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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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It’s almost hard to believe twenty years have passed since the release of these two films.  I still enjoy Absolute Power as much as I’d first seen it.  I read the book before seeing the movie and was very curious to see how it would play out on the big screen.  I was relieved that Luther wasn’t killed off, as he’d been in the novel.  Unlike many of his contemporaries from the 1960’s and 70’s, Eastwood was continuing to show throughout the 1990’s he was more than just an action and/or western movie star.
 
For the third time in as many decades, Eastwood directed a film without starring in it.  Not my preference.  This was another book I read before seeing the movie, which probably helped as far as the film’s entertainment value for me was concerned.  Like Absolute Power this movie had a strong cast, even stronger, but the downfall for me is the absence of Mr. Eastwood on screen.  Still, a film made well and a first for me as I’d not yet seen Breezy or Bird at the time of this movie’s release.
 
This double-feature anniversary is pivotal in that it marks a major change in Eastwood’s movie career.  The 90’s would mark the last decade Clint Eastwood’s appearances on film would outnumber his directorial-only efforts.  Since 2000, the films he’s directed without appearing in them have outnumbered his on screen appearances two to one.  Eastwood has released six movies since 2010, only appearing in one.  I grew up during a time where there was an Eastwood starring film released almost every year, sometimes two of them.  Sadly, those days are gone but I am thankful and I grateful for what’s been left behind... and still holding out hope.     
 


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General Discussion / The Gauntlet 40th Anniversary
« on: May 05, 2017, 01:25:39 PM »


The Gauntlet is one of a handful of movies that my friend Mike introduced me to.  At the time we watched it together, probably the late 70’s on network television on his living room tv, I remember his commentary throughout, prepping me for the best scenes.  There’s a handful of familiar faces here, from past and future Eastwood projects.  Pat Hingle had worked with Clint nine years earlier in Hang ‘Em High and would return in Sudden Impact.  Also a future alumni from the fourth Dirty Harry film is Sondra Locke, returning from her worst performance in The Outlaw Josey Wales to a much better one here.  Malley is probably her best Eastwood related movie role.  The banter between her and Shockley is entertaining and convincing, her falling in love with him isn’t.  One of the better scenes is when they hijack a constable’s car, played by Bill McKinney.  He tries to get her to talk about her profession and her reply drives him batty.  This movie is as good as any action film from the same era.  It’s not a favorite but Clint is in it so that’s reason enough to revisit once in a while.       




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Very sad to report my dad's recent passing.  When Diana came to inform me at work, I was shocked at first and found it very difficult to accept, even believe.  I've been to his cabin in Maine several times since but upon my arrival last Sunday morning a week had passed and I found myself slowing down upon approach, not wanting to face the reality yet again, wishing he'd be there like he had been so many times before, for years.

In keeping with my dad's final wishes, neither a wake was held nor a viewing.  He also asked there to be minimal services and guests.  What follows is a brief eulogy that I delivered at the services the day of his burial:

"Only God is perfect.  My dad's best quality is that he truly cared. I can best describe him as a man who sang to the melody of his own lyrics, marched to the beat of his own drum and certainly walked his own path.  To him I say (sung to the melody of Home Sweet Home): 'You're on your way.  You're on your way, home sweet home.'  God speed on your final journey, Dad. May the wind be at your back. May God Bless You. May You Rest In Peace. I Love You." I followed this up with a salute as he was a veteran of the U.S. Army.  He received military honors and as I was his first born, I was presented with the American flag that was draped over his coffin, as well as three of the shell casings from the rifles fired in his honor representing duty, honor and country.  His final resting place is in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA.

We had our differences over the years and despite some recent hurdles our relationship had been improving.  It had been the best it's ever been.  I can take great comfort in that and that we always hugged upon greeting and departure.





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Off-Topic Discussion / Prince Appreciation Thread
« on: October 23, 2016, 08:07:01 AM »
I could've sworn there was a thread dedicated to Prince on this forum, but haven't been able to find any.  If there is one, this can be merged with it.

I know there are fans here that will appreciate this news.  A new compilation is due out next month, and a reissue of Purple Rain with bonus tracks fortchcoming in 2017.

