News: Watch Clint Eastwood's RICHARD JEWELL, now available streaming and on Blu-ray and DVD!

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 on: September 14, 2020, 06:00:21 PM 
Started by Matt - Last post by KC
You went there! I was thinking the same thing but didn't quite dare! :D

 on: September 14, 2020, 11:35:54 AM 
Started by Gant - Last post by AKA23
Since we have a few readers of Lee Child's Jack Reacher book series on here, and they are making an upcoming Amazon series and there will likely be more information coming out soon about it, I'm starting a Jack Reacher discussion thread. The first series of posts is about how Clint Eastwood make have been a good choice to play Jack Reacher earlier in his career, and later we discuss the AMAZON series and Lee Child's brother Andrew taking over as writer of the book series. This is the place to discuss all things Reacher. Thoughts on past or upcoming books, casting news about the AMAZON series, reviews on the series once it gets released, etc. Enjoy Reacher fans!

 on: September 14, 2020, 11:32:05 AM 
Started by Gant - Last post by AKA23
Thanks for the link to that article, KC. I will review. I think that this arrangement could possibly work, since Lee Child will still be available to consult with Andrew over the years. If he experiences any issues, or wants to bounce some ideas off of him for a book, I doubt very seriously that Lee will refuse to discuss. Reacher is also a pretty formulaic character, so it might not be that difficult for someone else to continue on. He has a particular way of speaking, being a man of very few words, he is a man of action, the plots are fairly simple, and the character really doesn't grow or change much at all. All of this could make this series much easier to continue with someone else writing than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series was. I'm going to continue reading, but I'm still sad to see Lee Child retiring.

It will be awhile before I get to his recent work. I just finished  "The Affair," so I still have quite a few to go. I think that one was one of his best! I enjoyed hearing about his time in the military and learning more about his early years  as an investigator before he became the nomadic wanderer we have come to know.

 on: September 14, 2020, 10:01:18 AM 
Started by Hocine - Last post by Hocine
I agree Perry. I don't know if I'd say it's his greatest, but it's definitely up there, and one of his most unexpected!

Hocine, I also quite like "Pale Rider." It's in my top 10. I've actually never seen "Shane" though! I think it is perhaps not seen as one of his best partly because a lot of people feel it was a reimagining of "Shane" and therefore not a wholly original work.

Actually, Shane was released in 1953
It is considered as one of the best westerns of all time
Indeed, it influenced many westerns and was probably influenced itself
That theme of a man that we don?t know anything about his past and his future is pretty common in the western genre
However, I am not sure that many people knew the link between Shane and Pale Rider
Pale Rider was successful in 1985, no matter we could think about it
If Pale Rider was underrated, I am not sure that the link with Shane would be the main cause
I think that Pale Rider must be too quiet, too calm if compared with the other westerns that Clint directed

Spoilers for Pale Rider:
For instance, we have to wait the last thirty minutes of the movie, for seeing Clint using his pistol

Maybe the reputation of being an art film works against Pale Rider in moviegoers? mind
Most of people who like Clint in the westerns and action movies probably expect more shootouts, blood and violence than we can see in Pale Rider

 on: September 14, 2020, 06:47:13 AM 
Started by Walt - Last post by Christopher

I figured it was time to complete my Universal horror Legacy Collection sets, so I recently picked up The Mummy and just ordered The Wolf Man.

 on: September 14, 2020, 01:28:02 AM 
Started by AEtheridge75 - Last post by AEtheridge75
Have you got any idea or sources where I can find out more about Clint's views on the world, politics or religion? I wonder what are his values and how do they influence his filmmaking  :)

 on: September 13, 2020, 11:59:42 PM 
Started by Hocine - Last post by Hocine

            I'm not sure if it's 'underrated' but I'd have to say after everything said 'Letters From Iwo Jima' is Eastwood's greatest director's achievement.

I agree Perry
I consider Letters From Iwo Jima as the last Clint Eastwood masterpiece
Sometimes, Clint himself quotes this film as one of his favorite films that he directed
It was a box office hit in Japan
The fact that it was mostly in Japanese language did not help it to be successful in America
Most of the actors were unknown in America

 on: September 13, 2020, 10:49:38 PM 
Started by The Schofield Kid - Last post by Joseph90
I surely cannot wait for Dune this year. After seeing the trailer I'm more than sure it's going to be at least very good. Villenueve's Blade Runner 2049 is one my favorites, so I believe Dune is going to be as good, if not even better  8)

 on: September 13, 2020, 08:41:50 PM 
Started by Gant - Last post by KC
AKA, this is the first I've heard of this! It's actually old news, though ... this story in the Guardian is from last January:

This story in the London Times (you can read the first part for free) says Lee Child had one condition ... his brother, Andrew Grant, had to change his surname to Child. "So, Lee Child retires and a new Child is born."

For those who don't know: Lee Child is a pseudonym. His original name was Jim Grant, and as Jim Grant he had a successful career as a television producer. After he disagreed with his bosses and got himself fired in 1995, he decided to try his hand at writing thrillers, but he felt he needed a new name. According to Wikipedia ... and I've heard him tell this story in his public appearances:

His pen name "Lee" comes from a family joke about a heard mispronunciation of the name of Renault's Le Car, as "Lee Car". Calling anything "Lee" became a family gag. His daughter, Ruth, was "lee child".

The next book in the series, Reacher #25, is due out next month and declares itself to be by "Lee Child and Andrew Child." The Wikipedia page for Andrew Grant/Child says they will write the "next few books" together before Andrew takes over entirely. I wonder how long they intend to continue? Reacher is getting a bit too old for all this action hero stuff.

As to whether I'm going to continue reading: Probably, at least as long as Lee Child is involved. I never read the post-Stieg Larson books in that series (though it was reading the original trilogy that brought me back to Scandinavian thrillers after a lengthy hiatus).

 on: September 13, 2020, 03:25:20 PM 
Started by Hocine - Last post by Perry

          Yeah, I mean Shane was and is a classic in every capacity. Alan Ladd, George Stevens directing. I liked Pale Rider and I always felt the casting of Michael Moriarity and Caries Snodgress was interesting. Also, John Russell from the 'Lawman' tv series  who had small bit parts in previous Eastwood movies was solid as Stockburn.

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