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Off-Topic Discussion / Happy Birthday, AKA23!
« on: October 25, 2017, 10:07:58 PM »
Happy Birthday, AKA!  :D

Have a wonderful day!  8)

Off-Topic Discussion / Happy Birthday, Schofield Kid!
« on: October 15, 2017, 08:05:47 PM »
Happy Birthday, Schofield Kid!  :)

For once I'm getting this thread started before your birthday is nearly over in Australia ... though last I heard, you were on holiday in Spain! Oh well, it's already your birthday there, as well.  :D

Hope you have a wonderful day!  8)

Fascinating clip with great insight into Clint's working methods (and how Rubinek may have gotten his job thanks to a tip from Jack Nicholson). Much of this is known, but not that bit about how Clint followed Rubinek's advice on Clint's closeup in the saloon shootout scene.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Happy Birthday, nyna!
« on: October 11, 2017, 02:46:29 AM »
Happy Birthday, nyna!  :)

You haven't posted in a while, but I see you have been on the site. So I hope you have been having a wonderful day!   8)

Off-Topic Discussion / Solar eclipse, August 21, 2017
« on: August 07, 2017, 09:03:04 PM »
I was just wondering if anyone on the Board lives in the continent-wide path of the coming total eclipse of the sun? Or is anyone planning a trip to see it?

I must admit I deeply regret not making travel plans while there was still time. I'll probably never get another chance to see this extraordinary phenomenon.

(Looks like it will be passing right through Big Whiskey, Wyoming! ;) )

Off-Topic Discussion / Happy birthday, Satu!
« on: July 17, 2017, 10:20:10 PM »
Happy Birthday, Satu!  :D

Have a wonderful day! :)

It's part of a "Southern Gothic" series.

Part of BAMcinématek series Southern Gothic
Directed by Don Siegel | 1971

With Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman

This chilling, Civil War-set art-western stars Clint Eastwood as a wounded Yankee soldier who finds himself convalescing in a Confederate all-girls school, a charged setup that precipitates a disturbing series of sexual and psychological manipulations. Though produced the same year that Eastwood and director Don Siegel made Dirty Harry, The Beguiled forgoes bullet-spray action in favor of creeping, slow-burn menace.

It's playing Monday, June 26, at 4:30pm, 7pm and 9:30pm, and Friday, June 30, at 2pm and 4:30pm.

More information here:

The Times critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott got together last Sunday and selected "The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century So Far." Million Dollar Baby is Number 3 on the list:

Million Dollar Baby
Directed by Clint Eastwood, 2004

A.O. Scott
Clint Eastwood sometimes releases his movies the way he shoots them: quickly and efficiently, without a lot of fuss and hype. “Million Dollar Baby” bypassed the festivals and the early awards-season buzz and was screened for critics about a week before it opened in December 2004. On a whim, I invited my editor at the time to the screening. Though he and I always got along well, we sometimes differed on matters of taste. Not this time. After the final credits rolled, we walked back to the office in a contemplative silence that he finally broke. “Now that was a movie,” he said.

It was, and it is. You sometimes hear that that they don’t make them the way they used to, but Mr. Eastwood – almost uniquely in 21st-century Hollywood – most assuredly does. In the years since “Million Dollar Baby” (which won him his second best picture Oscar), he has occasionally wandered into the public eye for reasons unrelated to movies. He appeared in a memorable Chrysler commercial, argued with an empty chair at the Republican National Convention in 2012 and expressed admiration for Donald J. Trump during the 2016 campaign. But that’s just his way of passing the time and letting off steam. Since turning 70 in 2000, he has continued to practice and refine his craft, producing some of the strongest work of his career and also some of the strangest. A ghost story? A musical? A rugby movie about Nelson Mandela? Why not?

But Mr. Eastwood has always been most at home in the classic American film genres: the western, the crime flick, the combat picture. And, in this case, the boxing movie, perhaps the most susceptible to sentimentality and cliché. The glory of “Million Dollar Baby” is that rather than strain for novelty, it settles into the conventions of the genre with masterly confidence and ease, and discovers deep currents and grace notes of feeling that nobody had noticed before.

