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The CEWB Movie Club / Re: Rear Window (1954)
« on: Today at 08:32:39 AM »
This is a really interesting video with a thought-provoking perspective on the film. Thanks for sharing, Doug!

I think Clint was trying to be faithful to the book on which which this was based, and that included both him saving Beechum, his womanizing ways, and his young daughter. In the book, the reporter was much younger, similar to the age of the character in the novel "Blood Work. Come to think of it, that is another movie that should have gotten rid of the younger woman/older man romance, which also wasn't the best fit for the 72 year old Eastwood.

KC, as you know, Clint is fond of these stories depicting human frailties that have the potential to become the downfall of otherwise talented or accomplished men. In addition to "The Gauntlet" and "True Crime," this theme is quite pronounced in "Honkytonk Man" and "White Hunter, Black Heart" as well.

I understand what you mean, AKA23.
But on other hand, I think that in True Crime, Clint talked about himself through Steve Everett's behavior.
Steve Everett's daughter was actually played by Francesca Eastwood. And with all due respect, Clint would have been a womaniser.

If Eastwood were playing himself, this may have worked, but since he was playing a character in a movie, I don't think it did. Steve Everett wasn't a particularly wealthy guy, and in our society, it is extremely rare to see a much younger woman with an older guy, unless that guy is extremely wealthy and the woman is motivated to be in the relationship for the swanky lifestyle it affords her. It's also even rarer to see a nearly 70 year old man having a 6 year old daughter.

It's interesting that you commented that Clint may have been talking about himself through his portrayal of Everett, though. I'm not sure that's true, but after seeing the trailer for "The Mule," my brother had a similar reaction. He remarked that it seemed like Eastwood was very fond of redemption stories and asked me whether he may be trying to atone for his own behavior as a father and husband through his art.

I think Eastwood was fine in the central role as the reporter, but would have gotten rid of certain aspects of the character, such as him being a womanizer and having a much younger wife and young daughter, when Eastwood was cast.

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: October 21, 2018, 11:29:05 AM »
Don't tell me we've already fallen apart on only our third week of movies. We've got about 9 weeks left.

I’m still planning on participating by watchimg some of these movies. At a minimum, I’ll bewatching North by Northwest, Marnie, and likely, Psycho.

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: October 19, 2018, 12:01:38 PM »
Since most of Eastwood's movies are around 2 hours, I'd guess around that time, but there's no way to predict this from the information that we have. "Gran Torino" was 1 hr 56 minutes and "The Judge," the other movie that Schenk wrote, was 2 hr 21 minutes. I would expect this would be longer than Eastwood's last two directorial efforts, which were around 1.5 hrs, since that is quite short for Eastwood. Without seeing how long the script is, there's really no way to answer this question.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy birthday, Schofield Kid!
« on: October 17, 2018, 02:14:09 PM »
Hope you had a wonderful birthday. Best wishes to you for a life-affirming, productive new year!

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: October 16, 2018, 10:11:40 AM »
According to Twitter, Dr. Arturo Sandoval has composed the score for "The Mule." It should be recording October 30-31st. He appears to be an acclaimed jazz musician. Is anyone familiar with his work? 

I wrote the score for this great film, I'm so happy and grateful for this opportunity, may God bless you, Clint Eastwood

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: October 15, 2018, 02:12:43 PM »
Since this trailer didnt show very much, do you guys think there will be another one released? Or, do you think its part of the marketing strategy to keep audiences in the dark and wanting more?

KC, I had never associated those two images from HPD and “Sudden Impact” with each other before, but you are so right! You can really see Eastwood’s directorial hand at work in those images.

Hocine, I’ve never thought of Callahan in “Sudden Impact” as an avenging angel, but the way you explain it, it makes total sense to me now.

KC, Hocine seems to be interested in symbolism. He really reminds me of Xichado, who doesn’t post anymore, but who always made interesting and thought-provoking posts here.

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: October 10, 2018, 01:30:58 PM »
I love your enthusiasm, but I'm not sure we need the periodic updates of how many views the trailer has gotten over time. I like that it keeps going up though!

In the end, Harry became a vengeful ghost in many ways.

Hocine, great post. What do you mean by this? How do you see this manifesting in “Sudden Impact?”

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: Sabotage (1936)
« on: October 09, 2018, 11:53:29 AM »
I tried to watch this yesterday, and I couldn't get through it. It didn't hold my interest at all. I watched it for about a half an hour, which given the short runtime, was almost half the movie, and it wasn't immediately clear to me what the plot of the movie even was or who the main characters were that I was supposed to be caring about. Very disappointing.

