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Eastwood News / Re: An upcoming project for Clint ?
« on: May 17, 2021, 10:25:45 AM »
I had indeed noted this fact while watching the wiki page on Clarence Darrow. I like Kevin Spacey but I doubt he wants to take the same role, even black listed) and especially that Eastwood would jeopardize his career (he loves filming and he has  still 10-15 years of career at most).
In addition, Clarence Darrow was 75 years old at the time of the incident. I would have liked to see actors like Morgan Freeman or Denzel Washington, who impose a kind of wisdom. This would further complicate the scenario (a black lawyer who defends a white family accused of the murder of a young "black" man) but we would move away from the historical truth.
Mark Ruffalo would be perfect but he's too young. Tom Hanks too, but he has worked with Eastwood before. Strangely, I would like to see Michael Douglas, who has definitely convinced me recently as an actor: he is wonderful in Wonder Boys by Curtis Hanson and My life with Liberace by Soderbergh ! : D

But i would love to see Pacino or De Niro too :-)

Eastwood News / Re: Jersey Boys: Production Information and News
« on: March 30, 2021, 02:38:29 PM »
Interesting interview. I think also that Jersey Boys was a missed opportunity for Clint, but not for the same reasons. Jersey Boys should have been a   real musical, like classical ones. End of the movie gave me a lot of regrets, same when he passed on  A star is born... I would have loved to see Clint embrace this golden era of American film history and prove once again he can direct any kind of movie.

But Frankie Valli's idea is good, let's hope he Will succeed in his project.

Eastwood News / Re: RIP Bertrand Tavernier
« on: March 30, 2021, 02:18:31 PM »
Right, Tavernier was also a jazz lover like Eastwood :-) His wife even wrote recently a biography about Dexter Gordon.

Eastwood News / Re: RIP Bertrand Tavernier
« on: March 26, 2021, 05:59:41 AM »
Thanks for this topic Honkytonkman !  O0 Bertrand Tavernier's death is a big loss for French movie and french movies lovers. He was the most scholar and passionnate movie critic in France. But a very humble on, who don't hesitate to quote amateur articles. His documentary My Journey Through French Cinema(DVD available in US) is an inspiring one. ? real movie lover :D.
He is as important as director, with a lot of accointances with Clint Eastwood :Classic directing which disappears behind story, humanism., eclectism...
He loved  American movies, his book 50 years of American film(never translate in english, but i saw a spanish one on Amazon) is ? bible verre for many. He even loved Americain movies so much that he directed one, the great  2009 In The Electric Mist, with Tommy Lee Jones, adapted from  James Lee Burke novel.

Nearly all his movies are good, my beloved ones are his social thematic ones as L627(on french police misery), It all Starts today(same misery impact but on nursery school)  and historical ones:  Capitaine Conan on ruthless world war one on Balkans(an unknown episode)  and Coup de Torchon, a ferocious  description of French  colonists in africa(adapted from
Pop. 1280,a Jim Thompson Novel) . And many more...

A big loss, indeed...  :'(

Eastwood News / Re: CRY MACHO: Production Information and News
« on: March 23, 2021, 07:00:26 PM »
I'm confident in the movie because of  screenwriter Nick Schenk(Gran Torino, The Mule) and, thanks god, it's not a real story again.
Of course, some ones were pretty good movies(Sully, The Mule)  or very good ones(Richard Jewell, American Sniper) but i was fed up with,personnaly.I think that original stories or novel adaptations are more creative, Reality can be boring sometimes.

Let's face it,  Clint is very old, we don't know for how many years  he will be able to direct,...  :-[ I hope he Will spend his last directing years to beloved projects and/or never achieved ones(if he got one of those)   O0

 And for christ sake, a Last western, even if many consider Unforgiven  unsurpassed(rightfully) ...  :D

Eastwood News / Re: CRY MACHO: Production Information and News
« on: March 10, 2021, 07:59:10 AM »
Hocine, about Eastwood's lazyness, "je plaisante is" :p As James Brown , he's the hardest working man in showbusiness ;)You're surely right about the pandemic, Clint had to adapt to it.
I'm sure Bocina is competent but talented? I don't know his work.i'm not worried about the score because Music is discreet in recent  Eastwood movies. I love his homemade musical patterns but, for me, the last great original  soundtrack  was Lalo Schifrin's Sudden impact.
Lennie Niehaus work was adequate, no more, I prefer his jazz albums.

