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1981
Clint Eastwood Westerns / Re:Will Sampson /Josey Wales
« on: April 02, 2003, 04:36:13 AM »
HERE and HERE are two brief ones.



1982
Clint Eastwood Westerns / Re:westerns at places
« on: March 29, 2003, 05:57:07 PM »
Damn, KC, I'm impressed you were able to translate that question. Kudos.

1983
Questions & Answers / Re:clint and oscars
« on: March 28, 2003, 01:58:20 PM »
No, Clint was not at The Oscars, though Malpaso is thanked in the credits, for two brief uses of scenes from Unforgiven that appeared in the telecast.

1984
Eastwood News / Re:S.A.G. lifetime achievement award for Clint
« on: March 12, 2003, 04:39:15 AM »
The reviews have been so universally lousy for Poolhall Junkies, I can't bring myself to bother with it. I'll be waiting for video, Alison or no.

I did see Chazz doing promotion on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" last week, and Conan asked if he had to take a peek at Alison in Playboy. Peek nothing, Chazz said he rushed right out and bought the issue, no shame about it. Can't argue with that.





That shot of Kyle makes you wonder why Dad didn't get him to play the young Frank Corvin in Space Cowboys. Perhaps Kyle has sworn it off - less'en there's a stand-up bass in front of him.

1985
Eastwood News / Re:S.A.G. lifetime achievement award for Clint
« on: March 12, 2003, 01:46:11 AM »
Thanks, KC.

And yeah, I noticed how much Kyle is looking like Dad now too, part of why I wanted you to get the picture up. Also, any excuse to look at Alison, of course.

1986
Eastwood News / Re:S.A.G. lifetime achievement award for Clint
« on: March 11, 2003, 05:16:36 AM »
Hey, KC - could you capture the shot of Clint, Kyle and Alison together? It was just before one of the last commercial breaks before the award I think, with Clint on the extreme right of the picture, then Kyle, then Alison on the far left. If you can't find it I'll pop in the tape tonight and see if I can get you a more exact location.

No rush.

1987
General Discussion / Re:Question about Eastwood on Letterman
« on: March 04, 2003, 02:05:24 AM »
Yes, that's Clint on "The Late Show with David Letterman".

This was from 1996 when Letterman did a week of shows from San Francisco, CA. Clint wasn't actually a guest on the show, but appeared in that brief taped bit from NYC, where he's wearing bad novelty teeth and throwing a pencil through the 'window', ala Dave.

1988
General Discussion / Re:eastwood movie music
« on: March 01, 2003, 08:30:50 AM »
Who in the Hell is "Googan"?  Is he that Arizona bloke who gomes to New York Gity? :D

1989
General Discussion / Re:Favourite Film Poster
« on: February 26, 2003, 08:11:47 PM »
I too would have to say High Plains Drifter is the best. It's so iconic and perfectly sells the feeling of the flick.

I'd put Unforgiven second as well.

The Escape From Alcatraz poster is a terrific concept and graphic.

I don't think much of the movies, but both of the Which Way posters are great.

1990
Yup, Hang 'Em High looks like a mid-budget made-for-TV project, extremely uncinematic and unintersting. And it's not just because Post and co. chose not to go with the full, true widescreen that Sergio played with so beautifully, but the lighting, the sets, the angles and everything else adds up to a totally unremarkable looking movie. I think it's by far the movie's biggest weakness. This same story - which is pretty standard stuff to begin with - in the hands of somebody with a bolder visual style, could have elevated the entire affair. This straigtforward script with the same cast but a dynamic style could have been something much more than what Post created.

Oh, well.

1991
General Discussion / Re:Breezy
« on: February 08, 2003, 05:19:47 PM »
It's very standard stuff, but William Holden definitely elevates the material, as does Clint's confidently subtle touch behnd the camera. It's a well made little movie that could have easily slipped into nothing more than TV movie-of-the-week level junk. It's not going to knock your socks off, but it's definitely worth seeing.

