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General Discussion / Re: What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: September 14, 2019, 10:34:07 PM »
Yep, I could see the change of pace with Honky Tonk being unpopular. Perhaps Client's biggest risk was the Philo Beddoe films, sharing the screen with an orangutan was daring.

General Discussion / Re: What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: September 14, 2019, 10:20:56 PM »
I watched Honky Tonk Man yesterday. I think it was very much a Clint vehicle as it combined a lot of what he has woven into his movies over the years:

  • his singing
  • the telling of a story
  • him bringing a group of people along with him in a ragtag assortment along the lines of Bronco Billy and one of the westerns (forgot the name of it)
  • bit of humour

Perhaps it wasn't his greatest film (Gran Torino? Dirty Harry? Unforgiven?) but it was more than watchable and certainly not one of his worst films (City Heat? The Rookie?)

I am just happy to see the movies where he branched out successfully with movies that tested him a bit more than the westerns and Dirty Harry movies did.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
« on: September 05, 2019, 10:35:18 PM »
Let us not forget maybe the best comedy of all time - Dad's Army.

Love that show, can watch it again and again.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
« on: September 01, 2019, 12:30:14 AM »
PeterD .. I thought Afterlife was an amazing show, his best yet. Remarkable achievement..
Yes, it was a show that people should watch, a brilliant effort.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
« on: August 31, 2019, 02:01:38 PM »
Loved the US version of The Office and haven't watched much of the UK version but Ricky Gervais is the star of it and he is pretty good (try his new show After Life)

General Discussion / Re: What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: August 31, 2019, 01:59:55 PM »
For a Few Dollars More.

Really ashamed to say that I had the Sergio Leone westerns for years on my shelf and tried them but didn't like them for some reason, they just didn't stick in my mind. Yesterday I watched Few Dollars and really enjoyed it, couldn't remember ever watching it somehow (perhaps too many stubbies over the years?)

Some clever scenes in it, liked Clint's scene with the old man in the shack who lives near the railway.   :) :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
« on: August 28, 2019, 01:54:20 PM »
I do like my tv shows and these days there is a load of quality out there.

Probably Mad Men is my favourite as it just had a feel to it that I liked.

Other shows that I really enjoyed: Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, The Wire, Banshee, Justified, City on a hill, The Sopranos, Westworld, Boss, The Office, Married with Children, Modern Family, Deadwood, Ray Donovan, Boardwalk Empire.......

Would have missed some....maybe I am just easily pleased.   :)

General Discussion / Re: What was the last Eastwood film you watched?
« on: August 22, 2019, 08:25:37 PM »
Magnum Force for the afternoon's viewing, love the film and look forward to seeing it again.

Probably the best Harry film not including the first one.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Physical movie media gone forever?
« on: August 06, 2019, 03:21:28 AM »
Can totally relate to enjoying the physical copies of the movies, I have a fair number of dvds and enjoy them for the reasons already outlined.

The issue apparently is that dvd's tend to deteriorate over time, picture quality can fade (admittedly over a number of years) so digital preserves the movies.  deals with discs burned by the consumer but also mentions commercially bought discs.

Nice pics.

Jon Hamm was the star of the best tv show ever (imo) Mad Men.

Doesn't everyone wear Hawaiian shirts in summer?
Yep, I do.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: July 24, 2019, 02:02:24 PM »
I would show the posters of the movies I have watched but no idea how to do it (and too lazy to learn!)

Watched the 6 episode season 1 of After Life. This is the Ricky Gervais show on Netflix, man depressed after the death of his wife, a funny and sad show.

The African Queen - one of those classics that I can watch again and again. Bogart and Hepburn shone as always.

The Outlaw Josey Wales - starring some guy, can't remember his name.

First Blood - Rambo is born and another classic film.

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Re: The Outlaw Josey Wales
« on: July 22, 2019, 02:45:19 PM »
Just watched Josey Wales. It is a top film, enjoyed it a lot but in no way does it compare with so many of Clint's other movies - The Dirty Harry series, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, The Gauntlet etc.

Josey is a fine film but doesn''t match a few others of his, in my opinion.
Nice to see that 9 years later I am brighter than I was back then.  :)   Gained a new appreciation for westerns since then.

Catching up on re-watching some of my dvds.

Hang 'em high - As I get older, my enjoyment of westerns increases. This was one of his best.

Dirty Harry - seen it 10 times maybe and always watchable, a classic.

The Outlaw Josey Wales - watching this last night, another of his very best.

I watched it yesterday and initially thought it was fairly weak but after a night's sleep I regard it as better than that.

I am a huge Eastwood fan but if Clint hadn't been in the movie and they had found another older actor for his role, would people like the movie as much?

The film started off fairly much like Gran Torino in a way, the kindly old man with the beat up truck that he drives around. So I was thinking he was taking the Gran Torino theme and using it again.

But this is where Eastwood adds a strong element to his character by making him unsympathetic and relatively unlikeable.

Entering the driving business was interesting. Now he wasn't an idiot so he must have known he was running something highly illegal especially after meeting the bad guys in the garage but Earl is happily doing the job (doesn't ring true as the Korean Vet in Earl should have twigged to the problem). Yes he needed money but his sense of right and wrong was tested here and found wanting.  Showing that Earl always made the wrong decision with his work and his family priorities.

Then we see him change cars.Originally this didn't ring true to me as I would be thinking he would have used the money for something else (after all it was the only drive he was going to do, he changed his mind about this later when he saw the money could be put to a good purpose.) He said the old car gave up the ghost but I was wondering if he was feeling a bit superior now he had some real money and simply got himself a new expensive car, showing off a bit.

I would have liked to have seen more of what he did with the money, make his purpose on the driving more understandable. The family certainly took a liking to him once he started spending the dollars.

I will have to watch it again in the near future but The Mule didn't strike me like the classic Gran Torino did.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Favorite Current TV Shows
« on: November 18, 2018, 08:21:49 PM »
Season 1 of 13 Reasons Why was good viewing, maybe a smidgen long.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: November 18, 2018, 08:20:29 PM »

Saw this last week and while it was basically ok, it wasn't scary.

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: October 05, 2018, 10:52:10 PM »
Haven't logged in here for months and only found out about this movie last night.

Very excited, thought he has retired from acting after Trouble with the Curve.

Eastwood News / Re: A Perfect World.. in London
« on: October 05, 2018, 10:33:39 PM »
I enjoyed the film a lot and have it a number of times over the years.

Costner and Client are very similar actors in that they are likable and are in films that tell a story rather than the wam bam movies that are prevalent in the cinemas (nothing wrong with them but different themes).

Costner has made so many excellent films over the years, tough to find a bad one.

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