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General Discussion / Re:Tag, you're it! (Swell, another Eastwood game)
« on: January 08, 2003, 08:24:45 PM »
OK, now for my second "tag" of the day!

KC:  Which Eastwood movie do you think has the best written script?
Unforgiven, by a long shot (so to speak). In fact, I think it's one of the best-written scripts for any movie, ever. If there was a greater injustice in the universe than Eastwood's not getting the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of William Munny ... it was David Webb Peoples's not getting the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for this gem.

Daisy: Do you think Two Mules for Sister Sara would have turned out better if Bud Boetticher had been allowed to develop his own story as a screenplay and then direct the film?

Holden: Can you name a film made in the last five years that you think would have been better ... or more interesting ... if Clint could have taken the place of its star, its director, or both?

General Discussion / Re:Tag, you're it! (Swell, another Eastwood game)
« on: January 08, 2003, 08:11:01 PM »
Wow, I've been tagged twice today! I'll take 'em one at a time ... first Gant ...

KC..... Youve just dined out with Clint in a well know NY Steak House. The waiter approaches with the bill, Clint pulls out his wallet to pay. Do you let him cover the bill or insist on going dutch ?

Of course, the minute I saw the waiter approaching I'd get my purse and start getting money out, even before Clint could pull out his wallet. I wouldn't miss a chance to reenact this great dialogue ...
CLINT: What are you doin'?

ME: Dutch!

CLINT: (getting out his wallet) You're a girl, aren't you?

ME: There have been rumors to that effect.

CLINT: All right, you just, uh, sit back and act like one.

ME: How?

CLINT: Take everything you can get, that's how.

ME: Is that the way the girls act in Carmel?

CLINT: That's the way everybody acts everywhere.

ME: You too?

CLINT: (with killer smile) Especially me!

OK, my questions ...

Palm: If you could have one item from Clint's wardrobe from one of his movies as a souvenir, which one would you want?

Stranger: What's your favorite among your collection of stills showing Clint in action? You can pick two or three if it's too hard to select just one.


Questions & Answers / Re:air crash
« on: January 07, 2003, 10:31:09 PM »
William, he didn't participate in the war ... exactly. He was stationed in Ford Ord, California, for the entire two years of his military service ... and the plane crash incident happened when he was returning from a leave.

Trivia Games / Re:Degrees of Seperation
« on: January 07, 2003, 10:25:18 PM »
Nighty, there's an easier link via Lord of the Rings ... a one-stepper. Do you know it?

And, besides Child's Play 3, there are at least two other one-steppers ... it might be fun to have a thread where we try to identify the actor who's been in the most movies with Eastwood co-stars, without ever having co-starred with Eastwood himself.  8)

Trivia Games / Re:Degrees of Seperation
« on: January 07, 2003, 09:13:33 PM »
OK, how about character actor Brad Dourif?

There are at least three one-steppers here, probably more ... he is a busy man! ;)

Questions & Answers / Re:Play Misty for Me DVD
« on: January 07, 2003, 07:17:42 PM »
Nightwing, before you go calling innocent e-Bay sellers "i-i-idiots"  :o ... you might do a little fact-checking. ;)

Here is the list of features on the Universal "Collector's Edition" DVD of Play Misty for Me, from DVD Planet:

"Play It Again" - A look back at "Play Misty For Me"; "The Beguiled, Misty, Don And Clint"; Clint Eastwood on DVD; Photograph montage; "Clint Eastwood Directs and Acts"; The evolution of a poster; Theatrical trailer; DVD-ROM [features].

"The Beguiled, Misty, Don And Clint" is a six-minute featurette, narrated by Richard Schickel and including recent interview footage with Eastwood, about the relationship between Eastwood and his filmmaking mentor, Don Siegel, and the thematic similarities between The Beguiled, which was the most recent Eastwood-Siegel collaboration at the time Eastwood made his directorial debut, and his debut film, Play Misty for Me. Both films were released in 1971, along with another Eastwood-Siegel collaboration, Dirty Harry, which is also discussed briefly in the featurette.


Questions & Answers / Re:air crash
« on: January 07, 2003, 06:27:15 PM »
This incident from Eastwood's Army days is recounted in all the Eastwood biographies ... e.g., Schickel, Clint Eastwood (1996), p. 51-55.

I suppose the "heroic" part would be after he ejected from the two-seater plane: his difficult, three-mile passage to shore through frigid waters infested with jellyfish, followed by a seven-mile barefoot trek to the nearest habitation.

Trivia Games / Re:Degrees of Seperation
« on: January 07, 2003, 07:30:12 AM »
Hyde-White was in Richard Donner's 1982 Richard Pryor starrer, The Toy. The "aerobics class leader" in that one was played by Stuart Baker-Bergen ... who was the "blond surfer" in Tightrope (his only other film appearance, aside from a TV movie).