Eastwood News / Re: CRY MACHO: Production Information and News
« on: March 06, 2021, 12:39:17 PM »
Yes, this is the first time that Mark Mancina works for Clint.
Mancina composed the music of Speed, Bad Boys, Twister and Training Day.
He worked for some Disney films like Tarzan or Moana.
According to Wikipedia, Mark Mancina lives in Carmel.

Carmel? Haha, Clint is becoming lazy, he probably meets Mancina each weekend at the supermarket  ;D
I don't blame him, he's 90... ;)
Well, I will regret Sandoval too, but it will be a challenge for Mancina after all those blockbusters. I hope he will not forget it will be an intimate movie. If not, Clint will reminds him of it :knuppel2:

Eastwood News / Re: RIP Ennio Morricone
« on: July 06, 2020, 05:59:03 AM »
Very sad news...  :'( He was a big part of the launching of Eastwood' s career, with his scoring of Men with no name trilogy.  :smitten:

My regret is he never worked  with director Eastwood...

Addendum:ah, I found this about the reason why

Movie Night / Re: The Gauntlet Movie Night, Saturday May 2, 2020
« on: May 01, 2020, 05:10:59 AM »
Sorry guys but I  won't be joining this Movie night... :'(
Maybe next time. Have fun!  ;)

Movie Night / Re: Movie night
« on: April 27, 2020, 04:03:11 AM »
No, first time :)

Movie Night / Re: Movie night
« on: April 26, 2020, 11:44:03 AM »
I'm in! I'm GMT +2(Paris).we'll see if I'll have something interesting to say about it lol

Eastwood News / Re: Clint Eastwood’s next project
« on: March 13, 2020, 02:09:58 PM »
Or Maybe it's about a retired Magnum P. I ... Clint  with  Hawaiian shirt and Moustache, can't wait!!!  ;D

Eastwood News / Re: Clint Eastwood’s next project
« on: March 13, 2020, 10:12:00 AM »
Wasn’t there a nuclear bomb scare in Hawaii a few years back? Everyone got a text message that one of the islands was going to be hit in less than ten minutes.

Maybe that’s Clint’s next film?

I don't think you have enough material to make a good movie with this.
By the way, on the subject of nuclear bomb crazyness, we've already had two masterpieces:Sidney Lumet's Fail-safe and Kubrick's How I learned to love the bomb..  :D
I hope it's not his next movie because we saw the result of poor material with 15:17 to Paris...  :(

Thanks AKA23 :-)

In France we had a big controversy, which still lasts, around Roman Polanski's latest film, "J'accuse". But his film was a big success in France.
  These are two very similar films, with one criticism against traditional media, using old cases to calm the game.
They perfectly reflect our era, when the traditional media (wrongly in my opinion) have lost the confidence of citizens in the profits of social networks.
Ironically, it was these same social networks that did a lot of harm to these two films ...
American Sniper, sold as a stupidly patriotic film (which it is not) is actually more unifying than Jewell, an intimate film at the time of the triumphant blockbuster.

You're welcome.  :) It's sad to see that this great movie didn't find its audience. Do you think that the controversy around Olivia Wilde character really hurt the movie?


The Richard Jewell Case (2020)

With this 4th film in a row on ordinary American heroes (after the interlude La Mule), one could legitimately wonder from what new angle Clint would treat his subject ...
No surprise here, we find the usual hobby of Clint's filmo, namely the individual confronted with all powerful institutions (here, the FBI and the Media). Theme already covered in Sully, where Tom Hanks opposed the American civil aviation authorities ...
What is interesting, however, is that Eastwood is focusing here on the effects of this fight on the life of the hero, who will become an absolute hell. So we go from a classic trial film in Sully to a real family drama.
The treatment of the subject, apparently classic, is at the very least astonishing ... The first part of the film paints a surprisingly unflattering portrait of the hero .: Jewell, who idealizes justice and the police, is little liked by his fellows, by his physique and especially an excessive zeal.A zeal motivated by his desire to do well ... and by an immense frustration of not being recognized. Not to mention that he lives at 33 with mom. : lol:
We have known more endearing heroes ...

