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Off-Topic Discussion / The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
« on: November 22, 2015, 05:12:04 AM »
Matt & KC suggested that it would be interesting, since quite a number of us seem to be passionate about photography, to start a thread dedicated to our very own photos. Well, this is it  8)

And if you want your uploaded photos not to disappear from the thread after a few months, here's a site where you can host them (forever and ever apparently) Matt posted a how-to HERE

For those of you who would still like to continue discussing photographers and photography in general, posting photos found on the internet, no worries, the thread is still THERE  ;)

I'll do the honors with this shot of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris (took it last year with my phone)

Equipment: Canon G11, Nikon D80 and Nexus 4

Went to Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago and stumbled upon this painting of Dirty Harry in Venice Beach.

It's only dots. Pretty cool stuff 8)

Collectors' Corner / "My Spirit Soars" by Chief Dan George
« on: May 08, 2015, 10:47:39 AM »
Found this in a used bookstore in Paris today. Unexpected to say the least. Got it for 1.50$ :P Reminded me how much I loved his part in Josey Wales.

Collectors' Corner / Eastwood, Napoleonic General by Steve Payne
« on: November 07, 2014, 03:48:42 PM »

Christmas is coming... And if you're desperate for GREAT Eastwood-related gift ideas, look no more!
Napoleonic Clint throw pillow, anyone? iPhone case? Shower curtain? Bedspread maybe? :P >

I might end up getting one of the art prints 8)


"The title sequences and graphic design of Iginio Lardani introduced the world to a visual language and titling format that would become synonymous with B-movie bravado and Western film, period."

I've been meaning to post that article for a while. Appeared in Geek Exchange magazine this past summer to celebrate Warner's release of a 40-film collection box set. Nice read. Couldn't find it online so I scanned it  ;)

I'm not making that title up and quite honestly as soon as I spotted this book, I knew had to have it in my collection  :D
As you've probably guessed already, it's (in) French  ;D
Funny how the f-word and all its derivatives are routinely used in France (on radio, in spoken form) and not really considered offensive...  ::)

Clint F*cking Eastwood is basically an 80-page essay about Eastwood, his career and his films up to J. Edgar.
I recommend it if you can read French. Insightful and well-written.
Its author used to write for Les Cahiers du Cinéma.

Link (FR)
Link (UK)
As far as I know it is unavailable on  :-\

General Discussion / And the #1 coolest movie loner is...
« on: April 10, 2013, 09:41:09 AM »
According to Total Film, our very own Man With No Name is the ultimate AND coolest movie loner  8)

There's another Eastwood character on the list  ;)

What other characters do you think should / could have been on that list?

Discussion Board Troubleshooting / Tapatalk support?
« on: February 10, 2013, 08:31:43 AM »
Do you use a tablet or smartphone?
Have you ever tried accessing the board on any of your devices?

Activating the Tapatalk app on the forum would I believe make it easier for current and prospective members to access the board with their mobile or tablet, especially considering that a lot of people are now equipped with at least one of these devices. Activation is completely free by the way.

Tapatalk is a mobile app built specifically for forum access. Different from mobile skin or mobile version that comes with the forum system, Tapatalk allows user to have a unified interface to access multiple forums at the same time. With million of Tapatalk users, your forum can be discovered by potential new members through Tapatalk Network and our ranking and recommendation system.

-> FAQ
-> Activation instructions for SMF system

I for one, have tried accessing the forum on my phone and tablet before but gave up pretty quickly because it was too much of a drag.

Would it be possible to activate Tapatalk on the CEWB?  :)

I honestly thought I was dreaming  :D

Early Christmas!  O0

THIS is seriously awesome. I always regretted not seeing some of the classics (such as Dirty Harry) on the big screen at least once...

Too bad The Man won't be there (maybe his son will, on opening night? Who knows?), and there's not even one Spaghetti Western in sight. This is better than nothing though, I'm not going to complain  ;)


THX 1138 7:00
George Lucas’ debut feature is set in an unnamed underground dystopian future, where two people plan to break free from oppression by fleeing to the Earth’s surface. Schifrin’s appropriately disturbing music launched his adventurous period of scoring films with far-out subject matters. With Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Maggie McOmie | 1971 | 88 min (Director’s Cut) | 35mm ‘Scope

In this Freudian mood piece, a badly wounded Union soldier recovering in a Confederate girls’ boarding school turns the place into a hotbed of sexual jealousies. Schifrin scored eight Clint Eastwood vehicles, three of them as directed by Don Siegel, this one ranking as the trio’s most unheralded work. With Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman | 1971 | 105 min | 35mm

BULLITT 2:35, 7:00
Classic San Francisco cop procedural has Steve McQueen aggressively investigating a murder in the face of politico intervention. The economical, nervous jazz score is one of Lalo’s finest, even in absence, as the famous chase is supported not by music but by the roar of car engines. Directed by Peter Yates | 1968 | 114 min | 35mm

DIRTY HARRY 4:55, 9:15
Clint Eastwood’s renegade detective Harry Callahan throws due process out the window when it stands in the way of apprehending a psycho on the loose in SF. With a score encompassing jazz, rock, soul, vocal effects and atonality, Schifrin created a quintessential work in '70s action cinema. Directed by Don Siegel | 1971 | 102 min | 35mm ‘Scope

James Coburn stars in this spaced out, highly original satire depicting the gradual descent into paranoia of a man with the most delicate job in the world. Schifrin’s swinging score is a masterpiece unto itself. Written and directed by Theodore J. Flicker | 1967 | 103 min | 35mm

