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General Discussion / Clint's greatest strength as an entertainer
« on: December 05, 2003, 02:51:39 PM »
So who will win? On which side of the camera is Clint most at home, overall?

General Discussion / Agent Horrigan goes punk!
« on: August 17, 2003, 10:16:41 PM »
Four and a half years ago, a buddy and myself were scratching our heads, wondering what we could do to make the punk band we were planning on creating more fun and more interesting. Somehow, we ended up with Secret Agent Surf Punk. Since neither of us were accomplished surf guitarists, the emphasis would be on the "punk" part. One of our mutual influences as to how we would dress, act on stage, and write songs, was Agent Frank Horrigan from In The Line Of Fire. We thought we were really on to something and wrote three songs right then and there. The third was a tribute to Agent Horrigan called, amazingly enough, In The Line Of Fire.

The band broke up in 2001, but in honor of our new film discussion, I thought I'd post this song for everyone's amusement. You can download it here.

And with that, here's to a fun and lively Line Of Fire film discussion!

Eastwood News / Eiger Sanction on AMC right now!
« on: August 09, 2003, 05:36:58 PM »
Hey everybody - if anyone in North America who gets AMC wants to see it, The Eiger Sanction is playing right now! Came on at 8 PM EST. Just thought I'd share the info, since it is the film in our current film discussion. :)

General Discussion / Clint's trans-cultural appeal
« on: August 08, 2003, 10:24:56 PM »
My guess is that this topic may very well have been discussed in this forum, perhaps in ages past, but I was thinking about our diverse membership tonight. It struck me that this board and its attendant roster of members is a perfect cross-section of Clint's larger fan base. As I hang around and get to know some of our fine members a little better, and listen in on the occasional "cross-talk", it occurs to me that there doesn't seem to be one culture or nationality with a definitive plurality here. Clint's appeal appears to cross over into all demographics fairly equally, without regard to ethnicity, national heritage, gender... a true EOE (Equal Opportunity Entertainer). :D

I have nothing deep or meaningful to add to this observation, but I will say that I strive to not be one of those ostrich-headed Americans who for whatever reason seem to insist that the rest of the world at best doesn't matter and at worst doesn't exist. And I have heard that Clint is seen more as a sort of "Grand Master" filmmaker in Europe than he is as, say, an action star. Still, until I joined this Discussion Board, I never would have guessed that so many different, vibrant segments of our world's society have an active and passionate regard for Clint and his work. Clint still manages to impress me in new and unexpected ways, and so by extension does this online community.

OK, this is starting to read like some bad gubernatorial stump speech. The ostrich is putting his head back into the hole now ;)

General Discussion / And when Clint was bad, he was...
« on: July 22, 2003, 09:03:07 PM »
Hey everyone – in the course of posting to Lilly's recent True Crime thread, I started thinking about what set Steve Everett apart from most of Clint's roles. Clint's played many a character who might have seemed hard to like to the other characters in the story, but usually these parts are by and large likeable to most of the viewers. But when Clint's character is difficult to like from the viewer's perspective, then things get interesting. In the case of True Crime, to me it makes for a very memorable role.

I'm just curious what others here might think of these rather despicable heroes. Which characters do you think might fall into this category? Do you really like the film the character is in? What redeeming qualities, if any, do these characters have?

I think that Red Stovall and The Stranger might also be good candidates for standout Eastwood antiheroes.

Questions & Answers / Clint on guitar
« on: July 08, 2003, 06:24:46 PM »
Can anyone clarify a point for me? Seems that over the years, I seem to recall gathering, perhaps in a magazine cover story (Esquire? GQ? Dunno :-\) a few years back, that Clint does actually play the guitar. Which makes sense, since he composed "Claudia's Theme", which consists of a solo guitar playing the melody line.

Does anyone know whether he plays guitar on any of his recordings and/or soundtracks? Does he also play piano or any other instruments? Any recordings of those? :)

General Discussion / (Brief) accolades on Charlie Rose
« on: July 02, 2003, 09:46:28 PM »
Here in the States, on public television, I just watched an episode of Charlie Rose where he had a round table of four film critics of some note (Lisa Schwarzbaum and Richard Corliss are two names I remember) discussing the summer movie season this year. There was much panning of the overblown sequel-heavy blockbuster schedule all around.

The subject of the recent deaths of two widely acknowledged legends, Gregory Peck and Katherine Hepburn, came up, and each of the critics took turns commenting on what set these two apart. Both were praised as being intelligent, adult, and magnetic personalities, actors who chose roles which reflected their own persona, or the persona they wished to project. Forgive me, I'm paraphrasing rather loosely here.

What really made me smile was when Charlie interrupted the guests to point out that Clint Eastwood has played the Hollywood Hit-Making Machine in much the same way. There was a general nodding of heads, during which Charlie just barely managed to slip in that Clint's latest movie had won recent critical acclaim (I'd imagine he was referring to Cannes) and that it would be coming out soon. I'm sure more would have been made of it, but the focus of the show was summer movies.

It just made me grin from ear to ear, to hear these critics attach Clint's name to the same kinds of qualities represented by Hepburn and Peck. Maybe Clint's not quite as much of a Hollywood "outsider" as some think - he certainly doesn't seem to have any problem drawing the finest talent in Hollywood to his productions. Maybe he just creates his own "inside".

