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General Discussion / Clint In John Carpenter's Version Of "The Thing"
« on: December 06, 2013, 06:49:16 AM »
A few people have mentioned on a Facebook site called Cine 70's that Clint was originally approached to play the role that eventually went to Kurt Russell. Apparently he was commited to another project at the time so couldn't accept.

Apologies if this has been mentioned before but it's new to me. Either that or I've forgotten ::)

If there's any truth in it I think it's a damned shame. I love Russell in the movie but how cool would it have been if Clint had starred ? It's one of my favourite movies which would have been taken to a whole new level if my favourite movie star had played the lead.

« on: December 01, 2013, 05:04:16 AM »
This was created by my friend Steve and my wife will be presenting it to me in a few weeks as my 50 birthday gift. To say I'm delighted would be an understatement. I'm over the freakin moon !!!!

General Discussion / Original Frazetta Artwork For The Gauntlet
« on: July 15, 2013, 07:01:18 AM »
This might have been posted before but it's a new pic to me. Clint receiving the original Gauntlet poster art from Frank Frazetta. I wonder if he still has it ?

Eastwood News / R.I.P. Ingrid Pitt
« on: November 23, 2010, 03:00:02 PM »
Clint's co-star from Where Eagles Dare died today after a short illness.She was 73. As a fan of British Horror films and particularly Hammer films this is a very sad day for me.
I met her many times and always had a great laugh with her.RIP Ingrid.

Clint Eastwood Westerns / "New" High Plains Drifter Review
« on: August 14, 2010, 12:24:36 PM »
One of my favourite horror based web sites has just posted a review of Clint's classic.Nice to see it still gets rave reviews.

The Dirty Harry Films / In Praise Of Dirty Harry
« on: August 13, 2010, 03:56:33 PM »
I was delighted to see Dirty Harry win this years Eastwood Film Survivor.Not only do I think it to be Clints best film but I consider it one of the most important "popular" films of the 70's.
That importance has been well documented in various publications and documentaries throughout the years so I thought I'd pass on my personal view.

I must have been about 13 years of age when I first saw Dirty Harry at my local cinema.Yes I know that was 5 years before I should have due to the British Board Of Film Classification but these were the good old days.I saw it on a double bill with "King Boxer" ……. As I said, the good old days.

It made a big impression on me for a number of reasons.The violence & the nudity would not have gone unnoticed at the tender age of 13 but more than that I was thrilled by the narrative and the movies star " Clint Eastwood" I had seen him on t.v in western guise and, according to my mother, in Paint Your Wagon at the cinema.
I couldn't equate that musical with this San Fransisco cop and could barely remember the film.I must have been about 6.
I do remember telling my friends at school, most of whom hadn't seen the film yet, how brilliant Dirty Harry was.

A few years later it came back to my local cinema on another double bill.This time with Mad Max( no video in those days folks).Even with all the post apocalyptic car chases and mega violence in that film I kept going on about Dirty Harry to anyone who would listen.
Without him there wouldn't have been a Mad Max.

If I were to pick one reason why the film works on a purely technical level it would be this.There isn't a single wasted or ubiquitous scene.There's no padding and each "set piece" leads seamlessly to the next.It really is a masterclass in movie making.

With todays plethora of police procedural movies and t.v shows most of which feature a "maverick" cop, it's easy to forget what a fresh concept Dirty Harry was.
There's a reason it became Clint's signature role.He resonated with the public then and now.He certainly did with me.Thanks to that movie I became a lifelong Eastwood fan.If truth be told it's one of the reasons I joined the police service 22 years ago.Not that my style is that of Harry's( it wouldn't work in the UK) but my sense of justice certainly is.

As much as I enjoy the sequels to varying degrees it's the original that I keep going back to.Yes part of that will undoubtedly be due to nostalga but mostly it's down to the fact that it's such a great movie.That it came first in this years poll and that it has been a runner up so many times is a testament to its longevity and classic status.
A status that's well deserved.

General Discussion / Eastwood Soundtracks - what went wrong ?
« on: August 05, 2010, 05:26:31 AM »
I've probably mentioned this before but it's something that still annoys me.

There's a lot to creating the atmosphere of a good movie, direction, acting, set design, cinematography…. and so on. In my opinion one of the most important is musical score. Many times a score has elevated a good movie to greatness. Spielberg himself declares John William's Jaws theme to be the fourth main character in the movie. Can you imagine the film without it ?.

Bernard Herman's Psycho score has similarly gone down in cinema lore as instrumental (pun intended) to the films success. There are countless examples,Lawrance Of Arabia, The Godfather, The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, Harry Potter.  Let's be honest I could list hundreds of movies with classic ,instantly recognisable themes and incidental scores but I'll get to my point.

Eastwoods early output featured the unforgettable scores from Ennio Morriconne.Since then he's utilised the talents of John Williams,Lalo Schifrin ( my personal favourite)
Jerry Fielding etc.These were not only memorable movie scores but equally as enjoyable as a stand alone audio album. Hell, I looked forward to the album release almost as much as the film in those days. Then came Lennie Neihause.Now I'm sure he's a very talented musician and composer but I'm pretty sure his main claim to fame, if not the reason he's employed so much, is that he's a friend of Clint's.

I'd put good money on the fact that Clint sticks with him is because it's cosier, quicker and a whole lot cheaper. You get what you pay for however.

