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General Discussion / Re: What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: October 25, 2019, 08:30:17 AM »
Sharon is underrated. She did a great job in psycological drama Scissors (1991) and Streets of Blood, also she is extremely charismatic.

General Discussion / Re: What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: October 23, 2019, 07:25:01 AM »
According to her biography, Sharon Stone was offered the part but turned it down because she thought that it wasn’t important enough.

Really?? I didn't know that. I liked Rene Russo but Sharon would have been great.

General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Clint
« on: May 30, 2019, 08:00:13 AM »
What a nice picture, SK, it's a merging, right?

Happy Birthday, Mr. Eastwood :smitten:

Eastwood News / Re: What’s next for Clint ?
« on: February 18, 2019, 07:58:32 AM »
This may sound weird but I'd like Clint played an exorcist priest.

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Reviews and Features in the Media
« on: February 16, 2019, 08:08:24 AM »
There are a lot of them here, but I chose only those two reviews on The Mule. I translated just part of the first one for thinking it most significant.

The Mule works lika a mix of everything that was school to the director passing through all the elements found in many of his works e mixing all personality characteristics of his roles through of his career (joker, tough, smart, fair-minded, womanizer, emotional). Exactly because of that, The Mule is the perfect goodbye (which we hope isn't true) of this true legend.

This other one below is very bad and unfair, I think.

The inevitable fail is announced as soon as the script, based in true story try of Leo Sharp, try to create a parallel between James Stewart and Eastwood persona. Just for knowing a little about the career of the star of Vertigo to see the impossibility of the project: the first is the archetype of the good man that fights to  reverse the crisis he went through and comes up like a bittersweet hero at the end; the other is the Man with no Name, a cold-blooded gunslinger.

Therefore, much as all secondary characteres that Earl meet on his way as a transporter of cocaine make efforts to convince us of the similarities between the essences of those two stars, this a task doomed to fail. Because we got very little to believe in the goodness of the protagonist of The Mule. Because after all, the florist is someone that made a big mistake, that ran to the drugs traffic to try to recover his home and that way, contributed to the industry of narcotraffic.

All the subplot that involve the characteres is totally irrelevant and doens't help that narrative bow of the character. Among the police persecutions and personal dramas, the plot of the movie gets over filled.

Eastwood that was never a subtle movie maker, lost himself completely trying to creat a transition between a road movie, a crime suspense, a family drama and a displaced comedy. For not picking only one of the narrattives, for not accepting the thriller nature of the project, underestimating solid and catchy performances of the agents played by Bradley Cooper and Michael Pena, he shows that his Gran Torino days are definitely in the past.

This mismatch only add to the deception caused by this hybrid, that rips laughs is wrong moments_ the scenes in which Earl interrupts his way to give car advices to a black family and to a group of lesbian motorcyclists are embarrassing and despite the good intentions of both sequences in treat the character like a tolerant old citizen.

About the technical aspects, Eastwood didn't loose the rhythm and the capacity of direct a movie. Despite all, The Mule doens't make any mistakes in this area.The edition and photography give the correct visual and pace to the picture and all the supporting cast filled with names like Andy Garcia and Laurence Fishburne make the possible to save the endeavor. And this is the point. If werent the ethical issues of the picture— Eastwood doesn't seem to understand that Earl is a criminal, independent of his motivations, in trying to turn him into a hero—the project wouldn't need to be rescued from itself. But all The Mule want is makes us sympathize with a villain without never see him with a minimum of critical sense.

Any self respected antagonist must seduce in a certain way, the audience. In Earl case, this ambiguity is never built: the script tell us that we just must have consideration and empathy for the protagonist just for the fact he is a old man victim of the circumstances_something that he clearly is not. By the way, Eastwood, this model of vegenful cowboy, would need to effort much more as an actor to convince us that he is merely helpless.

With an inexplicable obsession for cell phones and way too much didactic dialogues ,The Mule sounds like an attempt of his star of redeem himself of Blondie's crimes. It's like if Eastwood was trying to prove that his reviewers are wrong and his ideas have changed. However the world vision of the filmmaker seems to keep intact even if mascared like the insane party in Mexico shows: everything remains the same, after all. He can recognize he made mitakes but he can't be more than a draft of James Stwart.

And that's ok because Eastwwod is Eastwood despite all problematic statements of his personal life: he is a Hollywood star and doesn't need to try to be something he is not, especially for being fundamentally the anti James Stewart. To exercise his abilities as a movie maker to the maximum, the actor needs a solid script and the story of Leo Sharp had all pontencial for that. Here, however, the responsible for master pieces like Mystic River, Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby lost himself. The Mule is probably one of worst Eastwood movies.


I watched The Mule last night. As always I'm the last one to watch and you must have commented everything possible already so I don't think I have much to add. I went to a talkative friend that distracted me a lot during the movie so I intend to watch it again... alone >:(

What a crazy character. I remember have seen something similar only in White Hunter Black Heart maybe a little in True Crime but this one beat all of them. I love when Clint play characters like that, I love the bohemian personality of Earl, I love the way he dances and sings and he sings a lot ;D As soon as I finish here, I'm posting on the thread reviews and one of them is very harsh, the reviewer says The Mule is the worst Clint movie which I don't agree at all. I'm not a movie critic, I watch movies for fun and I had fun watching The Mule, I didn't go to judge the character. I confess I don't like something that is very regular in Clint movies, extensive dialogues and weepy drama families but apart from that I love the movie and it is now among my favorite ones. :)

I don't think there is spoilers on this but chose to post here.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: February 08, 2019, 08:06:40 AM »
Not a movie but a serie. I lost account how many times this has been aired here.

