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Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Reviews and Features in the Media
« on: January 06, 2019, 09:24:29 PM »
Roger Freidman at seems to really like "The Mule," and feels it should be rewarded with Oscar nominations. I don't think that's going to happen, since I think the film is too politically incorrect to be nominated by the current Academy membership, but it's a nice article. 

Yeah, I agree as well.  But maybe the Academy will have a similar thought like they did when it nominated John Wayne (and of course he won) for True Grit but the movie only got one other nomination I believe for best song.

I found the ending to be almost hopeful even though he's potentially going to spend the rest of his life in prison. Earl is safe and he's back to working with his flowers, plus his daughter and granddaughter are going to be visiting him (their perspective husbands were barely there to begin with, of course! :D).

I agree here with the ending and thought it was a pretty good one.  The usual Hollywood movie would show a montage of cartel members being rounded up in handcuffs and I always expect Clint to not do the norm.  The ending was what was going to happen to Earl and being caught probably saved his life down the road.

Maybe I missed it, but were any other cartel members busted when they got Earl?

If I remember correctly, I don't there the movie showed any cartel busts.  But maybe it was implied that it was just a matter of time....

I loved the soundtrack -- still have "I love you more today than yesterday" in my head.  (It's always been a favorite song).

I heard Toby Keith talking about his song Don't Let the Old Man In.... If I remember right, he was playing golf with Clint and asked him how he keeps going and making movies and Clint replied that he just doesn't let the old man in.

Also, I cracked up when Clint was singing and the drug guys were irritated with his singing.... and then they started to sing along.

Yeah... today in this pc world it seems like people look for any little thing to stretch into something derogatory.  There is just no racist aspect to Earl Stone.  I always thought that Walt Kowalkski was like Archie Bunker... so ignorant when it came to stuff like race and religion resulting from how they were raised.  Gosh, even Harry Callahan said worst things than Stone.

It currently has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 64% (60% is the bare minimum for a Fresh rating), and Metacritic has it at 58, which indicates "mixed to average" reviews.

I see that The Mule graded an A- on Cinemascore.

I liked The Mule better than both Million Dollar Baby and Mystic River. I guess "absorbing and gripping" doesn't necessary translate to a film being more enjoyable to me. And I liked the tone of The Mule so much more. It's a great story without being a tear-jerker or extremely depressing.

For sure a movie that I would consider more dark and compelling like MDB and Mystic River doesn't necessarily mean that they are "better" or more enjoyable.... so subjective to each individual viewer.  But I do think that the trailer for The Mule led one to believe that it would more in tone like those two movies than what it was.  Having said that, I also certainly came away thinking that the Mule was such a good story and perfect for Clint and that the film was so well made in the direction, the cinematography, and the editing.  And I really liked Clint's performance in this movie.  I will be seeing it for a second time next week....

AKA...Yeah, the movie isn't as absorbing or gripping as Million Dollar Baby or Mystic River... and certainly the trailer tried to make it look more like this.  Although, I would disagree with calling Clint's performance "over the top".. I think it's just that he is in almost every scene in the movie.  I can certainly understand your disappointment with expecting the movie to be more riveting due to the trailer.  For me, I seem to like almost all of his movies better the 2nd time around because I have so high expectations going in... 

I saw The Mule today with my two brothers (we routinely have gotten together to see Clint movies on opening day for the past 40 years).  All of us really liked it.  I wouldn't classify it as a comedy but more a character study/drama with numerous one-liners and humor that Clint usually has in most of his movies.  Another marvelous editing job by Joel Cox and Clint is perfect in this role.  For some reason this movie reminds me more in the vein of Thunderbolt and Lightfoot rather than Gran Torino.  I'd probably rate it 3 1/2 out of 4 stars.  One other note, the theater was packed for this 1:15 start time and I would say there was close to 100 people seeing this show.

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Reviews and Features in the Media
« on: December 12, 2018, 01:08:57 PM »
An intriguing opinion.....

Yeah, a very intriguing statement... I like it.   Maybe as Unforgiven was Clint's anti-violence theme on violence, The Mule will be his take on a failed American dream.  Of course I'm saying this without having seen the movie yet.... :)

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Reviews and Features in the Media
« on: December 12, 2018, 09:03:25 AM »
Clint Eastwood, 88, Shocks Fans As He’s Pictured With ‘Secret Daughter’ & His 8 Kids At Premiere

Do I have six kids, or only five? 😎

Turns out Mr. Eastwood is father to eight.  So great to have them and many others there to support his latest film.

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I also found it pretty neat that his first wife Maggie and current girlfriend were both at the premiere with him.

I haven't read every post in this thread because I don't want to know a whole lot about it, but I have the gist of it, I think. I wonder why would they cut a trailer that is so different from the film that's actually there? Is it a case where maybe the studio makes the trailer for the film they hoped for? They should know something like this could blow up in their faces.

Yeah, this all seems really strange.  Even the official Warner Bros page states for The Mule:  "Genre: Suspense/Thriller, Crime, Drama, Mystery"

For those who can get Channel 5 out of DC (Fox5), Clint is suppose to be interviewed tomorrow (Dec 11th) during their morning news programs.  It didn't say what time and Fox 5 airs their morning new programs from 4:30am-10am.  I'm just going to DVR all of them and then do a lot of fast-forwarding to the interview.

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: December 04, 2018, 09:03:10 PM »
Fun fact #2, I watch tons of TV, and I've only seen commercials twice for this film, and both commercials appeared while I watched conservative leaning programs ("Fox News Sunday" and "Blue Bloods.")

I think I've seen the trailer on TV at least 20 times now..... many times either during a football game or an ESPN show.  But even tonight there was one during a rerun of The Office.

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: November 18, 2018, 04:43:38 PM »
Since the trailer discussed by Macpherson has not been released and I was curious about why, I contacted trailertrack to inquire about a new trailer. He says that this trailer is a shortened version of the previous trailer and not a new trailer. He also said that movies like this typically only have one trailer and that he hasn't heard anything about an upcoming trailer for "The Mule."  :(

I think I might have seen this shortened version today on tv while watching a football game.  I don't recall seeing any new scenes but the background narration/dialog seemed to be a bit different.  Wished I had paid more attention to it....

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Re: Fistfull of Dollars on the big screen
« on: November 18, 2018, 04:37:14 PM »
How big was the screen, and how full was the house? :)

The movie was shown on a good size big screen in a theater with around 100 seats.  It was a good crowd, I would say around 60-70 people (the row I was in was completely full).  Pretty good considering it was on a Monday night plus tickets were $20 as the screening was benefiting a local landmark. 

Here's an article announcing the event:

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Re: Fistfull of Dollars on the big screen
« on: November 16, 2018, 05:45:34 PM »
Turned out to be a fantastic screening with the picture and sound being great.

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Fistfull of Dollars on the big screen
« on: November 08, 2018, 06:21:36 PM »
My local Alamo Drafthouse theater is showing Fistfull of Dollars next week!  One of those movies  that  had  such a hugh impact on me has a kid.  Haven' seen this on the big screen since I first saw it when it came out back in the 1960's....  Even though I've seen this countless times on TV and disc, can't wait to see it again on the big screen.

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: November 08, 2018, 06:15:08 PM »
Poster is awesome as is usually the case for Eastwood movies.  Looks like there are a few new scenes shown in that tv trailer.

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: October 18, 2018, 07:42:16 PM »
I'm sure he is if they say so.  But who is "Doc Serverinsen"? ???

Yeah, they misspelled the name of the great band leader of the Johnny Carson Tonight show (Severinsen)

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