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Clint is very good at the roles he chooses to do, but his roles with few exceptions are similar characters. He's the rugged, dry humored tough guy who often fights against an injustice that is brought upon a weaker person or populance. He's not usually a white-collar professional, and hasn't done the lawyer or doctor roles. He's never an out-and-out bad guy -- Will Munny would be closest to that, but he's still the likable, rugged, dry humored tough guy there, fighting against an injustice.... (see above). He's done comedies, but I think with the exception of Bronco Billy that they're his weakest films and performaces.  I think there's some truth to this opinion, because there is such a thing as a Clint Eastwood type character.  The biggest stretch he took away from a "Clint Eastwood character" was The Bridges of Madison County. So I'd put that on the list of three. Also, I think his performance in In The Line of Fire is very good and slightly less "Clint Eastwood-like". And I'd say White Hunter Black Heart would round it out.

I'm not going with the other great performances that I love the most, such as  Unforgiven, Dirty Harry, High Plains Drifter etc. because it sounds like these are movies the person would have already seen that helped to form their opinion. If they hadn't seen Unforgiven, I'd add that and remove In The Line of Fire.

Trivia Games / Re: Clint's Clothing
« on: May 10, 2018, 05:33:49 PM »
Is it Heartbreak Ridge?  (Would have gone with Kelly's Heroes, but that was a 70's film.)

This House Finch family has built their nest on the top of one of the columns on my front porch. This spot houses a nest every Spring, but this is the first time the birds haven't been too skittish for photos at feeding time.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: May 01, 2018, 03:06:10 PM »
I learned today that wild turkeys can fly. I know this because my dog chased one, which literally gobble-gobble-gobbled as it was running full speed, then like an airplane on a runway, it lifted up and was off!

General Discussion / Re: 3 films to recommend Clint to new viewers
« on: April 26, 2018, 01:02:20 AM »
Good choices! Though I'm reminded that I became an Eastwood fan within 5 minutes of Hang 'em High, on a snowy UHF channel on a 1970's model RCA television. If they're meant to be an Eastwood fan, you'll have them by the end of the mule scene. ;)

General Discussion / Re: 3 films to recommend Clint to new viewers
« on: April 25, 2018, 09:08:06 AM »
I agree with both of your choices, and yet.... I wonder if GBU would be better than A Fistful of Dollars.  Attention spans aren't what they used to be, so maybe a less-than-two-hour runtime on a tight and ultra cool Western might sit a bit better for a first timer.  I think I'd start with A Fistful of Dollars, and let them know... this is the start of everything. If you love this, we have a lot more to watch!

And then, Dirty Harry and then...

Maybe Gran Torino.  They get to see his first, and one of his last... and that leaves a lot to discover inbetween. I think it would really get the point across how impressive his career is, and to want more.

Trivia Games / Re: Clint's Clothing
« on: April 23, 2018, 08:38:30 PM »
2500 ppsts and Im still not considered an active member, Matt? Whats your judging criteria?

You're less active than most of us posting in this thread.  2550 posts in 16 YEARS.... and if I had to guess, most of the 2550 posts were made in the first 8 years of switching to this "new" board.  How many posts did you have on the old board? Where's Stats when we need him?

Trivia Games / Re: Clint's Clothing
« on: April 23, 2018, 06:56:44 PM »
I had been hoping that one of our less active members may have wanted to jump in, so Im ok with waiting.

You ARE one of our less active members. Shocker.  :o

Go ahead, AKA... solve it for us!

He really resembles George Clooney. But, sure -- he's very good in the part. But, I would have enjoyed Volonte being in the cast again.

God's creations are always perfect, and GBU is no different. But, if it was me, working with God, Leone, Eastwood and Morricone on this... I would put in Gian Maria Volonte as the Captain.

Just because I would have liked to see him in all three films, and since Leone didn't think he was humorous enough to be Tuco (he was right) -- this would have been a good role for him.

(But Clint's character is only called Manco in For a Few Dollars More.)

 :-X  My bad. You'll have to mark this up.

The three Man With No Name films are all so perfect that I'd rate each of them a 10/10. For Clint to travel halfway across the world to make a severely low budget western in Italy, and transition from the Rowdy Yates character (a wide-eyed naive cowplunk sidekick on a TV western), to perhaps the most iconic figure ever created on film, is remarkable. Where'd that come from? Leone didn't envision Manco that way -- we know this since Clint took the script and removed most of his dialogue, and put together the iconic wardrobe himself. A Fistful of Dollars is lean, making every moment count. The score -- woah. It was magic.  Eastwood, Leone and Morricone would come from virtual obscurity to be among the world's greatest actors, directors, and composers by creating this monumental film that's as significant as A Trip to the Moon, and the first talkies.

Then, they take the magic to the next level....  For a Few Dollars More.  They add in another second complex anti-hero in Mortimer.  It's another epic film, just slightly more epic than the last.  The hat scene not only provides some comic relief, but it builds the mythology between these two characters, and their scenes would inspire films for the next 60+ years. But it's not enough to have two iconic characters in one film, they needed a villain.  So they bring in Indio... how can they make evil look so cool?  How are they able to create a shred of sympathy over a rapist murderer?  Had Westerns ever provided so much character development prior to this film?

But... when we get to the third film ... there's no other explanation.  In God-time, 1966 was the 8th day, and He brought us The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.  God saw the script, and wanting to add a little dash of His humor (He had just had a bit of fun creating Giraffes and Squid and was still in a humorous state of mind), He added this:

TUCO: God is with us because he hates the Yanks too! Hurrah!

