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Great topic ! I gradually became a fan thanks to countless TV reruns. But the real turning point was discovering Clint Eastwood as a director in 1995  with his 3 masterpieces Unforgiven, A Perfect World and Bridges of Madison County.
But I only discovered it at the cinema when I was 27, with Blood Work lol

I disagree that the "Irishman" is a piece of crap movie as well, but it was objectively far too long, at 3.5 hours. It also had an extremely slow pace, which combined with its 3.5 hour runtime, made it feel even slower. It should have been a maximum of 2.5 hours. There was also comparatively very little action that moved the plot forward during the film, another reason the film should have been much shorter. Additionally, there was absolutely no reason to spend $200 million on it. The digital de-aging technology was not convincing. The actors appeared younger, in an artificial way, but the body movements were consistent with a much older person, so watching it felt distracting. It would have been much cheaper, and made for a better film, had younger actors been chosen to play the characters in their younger years, while having Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, etc portray the characters in scenes which were closer to their own age. I think the film was well made for the most part, but it could have been a much better movie given the talent behind it.

I agree with your criticism about Irish Man, even if i liked it a lot. I think it's a perfect conclusion to Scorcese mafia movies as Unforgiven was for Eastwood westerns.
If WB wants to reduce box office risks with Eastwood movies, they Just have to reduce its budget. I always thought that Clint movies are better with a simple and effective script. He always be happy to direct movies, even small ones.
But please, let him keep making adult movies, not Marvel ones or silly blockbusters.,he's not Kenneth Brannagh... Lol

Other Studios ?For how long ? Amazon owns MGM since 2021, 20th century fox is owned by Disney since 2019... All of  them are focused nearly exclusively  on streaming since Covid emptied movies theaters...
And look at the Us 2022 box office:

Frightening, the  Top 3 movies(all Super heroes movies..) made as money as the sum of all other top 100 grosses !!! My favorite movies of the year, Licorice Pizza from P. T Anderson only made 11 millions dollars ! Jesus, where is the place for talented Director's movies ?! Hopefully, Eastwood is still popular but he needs a hit and quickly. Don't forget he was close of exit at the end of the 80's after some bombs at box-office, Unforgiven saved his ass lol

I agree with AKA23, a bit more control from WB is not necessarily a bad thing. We saw it with my other hero made in WB, Prince.
But I'm more pessimistic, visionnary  and cultured movies producers are gone from a long time(since 1980s  according many Great Directors).
Financials took progressively control of many entertaining sectors, soccer for instance in Europe. They don't care about creativity or long term building, they want a quick return on investment.
In France, it's different, movies Producers finance   small movies with  money earned with  successful Big movies. More, small movies benefit from gouvernemental financial assistance to preserve and promote french movies industry. Anyway, if  one day, Clint  fails to  fund his movies(i hope not) , many  european would be happy to produce him. We did it before(Jules Dassin, Joseph Losey, Orson Welles, Chaplin...)

Eastwood News / Re: Clint Eastwood’s next project
« on: January 04, 2022, 10:13:00 AM »
Eastwood has his own way, but as I said, he is a nonagenarian  man., so he should taking in account that fact. Nick Schenk, as good as screenwriter he is, didn't succeed in turning Clint in a 50 years old man...

Personally, I'm fed up with Real stories but once again, he proved me wrong with The Mule and Richard Jewell... So Clint, do whatever you want, i will always go to movie theater watching your movies :-)

Eastwood News / Re: Clint Eastwood’s next project
« on: January 02, 2022, 06:46:46 PM »
Officially, no project has been announced yet.
A project on lawyer Clarence Darrow seems to be in pre-production but nothing is sure.
During the last years, Clint was used to shoot his films in late spring/summer or in fall.

What kind of films do you want Clint to make ?
Would you like to see him as an actor again ?

-action movie or thriller(short,harsh,dry as a bone)
-No thanks,don't wake up the mexican retired man >:D

Eastwood News / Re: Clint Eastwood’s next project
« on: January 01, 2022, 04:00:08 PM »
I would have loved seeing Betty White playing with Clint, she was absoluteky  fantastic and hilarious as Catherine Piper in Boston Legal tv show :D

I Just watched Cry Macho grosses in France, 2nd best entrance this week for a new movie,not bad... but 5  times less than the first one, a french movies with a popular french actress.And critics were mixed to positive here, not like in U. S.

So do I. But don't worry, as director, he's far from be over. Don't forget that portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira  finished his Last feature at 104 years old and his Last short movies at 106,the year of his death...
Eastwood is still a young guy ;D

Totally and you forgot to mention that it is the same actor, Clint Eastwood. I think that the most autobiographical movie is The Mule but this trilogy is  Eastwood's reflection on his own life, accomplissements and misses:what do i want now ? What did i do wrong ?! How could i correct my errors ?
And the trigger of all his questions is his near future death, he wants to be at peace with himself, which seems logical with his way of life.:he was his own Master all th? way...Maybe he prepares us  too to his end: hey guys, I'm  not an hero anymore, I'm old now, i Will retire soon to live my Last days  with my loved ones, thanks for your support... It was a hell of a ride !

Even if Cry Macho is far from perfect, i really believe it was his last appearance as actor, the ending was unambiguous :'(

You're welcome..i think that american critics are way too harsh whis the movie. It's a gentle movie with bad casting(Dwight Yoakam is barely average too) . Strangely, casting director is the same since four movies, so such an error is unexplainable... Eastwood will lose a lot of Money with this one  and it's partially justified, script is awkard too.