Prince Greatest-Hits Collection, '4Ever,' Due Nov. 22; 'Purple Rain' Deluxe Edition -- With Unreleased Songs -- Coming in 2017



Track listing for Prince 4Ever:

1.   1999
2.   Little Red Corvette
3.   When Doves Cry
4.   Let’s Go Crazy
5.   Raspberry Beret
6.   I Wanna Be Your Lover
7.   Soft and Wet
8.   Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad
9.   Uptown
10. When You Were Mine
11. Head
12. Gotta Stop (Messin’ About)
13. Controversy
14. Let’s Work
15. Delirious
16. I Would Die 4 U
17. Take Me With U
18. Paisley Park
19. Pop Life
20. Purple Rain
21. Kiss
22. Sign ‘O’ The Times
23. Alphabet Street
24. Batdance
25. Thieves In The Temple
26. Cream
27. Mountains
28. Girls & Boys
29. If I Was Your Girlfriend
30. U Got The Look
31. I Could Never Take The Place of Your Man
32. Glam Slam
33. Moonbeam Levels
34. Diamonds and Pearls
35. Gett Off
36. Sexy MF
37. My Name Is Prince
38. 7
39. Peach
40. Nothing Compares 2 U


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Hello everyone!  We've all heard and used the expression or are at least familiar with it.  I thought it would be a great idea to elaborate with each other.  :)

How was your week?  If you're comfortable in doing so, share the ups and yes, even downs and what your plans are for the weekend.  Travel?  Work?  Home projects?  Time with family and/or friends?  Share whatever struggles and or victories that you may have encountered/conquered during the week.  Pat yourself on the back, too!  Why not?  You deserve it!

Then, let us know what you've got planned for the coming weekend or if you're posting during the weekend, what you're up to.  Again, only if you're comfortable with doing so.  I thought it would be fun and open up the door for members to share and get to know each other a little more.

It doesn't have to stop there.  Share some of the things you'd like to do but haven't.  We could even share past weekend experiences here, too.  Post past & present images and videos that you'd like to share.       

I'll get the ball rolling....

Typical work week but I did go see Jason Bourne Tuesday night.  For the second weekend in a row, I'm heading to Naples, Maine to spend time with my dad.  He had follow-up ankle surgery recently and needs me there to help him out, which I'm more than happy to do.  It's great helping out and spending quality time with him.  Almost hard to believe he'll be 75 later this year!  I'm glad and fortunate to still have him around. 

Well, that's all for now.  I do sincerely hope this proves to be an active thread.  Remember, only share what you're comfortable with.  I think it'll be fun sharing and learning together.  Even share if your weekend isn't the traditional Friday through Sunday.  I used to work Wednesdays through Sundays with Mondays and Tuesdays off, so I know what it's like.  It gave me the chance to take care of things I couldn't otherwise do on the weekends, but I did miss out on family gatherings so I'm more than happy to have my regular schedule back.

I hope this finds you all in good health and spirits.  Have a great Friday and enjoy the weekend!  O0

*If this topic has already been created somewhere I'll feel awfully silly.  :D

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These are the first Eastwood films my wife and I didn’t attend together.  At the time, she was pregnant with our first baby and the subject matter wasn’t all that appealing to her, anyway.  I’m sure if Clint starred in either or both, she would’ve made the effort since going to Eastwood movies together has become sort of a tradition ever since The Bridges Of Madison County was rereleased in theaters due to Streep’s Academy Award nomination, which happened to be around the time we started dating.

I’m due to watch both of these again so I can’t say much about them now.  I didn’t want to hold off until then because I’m posting all of the “anniversary” Eastwood movies at the same time.  Truth be told, I’m not really looking forward to sitting through these again because Clint isn’t in them but will do so with an opened mind.  I remember seeing Flags Of Our Fathers with my uncle and Letters From Iwo Jima with my cousin.  My initial impression of the former was that it was ok but too long, while the latter was a little better.





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General Discussion / Heartbreak Ridge 30th Anniversary
« on: January 26, 2016, 09:18:30 AM »


I enjoyed this so much the first time that I returned to see it again twice.  At the time, I thought it was cool but over the years it became less appealing and I didn't want to revisit it often.  I found myself thinking aloud, “Why did I like that so much?”.  That’s happened with many a 1980’s Eastwood film for me.  The last time I watched Heartbreak Ridge I did come around some and enjoyed it again.  It’s not a great movie and not one of Clint’s best but it’s still entertaining and fun to watch.  This movie also has one of my all time favorite Eastwood quotes, “Sergeant, get that contraband Stogie outta my face, before I shove it so far up yer ass you’ll have to set fire to your nose to light it!”  Another good one is, “With all due respect sir, you’re beginning to bore the hell outta me.”  Much like my Elvis posts.  Which reminds me of yet another good Heartbreak Ridge quote, “You can rob me, you can starve me, you can beat me, and you can kill me...just don't bore me.”     