I won't be able to post another till tonight ... Daise, if you're out there, you can go again if you want to!  :)

General Discussion / Re:Tag, you're it! (Swell, another Eastwood game)
« on: January 07, 2003, 01:45:52 AM »
Patience, William! I'm sure you'll be "tagged" very soon!  ;D

General Discussion / Re:Tag, you're it! (Swell, another Eastwood game)
« on: January 07, 2003, 12:22:05 AM »
KC:   If you could be any character in an Eastwood film, who would you be?
Who, me?  8)

I'd be Claudia ... only, I'd get a smallpox vaccination!  ;)

OK ... let's see ...

AKA: if you could travel back in time and see one Eastwood film in a theater when it was first released, which one would it be?

mgk: if you could slip into one Eastwood film and be an extra in a crowd scene, which one would it be?

This sounds like fun! Keep it rollin', friends!  ;D

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Re:high plains drifter again
« on: January 06, 2003, 11:34:26 PM »
William, there are a lot of "figures of speech" in High Plains Drifter that get turned into literal reality, or some distorted version of it; it's part of the fun of the movie. For instance, "This is going to be a picnic" ... followed by the picnic tables for the "welcoming home party," or "Five hundred an ear," followed by the Stranger's shooting one of the Carlin boys' ear off ... or Callie saying, "Actually, I eat like a bird" as she chomps down greedily on a chicken leg.

So, when the Stranger makes the townspeople literally "paint the town red," someone says, "When we get through, this place is going to look like hell" ... and then you see the Stranger painting over "Lago" in the sign outside town with the word "Hell."


General Discussion / Re:eastwood movie music
« on: January 06, 2003, 07:30:43 AM »
Unforgiven, by Eastwood and Niehaus, without a doubt.

I don't often enjoy films very much when I find myself listening to the background music ... it usually means there's too much music and not enough film. Case in point: Last summer's Road to Perdition, which I just caught up with this weekend: If the score had let up for one moment, maybe I could have been given a chance to become absorbed in the story.


Eastwood News / Re:Playboy Cover
« on: January 06, 2003, 07:25:29 AM »
I think enough has been said on this topic ... Palm and William, kiss and make up!  :-* You both are valued members of this board.

It's a little hard to tell about "kidding around" sometimes when you're posting on a board like this ... That's one reason we have the "Smilies!" :D And Palm used plenty of them, I don't think too many people were inclined to think she was being overly serious.

Anyway, I'm going to close this topic. If anyone wants to know anything more about Alison's Playboy appearance, your local newsstand has the magazine, but don't forget you are buying it for the articles only. ;)

General Discussion / Re: Favorite Eastwood Quotes and One-Liners
« on: January 06, 2003, 01:14:59 AM »
You forgot ...

Long walk.

Trivia Games / Re:Degrees of Seperation
« on: January 05, 2003, 10:31:31 PM »
What about Laurence Harvey?

Trivia Games / Re:Degrees of Seperation
« on: January 05, 2003, 10:22:00 PM »
Trevor Howard played the "First Elder" in Superman (1978); Little Bill himself, Gene Hackman, played Lex Luthor.

I'll post a new one shortly.

Questions & Answers / Re:what's in a name
« on: January 05, 2003, 12:59:02 AM »
It's a fact ... Eastwood was given the name "Clinton Eastwood, Jr." by his parents at birth, and thus it is recorded on his birth certificate. There is a facismile of that document on p. 8 of Clint Eastwood, by Gerald Cole and Peter Williams (London: W.H. Allen, c1983).

I assume ajay is referring to names his parents called him by in his boyhood ... naturally, his mother wasn't prone to calling out the window "Clinton Eastwood, Junior, it's time to come in for dinner, now" (though I bet there were times when she exclaimed, "Why, Clinton Eastwood Junior! WHAT did you just say?").

On p. 26 of Richard Shickel's Clint Eastwood (New York: Random House, 1996), Schickel tells us:

Always tall for his age (he was more than six feet tall when he was thirteen), he was more than usually self-conscious about his appearance, about his family nicknames ("Sonny" and "Junior," both of which he hated), about his indifferent performance in school.


Discussion Board Troubleshooting / Re:Dark or Mocha?
« on: January 04, 2003, 11:51:29 PM »
Yes, that helps, Xichado, though the color you chose is a bit hard to read on the Mocha board .... The HR tags are a great idea, I'd forgotten we had that option here.

General Discussion / Re:Eastwood After Hours
« on: January 04, 2003, 10:14:19 PM »
Yup, I was there ... can you hear me applauding?

I can't tell you too much about it now, because it was more than six years ago. I remember I sat really high up, and almost directly above where the Eastwoods (Clint and Dina, who was then several months pregnant) were sitting. At intermission I walked over to the other side so I could take a look at them through my binoculars, but there wasn't much to see except that they seemed happy to be there.

As did everyone else in Carnegie Hall ... ;)


Eastwood News / Philip French praises BLOOD WORK
« on: January 04, 2003, 09:14:02 PM »
French is a longtime Eastwood champion, so maybe it's no surprise he's quite a bit more enthusiastic about Clint's latest than some of his U.K. colleagues. Anyway, here's what he had to say ... in The Observer, Dec. 22, 2002, where Blood Work was the "Observer Film of the Week":

Show Clint a mean street...

