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General Discussion / Favorite Clint Eastwood Movies of the 2010s
« on: January 06, 2020, 05:05:53 PM »
Just that, your favorite Clint movies of the last decade. I was going to mention this in another thread listing favorites of the decade but might as well have it as its own topic. I haven't seen Richard Jewell yet, so I'll leave it off and adjust my list later on.

1. American Sniper
2. The Mule
3. Sully
4. Hereafter
5. Trouble with the Curve
6. Jersey Boys
7. J. Edgar
8. The 15:17 to Paris

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Off-Topic Discussion / Your Favorites of the 2010s
« on: January 06, 2020, 04:59:41 PM »
A new decade begins, the old ends ... so what were some of your favorites of the decade in any category you care to list? Movies, books, TV shows, music, live shows ...

I'll come back to this and list my favorite movies, but there's a few more I'd like to see first, but really I'm interested in what other people's favorites were in any or all of those categories.




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General Discussion / The Eastwood Movie Challenge Journal
« on: January 27, 2016, 07:17:31 PM »


Those participating in the Eastwood movie challenge are encouraged to use the journal to track what they've watched--for their own benefit and the benefit of everyone else participating.

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Off-Topic Discussion / The 2014 Academy Awards Thread.
« on: January 31, 2014, 07:02:24 AM »
Of the nine films nominated for Best Picture, I've now seen five.  12 Years a Slave is, in my opinion, the best of them so far. It's more than just a movie about slavery, which unfortunately is how it's viewed by too many people. It's a fantastic story of a man's will to survive and what he endures, and it's beautifully directed.

Gravity is my next favorite, just a cinematic treat. Again it's a film about survival, this time a woman's will to survive while trapped in space.

American Hustle is a lot of fun, though I can't help but think it should have been a little more fun, or at least a little more something. It's a little underwhelming, but not for lack of trying on the part of everyone involved. I did like it, just not as much as I was hoping I would.

Her is well written and impressively acted, but the tone is way too serious. Or at least it seems to take itself way too seriously. It needed more whimsy. If only Charlie Kaufman had written the screenplay....  And I can't help but feel the movie will look dated within ten years.

The Wolf of Wall Street
has an impressive feel to it, but it feels like Scorsese was trying to recreate Goodfellas, with swarmy stock brokers replacing the mafia. Only everything that makes Goodfellas great is missing here. Too much excess, not enough substance.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Birth Announcement
« on: March 24, 2013, 02:04:32 AM »
My daughter was born March 22nd...8 pounds 13 ounces.  A big girl. She's very healthy and beautiful. Her mother is doing fine.


Myranda:

     

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Off-Topic Discussion / Oscar Nominations 2013
« on: January 10, 2013, 07:02:31 AM »
Here they are, the Oscar nominations. (http://oscar.go.com/nominees)

BEST PICTURE

    Amour
    Argo
    Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
    Django Unchained
    Les Miserables
    Life of Pi
    Lincoln
    Silver Linings Playbook
    Zero Dark Thirty

BEST ACTOR

    Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
    Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
    Denzel Washington, “Flight”
    Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”
    John Hawkes, “The Sessions”

BEST ACTRESS

    Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”
    Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
    Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
    Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”
    Quvenzhane Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

    Amy Adams, “The Master”
    Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
    Sally Field, “Lincoln”
    Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
    Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

    Alan Arkin, “Argo”
    Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”
    Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
    Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”
    Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”

BEST DIRECTOR

    David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”
    Behn Zeitlin, "Beast of the Southern Wild"
    Michael Haneke, “Amour”
    Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
    Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

    “Amour”
    “Django Unchained”
    “Flight”
    “Moonrise Kingdom”
    “Zero Dark Thirty”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

    “Argo”
    “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
    “Life of Pi”
    “Lincoln”
    “Silver Linings Playbook”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

    “Brave”
    “Frankenweenie”
    “ParaNorman”
    “The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
    “Wreck-It Ralph”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

    “Amour”
    “A Royal Affair”
    “No”
    “Kon-Tiki”
    “War Witch”

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Off-Topic Discussion / 2012 Academy Awards Thread
« on: January 24, 2012, 09:14:12 AM »
Here they are:

