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Author Topic: Absolute Power & Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil 20 Year Anniversaries  (Read 280 times)
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« on: May 05, 2017, 01:26:58 PM »




It’s almost hard to believe twenty years have passed since the release of these two films.  I still enjoy Absolute Power as much as I’d first seen it.  I read the book before seeing the movie and was very curious to see how it would play out on the big screen.  I was relieved that Luther wasn’t killed off, as he’d been in the novel.  Unlike many of his contemporaries from the 1960’s and 70’s, Eastwood was continuing to show throughout the 1990’s he was more than just an action and/or western movie star.
 
For the third time in as many decades, Eastwood directed a film without starring in it.  Not my preference.  This was another book I read before seeing the movie, which probably helped as far as the film’s entertainment value for me was concerned.  Like Absolute Power this movie had a strong cast, even stronger, but the downfall for me is the absence of Mr. Eastwood on screen.  Still, a film made well and a first for me as I’d not yet seen Breezy or Bird at the time of this movie’s release.
 
This double-feature anniversary is pivotal in that it marks a major change in Eastwood’s movie career.  The 90’s would mark the last decade Clint Eastwood’s appearances on film would outnumber his directorial-only efforts.  Since 2000, the films he’s directed without appearing in them have outnumbered his on screen appearances two to one.  Eastwood has released six movies since 2010, only appearing in one.  I grew up during a time where there was an Eastwood starring film released almost every year, sometimes two of them.  Sadly, those days are gone but I am thankful and I grateful for what’s been left behind... and still holding out hope.     
 


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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2017, 11:15:30 AM »

It is crazy to think it's been 20 years since these movies were released. They were both video rentals for me. I don't know if I've ever seen Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil a second time. I have seen Absolute Power a few times and have always enjoyed it. It's not a favorite, but I especially like seeing Clint and Ed Harris together on screen. And it's interesting that Harris and Laura Linney both appeared in The Truman Show, which was released the following year.
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2017, 02:22:28 AM »

20 years !! That is hard to believe.. I like both these movies..
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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2017, 05:44:36 PM »

   

 Thought the book was better in regards to A.P. Never liked  Midnight/GOGAE. The movie was a bomb anyway. Wrong move by Eastwood.
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