Hollywood's ultimate avenging cop is back on familiar territory, on the trail of a serial killer, in his best picture since Unforgiven

Philip French
Sunday December 22, 2002
The Observer

It is just 30 years since Play Misty for Me, the first film Clint Eastwood directed, and Dirty Harry, the movie that helped shape his later screen persona, opened in Britain. These were the first occasions he had played a modern urban American in his native habitat. Over the next three decades, during which he has directed and/or starred in more than 30 movies, we have seen his hair get shorter and greyer, his skin get increasingly tanned and leathery, the voice ever deeper and more hoarse. But the relaxed upright stride, the wry smile, the good humour that always threatens to turn menacing, remain the same and so do the roles.

In Dirty Harry, Eastwood's youngish San Francisco homicide cop, Harry Callahan, was pursuing a sadistically playful serial killer called Scorpio, except that the term 'serial killer' had not been coined then. In his new picture, Blood Work, Eastwood's ageing Los Angeles's FBI profiler, Terry McCaleb, is pursuing a sadistically playful serial killer, and now everyone knows how they operate. The psychopathic crook, dubbed 'the Code Killer' by the media, is deliberately provoking Terry just as Scorpio set out to torment Harry.

One night, Terry catches sight of his faceless antagonist at the crime scene (he recognises his bloodstained basketball shoes) and gives chase through a succession of deserted alleys, until he tries to follow his quarry over a high chain-link gate. He cannot make it and collapses with a spectacular heart attack, his fingers sliding down the links as his face screws up in agony. The killer, his face concealed in a hood, stands mocking him, the scene illuminated by a searchlight beam from a helicopter overhead. Drawing on some reserve of strength, Terry pulls out his gun and fires several shots that make the fleeing killer stagger. He then re-holsters it before collapsing.

It is a fine, lean opening sequence to a sharp, unassuming thriller. The screenplay is adapted by Brian Helgeland (who scripted LA Confidential) from a novel by Michael Connolly, a crime reporter who moved to Los Angeles because it was the home of his idol, Raymond Chandler, and there created the LA cop Harry Bosch.

The movie cuts to two years later and Terry is being examined by a no-nonsense cardiologist with the lovely name of Dr Bonnie Fox (Anjelica Huston in authoritative form). It is 50 days after he has had a long-awaited heart transplant and is downing 34 pills a day. A scar from the top of his chest to his navel looks like a large frozen zip and he is aware of living on time borrowed from someone else. Terry has, of course, retired from the bureau and is living on a yacht in a marina across the water from the Queen Mary at Long Beach, a smart visual touch suggesting two grand old craft now permanently berthed on LA's southern fringe.

But one day, a good-looking Hispanic woman, Graciella (Wanda De Jesús), arrives with a photograph of her young sister and little nephew. The lad was orphaned when his mother was murdered by a masked thief in a convenience store in San Fernando Valley. Graciella, who sees the LAPD making no progress on the case, reveals that her late sister's heart is now keeping Terry ticking. This pricks his conscience and rouses his investigative instincts.

Despite the threat to his health and the fact that he lacks a private investigator's licence, the chivalric Terry goes down those mean Chandlerean streets again. This is much to the annoyance of the LAPD's Detective Ronald Arrango (Paul Rodriguez), who dislikes the superior FBI man, and the distress of Bonnie Fox.

Terry's inquiries suggest that he is after something more complicated than the commonplace 'scumbag with a gun' that Arrango takes the perpetrator to be. With help from the Los Angeles Sheriff's office and hindrance from the LAPD, which have constant demarcation disputes with each other, Terry connects the murder of Graciella's sister with a similar crime. So he starts rushing around town, taking as a driver the laid-back self-styled 'boat bum' Buddy Noone (the always cheerful Jeff Daniels), a neighbour on the San Pedro marina.

Clues accrue, as do bodies, and it becomes clear that the 'Code Killer' is at it again and that Terry, with whom he has a symbiotic relationship of a Holmes-Moriarty sort, is this ludic loony's ultimate target. Screenwriter Helgeland gives Terry one of those traditional Hollywood lines with an 'I'm a... not a...' formulation, in this case: 'I'm a retired FBI man, not a psychic.' At times, however, he seems to be just that.

Blood as well as brains is at the heart of this picture and the title Blood Work refers to the cardiologist's checks on Terry's delicate condition, to Terry's own description of his profiling activities and to a central aspect of the plot, of which I'll say no more.

This is a superior, carefully crafted entertainment. The production designer is the veteran Henry Bumstead, who worked frequently with Hitchcock as well as Eastwood, and won Oscars for To Kill a Mocking Bird and The Sting. The striking photography is by Tom Stern, his first assignment as cinematographer, though he is one of numerous people groomed by Eastwood, for whom he has been working on lighting for 20 years.

Blood Work is Eastwood's best job of direction since Unforgiven and his most interesting performance since In the Line of Fire, where his character, another middle-aged federal employee, also had physical problems keeping up with his job.

Eastwood's Terry McCaleb brings happily to mind another ageing sleuth, Ira Wells, the retired private eye played by Art Carney in Robert Benton's The Late Show, who has a pacemaker, turns down his hearing-aid when he takes out his gun and goes around Los Angeles by bus.

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