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I saw each of these films for the first time on cable tv.  They’re probably among the first I saw sans network television editing.  I recall coming across these from time to time at different points, be it at the beginning or middle and always watching to the very end.  I used to consider The Outlaw Josey Wales a little too long.  The impatience of youth.  Now it stands as one of my favorite Eastwood westerns.  I’ve never considered Sondra Locke very good in her role but it’s not a major distraction.  The rest of the supporting cast more than makes up for this.

The Enforcer is still my second favorite Dirty Harry movie.  I think the plot is very good, building to a great finale.  I thought Tyne Daly was great as Inspector Moore and it’s a pity her character was killed off but it makes sense as far as the story is concerned.  The same for John Mitchum’s character, Frank DiGiorgio.  I enjoyed seeing him as Harry’s partner and sad to see his character go.  It was nice seeing Harry Guardino return as Lt. Bressler and I wish he’d been in Magnum Force.  Both of these movies stand the test of time and I enjoy seeing them again when I can.

*I’m including these together as I had done with Tightrope and City Heat because like those, these two were released the same year.  I’m including them in the Clint Eastwood Westerns thread because The Outlaw Josey Wales was released first.

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To me, the greatest western ever made.  Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef are perfect in their roles as Blondie, Tuco and Angel Eyes.  The opening is fantastic, with our introduction to the three primary characters.  This is great story telling as we see and learn how their paths intertwine throughout the film and what their fate is at the very end.  I can’t recall which of the Leone trilogy I saw first.  The first two are superb, but I have to rank this one a little higher and it stands as my favorite Eastwood film.

My wife and I had the opportunity to see an extended version of this on the big screen a handful of years ago.  I was glad for the opportunity, but disappointed in the results.  It was too long and that sentiment has stayed with me after having viewed it at home.  Even though the additional scenes didn’t add anything, for me, to the original version, I relished in the fact that I was able to experience seeing it in a theater. 

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This topic is open to any and all who care to discuss the differences and similarities between the films Eastwood has starred in and the ones he has directed only.  We can even delve deeper and compare the starring vehicles he didn’t direct to the ones he did as well.

Do you prefer viewing Eastwood movies that he stars in or the ones he directs only?  Do you gravitate towards either or both for repeated viewings and if so, why?  To add to the pot, since it is unlikely Clint will star again, is there a particular genre you’d like to see him tackle that he hasn’t as yet as director only? 

Now, this is not meant to create any hard feelings and certainly not intended as a debate.  Not in any way, shape or form.  Of course, there will be differences of opinions and disagreements which is perfectly natural and such discussion is welcome.  We’re all adults and can agree to disagree.   

Clint began his career as an actor and like many struggled for years before being discovered.  He landed a pivotal role in one of televisions’ longest running westerns, Rawhide.  It was during this time he starred as The Stranger (or The Man With No Name…or “Joe”…) in A Fistful Of Dollars.  With the success of that Leone collaboration came two sequels, cementing him as an international star.  Before long he had a string of hit movies before becoming an icon in the role of Dirty Harry. 

Eastwood proved to be a competent director at the outset with Play Misty For Me.  His first non-starring project was Breezy, starring William Holden and Kay Lenz.  For many years (nearly four decades), he would direct himself more often than not with only an occasional directing/non-starring project.  Academy Award success eventually (finally!) followed with Unforgiven, Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby. 

The days of Eastwood starring vehicles are very few and far between but there are certainly no flies on Mr. Eastwood.  He continues to produce very interesting, thought provoking and entertaining films nearly every year, adding to his unique and impressive Hollywood resume.  It is truly unlike any other and I will go so far as to say I doubt it is or will be matched.




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Off-Topic Discussion / Happy Thanksgiving 2015
« on: November 26, 2015, 02:32:50 AM »
To all who celebrate, have a very happy, healthy and safe holiday with family and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving  ;)


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Off-Topic Discussion / Happy Birthday Schofield Kid!
« on: October 21, 2015, 03:10:05 AM »
Did I miss something? Are birthdays no longer being recognized here? 

Well, sorry I'm late!  Happy Belated Birthday, Schofield Kid!  Hope it was great!