Morgan Freeman and Hilary Swank each won Oscars for their performances. Mr. Freeman plays a former fighter nicknamed Scrap who acts as the confidant and conscience of Mr. Eastwood’s Frankie Dunn. Frankie is a trainer haunted by ghosts and regrets who takes a chance on an ambitious young fighter named Maggie Fitzgerald (Ms. Swank).

If for some unfathomable reason you haven’t yet seen “Million Dollar Baby,” I won’t spoil the plot by saying any more. But if you have seen it, you know that there’s much more to this movie than its plot. The warm, sharp banter among the principal characters never gets old. The images, shot by Mr. Eastwood’s longtime cinematographer, Tom Stern, glow with unexpressed, somber feeling. Fifty years from now, as the end credits scroll on whatever screen viewers are watching on, they will reach the same conclusion my editor did back in 2004. This is what a movie looks like.

Eastwood News / Joost van der Westhuizen dies (Invictus related)
« on: February 09, 2017, 10:01:14 PM »
This is peripherally related to Clint, so I thought I'd post it here.

Joost van der Westhuizen, one of the stars of the Springboks' 1995 World Cup victory that was celebrated in Invictus, has died at the young age of 45. He'd been suffering from motor neuron disease for several years.

I remember thinking, when I saw Invictus, that it was a wonder they didn't all get their heads bashed in. Apparently, the repeated head injuries that are all too common in this and several other sports can indeed lead to such maladies as that to which Joost van der Westhuizen succumbed. And in rugby, they wear very little protective equipment.

At any rate ... R.I.P.

Off-Topic Discussion / Happy Birthday, Richard Earl!
« on: December 28, 2016, 07:13:37 PM »
We haven't heard much from Richard Earl in recent months ... I hope he is having a very Happy Birthday, and will stop by and see us sometime soon!  8)

Web Site Announcements / Update to the Filmography on
« on: October 25, 2016, 07:00:38 AM »
The Filmography on has been updated with Clint's latest, Sully, and the summary is by AKA23, longtime Clint Eastwood Web Board member. The Mods were very pleased with his contribution, and we hope you will check it out!

As part of a Michael Cimino retrospective:

Magnum Force is only playing tomorrow, September 29, but Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is scheduled on the 29th and again on October 3rd.

On Magnum Force:
Cimino got his big break co-scripting this gritty, gripping second installment in the Dirty Harry series, sufficiently impressing Clint Eastwood that he hired Cimino as director on his next project, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. This time around, the tightly wound San Francisco cop ruffles feathers—and racks up a serious body count—when he begins investigating a series of vigilante murders.

On Thunderbolt and Lightfoot:
Cimino’s wonderfully loose-limbed directorial debut is a winning mix of road movie, buddy comedy, and heist film in which an ex-con turned preacher (Eastwood) resumes his bank robbing ways when he teams up with a brash young scofflaw (Bridges). Eastwood’s tough guy terseness plays nicely off Bridges’ goofy amiability, while Cimino demonstrates his feeling for landscape via the majestic Montana location shooting.

General Discussion / The Eastwood Movie Challenge continues!
« on: September 11, 2016, 10:20:13 PM »
For those of you who started the Eastwood Movie Challenge, but fell behind part way, there is good news. Although the Challenge was originally intended to end last week, after the opening of Sully on September 9, we have decided to extend it another month, until October 15. Or, as Matt put it:

The deadline was originally September 9th - for the release of Sully. But, since Sully will remain in the theaters, I see no reason we can't extend it through September, and even into October. Let's say for those who are serious about completing the Challenge, it stays open until October 15th.

And Matt promises that everyone who finishes by October 15 will win a prize!

Even if you can't finish by October 15, we still encourage everyone to begin or complete your own personal Eastwood Movie Challenge. See as many of the films as you can in order, and post your reaction to each one in the various Challenge threads in this Forum, all of which will remain open indefinitely. And of course, keep updating your progress in the Eastwood Movie Challenge Journal thread!

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