I honestly don't think I could hum a single bar of the mans Clint scores and I've got a good ear for music. Now before people start replying stuff with like " oh, I don't want the music to overpower the film" Let's remember, the music is meant to compliment and accompany the movie not just sit there unnoticed or, in the case of Absolute Power, become an embarrassment to the proceedings.

What's even more annoying is Clint's recent predilection for scoring his own films. Aside from Unforgivens main theme they all sound the same. A few bars on the piano repeated ad finite.

I'm a huge fan of Clint as, I'm sure everyone on this site is but being a jazz fan and being able to play the piano does not make you a good composer.

My advice, even though no one's asking or listening…….Clint, stick to acting/directing, put Lennie out to pasture and hire a real movie composer for your next film.I guarantee it'll make a huge difference.

Moan over.

General Discussion / 70's Eastwood
« on: August 01, 2010, 04:04:03 PM »
Taking part in this years Eastwood film survivor has reminded me of something I always knew. My favourite Clint films are from the 70's.

Even films that may be regarded as beneath the likes of Unforgiven & Million Dollar Baby hold a special regard for me.
I'll watch Joe Kidd, for instance, before any of the two previously mentioned Oscar winners. Why ? Well, there are a number of reasons.

I was 7 years old in 1970 and just about to turn 18 when the decade ended. A far as cinema going was concerned it was these ten years that moulded my opinions and critiques, possibly for a lifetime. I read somewhere that it was the last golden age of cinema and that makes sense to me. I was at the movies at least twice a week in those days and slowly becoming a big Eastwood fan. I was lucky enough to be tall for my age and was able, through unscrupulous cinema managers, to see most of Clint's 70's output on the silver screen even though they were age restricted.

From Dirty Harry double bills to Escape From Alcatraz I eagerly lapped up each new film. So, you see there's more to my film choices than artistic merit or even common sense. I like seeing Clint in typical Clint form. In other words the tough no nonsense type of screen idol that made him so famous.

I'm delighted that he has found such critical acclaim nowadays but that doesn't mean he shouldn't have received it earlier.Josey Wales is far superior to Unforgiven.Kelly's Heroes is better than Flags…… honestly, it is. Plus the movies had great soundtracks before Lenny came along. Really ! They were all worthy of an album purchase.

Call me shallow but you can keep your Bridges, Letters, Baby's and all the rest. Give me Clint stalking the mean streets of San Francisco, Lago,Sinola,Pheonix or wherever those heydays of the 70's took him.   

Collectors' Corner / Dirty Harry Sculpture
« on: August 12, 2009, 06:11:35 AM »
I cam across this when browsing for some horror figures. It's pretty cool and I might just have to buy one.

General Discussion / 80th Anniversary Tribute ??
« on: July 10, 2009, 01:27:06 AM »
What happened to the thread from magnum enterprises, was it false ?

Collectors' Corner / Very Nice Poster Site
« on: April 30, 2009, 04:08:05 PM »
This is a very cool classic poster site with some nice Eastwood images. Well worth a visit.


If you fancy giving this a try head over to Aint It Cool and submit your idea. I just did  O0

I wish I could attend this showing in Bradford but it's just not possible. Hopefully someone at the site can.

Cinema Retro Link

Collectors' Corner / Odd "Oddball" Item
« on: November 17, 2008, 04:41:46 AM »

Off-Topic Discussion / The Horror Thread
« on: September 01, 2008, 02:35:58 AM »

The current film survivor genre has got me in the horror mood. As if I needed prompting !
Whilst there was a thread concerning favourite horror movies, see above, I thought I’d start one with a more general heading.

Not limiting it to a top ten list we can discuss the good, bad & everything in between.
I’ve been a fan of horror for as long as I can remember. I have a particular fondness for Hammer films and have been lucky enough over the years to have spent some time with the people in front and behind the camera of my favourite Hammer Horrors.

If anyone on the board is unfamiliar with Hammer Horror I would recommend the following as a good start. Here goes another list ………..

Curse Of Frankenstein
The Mummy
The Devil Rides Out
Hands Of The Ripper
Blood From The Mummys Tomb
Quatermass And The Pit
Twins Of Evil
The Nanny
Brides Of Dracula

More recently we’ve seen Hollywood remake just about everything and horror seems to be the preferred genre. Can you believe they’re about to remake Poltergeist. Whilst it might me considered sacrilege it could work if they go for all out horror as opposed
to the family friendly version we all love.

I’d like to give two recommendations regarding the current crop of horror movies.
“The Cottage” is a low budget Brit horror about two inept kidnappers and the unfortunate circumstances they end up in at an isolated cottage.
“The Mist” is easily the best horror film this year and is adapted by Frank Darabont from the Stephen King novel. Seek it out and enjoy, just don’t give away much of the plot ………… you’ll understand why .

Eastwood News / Dollar Trilogy On The Big Screen In Spain
« on: June 06, 2008, 04:41:31 AM »
Cinema Retro Magazine are reporting the following.

The Alamo Drafthouse's Rolling Roadshow classic movie presentations will be presenting the Sergio Leone/Clint Eastwood trilogy of A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly on the big screen at their actual locations in Spain this weekend - a fantastic concept and historic event.

Well worth a visit if you're nearby. I can't make it but I'm tempted to buy one of the posters.


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