Best Picture

    The Artist
    The Descendants
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
    The Help
    Hugo
    Midnight in Paris
    Moneyball
    The Tree of Life
    War Horse

Best Supporting Actor

    Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
    Jonah Hill, Moneyball
    Nick Nolte, Warrior
    Christopher Plummer, Beginners
    Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Best Supporting Actress

    Berenice Bejo, The Artist
    Jessica Chastain, The Help
    Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
    Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
    Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Actress

    Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
    Viola Davis, The Help
    Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
    Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

Best Actor

    Demian Bichir, A Better Life
    George Clooney, The Descendants
    Jean Dujardin, The Artist
    Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Director

    Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
    Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
    Alexander Payne, The Descendants
    Martin Scorsese, Hugo
    Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

Best Adapted Screenplay

    The Descendants, Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
    Hugo, John Logan
    The Ides of March, George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
    Moneyball, Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin.
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Bridget O' Connor and Peter Straughan

Best Original Screenplay

    The Artist, Michael Hazanavicius
    Bridesmaids, Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig
    Margin Call, J.C. Chandor
    Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen
    A Separation, Asghar Farhadi

Best Animated Feature


    A Cat in Paris
    Chico & Rita
    Kung Fu Panda 2
    Puss in Boots
    Rango


I've got to say I'm happy The Adventures of Tintin didn't get a nomination for Best Animated Feature.  Neither did Cars 2, which probably surprised Pixar.  I've seen all the films for Best Director but for Best Picture I've not yet seen The Help, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, or War Horse...all of which look weak in all the ways that people think of when they think of "Hollywood picture." 

Any predictions or opinions...?

http://oscar.go.com/

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Eastwood News / TCM Film Festival in Hollywood (Showing GBU)
« on: April 11, 2010, 02:55:53 PM »
The festival goes from Thursday April 22 to April 25th.  They will be screening The Good, The Bad and the Ugly on Sunday the 25th at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre at 10:30 am if anyone will be in the Hollywood area that weekend.  Introduction by Eli Wallach.

Other notable films members here may be interested in include: Casablanca, Breathless, 2001: A Space Odessey, Midnight Cowboy, In a Lonely Place, North by Northwest, The Graduate, The Bride of Frankenstein, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Sunset Blvd., The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The King of Comedy, and the first North American presentation of the newly restored Metropolis, with music provided by the Alloy Orchestra.  I think I'm going to be sick.  Why can't I have that weekend free!!!

http://www.tcm.com/festival/#/home/index

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Off-Topic Discussion / Michael Crichton Dies at Age 66
« on: November 07, 2008, 01:29:27 AM »
I'm surprised nobody has posted this.  RIP.


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Michael Crichton, the million-selling author who made scientific research terrifying and irresistible in such thrillers as "Jurassic Park," "Timeline" and "The Andromeda Strain," has died of cancer, his family said. Crichton died Tuesday in Los Angeles at age 66 after privately battling cancer.

"Through his books, Michael Crichton served as an inspiration to students of all ages, challenged scientists in many fields, and illuminated the mysteries of the world in a way we could all understand," his family said in a statement.

"While the world knew him as a great storyteller that challenged our preconceived notions about the world around us — and entertained us all while doing so — his wife Sherri, daughter Taylor, family and friends knew Michael Crichton as a devoted husband, loving father and generous friend who inspired each of us to strive to see the wonders of our world through new eyes."

He was an experimenter and popularizer known for his stories of disaster and systematic breakdown, such as the rampant microbe of "The Andromeda Strain" or the dinosaurs running madly in "Jurassic Park." Many of his books became major Hollywood movies, including "Jurassic Park," "Rising Sun" and "Disclosure." Crichton himself directed and wrote "The Great Train Robbery" and he co-wrote the script for the blockbuster "Twister."


Full article here:'Jurassic Park' author Michael Crichton dies at 66

I've read a few of his books.  While hardly great literature, they were mostly fun reads.  And for me, Jurassic Park the book was better than the movie.

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General Discussion / What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: June 23, 2008, 05:08:13 AM »
What's the latest Eastwood movie you've seen?

For me, I watched Bird tonght.  It's only the fourth time I've seen the movie, despite the fact that it's just an incredible film, but it's a difficult one to watch as well, as we witness Charlie Parker's struggles with his music and his drug addiction.   

