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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2019 Movie Discussion
« on: December 04, 2019, 12:07:07 AM »
I really enjoyed it. Saw it in the cinema though and it was loooooonnng!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Physical movie media gone forever?
« on: August 08, 2019, 11:17:26 AM »
I have my favourites stored on a hard drive which is then backed up on another.

Eastwood News / Re: Eastwood in the press (minor mentions)
« on: August 02, 2019, 04:01:19 AM »

This is near where I live but surely unlikely given that the great man in currently shooting in Atlanta?!

I think the non-PC comments were included because the script was written by Nick Schenk, who also wrote "Gran Torino, and he probably had Eastwood in mind for this role. I can't think of any other actor working today who would have had the courage, or the inclination, to make "The Mule." That and the fact that Eastwood likes poking his finger in the eyes of political correctness, which he feels has run amok and is harming the country.

I agree with you that the prostitute sex scenes and the ogling at the party weren't needed. I think these scenes were included to show that Earl is kind of a fun loving, odd character who, despite his age, is still enjoying life. It was scenes like this, and the flashback scenes, that I was thinking of when I initially posted that Earl Stone was more over-the top than Clint's characters usually are.
I just don't think the non PC comments were necessary. In Gran Torino the whole point was that Waltwas racist but then befriended the immigrants.

In this he clearly wasn't racist but they still felt the need to include it - why? He stopped to help the black family which he wouldn't have done if he was. I liked the point about not being able to change a tyre (personal bugbear, should be part of the driving test!), the scene would have been fine with that.

So, I really enjoyed the film overall. The drug mule story in itself was interesting and the family drama put some meat on the bones.

Really the film was carried by Clint's star quality. He's been a magnetic presence for more than 50 years and he still has it. The supporting performances are all good, something that can't be said of Gran Torino even though that is ultimately the better film.

Now the downsides. The non PC bits are cheap laughs and ultimately pointless to the story. They made sense in Gran Torino where we saw Walt's "journey" but there was no need for them here, we knew he wasn't actually racist and we knew he was a relic from other stuff, the phone etc.

Likewise, the sex "scenes" seemed to come out of nowhere, like they belonged to a different film and again added nothing to the story.

Again, the pool scene with all the close ups of the asses, what was the point?

So I enjoyed it but I would have enjoyed it more without these odd intrusions. And I'm glad they didn't go down the "last run" line, that's been done to death before, the bank robber drawn back for "one last job" etc.

Just back from seeing it herein the UK.

I need some time to digest but I did really enjoy it.

And I don't mind admitting I welled up a bit as the credits ran, knowing this was likely to be the last time I saw a new Clint performance...

Trivia Games / Re: A-Z of Eastwood.
« on: January 10, 2019, 05:43:40 PM »
OK, slightly left field, Steven Spielberg, a director Clint has worked with.

Eastwood News / Re: Eastwood on the Southbank
« on: May 07, 2018, 12:28:25 PM »
Sitting waiting for the film to start here in Aberdeen, Scotland!

General Discussion / Re: 3 films to recommend Clint to new viewers
« on: April 30, 2018, 02:20:31 PM »
I also agree that modern audiences may find a lot of the classics too slow. Sad but true. I'd go for

Dirty Harry
In the Line of Fire
Gran Torino

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Trivia Games / Re: Clint's Clothing
« on: April 24, 2018, 01:46:02 PM »
Paging Hammerhead ... do we have a winner? :D

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Trivia Games / Re: Clint's Clothing
« on: April 12, 2018, 12:00:16 AM »
OK, another easy one - San Francisco Giants baseball cap?

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Trivia Games / Re: Clint's Clothing
« on: April 10, 2018, 12:41:41 PM »
I think the outfit was on a lobby card, which is what I remembered seeing when it finally dawned on me. I didn't find the lobby card online, but there's this:

Here's a screencap from Le Streghe on YouTube:

I think the clip is only about 2 seconds long, so possibly the quickest celluloid wardrobe item of Clint's post FOD. Good job stumping us, Gant.

How about a lack of wardrobe?  Clint's birthday suit is the next one we're looking for.
Ok, Escape From Alcatraz?

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Not convinced. The non actors nearly ruined Gran Torino.

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Eastwood News / Re: Sully: Production Information and News
« on: September 09, 2016, 11:34:45 PM »
I have a week off work next week and was looking forward to going to see Sully. Pretty pissed off to discover it's not released here in the UK until December. :(

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The Dirty Harry Films / Re: Which movie was better?
« on: January 06, 2010, 05:01:57 AM »
Magnum Force by a looooooooooong way.

Never noticed any gay subtext in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, just a nice friendship but I saw years ago when I was more..."pure". Nowadays everything involving two good looking males, has gay overtones. Even if it isn't there, you see it :D

Agreed, I never noticed it either BUT the interesting thing about the Biskind article is that it was written in 1974, so at least he noticed it back then.

Bit of a thread revival, but I recently picked up a collection of essays by Peter "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls" Biskind. As well as including his interesting profile of Clint from Premiere in 1993, it also has a great article on the Thunderbolt & Lightfoot/Gay debate, from 1974.

Luckily, it's online too. Discuss. :)

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Re: josey wales remake
« on: June 22, 2009, 01:21:02 AM »

Did Orson Welles ever consider remaking Citizen Kane?

Probably. But he would have been drunk at the time.

Remaking Josey Wales would be as bad as remaking Shane.

Oh wait, Clint did that with Pale Rider...  ;)

Trivia Games / Re: A-Z of Eastwood.
« on: June 18, 2009, 06:38:50 AM »
Red Astrachan

When I was at school a friend and I used to write and perform little songs together to fend off boredom at lunchtime. One of the songs we did was about Star Trek, and back in 1996 we made a little home recording of it.

I decided to make a video for it and stick it on youtube. Please bear in mind that this was basically an affectionate, if irreverant look at Trek from two fans who were schoolkids at the time.  :)

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