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Clint Eastwood Westerns / The Movie Duo - Allusions to Good and Evil?
« on: September 19, 2005, 06:09:53 PM »
In the topic "Joe, Manco, and Blondie", the member Vik made a comment that spurred me to create this thread for discussion.  Here I pose the questions, "Are the films High Plains Drifter and Pale Rider a duo?" and "Do they represent a sort of Ying and Yang of Eastwood westerns showing the sides of good and evil spirits wreaking havoc on the misdeeds of humans?"

Vik said that perhaps the appearance of the Preacher could have been a repercussion of the actions taken by the Drifter.  Of course the two movies are set in entirely different locations and have uniquely different characters, but the message is the same, with different means used to reach the ends.  However, is the violence used by the Preacher all that different than that of the Drifter? 

I seek not to draw continunity or any solid connection between the films in that sense, but to more or less discuss the similarities and the common themes that run between the two.  With such aloof and often vague, mysterious characters as those portrayed by Eastwood this last question can be difficult to give a serious answer on, but more or less just for theorizing about.

The Drifter and Preacher are often explained as avenging spirits, and seem to be supernatural, what are your thoughts?

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Clint Eastwood Westerns - Soundtracks
« on: May 02, 2004, 08:38:59 PM »
Last fall I found the soundtrack to The Good The Bad and The Ugly at Best Buy and snatched it up.  It is my favorite of Eastwood's westerns, and has some of the best music found in any of them.  

However, it is the only soundtrack I ever see in stores for his Westerns when I look.  And even then it is rare that I see that one.  When I was a young teen and first saw these westerns with  my father, he rented a CD from the library once that had a collection of tunes from most of Clint Eastwood's westerns.  I remember listening to the CD and trying to name which film each tune came from, because at that time, seeing them on a TV marathon was the only way I had seen them.  

I am curious if anyone else knows of such a CD, and if it is still in production so I might find a copy and purchase it.  I am sorry that I don't have any further information, but it was ten years ago or so when we rented that from the library.  We lived in a different state then, so I couldn't go back and check either now if I wanted to.

Any comments or additional information is welcomed.    

Clint Eastwood Westerns / A brilliant move - A college essay on GBU
« on: November 05, 2003, 09:08:25 AM »

Yeah, I was estactic yesterday when I talked to my professor.  I graduate in just a few weeks as soon as this term is over.  Every undergraduate at this university had to write what they call a Tier III Essay to complete thier degree.

The class I am enrolled in is about coomunication styles.  Wiether they be through signs, speach, body language, symbols or slang.  We were all expected to come up with a unique paper topic and get it okayed by the professor before the end and have a ten page essay to give him at the end.  

I took a chance and took my GBU DVD to the meeting.  I said it showed all types of communication and I would like to write my paper on it.  I did not expect him to say yes but he did.  What luck, now what is supposed to be a super difficult project will at least be about something I truly enjoy.

He suggested I contrast the film with Darwin's theory survival of the fittest.  He also said that I ought to mention how these men seem to be outside the law and do as they please as well as a few other minor details.  

I am fairly certain I will have no problems now writing this essay.  However, I thought it would not hurt to hear what suggestions my friends here might have in terms of points to discuss or ideas relevant to the topic concerning comparisons I might draw to other ideas.  

I appreciate all responses, thanks in advance.  I will check back soon as I begin the essay.

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Halloween - Costumes I seen at Party
« on: November 02, 2003, 08:08:49 AM »
I am a student at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.  You may or may not know this, but the third largest party in the United States is held here every year.  Third meaning only #1 New Years in New York City and #2 Marti Grah in New Orleans are bigger parties than Halloween in Athens, Ohio.  

I was out with my friends, who wanted to all be characters from the Kevin Smith Jay and Silent Bob films.  I was the Randal character if you were wondering.

The great thing I saw was some VERY well thought out Clint Eastwood western costumes.  It gave me ideas for next year, when I definately plan to go as Eastwood's Man with No Name character.  

I saw one guy with a Poncho very similar to GBU, except it was a dark grey with the similar white pattern and tussles.  His hat was dead on though.  I only saw that guy from a balcony at a friend's house so I didn't get to have a close up look at the costume.  

The cool one was when I went uptown and ran into a guy wearing a black trenchcoat, black western hat, had a five o'clock shadow and was smoking a cigar.  I slapped him on the shoulder and said, "Heck yeah man, High Plains Drifter, fantastic costume!"