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Off-Topic Discussion / George Carlin dies at 71
« on: June 22, 2008, 10:07:08 PM »
Very sad news.

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George Carlin, the Grammy-Award winning standup comedian and actor who was hailed for his irreverent social commentary, poignant observations of the absurdities of everyday life and language, and groundbreaking routines like "Seven Words You Can Never Use on Television," died in Los Angeles on Sunday, according to his publicist, Jeff Abraham. He was 71.

The cause of death was heart failure, according to Abraham.


http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/06/23/arts/24carlin.php

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Off-Topic Discussion / Share Your Favorite Music Thread
« on: February 15, 2008, 07:28:24 AM »
I'll start things off with a couple of Led Zeppelin songs.  I never uploaded "Stairway to Heaven" in the Led Zeppelin Appreciation Thread as I figured everybody had already heard it, but then a few people weren't familiar with "Kasmir", so you never know.  The other is "Carouselambra" off of In Through the Out Door, which I'd wanted to upload, only the song was too long and I would have had to downsample it too much.  YouTube.com now solves my problem.  It's a very different song. 


Stairway to Heaven

Carouselambra

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General Discussion / CEWB's Top Ten Eastwood Movies
« on: February 01, 2008, 03:33:55 AM »
The CEWB's Top Ten Clint Eastwood Movies

1. Unforgiven
2. Dirty Harry
3. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
4. Million Dollar Baby
5. The Outlaw Josey Wales
6. The Bridges of Madison County
7. High Plains Drifter
8. Letters from Iwo Jima
9. A Perfect World
10. In the Line of Fire



As determined by the members of the Clint Eastwood Web Board.  The link to see the voting results and for discussion go HERE.

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Okay, here is your chance to help choose the top ten Clint Eastwood movies of all time as determined by the members of the CEWB.

What:

All members are invited (encouraged) to participate in voting for  what you think are Clint Eastwood’s Top Ten Best Movies.  (Even if you’ve never posted before!) We will be using a simple point system to determine a definitive (for now) Top Ten list.  The poll will run from now until the end of January 2008 to give everyone a chance to participate.

The Point System:

You will pick your top ten Clint Eastwood films.  (That’s all films he’s acted in or directed.)  What you consider his absolute best movie will get a rating of 5.  His next three best movies will all get a rating of 4.  His next two a rating of 3, his next two after that a rating of 2, and the final two a rating of 1.  At the end of January I will add up all the points and from that we will have the CEWB’s list of Top Ten Clint Eastwood movies.

What does “Best” mean:

Well, that’s a tricky thing, but I trust everyone to use their best judgment.  It’s a combination of artistic achievement (in directing, acting, story, technical achievement, so on) with what movies most appeal to you.  As a personal example, there is a particular movie of his I consider one of his best films from an artistic standpoint, but I’ve only watched it three times and actually enjoy some of his “lesser” movies more.  So I take that into consideration.  As well, there are a few of his movies I enjoy watching multiple times, even while I fully know that none of those films are very strong in terms of directing or story or thematic depth, so I’m not going to vote for one of those films when there are so many better ones I’d prefer to choose.

Why this point system:

Because it’s simple and because a few number one votes won’t automatically propel a movie into the top ten list when hardly anyone else has voted for it were there a greater disparity between the number one movie and number ten movie.  But I do think a weighted system (more points to the number one movie than your number ten movie) is more fair and will result in more accuracy than simply everyone providing ten movies that all get one point.   As well, most people have an absolute favorite movie, which you give a “5" to, but most people have a hard time picking the exact order of their next three favorite movies, so this way it’s easier to choose, without having to worry that tomorrow you will have changed your mind.

How to vote:

It works like this:

1.  5 points
2.  4 points
3.  4 points
4.  4 points
5.  3 points
6.  3 points
7.  2 points
8.  2 points
9.  1  point
10. 1 point

Just fill in the movies.

You can vote publicly on this thread, or you can send me a PM with your votes, which I will post without your name attached when all the voting is completed (for the sake of full disclosure so everyone can add up the points).  And please don’t vote based on what others have voted, so as to try to manipulate the results in anyway, just vote your heart.