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General Discussion / The Bridges Of Madison County 20th Anniversary
« on: October 09, 2015, 05:23:39 AM »
The Bridges Of Madison County (1995)

I almost missed seeing this film on the big screen.  I just didn’t care to go out of my way for it and the opportunity almost passed me by.  The movie came and went but saw re-release due to Meryl Streep having been nominated for an Academy Award for her performance.  It was during this time I had been dating my then future wife, Diana and we decided to go see it together.  I have her to thank because we both enjoyed it and began a tradition of seeing Eastwood movies ever since.  At least, the ones he’s in.  The only ones we've gone out of our way to see that he directed but did not star in are Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil, Mystic River and Changeling. 

This is one of Easwood’s best films, even though he’s not portraying a cowboy or cop.  I never thought I’d see Clint acting in a film opposite Meryl Streep but by this time in his career he’d come a long way not only as an acclaimed director, but as an Academy Award nominated actor.  I may not return to this film repeatedly as much as The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, Dirty Harry and others, but it’s a very good film worth seeing again every once in a while. 


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Clint Eastwood Westerns / Pale Rider 30th Anniversary
« on: October 07, 2015, 06:42:54 PM »
Pale Rider (1985)

It's almost hard to believe 30 years has passed since this movie came out in the summer of 1985. I happened to be working as an usher in a movie theater at the time. I remember being thrilled to catch the trailer for Pale Rider, still one of the all time best trailers to this day. I also remember how the narration began, "In 1976 Warner Brothers brought to the screen the last great American western, The Outlaw Josey Wales. Now Warner Brothers will be proud to bring you the next great American western, Pale Rider. Directed by and starring Clint Eastwood."  A bold statement, one I do not agree with, considering John Wayne's final western was released shortly after The Outlaw Josey Wales the same year. To be honest, I have a tough time choosing between those two because they're both great western films. Ironically, the director of Wayne's final movie was Eastwood's mentor, Don Siegel.

I regret only having seen this once on the big screen during its’ initial run. I wish now I'd returned to see it at least one more time. I didn't, though, because I was sorely disappointed. That's what I get for expecting another great western like The Good, The Bad And The Ugly. I think Pale Rider was not only the first Eastwood western, but the first time I'd seen a western movie in a theater. My expectations were very high and I felt like I'd been let down. I was not a happy fan. For the longest time I thought I chose the wrong western to see that summer because I loved Silverado, released shortly after Pale Rider, when I eventually saw it on cable.

I've returned to this film occasionally over the years, seeing if I could find some value or redeeming qualities. I often thought, "How could this be so bad?! I love westerns! Especially those with Eastwood in them!"  Hearing a good friend's positive comments on Pale Rider prompted me to watch yet again, but I still came away unconvinced that this was a good movie.

Over the last couple of years, my opinion began to change and I started, finally, to enjoy watching Pale Rider. Last June, I decided to watch again as it was the film's 30 year anniversary. I enjoyed watching it again so much that I returned to it repeatedly! I couldn't get enough! I must've watched it four or five times. Before writing this, I watched it again recently and I'm now a fan of this movie and look forward to returning to it again before long. Better late than never.
 


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I have a query for everybody.  Clint Eastwood has entertained us repeatedly over the years with some fantastic motion pictures.  We have been entertained with great movies for decades, very good ones and some not so good.  He has quite an impressive body of film work to his credit unlike any other in the industry. 

That being said, my question is this:  If you were to pick your all time top 2 favorite Clint Eastwood movies, which 2 would they be?  I don’t believe this has been brought up here before, but I could be mistaken.  I do know there’s been many other lists and polls, such as top ten lists and favorite westerns, Dirty Harry movie(s), etc.  So, I’m hoping that I am bringing something new to the forum.  This particular thought came to me recently and it took me all of two seconds to come up with my answer.  I’m going to wait a little while before I share mine because I’m more interested in what your picks are.

We all have our favorites, our likes and dislikes and that’s great.  This is not meant to be a debate in any way, shape or form.  What one may like, another may dislike but that’s okay.  I’m curious to know whether or not this will spark some interest and discussion.  I’d love to know what everyone’s thoughts are.  It can be a great topic to share thoughts with one another and even, hopefully, have some fun with.

So, weigh in and let everyone know what your top 2 Clint Eastwood films are and why.  Feel free to share when you had seen them first and maybe even the circumstances.  Were you on a date?  Were you home watching tv?  Were you introduced to a particular film or films that became your favorites?  Has your opinion changed from the first time you viewed it/them to now?   

