 to May 29, 2007… ten months!  Not only that, but beginning with season two, they were divided into two volumes …and not at the same time!  I understand the marketing logic behind this, but Rawhide took 8 years to be released in its entirety, less than its original run on tv!  That was strike three for me and I gave up.   
Rawhide ran from January 9, 1959 through January 4, 1966, 8 seasons but in actual time, a total of seven years.  The first season of Rawhide was made available to purchase on dvd on July 25, 2006 and the final season was released June 3, 2014...  Eight years!  UGH!!  Fast forward to a couple of years ago, I received the series as a birthday gift from my girlfriend, Tina.  I finally took the set out of its plastic and began watching recently.  So now I’ll be able to see the entire program, although, who knows how long it’ll take!  The saving grace is that I do love westerns and like his recent movie, The Mule, Rawhide will make up for Eastwood directing only.  Head ‘em up!  Move ‘em out!   

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Eastwood News / Burt Reynolds RIP
« on: September 06, 2018, 12:11:30 PM »
Burt Reynolds, Star of ‘Deliverance,’ ‘Smokey and the Bandit,’ Dies at 82

Rest In Peace, sir.  God Bless. 🙏😢

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General Discussion / Changeling & Gran Torino 10 Year Anniversaries
« on: August 05, 2018, 06:28:44 PM »

Wow, ten years since the release of these films have gone by already.  I remember hearing the news of production beginning on Changeling.  I had yet to get used to the fact that Eastwood’s starring roles were coming to an end.  Since then, I’ve been able to “improvise, overcome and adapt.”

Four years had passed since Million Dollar Baby and I wasn’t impressed with what Clint had released in the intervening years. 

I wasn’t very impressed with Changeling, either.  That disappointment wouldn’t last long, thankfully, upon the release of Gran Torino.  Hell, the mere mention of another Eastwood starring role made up for everything! 

Gran Torino is a favorite and one of Eastwood’s all time best, successful films.  What a pleasure and relief to see it when it came out!  A friend opined that it seemed like a lot of characters Clint had portrayed were summed up into Walt Kowalski.  I agree with him and that’s one of the things that makes this movie so enjoyable and entertaining.

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General Discussion / The Dead Pool & Bird 30 Year Anniversaries
« on: August 05, 2018, 06:26:22 PM »
I recently attempted to sit through these again, but couldn’t.  I grew bored with The Dead Pool and stopped watching less than halfway through.  Bird held very little interest to begin with so I let myself become distracted throughout and fell asleep before the conclusion.  I watched the both of these earlier this year, anyway, so no big loss. 

The fifth installment in the Dirty Harry series has a strong beginning, but doesn’t take long to fade into mediocrity.  Being a fan, I enjoyed seeing this for the first time on the big screen.  There are a handful of good moments but overall it lacks the punch of the first three.  It would be great to see Eastwood reprise his iconic role again, obviously retired, possibly working a cold case with flashbacks featuring his son Scott as a younger Harry Callahan. 

As for Bird, well, this film only reinforces my opinion that unless he stars in it, it’s not a true Clint Eastwood movie.  That doesn’t mean I haven’t given them a chance or won’t.  Since Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil, I’ve missed just one movie Eastwood directed only in the theater.  To quote the late, great King Of Rock & Roll, “You gotta take the bad with the good.”  Precisely, I agree wholeheartedly.

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General Discussion / Every Which Way But Loose 40 Year Anniversary
« on: August 05, 2018, 06:23:39 PM »
Comedy is not the first movie genre that comes to mind when Clint Eastwood is mentioned.  He’s become a successful and prolific director, but even after all these years his most popular achievements lie in his western and police movie roles.  Most notably, The Man With No Name and Dirty Harry.

Pairing Eastwood with an orangutan worked like a charm.  The entire cast is amusing and there are a lot of funny sight gags.  Clint’s judgment paid off enormously at the box office and produced an even better sequel. 

I first saw this on cable at my friend Mike Sormanti’s.  He introduced me to other entertaining comedies like Smokey & The Bandit, Up In Smoke and Stir Crazy.  We had fun watching them repeatedly when we could.  I have Mike to thank not only for introducing me to Eastwood films, but comedies as well.

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After the massive overseas success of Clint’s first three westerns, which ultimately proved to be as popular in America, it only made sense for his next project to be in the same genre.  His character, Jed Cooper, is a former Marshall that clearly defines which side of the law he’s on. 

I first saw Hang ‘Em High through the eyes of a new fan with high expectations.  I came away let down and disappointed.  A handful of years would go by when I would reluctantly give the film another chance.  My guard was let down, mind on other things and was pleasantly surprised.  I’d been stood up on a date and feeling down when I noticed it playing on tv.  It was the perfect distraction and helped ease my disappointment.  It’s been a favorite ever since.  Of course Clint’s character has the best surname ever. 😎

It took some time for me to appreciate Clint’s first police film, too.  I thought it was good, but not great.  As I’d initially compared Hang ‘Em High to Eastwood’s “Spaghetti Western” trilogy, I had done the same in having high expectations for Coogan’s Bluff after seeing Dirty Harry. 

It would’ve been interesting to see sequels to both of these films, but they do stand alone well enough on their own. 

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Off-Topic Discussion / Happy Eastwood Easter 2018!
« on: April 01, 2018, 04:36:08 AM »
Hey! You! Yes, you! Members and moderators all!!

Happy Easter to all who celebrate!  Enjoy with your family, friends and loved ones!!


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Off-Topic Discussion / Happy Valentine’s Day 2018 Everyone!
« on: February 14, 2018, 11:43:33 AM »

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Off-Topic Discussion / Uncle Fred, Rest In Peace
« on: October 31, 2017, 05:57:02 AM »

Uncle Fred.  My heart has broken this morning upon hearing the sad news of God’s decision to call you Home.  It’s a hurt that can never be repaired.

You have been more than an uncle to me in my fifty plus years of life.  We shared a kindred spirit in our upbringing, while a generation apart there were many similarities. 

I will forever miss our camaraderie, spending time together and visiting Courtney, Neveah and AJ.  I’ll never enjoy watching John Wayne, “The Duke”, movies the way I did with you. 

You are free from pain now and with our Lord, Jesus Christ.  May you be welcomed into Heaven at The Pearly Gates with open arms. 

Along with being my mom’s brother, you have been one of my truly best friends.  I am proud to be your nephew. 

Now, don’t forget your shine box!  😉

And remember, you really are a funny guy! 🤣

I love you, Uncle Fred!

May God Bless You and May You Rest In Peace.


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The Dirty Harry Films / Coop's Dirty Harry Day May 7, 2017
« on: May 07, 2017, 07:36:26 AM »
I hereby declare today Dirty Harry Day.  No rhyme or reason.  Just because.  The opportunity is here to have a Dirty Harry marathon and I'm taking it.  I won't be glued to the screen from beginning to end and will be taking a break to run errands.  Feels great to enjoy these all over again.

I'll be posting random thoughts and images throughout.  Feel free to join in at any time.  I hope everybody is having a fantastic weekend!  I know I am! 😀

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