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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Favorite Current TV Shows
« on: January 24, 2020, 08:14:51 AM »
Looking forward to this Jed..

I think you’ll enjoy it, Giant.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Favorite Current TV Shows
« on: January 23, 2020, 06:15:43 PM »
Only the first episode and I’m a fan already.  I I still consider the original cast tv series and movies to be the best but have been curious about this.  I think they did a very good job and look forward to seeing more.  I hope it makes up for TNG’s lackluster film series, of which First Contact was their only good one. 

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Off-Topic Discussion / The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: January 22, 2020, 06:28:10 AM »
So sad.  Just learned of this.  My brother introduced me to Monty Python when we were kids.

Terry Jones, 'Monty Python' Co-Founder and British Comedy Icon, Dies at 77

God Bless.  Rest In Peace.

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I have to amend my original post.  The only change is that I’m adding Coogan’s Bluff.  Not sure why I excluded it in the first place. 

A Fistful Of Dollars
For A Few Dollars More
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Hang ‘Em High
Coogan’s Bluff

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Thanks, Perry.  I’d definitely be interested in seeing that.

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General Discussion / Space Cowboys 20 Year Anniversary
« on: January 17, 2020, 09:10:22 PM »
This film has one of my favorite Eastwood movie quotes:  “Clock’s ticking, Bob, and I’m only getting older.”  When I first heard about Space Cowboys, it was rumored that Jack Nicholson and Sean Connery we’re going to costar with Clint.  That would’ve 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 Kelly’s Heroes.  Clint had also worked with James Garner as well, having appeared in an episode of Maverick.

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Clint’s first movie of the 1990’s 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 didn’t enjoy it.  At least, not right away.  I enjoyed the book by Peter Viertel very much, though.  I’ve yet to see the movie it was based on, The African Queen.  My initial reaction to Clint’s 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.  Wilson’s 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 its’ 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 didn’t 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, it’s 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 its’ 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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General Discussion / What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: January 17, 2020, 07:29:58 PM »
I had the opportunity to watch the rest of the “Anniversary” films over the last few days.   Like Invictus last year, I skipped Hereafter.  I didn’t expect to finish so soon, but a window of opportunity presented itself and I took advantage. 

I began revisiting Clint Eastwood’s 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.  It’ll 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 Kelly’s Heroes. 

I may try to revisit Play Misty For Me and The Beguiled again before next year.  I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen them.  After having watched White Hunter, Black Heart again I want to see African Queen.

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Questions & Answers / Correction ?
« on: January 17, 2020, 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, there’s no mention of Walt Kowalski’s 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 Eastwood’s films but didn’t 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, “Well, at least Don Siegel did a better western with Flaming Star.”  I’m 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 Kelly’s 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 2010’s, 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 2000’s:

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 he’s portrayed over his long career.

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Out of his films released in the 90’s, 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 80’s:

Any Which Way You Can
Pale Rider

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

Pale Rider tops my list of 80’s favorites, something I’d never thought I’d even consider, much less saying.  Upon viewing it again on the 30th anniversary of it’s 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 »
It’s not on my list, but Two Mules For Sister Sara was released in 1970.

My favorite Eastwood films of the 70’s 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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General Discussion / Your favorite Clint Eastwood movies of the 1960s
« on: January 14, 2020, 06:13:13 PM »
Just an FYI, Two Mules For Sister Sara was released in 1970.

As for the 60’s, my favorites are the Leone Trilogy followed by Hang ‘Em 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 ‘Em High, but it’s 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 “Anniversary” films to go.  In 2014 I began with the 50th anniversary of A Fistful Of Dollars, followed by Clint’s 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 Kelly’s 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 don’t recall the last time I’ve 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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