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Unforgiven - Also the "Hell of a thing to kill a man" scene. Very poignant.

The Enforcer - Tyne Daly's interview with the "Shetland pony" reference.  ;D

Honky Tonk Man - Red opening up the trunk of the car to show the patrolman his guitar, only to find a stowaway.

Coogan's Bluff - The Pigeon Toed Orange Peel club.

Magnum Force - The look on Clint's face when that clown says "Good guy - that last one was a good guy."

General Discussion / Re: Clint flicks I missed. No apologies
« on: May 28, 2009, 03:19:57 AM »
I've always thought Any Which Way... was miles better than Every Which Way...

The "Right turn Clyde" stuff, the stuff with the motel rooms, the gang, the William Smith character, "Trash the caddy", et etc, just way better in every which way IMO. ;)

General Discussion / Re: Could you see Clint in "Taken"?
« on: May 28, 2009, 02:56:13 AM »
Taken was very good. I could see Clint doing that in the 70s/80s or maybe even 90s, but not now, too much of a stretch to see him going round kicking crap out of 20 guys.

Eastwood News / Re: Re: Eastwood in the press (minor mentions)
« on: April 17, 2009, 02:37:55 AM »,,12643,00.html

Funny little anecdote involving Clint and Daniel Craig on Holy Moly. Holy Moly is a UK based "gossip" site. The actual quote involves some very strong language so I've edited it here, you have been warned if you decide to click. :)

On the shoot for the new Tintin movie, Steven Spielberg invited Clint Eastwood onto the set for a tour. Part of that day's special effects shoot involved several of the actors wearing green spandex and with motion sensors over the face. When the shoot was done, Spielberg took Eastwood around to meet the cast, including Daniel Craig.
After he met Clint, the James Bond actor turned to a colleague and said: "I can't believe I just met Dirty f***ing Harry dressed up as an utter c***."

General Discussion / Re: Kyle Eastwood
« on: April 16, 2009, 04:12:30 AM »
Kyle is playing at the Guardian Hay on Wye festival in Wales next month.

They only have a provisional schedule available at the moment and I can't quite work out the exact date, it's on page 25 of the draft though.

Eastwood News / A Fistful of Dollars - New Italian Restoration
« on: March 27, 2009, 03:08:21 AM »
Apologies if this has been posted elsewhere, couldn't see it though.

I read on another forum that a new restoration of A Fistful of Dollars has been released in Italy.

Link to the thread I read, which included screencaps for comparison purposes:

General Discussion / Re: Pink Cadillac
« on: March 20, 2009, 07:47:58 AM »
It's not great, but in no way is it worse than City Heat or The Rookie.

I like The Enforcer posters. I used to have the one in KC's 1st post on my wall as a kid.

This is one of my faves too, even if it's not in the actual film.

But if The Enforcer had received any nominations or awards, in my opinion, it would be to Tyne Dale as supporting actress.

Agreed. The notion of The Enforcer being Oscar worthy is silly, but in today's climate Tyne Daly could quite easily be considered in the Best Supporting Actress category which often goes to less serious films (Marisa Tomei anyone? :) )

General Discussion / Re: Help with a qoute from Gran Torino
« on: March 05, 2009, 08:44:10 AM »
I recall he says it when he's gone upstairs in his neighbors' house after an episode of coughing blood, and he's looking in the bathroom mirror.

I seem to recall the words as "I have more in common with these geeks than my own family," but I wouldn't swear to it.

Think the word was, and I quote  :). "gooks" rather than geeks.

Eastwood News / Re: Gran Torino reviewed on Film 2009 tonight
« on: February 19, 2009, 09:21:15 AM »
If memory serves Kermode has been uncomplimentary about Clint's work in the past so I think an interview is unlikely.

We Brits can watch Film 2009 on the iPlayer:

Haven't seen Gran Torino yet, but I'm gutted.  :'(

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Ricardo Montalban, RIP
« on: January 15, 2009, 06:04:42 AM »
RIP, Star Trek II is one of my favourite films.

By way of tribute (best with sound):

Gran Torino makes the AFI Top Ten of 2008 list:

AFI unveils top 10 for 2008
'Button,' 'Milk,' 'Iron Man' make the film list

American Film Institute released the winners of its AFI Awards Sunday, including its annual top 10 list.
Org's top 10 movies of the year, in alphabetical order, are "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Dark Knight," "Frost/Nixon," "Frozen River," "Gran Torino," "Iron Man," "Milk," 'Wall-E," "Wendy and Lucy," and "The Wrestler."

"Slumdog Millionaire," which has been racking up honors this awards season, was not on the list. One of AFI's criteria is that a film has "significant creative and/or production elements from the United States."

Awards contenders "Revolutionary Road," "Reader" and "Doubt," which meet that criterion, were also left off the list.

