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Thanks, Perry.  Iíd definitely be interested in seeing that.

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General Discussion / Space Cowboys 20 Year Anniversary
« on: Yesterday at 09:10:22 PM »
This film has one of my favorite Eastwood movie quotes:  ďClockís ticking, Bob, and Iím only getting older.Ē  When I first heard about Space Cowboys, it was rumored that Jack Nicholson and Sean Connery weíre going to costar with Clint.  That wouldíve been interesting, but Donald Sutherland, James Garner and Tommy Lee Jones rounded out the cast perfectly.  Sutherland had worked with Eastwood thirty years before, in Kellyís Heroes.  Clint had also worked with James Garner as well, having appeared in an episode of Maverick.

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Clintís first movie of the 1990ís had limited release, but I was determined and found myself seeking it out at a cinema in Boston.  This character study reminded me of Honkytonk Man and like that film, I didnít enjoy it.  At least, not right away.  I enjoyed the book by Peter Viertel very much, though.  Iíve yet to see the movie it was based on, The African Queen.  My initial reaction to Clintís character, John Wilson, losing a fistfight was negative.  I smile now, when I think of how I reacted then.  Seeing it now makes me appreciate and enjoy it.  Wilsonís verbal reaction to his loss was funny and for the first time I laughed. 

I remember the publicity about The Rookie around the time of itsí release.  I thought it was cool that Charlie Sheen would be teaming up with Eastwood.  After having been disappointed with Pink Cadillac and White Hunter Black Heart, I was looking forward to something good.  At the conclusion of The Rookie, I was indifferent.  I was a little concerned, confused, even.  Was this strike three on Clint Eastwood movies for me?  I was questioning my loyalty as a fan.  Coincidentally, the year before I was let down by Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.  Three bad films in a row by Eastwood didnít help.  In Star Trek, redemption was delivered by the original series cast swan song in 1991.  It would be twenty months after the release of The Rookie for salvation to come my way when Unforgiven was released.

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I first saw Bronco Billy on cable tv.  I was fortunate to see Any Which Way You Can at the cinema with my friend, Mike.

Bronco Billy is okay.  If anything, itís interesting to pick out actors that have performed with Clint before, such as Geoffrey Lewis, Sondra Locke, William Prince, Bill McKinney, Sam Bottoms, Dan Vadis, Walter Barnes, Doug McGrath, Woodrow Parfrey and Hank Worden.  The humor is not effective, very lighthearted.

Unusual for a sequel, Any Which Way You Can is better than itsí predecessor.  Unlike Bronco Billy, the story flows nicely and comedy is on point.  Every Which Way But Loose proved the naysayers wrong when it came to Clint doing a comedy and this film hammered the point home.

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I had the opportunity to watch the rest of the ďAnniversaryĒ films over the last few days.   Like Invictus last year, I skipped Hereafter.  I didnít expect to finish so soon, but a window of opportunity presented itself and I took advantage. 

I began revisiting Clint Eastwoodís films in this manner in 2014, the 50 year anniversary of his first major starring role in A Fistful Of Dollars.  Looking ahead, I notice that next year there are half the amount of movies that fall into the anniversary category than there those that did this year; three films in 1971 and one in 2011.  Itíll be interesting to see what new projects come our way by 2024. 

There are a number of them I have come to appreciate more over the years even before I began this labor of love six years ago.  Since then, 2014, the notable standouts have been Pale Rider, Where Eagles Dare, Two Mules For Sister Sara and Kellyís Heroes. 

I may try to revisit Play Misty For Me and The Beguiled again before next year.  I canít remember the last time Iíve seen them.  After having watched White Hunter, Black Heart again I want to see African Queen.

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Questions & Answers / Correction ?
« on: Yesterday at 07:00:27 PM »
Is this something that could/should be amended?

I just noticed something that, with Gran Torino, makes the first comment on these films outdated.  Walt Kowalski is the third character to die in an Eastwood movie. 

Curious, thereís no mention of Walt Kowalskiís death here.

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For the first time after viewing these again recently, I came away enjoying them very much.  So much so, that I look forward to seeing them again.  Another first.   After becoming a fan, I sought out all of Eastwoodís films but didnít care for these upon first viewing.  Even this time around, it took a second viewing of each to finally appreciate and fully enjoy them.

After first recent viewing of Two Mules For Sister Sara I thought, ďWell, at least Don Siegel did a better western with Flaming Star.Ē  Iím glad I gave it another chance so soon.  I enjoyed watching the interaction between Eastwood and MacLaine.  They have good moments individually and together. 

