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« on: December 09, 2018, 07:40:36 PM »

This will be the "official" thread for media reviews of The Mule and current features about its cast and crew. Please try to keep it to major print, broadcast and online media, not random blog posts or tweets.

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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2018, 07:52:30 PM »

To get us started, here's a feature from the Boston Globe, by Mark Feeney:

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Earlier this fall, much was made of the fact that Robert Redford, 82, was starring in “The Old Man & the Gun.” A lot of the attention focused on the fact that Redford had announced that it would be his last acting role.

Why retire from acting at a mere 82? On Friday, “The Mule” opens. It stars Clint Eastwood, 88. Age cannot wither nor custom stale the glint of that classic Clint squint. Eastwood also directed.

Like Redford, he’s been a star since the ’60s. Eighty-eight is about as old as a leading man can get and still be leading. Yet Clint, being Clint, has announced nothing about future plans. Why would he? The tersest movie star this side of the Silent Era, he is to announcements what empty chairs are to Republican conventions.

You’d have thought Eastwood’s starring days were behind him. His last lead role came six years ago, in “Trouble With the Curve.” His last classic-Clint role — meaning angry dude, age irrelevant, preferably armed — was four years before that, in “Gran Torino.”
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The film boasts an impressive cast: Bradley Cooper, Diane Wiest, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña, Andy Garcia. This is one of the things that people often overlook about Eastwood the director. Yes, he’s a master of visual economy and screen action. But performers love to work for him.

Actors who’ve earned Oscar nominations under his direction include Gene Hackman (“Unforgiven,” 1992); Meryl Streep (“The Bridges of Madison County,” 1995); Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and Marcia Gay Harden (“Mystic River,” 2003); Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman (2004, “Million Dollar Baby”); Angelina Jolie (“Changeling,” 2008); Matt Damon (“Invictus”); and Cooper (“American Sniper”). Hackman, Penn, Robbins, Swank, and Freeman all won. That’s a track record worthy of Elia Kazan.

It’s also worth noting that Eastwood directed himself to acting nominations, for “Unforgiven” and “Million Dollar Baby.”
https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/movies/2018/12/06/clint-eastwood-steps-onscreen-again-the-mule/vYuOSqA1uT2KJIZK1hktqN/story.html

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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2018, 10:45:15 AM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqdPunQWA-o
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Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, and Toby Keith discuss 'The Mule,' the film's cast, and how Clint helped Toby write music for the hollywood blockbuster.
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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2018, 11:57:04 AM »

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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2018, 09:40:30 PM »

Some interesting interviews:


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wNHHQviQ1SU

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Director and star of The Mule Clint Eastwood sat down with his cast to discuss the making of the film, working for a drug cartel, and telling bizarre, true-life stories.
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2018, 09:50:43 PM »

You can check this one too:


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=V77Sn0kcIFA

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Emmy-Winner Jake Hamilton sits down to talk with cinema legends Clint Eastwood and Dianne Wiest about their new film, THE MULE



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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2018, 10:48:24 PM »

Saman Moradkhani and Hocine, I edited a couple of your last posts where there was just a video link to add a bit about the subject of the video.  Thanks for posting them! :)
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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2018, 11:24:12 PM »

I've moved a few posts (the last five above this one) from the "Production Information and News" thread into this one. Now that the film has had its premiere, we'll put all media features such as these videos in this thread. :)
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« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2018, 12:18:24 AM »

https://www.lapresse.ca/cinema/nouvelles/entrevues/201812/11/01-5207656-yves-belanger-clint-eastwood-en-clair-obscur.php

(An interview, in French, with Yves Belanger, Clint's cinematographer for The Mule.)
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« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2018, 01:14:20 AM »

This is so exciting ! The film looks really great … Great interviews … Dianne Wiest looks thrilled to have played under Clint's direction (and with him).
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« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2018, 05:43:44 AM »

Clint Eastwood, 88, Shocks Fans As He’s Pictured With ‘Secret Daughter’ & His 8 Kids At Premiere

Do I have six kids, or only five? 😎

Turns out Mr. Eastwood is father to eight.  So great to have them and many others there to support his latest film.




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« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2018, 09:03:25 AM »

Clint Eastwood, 88, Shocks Fans As He’s Pictured With ‘Secret Daughter’ & His 8 Kids At Premiere

Do I have six kids, or only five? 😎

Turns out Mr. Eastwood is father to eight.  So great to have them and many others there to support his latest film.




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I also found it pretty neat that his first wife Maggie and current girlfriend were both at the premiere with him.
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« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2018, 12:23:40 PM »

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« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2018, 01:08:57 PM »

An intriguing opinion.....

https://mobile.twitter.com/therealmarkasch/status/1072923547373367296?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

Yeah, a very intriguing statement... I like it.   Maybe as Unforgiven was Clint's anti-violence theme on violence, The Mule will be his take on a failed American dream.  Of course I'm saying this without having seen the movie yet.... :)

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« Reply #15 on: December 12, 2018, 02:30:58 PM »

Todd McCarty of The Hollywood Reporter weighs in with a positive review:

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This based-on-a-true-story yarn about a still-kicking but nearly destitute senior who starts running drugs for a Mexican cartel is engaging, humorous and, it would seem, quite personal in the way it portrays a man making an attempt to atone for his deficiencies as a husband and father. Eastwood's good-times-seeking old-timer is a temperamental contrast to the cantankerous and insulting one he played in the smash-hit Gran Torino a decade back, both written with the star in mind by Nick Schenk. Longtime fans should eat it up.

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Eastwood has made some slack and overlong pictures over the years, but this is not one of them, and there is visual vitality here resulting from the first collaboration between the director and Canadian cinematographer Yves Belanger, who has worked with Xavier Dolan and especially Jean-Marc Vallee on the likes of Wild and HBO's Big Little Lies. Also fresh and welcome is the unobtrusive score by Cuban-born jazz great Arturo Sandoval.

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Less cranky and inciting than Gran Torino but persuasively expressive in conveying an old man's regrets along with his desire to improve himself even in late age, The Mule shows that Eastwood's still got it, both as a director and actor.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/mule-review-1168648
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« Reply #16 on: December 12, 2018, 02:36:34 PM »

David Ehrlich at IndieWire is also very positive:

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... his best film since at least “Letters from Iwo Jima” in 2006, and perhaps 1992’s “A Perfect World” before that ...

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Eastwood’s latest thriller is a tender, conflicted, and sometimes very funny meditation on what America conditions people to want for themselves — on how natural it can be to forget who you are in a country where work is an identity unto itself.

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this soulful and deeply satisfying film — a fitting swansong, if ever there was one — makes a compelling argument that change is always possible, and that the path we’re on is never as narrow as the highway makes it look.

https://www.indiewire.com/2018/12/the-mule-review-clint-eastwood-best-movie-1202027512/
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« Reply #19 on: December 13, 2018, 02:41:56 AM »

Tim Grierson in Screen Daily is largely positive:

https://www.screendaily.com/reviews/the-mule-review/5135257.article

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The minor-key Clint Eastwood drama The Mule presents all that’s comforting and limiting about the 88-year-old director’s classical storytelling approach. Inspired by the true story of a nonagenarian who became a drug mule for a dangerous cartel, the film relies on Eastwood’s weathered, easy-going charm as the titular driver desperate for money — even if it means risking imprisonment or worse.

As with his other recent movies, the Oscar-winner favours sentimentality over subtlety, and yet The Mule resonates because of its straightforward look at America’s crooked War on Drugs, as well as its portrait of a flawed, aging man running out of options and second chances.
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