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: October 08, 2018, 11:20:18 AM »
I assumed that the cover art on the official website was the official poster. If you click on the X when the trailer appears, you'll see it.

Is it not?

I actually like that fan poster better!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Netflix users ???
« on: October 07, 2018, 12:12:36 PM »
I just finished watching "The Keepers." I enjoyed it and thought it was a very engrossing documentary. The events that it depicts are so outrageous that I am kind of speechless about how the Catholic Church handled this. It was incredibly upsetting. I'll also never understand how anyone could sexually abuse children, especially when the men that are doing so claim to be a man of God. No God could every justify or condone such behavior, and I can't understand how these men could rationalize this kind of abuse. The worst part of it all was likely the emotional abuse that was part of the grooming process. Making the children feel like they were bad people and that they needed to be cleansed through having sexual relations with priests to promote some manufactured spiritual catharsis is so disgusting. I honestly do not understand how anyone could do any of these things and live with themselves. I was also disappointed that the central mystery of who killed Cathy was never resolved. Thanks for the recommendation, Gant.

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: October 07, 2018, 08:22:39 AM »
Just watched the trailer.. Superb. Very excited about this movie...

I read many comments online when the trailer was released and virtually everyone seemed to like it. The less is more approach that Warners took may have been the right one. Releasing it with “A Star is Born,” which appears to be a hit, was also a great choice to build awareness and drum up enthusiasm.

I saw "A Star Is Born" yesterday and liked it. I haven't seen any of the other versions of the film, so I can't compare them, but I thought Bradley Cooper did a nice job directing it. He appears to have real talent as a director. I'd definitely be interested in seeing him direct more.

The film had an intimacy and a vibrancy that really worked and Lady Gaga was a great pairing for his character. I was also impressed with how good his singing was, given that he is not known for any kind of vocal talent. The first hour of the movie is definitely better than the second half, and I'm not traditionally a fan of tragic romances, but I think Bradley Cooper told this story about as well as it could be told. For the type of film that it is, it's quite good.

I think a younger person like Bradley Cooper was a much better choice to direct this than Eastwood would have been. I think Eastwood is probably too old to have given the film the same type of vibrancy and intimacy that Cooper created. It seemed to be a deeply personal film for him, which it wouldn't have been for Eastwood. Lady Gaga is also a much better actress than Beyonce would have been.

Whether someone likes this film or not will likely come down to whether you enjoy the songs. I did, so I liked it, but if it's not your kind of music, you may not enjoy it. I may have to stop saying how much I hate musicals, since after "La La Land," this is the second musical that I've enjoyed, so it may just have to be the right musical for me to appreciate it!

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: October 06, 2018, 05:41:46 PM »
The Academy tends to favor performances that are either quite showy, or which involve physical transformations. Eastwood doesn't tend to do either one of these types of performances, and "The Mule" doesn't appear to break that mold. Like Robert Redford, who may also be vying for an Oscar this year, Eastwood's always been a pretty naturalistic actor. The closest Eastwood got to doing a physical transformation was "Remembering Mark Twain," where he was to play Mark Twain as an older man, but that film never came to fruition.

I won't be that excited about Eastwood receiving a third Best Actor nomination that he doesn't win.  He does appear to be playing a much more vulnerable character than usual, but it's just a trailer, so it's tough to tell.

I think if it comes down to Eastwood or Redford, as long as Eastwood's performance doesn't blow Redford's out of the water, that Redford will be more likely to receive a nomination. He's a pretty liberal guy, unlike Eastwood, and he has a ton of goodwill in the industry from his support of The Sundance Film Festival, which really helped to give a platform that previously didn't exist to independent filmmakers. I think both will be seen as more attractive to the Academy than what Eastwood's done.

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: Rear Window (1954)
« on: October 06, 2018, 05:00:21 PM »
I thought the scene KC was referring to may have had something to do with the flowers. L.B. and Lisa mention that the flowers seemed a different height than before, which gave them an idea that something might be buried within them, but I don't recall us every seeing the height of the flowers before. This seemed like an objective, rather than subjective, aspect that was discussed that was not previously shown. At least, I didn't notice it!

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: October 05, 2018, 04:40:13 PM »
Just saw "A Star Is Born." As I expected, the trailer for this played before it. It sure was a thrill to see Eastwood back on the big screen again!

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