The best part of Kellyís Heroes is the ensemble cast.  My favorite character is Big Joe.  Telly Savalas plays him perfectly in every scene.  Whereas I used to find this film long, drawn out and boring I now enjoy watching the story unfold from opening credits to the end. 


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General Discussion / Re: Favorite Clint Eastwood Movies of the 2010s
« on: January 14, 2020, 06:53:57 PM »
Of the 2010ís, my favorites:

Trouble With The Curve
The Mule

Number one for me here is The Mule.  I enjoyed it so much I went to see it on the big screen three times. 

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Here are my favorite Eastwood films of the 2000ís:

Space Cowboys
Million Dollar Baby
Gran Torino

Out of these three, Gran Torino is the best.  It is quintessential Eastwood, a new character with little pieces of various others heís portrayed over his long career.

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Out of his films released in the 90ís, these are my favorites:

In The Line Of Fire
The Bridges Of Madison County
Absolute Power
True Crime

I enjoy revisiting all of these from time to time, but Unforgiven tops the list for this decade.  A great tour de force and truly a western film masterpiece.

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These are my favorites from the 80ís:

Any Which Way You Can
Pale Rider

With the exception of Bird, I do enjoy the rest of his output from this decade but theyíre not favorites.

Pale Rider tops my list of 80ís favorites, something Iíd never thought Iíd even consider, much less saying.  Upon viewing it again on the 30th anniversary of itís release... I loved it!  I found myself watching it repeatedly throughout the summer of 2015. 

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General Discussion / Your favorite Clint Eastwood movies of the 1970s
« on: January 14, 2020, 06:21:15 PM »
Itís not on my list, but Two Mules For Sister Sara was released in 1970.

My favorite Eastwood films of the 70ís are:

Dirty Harry
High Plains Drifter
The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Enforcer
Every Which Way But Loose
Escape From Alcatraz

Listed chronologically, I consider these to be his best of the decade.  I do enjoy Magnum Force but it comes in just under the radar in comparison to what I consider favorites.

Dirty Harry tops this list for me.  As great a character as The Man With No Name the previous decade.

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Just an FYI, Two Mules For Sister Sara was released in 1970.

As for the 60ís, my favorites are the Leone Trilogy followed by Hang ĎEm High.  The top film for me is The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. 

Ever since seeing Eastwood as The Man With No Name, I became a fan of the three westerns he did with Sergio Leone.  To me, there are no better westerns.  It took some time to warm up to Hang ĎEm High, but itís among my favorites of the decade.

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General Discussion / Re: What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: January 14, 2020, 03:59:25 PM »
Four more years of ďAnniversaryĒ films to go.  In 2014 I began with the 50th anniversary of A Fistful Of Dollars, followed by Clintís movies released each following decade thereafter; 40th, 30th and so on where applicable. 

So here we are, another year and decade.  Continuing in chronological order, I revisited Two Mules For Sister Sara and Kellyís Heroes.  I made the mistake of being distracted and became impatient, finding myself not wanting to finish watching them. 

Afterwards, my thought was to continue on to the next anniversary decade with Bronco Billy and Any Which Way You Can.  Instead, I decided to rewatch these two.

I am so glad I did!  With an opened mind I enjoyed them more than ever.  I donít recall the last time Iíve seen these, but I do believe I came away enjoying them.  The difference between then and now is that for the first time, I look forward to watching them again, whenever that may be. 


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Off-Topic Discussion / The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
« on: January 03, 2020, 06:37:42 AM »
Thanks, Matt, I appreciate your compliment and help. 🙂

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What Was The Last DVD You Bought ?
« on: January 02, 2020, 09:32:04 AM »
I purchased this as a gift for an uncle.  Definitely a good series, even though Cruise is a Scientologist Moron. 

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: January 02, 2020, 09:20:28 AM »
Don Larsen, the Only Pitcher to Throw a World Series Perfect Game, Dies at 90

God Bless, Rest In Peace

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Off-Topic Discussion / 2019 Movie Discussion
« on: January 02, 2020, 06:54:05 AM »

Very good.  Tina & I enjoyed this very much.  I may see it a second time but damn, ticket prices are so frikiní expensive!  Youíd think with people staying home more due to easier access to movies there that ticket prices would come down.  Well, whatever.  I still enjoy going too much to discontinue altogether but donít see myself attending as much as I have been lately.  The next one Iím looking forward to is the newest James Bond film.

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‪Red Reflections, January 2, 2020 atRiverís Edge in Medford, MA

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