The part after the attack will show other facets of Jewell, otherwise qualitative: Jewell is a loving and loved son, ready to sacrifice himself to protect his mother.
He is also faithful in friendship, so he calls to help the only person who showed him consideration, another freak, like him.
Another quality of the film is to see the credible evolution of Jewell, who begins as a fearful individual, insecure, then awkwardly expresses doubts and signs of resistance, and finally oppose him head-on. injustice and fulfill your dreams. : D
Tasty to note also that Eastwood fiercely defends the rights of the defense here, through the mention of Miranda by the lawyer for Jewell, very far from a fascist Eastwood, as some (less and less numerous) still like We are here close to the films of Capra, in particular of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
I truly admire Eastwood's unwavering belief in the individual, in his power of accomplishment. I think it's his version of the American dream: D
That said, the harassment suffered by the Jewells is absolutely unbearable for the spectator. Eastwood, by its qualities of director of actors, absolutely makes the best of a troop of remarkable actors (Bates, Rockwell and Hauser at the head).
The roles of Jon Hahm and Olivia Wilde are more ungrateful and one could criticize Clint for a certain caricature of the FBI and the media. But he shows in a few scenes that Olivia Wilde is little appreciated by her colleagues because pushy. Nevertheless, I find her tears and her repentance not very credible, as added at the last minute to calm the controversy.
Ditto for the FBI, which desperately applies to find a culprit sticking to its profile of chosen terrorist, whereas Jewell could be cleared by the evidence. The final negation of Jon Ham is it more credible, because motivated by the refusal of his humiliation. This same FBI, unable 5 years later, to thwart the September 11 attacks.
Amusing to also see that The Richard Jewell Case is the reverse mirror in 2020 of another film on an injustice, True Crime and the witness of a change of era:
In True Crime, a journalist tried hard, against the obvious, to avoid the death of a condemned man.
In Jewell, a lawyer defends the interest of an innocent man, condemned ... by a journalist. : mrgreen:
Same conclusion on the other hand, sober and elegant.
Same unjustified fate at the box office, with two commercial failures ...: cry:

In the end, a very beautiful drama, with a discreet and classy staging, great actors, removed dialogues (these people who speak like real people, p ... What it feels good!) And a very beautiful Arturo Sandoval bo.

Eastwood, as often, proves once again his sincere love for the small American people.
I finished the session with a tear in the eye, that's it ...: cry:

7.5 / 10

I didn't succeed in explaining my thoughts. ;D Warner bros  was great because it allowed Eastwood to make such personal movies.But Eastwood's  commercial and  personal movies were less successful at the end of the could have jeopardise his career.
The phenomenal success of Unforgiven  made Eastwood untouchable and  a prestigious showcase for Warner BROS.
Look at Paul Verhoeven's or samuel Fuller's careers:Hollywood drove them out',they finished their career in Europe,precisely in France ;)

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Reviews and Features in the Media
« on: January 30, 2019, 02:13:19 AM »
Thanks KC for the french reviews :-). I didn't know you talked french... ;-)


… but the partnership with the drug dealers is also, for Earl, a solid and lucrative one ; but they do not like when Earl takes a different route than he was given, or when he allows himself detours. In the same way, Warner did not appreciate at the time more personal films like "Honkytonkman" or "White Hunter, Black Heart", or "Bird", because they were moving away from the usual line of Clint, and because he was taking big financial risks. Clint even nearly left Warner after "Unforgiven", before the success of the film would change the minds of the leaders who had broken his contract.
As I remember, there was a unwritten pact with WB:one commercial movie for one more personal movie. Until Unforgiven, no other Studio would have allowed Eastwood to make movies like Bird, honky Tonk Man, etc... The commercial
 And critic's success of Unforgiven gives Eastwood more power. It gives also to WB more prestige and access to famous) international movie festivals(Cannes). It' a win-win contract.
I think that  Earl's roundabout route  simply reflects Eastwood's freedom and independence.he's his own master...
But he's old now. In his previous movies, at his physical prime, he would have killed the Mexican with his. 44 magnum ;D. It's impossible now, Eastwood accepts his age, without bitterness. Like Yoda, he became a wise man.  8)

I don't think these scenes must be taken too seriously.those are fun to watch because the age of Earl makes it highly unlikely. And as a fierce individualist, Eastwood loves to break rules.  ;D

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