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Discussion Board Troubleshooting / Board Update - Report Glitches Here
« on: December 26, 2006, 08:14:24 PM »
Yesterday, I came to the board and was logged off and so I logged back in and every since when I click the "NEW" button on a topic it takes me to the first post of the thread instead of where the new posts begin.  Anyone else experiencing this problem?

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Tragic, and no doubt very traumatic for New York citizens.

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,20567276-661,00.html

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Off-Topic Discussion / National Football League 2006
« on: September 08, 2006, 03:55:55 AM »
Is anybody excited that the football season is now officially here, with a Steeler's victory tonight over the Dolphins 28-17? 

I have two favorite teams, the Dallas Cowboys, whom I've rooted for since the seventies when I was a little kid, and the Cincinnati Bengals, as I was born in Cincinnati and my parents are huge fans and had season tickets for many years, even after we'd moved to Dayton, until it became too expensive.  Now the Bengals are actually contenders and it should be an exciting year, and I hope things work out better this year than last.

I'm just disappointed that Dallas brought Terrel Owens onto their team.  What a $#%&!!!  And this guy's an eleven year veteran and his behavior seems to only get worse each year.  Oh, well, I can't root against Dallas, but I can certainly root for TO getting a limited playing time. 

Anybody else's favorite teams and thoughts on the season?

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Off-Topic Discussion / Led Zeppelin Appreciation Thread
« on: February 17, 2006, 06:50:49 AM »
This is not a Survivor game.  But I thought I might start the next best thing, and that is an appreciation thread, where all of us can discuss Led Zeppelin, post pictures, and listen to some of their music.  Since I went through all the trouble of ripping their whole catalogue onto my PC and registering several geocities websites, I might as well put that to use.  For those of you who said "Stairway to Heaven" is the only song you could name, I think you might be surprised at how many of their songs you will recognize. 

The band formed in 1968 after the breakup of The Yardbirds.  During the mid-sixties Jimmy Page had been the most sought after session guitarist in England, but joined The Yardbirds in 1966 at the request of Jeff Beck.  By 1968 The Yardbirds disbanded, leaving Page hungry to form his own band.  He first brought in John Paul Johns, on bass and keyboards, and then Robert Plant, vocalist, who suggested John Bonham on drums.  The New Yardbirds soon became Led Zeppelin.  They recorded their first album in October of 1968.  The album took less than 30 hours of studio time to finish, and would pull together blues influences from all over.  Heavy rock blues was not something new, but behind the direction of Page, Led Zeppelin amped it up to a new level.  Their self-titled first album was released January 12, 1969.


Here are three songs from that first album.  Enjoy!



EDIT: THESE LINKS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

Good Times Bad Times (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones & John Bonham)
Communication Breakdown (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones & John Bonham)
Dazed and Confused (Jimmy Page)

Note: The links to these mp3's will only be available for a few days, and I will edit this post to indicate when they are no longer working.



Robert Plant has no writing credits on Led Zeppelin because he was still under contract with another record label.  "Dazed and Confused" was a song brought over from the Yardbirds days, and from what I understand the live version The Yardbirds recorded is awesome.  I haven't heard it.  If anyone has it, please feel free to post it, or send it to me to post.

The song list:

Good Times, Bad Times
Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You
You Shook Me
Dazed and Confused
Your Time Is Gonna Come
Black Mountain Side
Communication Breakdown
I Can’t Quit You Baby
How Many More Times

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Off-Topic Discussion / A Led Zeppelin Survivor game anyone...
« on: February 04, 2006, 06:02:37 AM »
I was wondering who was interested in playing a Led Zeppelin Survivor for a couple of months.  The Beatles game was certainly fun, but I don't want to head this up if no one's interested.  They recorded considerably fewer songs, so it wouldn't take as long. 

I'm open to any suggestions, as well, as far as how best to group their songs.  I can't find any record of which songs were recorded in what order (as Matt was able to for The Beatles), but I do know the year each song was recorded.  If we went year by year, that would mean songs from Physical Graffiti and Coda would be scattered throughout their recording of various other albums.  But how then would we group the songs?  Or we could simply go album by album.  And it would only take three months to go through their whole catalogue of songs if we voted just one off per round from the very start.  Suggestions?  Comments? 

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