I love Eastwood acting but i really think he should retire from screen or, at least, adapt his character to  his advanced age.He's  a great grandfather, he has just to play a sarcastic, fun or beloved one.Punching a 35 years old Man, come on...  ;DThe offset beetween his character and his physical shape is too large now and i really fear to see him losing his acting on screen, it would be such an humiliation... Eastwood knows  his actor career is on the end, that's why we  saw him twice in a couple of  years, it's  a swan song...  :'(

Cowboys hide to die ...

I'm coming out movies theatre, nice movie: D What is indeed fascinating is the incredible freedom and conviction of Eastwood, who gives us a film with a totally outdated and anachronistic subject ...: shock:
In the majestic intro (splendid photo and scope), Eastwood seems to gently mock his legendary status, revealing himself at the last minute. And Eastwood's limping gait, as in The Mule, makes my heart twinge. The film starts badly, with an arrival in Mexico and the meeting with an alcoholic milf on the return, who openly flirt with our nonagenarian. Ouch. We are far from the sympathetic portrait of the bosses of The Mule ...
It does not get better with the discovery of the kid to be recovered, an unbearable kid in his skin, straight out of acting school(big casting error, rare from Eastwood). And gradually, everything returns to order: in contact with Eastwood, the kid settles down and plays more naturally, the arrival in the village community brings a human warmth, always dear to Eastwood  (Bronco Billy , Every Which way but loose... )
Place of the community in human well-being, sense of mutual aid, simplicity of essential needs (love, friendship, family) nothing new under the sun, therefore, but it is always put forward with exemplary sincerity. We can note perhaps a sober and welcome comment, on religious identity today and this observation that as we get older, we do not know more.
Eastwood continues, without deviating, to take stock of his life, also evoking the ghosts of the past: a disturbing Dwight Yoakam dressed like Michael Cimino, the form of the road movie, the americana of  Honky Tonk man. When I left the room, Mike Milo reminded me of an appeaased William Munny, who after having mourned his wife, would have decided to enjoy life again ... at 91 years old: D

 Flawed and minor work but which enriches the popular and endearing part of the Eastwood filmography.

6.5 / 10

Ps:  Mancina's soundtrack is very good, sober, and perfectly suited to this Mexican road movie: wink:. I thought I also gave a nod from Eastwood to Arturo Sandoval, via a map of a building bearing his name ...

From the list, Dirty Harry for sure(Great cinematography from Don Siegel and fantastic music)  and Unforgiven(never seen in a  movie theater...) :'(
Outside the list, for the cinemascope and great action, The Gauntlet and Palerider :D

And shame on you Aka23 !!! Bridges of Madison County not one of your favorite ? I know why, you' re ashamed to be seen crying in public...   ;D ;)

Eastwood News / Re: CRY MACHO: Production Information and News
« on: October 04, 2021, 04:09:38 AM »
Hahaha, whatever... ;-)

Eastwood News / Re: CRY MACHO: Production Information and News
« on: October 03, 2021, 02:31:29 PM »

   Pauline Kael was Schrader's mentor= which explains a lot......

An interesting article from an admirer of Eastwood And Kael ;D

Anyway, I'm french and  too "young" to have read Kael's articles(She retired in 1991).

Love/hate relationships  beetween artists and critics is old as prostitution, so... Who cares ?  ;)

Eastwood News / Re: CRY MACHO: Production Information and News
« on: October 01, 2021, 05:15:19 PM »
Paul Schrader is a great director, who made a few bad movies too. I'm not offensed by his movie review. First, movie directors are often the weakest movie critics, with a lot of ego and personal conflits with others directors.
Second, all directors failed at least one time, Eastwood included. The 15:17 to Paris was  only three years ago and i really doubt Cry Macho could be worst.. I hope ;D
The chances that Eastwood bombs three-four times successively at box-office to jeopardize his career is nearly  inexistent. The man is a Survivor so Just relax, go watching the movie  and if you don't like it, move on.  ;)
Jeeezzz, still one month to wait in France...  :D

Eastwood News / Re: Clint Eastwood suing several CBD companies
« on: September 11, 2021, 11:12:01 AM »
 ;D O0

Eastwood News / Re: Clint Eastwood suing several CBD companies
« on: September 07, 2021, 04:49:25 PM »
Because Dirty Harry is part of american pop culture, punk.  ;)

Eastwood News / Re: CRY MACHO: Production Information and News
« on: September 07, 2021, 04:46:47 PM »
The official running time of Cry Macho is 104 min... 1h 44min.

2 minutes longer than "Play Misty for Me" and "Dirty Harry."  102min
1 minute shorter than "High  Plains Drifter" and "The  Beguiled."  105min

Yep, that's my boy. Accurate, concise, old school formed O0 Jizzzzz, many actual Hollywood Directors need  at least 2 hours to make an.. Action movie !!!

Enjoy his movies, friends, it won't Last forever :'(

Eastwood News / Re: CRY MACHO: Production Information and News
« on: September 03, 2021, 05:57:43 AM »
Great story Hocine ! The man produced  The Godfather and Million Dollar Baby,give him a star on Hollywood walk of fame ! Gentlemen, another oscar on the way  :D

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