I hope this proves to be a popular topic that we all can share in on and discuss openly, be it frequently or occasionally.  Have fun!  :)

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General Discussion / The Eiger Sanction 40th Anniversary
« on: June 12, 2015, 01:26:39 PM »
The Eiger Sanction (1975)

The first time I saw this was with an old school friend, Mike Sormanti. He introduced this to me while visiting him at home one day, pointing out some amusing scenes. The movie didn’t make an impression on me at the time and it’s one of those that’s taken a while for me to appreciate.

I did very much enjoy watching this again recently. There’s an amusing scene between Hemlock (Eastwood) and Mr. Dragon’s crony Pope.
Hemlock: You still here?
Pope: Now really, you don't expect me to just walk out that door, do you, sweetheart?
Hemlock: Door or window, it's your choice.
Hemlock: (Angrily, as he kicks Pope’s feet from his desk) I said get your feet off my desk!
Pope: Listen, buddy…!
Hemlock: Don’t call me buddy, pal or sweetheart!
He throws him out of his office. When he notices Pope left his coat behind, he grabs and throws it at him before he can get up, saying, “Don't for get your trench coat. How's anybody gonna recognize you without your disguise?” Just as funny now as when I first saw it. The ‘door or window, it’s your choice’ comment reminded me of ‘Alive or dead, it’s your choice’ from A Few Dollars More ten years earlier.

Overall I’d say the movie is good. Maybe not very good but I appreciate it more now than I have in the past. It’s nice seeing Eastwood work with George Kennedy again. He’s even better here than he was in Thunderbolt And Lightfoot the year before. I wish they’d worked together at least a couple more times. Vonetta McGee is very good and the banter between her character and Eastwood’s are fun to watch. Jack Cassidy is priceless in his role as Miles Mellough.

There was a time when I’d all but written this movie off as one of Eastwood’s worst. That’s because when comparing it to his best Dirty Harry films and westerns, this film didn’t have a chance. The Eiger Sanction may not be among his best, but there are enough good qualities in it to give it a viewing and even revisit from time to time.


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Clint Eastwood Westerns / For A Few Dollars More 50th Anniversary
« on: June 12, 2015, 01:23:54 PM »
For A Few Dollars More (1965)

The first time I saw this was on a local television channel. It was either WLVI 56 or WSBK 38, both Boston stations. I can’t recall which of the Eastwood “spaghetti western” trilogy I’d seen first. I do know that once I saw one, I was hooked and wanted to see more of the same.

I watched this again recently and it’s always entertaining. I always get a kick out of the scene were Eastwood’s character, Manco, interrupts the card game where Red is playing. Manco is a bounty hunter and Red is a wanted man. After losing, Red says, “Didn’t hear what the bet was”, to which Manco replies, “Your life.” Classic! Understandably, he tries to get away but can’t and is given an ultimatum: “Alive or dead? It’s your choice.” With these few words and actions, Eastwood’s character is defined early on in this film. Lee Van Cleef is great, too, as Colonel Mortimer. The standoff between Mortimer and Manco is tense and amusing, ending in a draw and an alliance. Gian Maria Volonté returns as the antagonist and he’s just as effective and entertaining here as El Indio as he was as Ramon in A Fistful Of Dollars .

Another great scene takes place in the sheriff’s office when Manco collects his bounty for Red. When asked where he could find Red, the Sheriff told him but alerted Red’s friends, who confronted Manco at the saloon entrance just after the “alive or dead” scene. Being faster on the draw, of course, Red’s friends were all gunned down quickly and Red himself suffered the same fate when crawling to reach for a gun. Because of the Sheriff’s betrayal, Manco asks, “Tell me, isn’t the Sheriff supposed to be courageous, loyal and, above all, honest?” The Sheriff replies, “Yeah, that he is.” Manco grabs the badge from the the Sheriff’s vest, walks outside and places it in a bystander’s hat, saying, “I think you people need a new sheriff.”

Like the first in the Eastwood/Leone trilogy, this movie stands alone as an incredibly entertaining western. You don’t have to watch A Fistful Of Dollars before seeing this one. Each of the three can be watched in any order because they stand just as well individually as together. A bonus is Ennio Morricone’s score, a fantastic soundtrack to a great western movie.



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General Discussion / HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. EASTWOOD!
« on: May 30, 2015, 04:29:29 PM »
A little early, but I thought I'd get the ball rolling.

Mr. Eastwood, you have provided decades of enjoyable, insightful and wonderful entertainment.  I always look forward to your next project. For that, I thank you.

Have a very Happy 85th Birthday, sir and many more! O0

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