He turned and grinned from ear to ear and extended his hand for a handshake saying "Damn man, you are the only person this entire night who knew who I was supposed to be!  Doesn't anyone watch those awesome films anymore?"  

I just shrugged and said, "Only the coolest among us my friend."  The guy nodded and continued in the crowd.

I also saw a guy who might have been Dirty Harry, but I couldn't get close enough to speak with him.  All in all, it was a fun night.  Saw lots of great costumes of all kinds, and some that were very lame.  The few Eastwood ones I saw were the best.  

Boring story, but I thought I'd mention it.  Even among today's youth, there are still some who appreciate the timeless classics.  :)

This comming week I will be unveiling some of the films in my Eastwood western collection to a sceptical college dorm crowd.  After watching other people's favorite movies, and sharing in some discussion, I've at least (hopefully) gotten them interested in giving Eastwood's westerns a try.  

I've hyped them up pretty well, with good reason of course.  I want some of these kids to realize that these movies are classics, and even though many of them were made decades ago, they are timeless and can be enjoyed at the same level as many of today's greatest films.  

I plan to start them off with my personal favorite, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.  However, I am unsure what to show after that if thier interest continues.

Here is what I have in my collection, so it will have to be from this list until I get to Media Play to purchase some more of the recent releases in the Clint Eastwood collection series.

Fistfull of Dollars
For a Few Dollars More
The Good The Bad and The Ugly (Showing first)
Hang em High
High Plains Drifter
The Outlaw Josey Wales

I know that collection is incomplete, but it is a decent start.  I think Hang em High should be saved for last if anyone is still around after all the others.  Do you agree, should I begin with GBU?  Then I was thinking of showing OJW second followed by FFDM and HPD?  Then FFD and finally Unforgiven?  

I am unsure what would be the best order to show these in.  Any suggestions are welcome.  I hope at least a few people will come to appreciate the films the same way I do.

General Discussion / Eastwood films on DVD at Great Prices
« on: June 26, 2003, 11:07:17 AM »

I was at Best Buy the other day and I found that they are selling an Eastwood Movie collection two pack of The Gauntlet and True Crime for only $11.99.  They also had Hang 'em High, Fistfull of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good The Bad and The Ugly for $9.99 each.  Pretty decent prices for these films if you lack any of them in your collection.  

I already had the westerns, but the two pack was a nice way to pick up those two films for fairly cheap.  Just thought I would give a heads up since it was a such a good deal.  

Has anyone here seen the Animated film Vampire Hunter D or its sequel, Vampire Hunter D II: Bloodlust?  Although the genre is very different, I see influences in the film from Eastwood's work.  Most notable is probably High Plains Drifter.  

In the these Anime films, the staring character, the Vampire Hunter named "D" rides into town on a horse dressed in black with a hat on.  The people look at him funny and wonder what he is doing there.  

The similarities end there, but I got the same kind of feeling as I did when the Stranger rode into town in High Plains Drifter.  Vampire Hunter D and it's sequel are set in a European transylvania type setting but have a distinct western atmosphere in many scenes.  It is known that many of the Japanese animators are fans of American films.  It would not surprise me in the slightest to find out that at least some of these similar elements were because there was a Eastwood fan on the production staff somewhere.  

Just some interesting observations I noticed that any interested parties are free to discuss further.  

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Collecting Eastwood Westerns on DVD
« on: May 11, 2003, 11:52:28 PM »
First off, I would like to greet everyone.  Hello, I am a 22 year old College senior who has been a long time fan of Clint Eastwood's movies, and his westerns in particular.  I think I have seen them all, but I want to be certain.  

With the advent of DVD, and finding his films for extremely reasonable prices at places like Wal*Mart, I decided to collect them all so I could enjoy them whenever I liked.  

The first of his Westerns I ever saw was The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and I absolutely loved it.  It is still my favorite by far.  

Anyway, let me know what I may be missing.  I have the following on DVD so far:

-Fistfull of Dollars
-For a Few Dollars More
-The Good the Bad and The Ugly
-Hang em High
-High Plains Drifter
-The Outlaw Josey Wales

I know of thes eemovies and have seen them all at least once when they have been on television:
-Pale Rider
-Two Mules for Sister Sara
-Joe Kidd

Are these out on DVD yet?  I have not seen them at any stores near me.  Are there any other Eastwood Westerns that I may not know about and haven't seen yet?  

I look forward to many interesting discussions here.  I had no idea there was a message board devoted to Clint Eastwood until tonight.  What a great place this is.  :D

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