The Thorn Birds

When I saw on tv last week I couldn't resist and I am watching it again. When I watched many, many years ago I thought Meggie as a child very Sidney Penny look alike but I dont know where I took from it couldn't be her. But it is! Its amazing, the same cute face, just little smaller. Two years later she would be with Clint in Pale Rider. And her character was called Meggie too. And Clint played a preacher and Richard Chamberlain played a priest and she fell in love with both! Am I missing something?? Was she casted in Pale Rider on purpose?? Anyway I dont know what is so appealling in The Thorn Birds. it is a oversentimental melodrama but the serie just dont age and never fail to make me cry. I'm loving watch this again. Wonderful Richard Chamberlain.

Eastwood News / Re: RIP Michel Legrand
« on: January 26, 2019, 12:48:07 PM »
Weird, I was with the tv turned on when the reportage was been aired but I'm sure the reporter mentioned Clint. So it was Breezy. Legrand was French and collaborated with the likes of Orson Welles, Jean Cocteau, Frank Sinatra and Edith Piaf.

Eastwood News / RIP Michel Legrand
« on: January 26, 2019, 10:03:49 AM »
I just saw on tv news that musician Michel Legrand passed away. I am posting here because they mentioned Clint. Have Mr. Legrand composed scores for Clint movies? Which ones? :(

Eastwood News / Re: RIP Sondra Locke
« on: January 16, 2019, 07:03:17 AM »
I didn't know about that. So sad. I also think she was in a lot of Clint movies, in Bronco Billy could have been another actress. A long long time I watched a movie on tv called The Seducers/Death Game, a kind of trash movie but she was very convincing in it.
Rest in peace, Sondra :(

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: To Catch A Thief (1955)
« on: January 08, 2019, 07:49:40 AM »
I watched it again. The girl I was referring to previously isn't brunette, is blond, just a darker tone than Grace Kelly. It's    
Brigitte Auber and I still love her character. I thought the movie boring this time and fast forwarded a lot of parts and Grace Kelly isn't all that. :-\ I think Ingrid Bergamn and Tippi Hedren are much more interesting than her.

Feliz Ano Novo! First day of the year, guys! Today is big day here, it's inauguration of our new president Jair Bolsonaro. I voted him and hope he will be good for us. Jair is a retired officer and admire so much men that had military careers. I may be crazy but he reminds me of Clint maybe because of the officer roles he played. :D

Happy Ney Year. Wish the best for all of us.

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: To Catch A Thief (1955)
« on: December 31, 2018, 07:24:03 AM »
I have this one but it has been a long time I watched it. For what I remember Grace Kelly is gorgeous as always but in my opinion was a brunette girl who stole the show. She is so smart and funny. I'll watched it again to see if I've changed my mind. :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Favourite YouTubes of the Moment
« on: December 28, 2018, 07:23:56 AM »
Has anyone watched full length films on youtube?

I watch a lot. There aren't many of Hitchcock ones, I'm sure The Paradine Case they have and the quality is good.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Popular Films You've Never Seen
« on: December 28, 2018, 07:20:35 AM »
Close your eyes and try to imagine the scene, song included.
Just try....

No way :D

Jokes aside, the movie is breathtaking. :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Popular Films You've Never Seen
« on: December 27, 2018, 11:56:13 AM »
About the song, I agree with you ;)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Popular Films You've Never Seen
« on: December 27, 2018, 08:04:15 AM »
antonis and Gant, why do say you have seen Titanic "unfortunately"? Do you think it was so bad? ???

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Popular Films You've Never Seen
« on: December 26, 2018, 05:52:39 AM »
It's so good to know I'm not alone, you guys describe my feelings exactly. :D I have never seen any of Lord of the Rings (tried to start the first one boooring) or Avatar, Star Wars...

But the one I was "sacrificed" because I didn't want to watch at that time, it was Ghost. I hate when a movie is over rated or too exalted, I always question if it is really all that.  It was a excitment when Ghost came up, you were considered weird or an alien if you hadn't watched but nothing about the movie appealed to me neither the cast nor the story. I remember at that time I went to the rent store (it was still the time of the rent stores ;D) to rent The Rookie and the owner offered me Ghost instead. I coldly answered "No" :buck2: After a lot time I decided to take a look and still today I don't understand all the commotion about it.

Christmas is a beautiful time, the world gets all lighted and decorated but I always feel melancholic and emotional this time of the year. It doesn't help five days later we have another holiday and a new year beginning. This always get me tense or sad, it's like time you need to think what you have done in the past year and what you will do in the next. It's a time to reflection. Family use to travel to the country and I never want to go and prefer to stay by myself. While you were sleeping is my favorite movie for those days because I feel as lonely as the character of the movie. :buck2:

General Discussion / Re: What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: December 22, 2018, 07:28:31 AM »

Funny thing is, Gant only “thinks in Russian” once, the other pilot commands from him are verbal.

I don’t recall wondering in prior viewings how strange it was that Gant was running from a U.S. military helicopter, surely he recognized it... Of course, his PTSD could’ve been triggered by the sudden appearance of the copter.  I can’t remember if that’s explained in the novel.  I enjoyed reading it and the sequel, Firefox Down!, very much. 

Still, it was nice revisiting this film again.  I would edit it to make it tighter, more suspenseful.  30-40 minutes could easily be scrapped.

Had I sat down to watch this movie straight on from beginning to end, I’d have dozed off.  It was perfect having it on as I wrapped Christmas presents.  Firefox was the very first ticket I’d bought for a large screen Eastwood movie and for that reason it’s special to me even though it’s not a favorite. 

It was a nice walk down memory lane.

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Firefox has always been one of my favorite. First time watched it, I watched the whole movie with no interruptions also it helps I watched with my father that kept me more interested through the movie. :)

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