If anyone else saw this broadcast and has a better memory of what exactly was said, please feel free to elaborate upon or correct my comments ;)

BTW, just checked Charlie Rose's site, and the critics were:

A.O. SCOTT, The New York Times
DAVID DENBY, The New Yorker
LISA SCHWARZBAUM, Entertainment Weekly

- if anyone's interested. :)

General Discussion / Midnight in the Garden... Thumbs up or down?
« on: June 28, 2003, 10:40:56 PM »
Having only seen it that first time in theaters, and feeling like the jury was still out at the end of the film, and seeing that it seems to be the least commented-about film on this board (at least since I've been skulking about), I'm curious what everyone else thought about this movie.

Thumbs up or down, or otherwise?

I do look forward to seeing it again so that I can perhaps pick up on more of Clint's directing, storytelling, and theme-weaving skills, to form a more concrete opinion.

Maybe you're like me. You enjoyed Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, but at the end you felt a little bewildered. Great performances, beautiful cinematography, memorable characters, but what was the point of it all again...? Or maybe not. Perhaps if I'd read the book...

I did enjoy seeing this film on the big screen, but did experience some sense of bewilderment at the end. I haven't seen it since. I'm sure I'd benefit from a second viewing, but until then, I found this website which perhaps is old news, but which helped shed some light and provide a more complete understanding of the actual events in Savannah, GA that the book, and later Clint's film, were based on. The site is nicely done, providing a timeline, a slideshow of the actual people from the story, a nice write up on Clint, the actors and filming, tour information, and the book by John Berendt.

Anyway, seeing as how Midnight recently came in 2nd place in an IMDb poll (see this thread for more) of favorite Eastwood-directed films, I thought I'd share this site with the board.

General Discussion / Clint's grace...
« on: May 12, 2003, 08:33:09 PM »
I went to the local Blockbuster last weekend for the sole purpose of picking up A Fistful of Dollars so I could hop in on the latest film discussion here - AND THEY DIDN'T HAVE IT! It's not a very good Blockbuster...

And I completely missed the restored GBU and could just kick myself. I can only hope that it finds its way on to DVD soon.

So I did rent Bloodwork, and enjoyed it very much. I don't want to go into what I liked, didn't like, etc. too much in light of potential future film discussions.

What I did want to mention, what struck me repeatedly as I watched the film and thought of other recent roles, such as True Crime and Space Cowboys, is how gracefully Clint is handling his own aging process onscreen.

I'll never forget the cheese factor involved watching fifty-something Harrison Ford, who I pretty much admire, hopping from rooftop to rooftop in unintentional slow motion with a bad back in Clear And Present Danger. Clint isn't hiding or running away from his own age.

I find the sensitivity and vulnerability Clint has demonstrated in his post-Unforgiven roles, embracing the unique opportunities for character development and insight provided by his age, to be very moving and quite unique in Hollywood. No less so because of his own background as an action star. At the risk of sounding morbid, I think one more turn in front of the camera, where his character had to face death itself, in the form of simple, inexorable mortality, could make for an amazing capstone to his acting career.

Was it any one individual? And does this classification apply strictly to the Leone/Eastwood trilogy, does it extend to other lesser known works, and/or are there other Leone westerns filmed in Spain/Italy but not starring Clint which it refers to?

General Discussion / Clint's best acting and best directing
« on: April 25, 2003, 08:46:34 PM »
I'm curious what film everyone thinks exemplifies Clint's best acting performance, and also which film displays his best directing effort. Are they the same film? In each case (acting and directing) what do you think sets it apart from the rest?

For me, I have to give best acting to Unforgiven simply because of the audacity of the role. Clint waited for years to play this role properly - I can't think of any other role he so deliberately aimed for. And he had to know the entire time that he would be going against the very icon of Western Hero in film that he helped create, woefully repentant and unable to even mount his horse with dignity. My father, a fan of the older Eastwood westerns, doesn't like this movie primarily because he can't bear to watch Clint behave like this in a cowboy hat.

Best directing, oddly enough, I would currently (my preferences tend to change) give to Space Cowboys. The visual storytelling in this film, especially during the spacewalk sequences, is just flawless. In Unforgiven, the storytelling was superb, but almost all of it came from the script. In Space Cowboys, so much of it is visual that it is hard to believe it came from any script - these were decisions that had to come from the director, working with his cinematographer. It all culminates for me in the chilling beauty of the final shot - I don't care what the storyboards or script called for. The entire sequence - zoom, pan, music, timing, angle, lighting - Clint hit his home run right there.

But hey, I'm a newbie with lots to learn. What do some of you vets think?

General Discussion / Unforgiven Screenplay Review
« on: April 23, 2003, 11:20:10 AM »
Hello everyone. After getting my greedy little hands on the 10th Anniversary Edition of "Unforgiven", I was moved to write a review of the screenplay on a website I write for, This review was a lead story on Monday, April 21st.

Although the review focuses on the writing of "Unforgiven", I do make a few assertions based on my memory of a TNT special I saw a few years back which sadly is not included on this excellent DVD, and I hope my memory did not fail me.

After posting this article, I remembered visiting this site a year ago when I was looking for the script, and thought, hey, maybe these fans would be interested in checking it out. At any rate, I'd love to hear any feedback anyone here might care to offer about the accuracy of the article, or about this flawless screenplay in general.

Since this post concerns a screenplay, and a pointer to a review, I opted to post here under "general discussion". My apologies if it should have been placed elsewhere.

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