KELLY’S HEROES 4:15, 9:05
A thinly veiled commentary on the Vietnam War, this WWII actioner combines the 'men on a mission' action drama with the ensemble comedy and a touch of the spaghetti western. Clint Eastwood and Telly Savalas are the straight men to Don Rickles, Donald Sutherland and Schifrin’s highly anachronistic score. Directed by Brian G. Hutton | 1970 | 144 min | 35mm ‘Scope

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Those double feature things are simply AWESOME. And if you're tired of factory-like movie theaters that look more like fast-food chains/malls than actual movie theaters, THIS is definitely the place for you  O0
Everytime I went there I always felt kind of like I was sitting inside a museum  :D Feels and smells different. Very old school. Quiet. Smelled like fresh coffee last time I went there  :D
Anyways. Cheaper than you'd expect, too: only $10 for the double feature.
And of course the crowd is just not the same. Less rowdy. Older. Obviously people who care about movies  ;)

I wonder if that Bullitt/Dirty Harry poster is an actual poster that will be displayed inside the theater  ??? It looks really cool. I like the colors.

They basically take the famous Sudden Impact scene and compare the street it was filmed in at the time to the street right now. It shows how much San Francisco has changed in 25+ years.

For some reason I just can't imagine Dirty Harry drinking McDonald's coffee  :D Can you?  ;)


Questions & Answers / Warner Brothers Eastwood Scoring Stage ?
« on: March 14, 2010, 10:43:44 AM »
I saw A Single Man last week and at one point in the credits, it said that the music/soundtrack was recorded at the "Warner Brothers Eastwood Scoring Stage"... does it have anything at all to do with Clint?

Went there last week, and took a couple of pictures  :)






Eastwood News / Tuesday, Dec. 8 : Clint on ELLEN
« on: December 04, 2009, 02:00:31 PM »

I love my neighbors here on the Warner Brothers lot -- especially CLINT EASTWOOD. (I also do a really great impression of him.) He has been in legendary roles and directed Oscar-winning movies, and he's up to it again with his new film "Invictus." He doesn't go on talk shows often, but he's decided to come here, and I'm excited! Also, in the movie he featured an a cappella group called OVERTONE, and they'll be here to perform for us.


The duo (along with many other Hollywood actors) revisits one of their greatest roles to celebrate EMPIRE magazine's 20th birthday...  8)


Collectors' Corner / Dirty Harry Italian poster (repro)
« on: November 07, 2009, 04:57:43 AM »
I know it's a repro, but I had never seen this visual before. Pretty cool  O0


General Discussion / "The Clint Eastwood Archive" blog
« on: August 27, 2009, 01:33:25 PM »
I stumbled upon this pretty cool blog today:

Has anyone heard of it?
I thought maybe Philo would know the 'blogger', who is obviously a serious Eastwood collector (and male, AND from the UK)  O0
Who knows, he might even be a member here.
Or maybe... Philo??!! Is that YOU??  ;) :D

I've done a search and unless I am mistaken, this blog hasn't been mentioned anywhere on our board before. I debated where to put it, and then decided that it deserved its own thread... I'll let the mods decide what to do next  ;)



I kinda like that cover.

Off-Topic Discussion / Director Sydney Pollack dies at 73
« on: May 27, 2008, 01:29:32 AM »
Very sad news ...

US director Sydney Pollack dies

US film director and producer Sydney Pollack has died of cancer, aged 73.

He won producing and directing Oscars for the epic romance Out of Africa, starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep, in 1985.

He also directed Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, plus The Way We Were, in which Redford partnered Barbra Streisand.

He died on Monday, surrounded by family members, at his home in Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles. He had been diagnosed with cancer 10 months ago.

Sydney Pollack holds his two Oscars at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, 25 March, 1986

"Sydney made the world a little better, movies a little better and even dinner a little better," said George Clooney, on whose latest film, Leatherheads, Pollack was executive producer.

"A tip of the hat to a class act. He'll be missed terribly."

Actress Sally Field, who was directed by Pollack in Absence of Malice, also paid tribute.

"Having the opportunity to know Sydney and work with him was a great gift in my life," Field said in a statement.

"He was a good friend and a phenomenal director and I will cherish every moment that I ever spent with him."

Big names

Born in Indiana on 1 July 1934, Pollack started out as an actor, although he was best remembered as a director.

He developed a love of drama and opted to enrol at drama school in New York - where he studied for two years under Sanford Meisner - rather than going to college.

1993 - The Firm
1985 - Out of Africa
1982 - Tootsie
1973 - The Way We Were
1969 - They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

He continued performing throughout his career, appearing in his last film, Made of Honor, opposite Patrick Dempsey earlier this year.

From the start, Pollack's career was identified with the big names and big studios of Hollywood.

The Slender Thread, his first feature film, starring Sidney Poitier and Anne Bancroft, was released by Paramount Pictures in 1965.

In later years he collaborated with the likes of Burt Lancaster, Jane Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Al Pacino, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford and Nicole Kidman.

'Actor's director'

He compared the Hollywood greats to working with thoroughbred horses, saying they were temperamental and he sometimes got thrown - but when they performed, the experience was thrilling.

Pollack worked with Hollywood's leading stars for four decades
But critics said as well as working with crowd-drawing stars, he also produced passionate and intelligent films which respected their audiences.

"Called the quintessential 'actor's director', Sydney let the dialogue and the emotion of a scene speak for itself," said Michael Apted, president of the Directors Guild of America.

"Not given to cinematic tricks, his gentle and thoughtful touch and his focus on the story let us inhabit the world he created in each film."

Later in his career Pollack teamed up with British film-maker Anthony Minghella, who died in March, at production company Mirage Enterprises, to become a prolific producer of independent films.

Their releases included Cold Mountain and Sketches of Frank Gehry, a 2007 documentary which was the last film Pollack directed.

Pollack is survived by his wife and his two daughters, Rebecca and Rachel.


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