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Off-Topic Discussion / Other Streaming Services
« on: March 16, 2020, 09:49:41 PM »
So we have the Netflix thread that's been going on for a while, but what about other streaming services that you might like to use? Especially with a lot of theaters currently shutting down with the virus concerns, streaming will get more of that money.

So what else do you stream from and what do you like watching on it?

I had Disney Plus for a few months, and I've mentioned elsewhere about watching The Mandalorian. And of course there's tons of older movies on there. But after cancelling my subscription with them (I'll get it again occasionally), I currently have DC Universe. There's not tons of movies and shows on it because it also gives you access to a bunch of comic books. Again I'll probably only keep it for a couple months or so, but I got it because I like the DC animated movies. Not all of them are on it, but there are some that I haven't already seen. Plus I've been watching the late '90s/early 2000s series Batman Beyond, which I'm really liking. It takes place years later when Bruce Wayne is old and a new Batman comes along.

Off-Topic Discussion / Happy belated birthday, Palooka!
« on: March 01, 2020, 02:51:38 PM »
Happy belated birthday, Palooka! Sorry about the delay. After all, you only get to celebrate once every four years! :D

Off-Topic Discussion / Happy birthday, The Schofield Kid!
« on: October 16, 2019, 05:13:08 AM »
Hope you've had a nice birthday, SK! Just a couple hours left of it for you.

General Discussion / Eastwood Movie Novelizations
« on: July 27, 2019, 06:29:12 AM »
A while back I found a copy of the Heartbreak Ridge novelization at a used book sale. I just did some searching on here to see if I'd already mentioned it or if there were other threads about books based on movies--I did find some threads about the Dollars novels and Dirty Harry books, but not a general thread for all of them. I haven't read Heartbreak Ridge yet. Honestly I've always been a little skeptical about books based on movie screen plays, but I think they could be fun. And I'll have to check those other threads to see if this was ever done, but I do think it's cool when people use those characters and write original novels.

Anybody have a collection of them? Any of them particularly good?

And of course I'm thinking specifically about movie novelizations as I start this topic, but I don't see a reason why novels that were adapted into screen plays couldn't also be discussed. I remember the novels Blood Work and Mystic River were discussed at length when those movies came out (I've only read River), and there have been many Eastwood movies based on books.

Eastwood News / Verna Bloom RIP
« on: January 10, 2019, 05:41:05 PM »
Verna Bloom has died at the age of 80.

Although Bloom appeared extensively in theater and television, she is most noted for her film work. One of her memorable roles came in John Landis’ 1978 comedy “Animal House,” in which she appeared as the drunken, debauched wife of the beleaguered Dean Wormer. She also appeared in three films by Martin Scorsese — “Street Scenes 1970,” “The Last Temptation of Christ” (1988), and “After Hours” (1985) — and two by Clint Eastwood: “High Plains Drifter” (1973) and “Honkytonk Man” (1982).

Off-Topic Discussion / Happy birthday, Schofield Kid!
« on: October 16, 2018, 11:23:35 AM »
Looks like we missed it in your timezone, but hope you had a happy birthday, SK!

Off-Topic Discussion / Happy birthday, Doug!
« on: April 05, 2018, 05:18:30 AM »
Hope you had a great birthday, Doug!

Off-Topic Discussion / Happy birthday, palooka!
« on: February 28, 2018, 06:16:07 AM »
Happy birthday, palooka! Do you celebrate it today to keep it in the month of February?

I happened to check the calendar from two years ago and saw you were born on leap day!

Unforgiven will be back in theaters for two days next month to celebrate its 25th anniversary. I was at the theater yesterday and they previewed the new series of older movies that would be shown over the next month or so, and this was the first I'd heard about it (TCM is typically the host of these movie series). I also looked around a little online but couldn't find anything official to link here. Just check around for some theaters in your area if you're interested. I definitely plan to check this out on the big screen.