The AFI top 10 TV programs of the year, including series, telepics and minis, are "Breaking Bad," "In Treatment," "John Adams," "Life," "Lost," 'Mad Men," "The Office," "Recount," "The Shield," and "The Wire."

Several series that garnered multiple nominations from the Golden Globes and guilds in the past week were left off the list, including: "30 Rock," "Entourage," "Weeds," "Damages," "Dexter," "House" and "True Blood." This is the first awards attention NBC's "Life" has ever received.

AFI kudos are selected with a 13-person jury process where members discuss and debate the merits of titles and provide detailed rationale for each selection. The jury's composed of "scholars, film artists, critics and AFI trustees."

"Entertainment Tonight" film critic Leonard Maltin chaired the film jury, while AFI Trustee Emeritus Richard Frank chaired the television jury. For a full list of jurors, visit

Creative teams for the selections will be honored at a luncheon Jan. 9 at the Four Seasons Hotel in BevHills.

I was able to see a screener.


I hate to be proved right on this one, but I did say:

Crazy leaving the UK release date so late, withit being awards season there will be loads of screeners available for download by the time it hits the screens here.  :(

Do I download a screener now, or wait three months to see this in the cinema???

Say what you like about the big blockbusters, but at least they get a simultaneous release.

Very disappointing that Clint didn't even receive a globe nomination for best actor for Gran Torino. Especially since the National Board of Review just gave him the Best Actor award.

Yup, must be a serious blow for his Oscar hopes. I wonder if anyone's won the Best Actor Oscar in living memory without even being nominated for the Golden Globe.  :(

Eastwood News / Re: Gran Torino: Production Information & News.
« on: December 03, 2008, 09:21:28 AM »
More "Oscar buzz"

Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino Gaining Strong Oscar Buzz
November 28, 2008
by Alex Billington

Last Sunday I predicted that The Dark Knight would be a big Oscar contender because there wasn't anything else that was gaining strong buzz. Fellow critics had all seen the other big Oscar contenders like Doubt and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and were all saying "good but not great" things about them. However, it seems we forgot about one of them - Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino. Eastwood already had one movie hit theaters this year, Changeling, but it didn't fare too well at the box office or with critics. But numerous early reviews of Gran Torino have started trickling in are already proclaiming it as one of Eastwood's best performances and a definite Oscar contender. Could this be the big sleeper hit of 2008?

First up, a reader at Hollywood Elsewhere sent a few comments over to Jeffrey Wells: "It's clunky and heavy-handed at times, but very effective. Eastwood the actor has never been better in a moving and often hilarious performance… the out-of-nowhere Gran Torino completely works." That caused me to raise an eyebrow, but wasn't enough to convince me. However, Entertainment Weekly writer Dave Karger also chimed in, saying, "though Gran Torino probably won't end up a top-five Best Picture possibility (the competition is just too stiff), Eastwood's performance seems to me like a good bet for a Best Actor nomination." Another eyebrow-raising comment, but not enough to tell me that this was really it. That is, at least until Michael Russnow of The Huffington Post wrote up his thoughts.

"Eastwood's voice is not suddenly full of fire. It is equipped with an old man's crackle and doesn't often shift no matter the emotion of the moment. But in this story by Dave Johansson and Nick Schenk and with the spare and pointed dialogue in Nick Schenk's screenplay, and with those ever haunting eyes that always made you believe Eastwood would kill you as Dirty Harry, it all comes together and works." Russnow finishes up his brief review with this poignant comparison: "John Wayne found True Grit towards the end of his career and now Clint Eastwood has done the same with an unforgettable performance in Gran Torino, a film that is so simple in its telling that it almost slips by how powerful it really is."

According to at least two prominent journalists (and one regular joe), Gran Torino is on par with Million Dollar Baby (which won Best Picture in 2005) and potentially one of Eastwood's greatest performances, which says a lot considering he's been acting for 53 years. Sounds like this is on its way to gaining a lot of last minute buzz - at least more than those other "good but not great" Oscar season films. Apparently the trailer was cut pretty poorly, or at least they left out elements that made it look like an Oscar contender. I even saw a different trailer on TV a few days ago and was amazed at how much better it looked. Hopefully I'll be able to catch a screening of Gran Torino next week and chime in with my own thoughts.

Eastwood News / Re: Gran Torino: Production Information & News.
« on: December 03, 2008, 08:55:54 AM »
Here is the link for the original script

I just hope for an alternative ending,like CE did in the case of the ABSOLUTE POWER original story

Wooah! Is this for real? I don't know about anybody else, but I certainly don't want to read the script before I see the film.  :(

Eastwood News / Re: Gran Torino: Production Information & News.
« on: November 26, 2008, 07:46:05 AM »
Mickey Rourke? Seriously?

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