BLONDIE: God is not on our side 'cause he hates idiots also.

And then He saw it was good, and Earth was complete.  If you mute GBU anywhere along the course of the film, and you strain hard enough, you can hear a heavenly choir singing Hallelujah. God is Great.

So I have to go with God on this one... the best Leone film is obviously The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly8)

General Discussion / Re: Clint Has His Own Tomato Variety...
« on: April 19, 2018, 10:01:11 PM »
Paint Your Tomato....

High Plains Tomato....

Million Dollar Tomato....

   Hmmm...  Well, tomatoes only grow about 2-3' high on average.   Does your property owner give you access to the roof ??  Surely, there must be community urban gardens in New York City.  In Central Park maybe ?  In any case, I'll keep you guys posted on the Rowdy Red in my Dad's garden...   ;)

Yes, KC... what are you waiting for? Get on the roof and grow some tomatoes.  ;D

General Discussion / Re: Clint Has His Own Tomato Variety...
« on: April 19, 2018, 09:51:37 PM »
Hmm, not "Sudden Impact Red"? Maybe "Blood Work Red"? Or, of course, "Red Garnett" or "Red Stovall"! ;D

I think I would have gone with The Tomato With No Name.  8)

General Discussion / Re: Clint Has His Own Tomato Variety...
« on: April 18, 2018, 12:00:35 AM »
Hi Blu, it's been a long time! Good to see you again.

I'm pretty sure I couldn't grow a tomato if my life depended on it, but I'd love to taste one of these Rowdy Red tomatoes after reading that article -- best tasting tomato in 50 years? That's a lot of tomatoes.

From the article Blu posted:

wanting to give this special tomato a boost into recognition and acknowledge Clint, I asked Clint's permission, to name it, "Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red," after Rowdy Yates, the character played by Clint in his old television series Rawhide." Clint replied, "Sure, Gary, name it whatever you want."


Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Netflix users ???
« on: April 13, 2018, 11:27:26 PM »

American Crime Story:  The People v OJ Simpson

This 10 episode series has a fantastic ensemble cast that makes this over-televised story worth spending yet another ten hours on. Although Cuba Gooding Jr's performance was alright, I could never really see him as OJ Simpson.  OJ was a very charismatic man of huge stature, both literally and figuratively, and Gooding can't bring that magnitude across.  Fortunately, he has a very strong cast around him so it's not that big a deal that he doesn't resemble OJ at all.  The physical resemblance of the rest of the cast to the characters they portray is pretty remarkable, especially Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran, Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden, they even nailed Lance Ito (Kenneth Choi) and Fred Goldman (Joseph Siravo). When Googling images of the series, you have to look close, because mixed in with the results are images from the actual trial, and The People v OJ Simpson's courtroom, actors, lighting -- everything -- is all so similar:

It's also interesting to revisit the racial divide this trial caused as well.  I can't think of another subject that is viewed so differently by Whites and African Americans than OJ Simpson's guilt or innocence. I remember struggling with the verdict back in the day; it shook my belief in the court system. There was a lot of disbelief and anger -- not only seeing him walk, but the joy that we witnessed that was televised following that verdict as the cameras showed the dancing in the streets that was juxtaposed with images of Fred Goldman and his daughter weeping. To this day -- that divide on Simpson's guilt or innocence is still there.

I'll be watching Season 2 Versace soon. Although I know of that story, I don't know it nearly as well as the OJ Simpson trial, so it should be worthwhile.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Netflix users ???
« on: April 13, 2018, 10:14:23 PM »

Anyone watch this? The best part is the riveting performance by Paul Bettany as Ted Kaczynski. The script isn't perfect -- there's some really cliched writing in the FBI agent scenes, but when it comes to how they wrote Kaczynski, it's gold. The script allows him to be relatable, but not a sympathetic character.  That straddles a very thin line, and they do it well.  In an episode just simply titled "Ted", they humanize him even more -- evident by the title that doesn't hold the venom and disgust of his full name that's been known to us for the past 20+ years. In that episode, he's just Ted.  They show how a brilliant mind was irrevocably damaged by a brutal multi-year Harvard Psychological Study of which he was a test subject. Just when you start to feel sorry for him -- they come back to his victims and his crimes to remind you that he doesn't deserve any sympathy.

This is a really great 8 episode mini-series that's worth watching, especially if you like psychological dramas.

Trivia Games / Re: Clint's Clothing
« on: April 10, 2018, 09:05:20 PM »
But Morris couldn't have been in his birthday suit ... he didn't know when his birthday was! ;D

 ;D Good one.

Trivia Games / Re: Clint's Clothing
« on: April 10, 2018, 05:14:39 PM »
That's it! Good to see you jump in here, Hammerhead. Post the next one for us!

Trivia Games / Re: Clint's Clothing
« on: April 09, 2018, 10:49:01 PM »
I think the outfit was on a lobby card, which is what I remembered seeing when it finally dawned on me. I didn't find the lobby card online, but there's this:

Here's a screencap from Le Streghe on YouTube:

I think the clip is only about 2 seconds long, so possibly the quickest celluloid wardrobe item of Clint's post FOD. Good job stumping us, Gant.

How about a lack of wardrobe?  Clint's birthday suit is the next one we're looking for.

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