Eastwood News / Don Rickles has died at 90
« on: April 06, 2017, 12:51:57 PM »
Sad to read that Don Rickles has died at the age of 90. I'm posting in the news because of his role in Kelly's Heroes.

Off-Topic Discussion / Happy birthday, Gant!
« on: November 16, 2016, 06:44:36 PM »
Happy birthday, Gant! Hope it's been a great one!

(I looked up posters for this movie because I believe it's one you liked a lot--I haven't seen it, but this definitely intrigues me! :o ;D)

Off-Topic Discussion / Happy birthday, Schofield Kid!
« on: October 16, 2016, 01:49:20 PM »
Happy belated birthday, Schofield Kid (it's still your birthday in the US as I post this)! Hope it was a great day! :)

Eastwood News / Michael Cimino, R.I.P.
« on: July 02, 2016, 03:42:43 PM »
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot director Michael Cimino has reportedly died at the age of 77.

The report linked above mentions that a representative didn't confirm or deny that Cimino had died, which seems strange. Here's the section about his work with Eastwood's films:

After beginning his career in art and advertising, the New York-born Cimino moved quickly into screenwriting in the early Seventies, co-writing the sci-fi epic Silent Running and the Dirty Harry sequel Magnum Force.

The success of those films allowed Cimino to step behind the camera for this debut feature Thunderbolt & Lightfoot, starring Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges. The film became a hit at the box office and provided Cimino an opportunity to have his pick for his next project. He chose the ambitious Vietnam War drama The Deer Hunter.

Eastwood News / George Kennedy 1925-2016
« on: February 29, 2016, 02:58:23 PM »
George Kennedy has died at 91 years old. I'm including this in the Eastwood news section, of course, because Kennedy costarred in The Eiger Sanction and Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (which I've always felt to be the meanest character I ever saw him play).

Eastwood News / Actor Geoffrey Lewis has died at 79
« on: April 08, 2015, 06:18:49 AM »
Sad news to see this morning that Geoffrey Lewis has died at the age of 79. He was so great in High Plains Drifter, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, and the Which Way movies.

Off-Topic Discussion / Happy birthday, Doug!
« on: April 04, 2014, 02:42:53 PM »
Happy birthday, Doug!!!

Off-Topic Discussion / Favorite Holiday movies
« on: December 14, 2013, 03:15:54 PM »
It seems like this sort of discussion has come up on the board before, but I don't know if there's a thread for it.

I was wondering what your favorite holiday movies are. Do you have movies that you try to watch every year at this time? I often like watching various versions of A Christmas Carol every year (though I'm not sure I did last year, and haven't watched any this year... yet). My favorite versions are the musical version from the early '70s, and then 1951's Scrooge, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and then Scrooged.

I did watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation earlier this week, which is one I catch sometimes during the Christmas season.

For something a little less traditional, I've been thinking that another Gremlins viewing is in order. O0

I also really love the Christmas episode of The Andy Griffith Show. It's really my favorite Christmas episode from any TV show. The episode is simply called "Christmas Story" and is from the first season.

In this week's Double Issue of Entertainment Weekly (for July 5th and 12th), they give a list of the 100 best movies. Dirty Harry is the only Eastwood title on the list, and it comes in at number 85. Here's what it says about the film:

Clint Eastwood gives a mythic performance as a lean, mean police enforcer out to wipe the streets of San Francisco clean of "scum" in this furious, drum-tight urban Western. It's the single greatest expression of Eastwood's populist fury.

Here's the cover:

(I wasn't sure if there was a thread for this type of rankings...)

Off-Topic Discussion / Happy birthday, Americanbeauty!
« on: February 08, 2013, 10:12:59 AM »
Hope you have a happy birthday, AB! :)

Eastwood News / National Film Registry adds Dirty Harry
« on: December 19, 2012, 09:06:21 AM »
I don't know if this should be posted elsewhere, but I just saw that Dirty Harry was amongst the 25 films added to the National Film Registry this year.

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