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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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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


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


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.

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.”     


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.


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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