1992
General Discussion / Re:What films they offered but he did not do them
« on: January 29, 2003, 09:07:55 PM »
Wasn't that Shockley's tagline: "Drunk & downtrodden is as drunk & downtrodden does"?  ;D

1993
That one was a little joke for all the "are they really a trilogy?" folks out there. Glad you enjoyed it, Daisy!

1994
First of all because it's always fun to torture Tuco a bit, and secondly because possibly in the back of his mind he was a little cautious just in case Colonel Mortimer showed up - which, of course, he did.

1995


There was no name on the grave where the gold is buried. The treasure was hidden in the unmarked grave next to the one marked Arch Stanton.

1996
General Discussion / Re:Lennie Niehaus ........ no more !
« on: January 28, 2003, 06:47:18 AM »
D'oh! I knew dat. The song is "April in Paris", one of Basie's signature tunes!

1997
General Discussion / Re:Lennie Niehaus ........ no more !
« on: January 28, 2003, 05:17:43 AM »
Mel Brooks did a similar gag in Blazing Saddles: the first reveal of Cleavon Little's Bart as Sheriff, where the familiar strains of Duke Ellington can be heard, eventually revealing Duke and his orchestra on a bandstand in the middle of the desert. Good times, good times.

*DRAT, YOU EDITED IN THE Blazing Saddles REFERENCE, DAISY!

Decades later, Keenan Ivory Wayans did a variation on this bit in his Blaxploitation parody I'm Gonna Git You Sucka!, where Bernie Casey's John Slade tells Keenan that every good action hero needs a themesong, and reveals a traveling band that follows behind him with his.


KC and I had an opportunity to talk to longtime editor Joel Cox a couple years back. Among many other pearls, Mr. Cox said that because Spielberg had been attached as director before Clint came onto The Bridges of Madison County, and since he and Amblin were continuing to produce, Spielberg suggested Clint should use a John Williams score Steven had already comissioned (Williams has scored all of Spielberg's flicks). Clint politely but firmly let him know he was going in another direction. And thank goodness.

The music in The Bridges of Madison County, which is mostly diegetic with the exception of the quiet "Doe Eyes" theme, and like all of Eastwood's subtle and perfectly underplayed touches on that movie, miraculously turned a horrible book into a very effective and moving film. Even with the exact same excellent adaptation for a script, in Spielberg's hands and with another John Williams emotions-by-numbers obtrusive score, I fear what Bridges the movie may have become.


Ummm, in case you couldn't tell, definitely count me in on the fans of Lennie side.

1998
Questions & Answers / Re:Music from A Perfect World
« on: January 26, 2003, 03:51:48 PM »
That piece of music is called "Big Fran's Baby". It was composed by Clint Eastwood and conducted & recorded by Lennie Niehaus for the score.

It can be found on the soundtrack CD.


1999
General Discussion / Re:Father figures in A Perfect World
« on: January 26, 2003, 05:30:22 AM »
Or a modernized reworking of the sentiment of that German saying, courtesy screenwriters Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel in Parenthood (1989),"You need a license to buy a dog, to drive a car - Hell, you even need a license to catch a fish. But they'll let any butt-reaming asshOle be a father."

Indeed.

2000
General Discussion / Re:Top 10 Eastwood films
« on: January 26, 2003, 05:06:11 AM »
First I'm gonna rank my favorites among those Clint directed. And I just gots to do a dozen...

1. Unforgiven
2. A Perfect World
3. Bird
4. White Hunter, Black Heart
5. The Bridges of Madison County
6. Honkytonk Man
7. High Plains Drifter
8. Tightrope
9. Pale Rider
10. The Outlaw Josey Wales
11. Play Misty for Me
12. The Gauntlet


And now my dozen favorite non-Eastwood-directed Eastwood flicks...

1. The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
2. A Fistful of Dollars
3. For A Few Dollars More
4. Dirty Harry
5. The Beguiled
6. Escape from Alcatraz
7. Thunderbolt & Lightfoot
8. Magnum Force
9. In the Line of Fire
10. Coogan's Bluff
11. Two Mules for Sister Sara
12. Where Eagles Dare


If I attempted to reconcile those two lists, the Leones and the first two Siegels would get folded into the first list, but not too highly by in large, favoring Eastwood the total filmmaker (though GBU would have to be top five), and those top three choices - Unforgiven, A Perfect World and Bird - would stay exactly as is.


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