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Off-Topic Discussion / Happy Birthday Philo!!!
« on: March 06, 2011, 10:02:10 AM »

... hope you have a great day!!!  O0

Off-Topic Discussion / Visiting London: Do's and Don'ts
« on: July 13, 2009, 06:53:13 AM »
Hey Guys,

I will be visiting London for the first time. I will be there for a week (July 24th thru July 31st) to visit friends and to celebrate my birthday.

I plan to visit the Tate Britain, the Tower Bridge, the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, the National Gallery, Westminster, the Buckingham Palace and (if I have the time) a few other major attractions/points of interest.

Since some of you guys live in the UK, or have visited London in the past, can you recommend/advise me about places to grab a bite, a beer, a club to hang out at night, etc.

I am open to all suggestions.  :)

Thanks in advance.

wow... the news made my day.

starting this coming thursday (Dec. 11), the Cinemateca Portuguesa (located in downtown Lisbon, Portugal) is starting its new cycle/retrospective... dedicated to Clint Eastwood.

it will start will the portuguese premiere of Changeling and they are planning to finish the cycle with Grand Torino (yet to be confirmed), in March 2009.

in between, they will exhibit all of Clint's movies, as an actor and as a director, in chronological order. so if you happen to be in this neck of the european woods, don't miss it, the tickets are only 2,50 euros.

I am going to try to get a ticket to the premiere of Changeling since I still have no idea when the movie is due to be released nationwide and I am not going to miss the oportunity to see a few of his movies in the silver screen.

link to the Cinemateca Portuguesa

A friend of mine just handed me out a digital copy of International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers: Films, fourth edition, 2000.

Volume 1 is about Movies and they have interesting articles/references about movies that "marked" film history. Each entry contains production information, lists of crew and cast, a selected bibliography of works about the film, and a critical essay written by a specialist in the field. "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly", "Dirth Harry" and "Unforgiven" have their own entry, which I am posting

Off-Topic Discussion / Happy Birthday Little_Bill
« on: September 16, 2007, 11:24:18 AM »
Wishing you all the best, enjoy your day.

Hey, :)

Just found out that MR has received a nomination from the European Film Academy for a (best) Non-European Film (Prix Screen International) Award.

The ceremony will take place in Berlin, December 6.

Link for the European Film Academy

Eastwood News / Clint Eastwood on Michael Savage's radio show
« on: October 29, 2003, 07:29:38 PM »
Just found this article while browsing the news section at Google, I hope a board member had the chance to listen to this show and tell us more.

Clint Eastwood drops in on Michael Savage
Hollywood icon concerned about backlash from patriotic Americans

Posted: October 29, 2003
5:00 p.m. Eastern

By Art Moore © 2003

An impromptu telephone call yesterday from director Clint Eastwood shows Hollywood is concerned about the impact of millions of patriotic Americans who listen to talk radio, says Michael Savage, who engaged in the surprise conversation on his nationally syndicated show.

In an interview with WorldNetDaily, Savage noted the call came amid furor over the upcoming CBS miniseries "The Reagans" which apparently has prompted network chief Les Moonves to order some changes.

"They're terrified of the boycott that is rolling along like a snowball," Savage said. "And Clint is a wise enough businessman to understand that movies build by word of mouth. They can also die by word of mouth."

The call was prompted by Savage's suggestion people might be ignoring Eastwood's new film "Mystic River" because it features two of Hollywood's most outspoken critics of the U.S. and its policies, Sean Penn and Tim Robbins.

Penn made a controversial three-day "fact finding" trip to Baghdad last winter. He then paid to have a massive, rambling essay published in the New York Times defending his visit after he was accused of being a tool for Iraqi propaganda. Robbins, in a speech to the National Press Club in April, said the United States is now viewed by much of the world as the Soviet Union once was, "as a rogue state."

"When [Eastwood] heard me bashing his movie he probably got afraid that I might keep a million or two million people away from the theater and could keep another million or two away who might otherwise make a discretionary decision," Savage said.

The talk host said Eastwood was very courteous and insisted the film was doing much better than it was being portrayed.

"I thought it was a very good interchange, and it indicated Hollywood is listening to conservative talk radio," he said. "They understand that we are conservative and that we go to the movies."

Savage said the point he was making before Eastwood called was "maybe the people are finally waking up, and they are not going to the movies of these anti-American, anti-war actors who shoot their mouths off and then think people are too stupid to remember when their movies come out."

The radio host said he told Eastwood, "Irrespective of the fact that I like every movie you've ever made, I will not bring myself to go to a movie with Sean Penn, after what he's done to our troops."

According to Savage, the director replied, "Well that's certainly your prerogative."

Eastwood said he just happened to tune in the show yesterday as he was driving around, but Savage, citing a mutual friend, says the Hollywood icon is a regular listener.

"As I understand … he loves it," Savage said. "But he can't admit that. He's a good politician, a very wise politician."

Among Eastwood's first words when he called were "Arnold didn't call you, but I will," Savage related.

The reference indicated Eastwood's knowledge of Arnold Schwarzenegger's willingness to come on nearly every radio show in California during his gubernatorial campaign, except for the Michael Savage Show.

Savage said Eastwood gave no indication of his political leanings, however.

"He's a director, has a lot at stake here," Savage said. "He's just trying to protect his investment. I tried to treat him with dignity, because he treated me with dignity."


I enjoy reading quite a lot and when you guys started the “Clint doesn’t want to act anymore thread” awhile back, I wondered what kind of literary characters the man could play at his age.

I tried to remember all the books and the characters that I read and enjoyed and I think that Clint could be perfect to play the role of Santiago in “The Old Man And The Sea”.

Santiago is such a humane character, his strength and determination for holding on and never giving up the struggle of man versus nature. In the end, Santiago won the battle with the marlin, later he had to give up his “trophy” in order to survive the dangers (a group of sharks) that exist in the ocean, he returns victorious to the shore because his spirit never gave up.

Santiago, in his dreams, thinks about the lions that he once saw, as a young man, in Africa and, as I see it, Santiago became a mighty (sea) lion defying the dangers of the sea and conquering them by proving that his human spirit was strong and brave. And that’s the kind of role that I would envision Clint Eastwood playing.

What about you guys? Do you guys have a literary character that you imagine Clint playing?

General Discussion / "A Perfect World" - Visual Poetry Scenes
« on: July 24, 2003, 09:07:52 PM »
I intended to post this in the film discussion on A Perfect World but have been almost buried alive at work for over a month.  But, I did want to post this and invite your thoughts -maybe some of you can even point out a few more scenes- so am posting it here in the General Discussion section.

Ever since I heard Janis Joplin singing “Ball and Chain” about a decade ago I carry within the image of a person, heartbroken and lonely, standing in front of a window as if that window was a barrier between two emotions –the one that lives on the outside, and the other on the inside- or as a barrier between two worlds, the physical and the emotional, that either merge or completely stand at opposite ends.
The lyrics of “Ball and Chain” merge the (physical) rain falling outside with the (emotional) rain that is being felt -the sadness of being lonely, abandoned and heartbroken-. Big Mama Thornton knew how to write a good song, Janis Joplin knew how to feel it, Janis lived her feelings in her songs.
“Sitting down by my window, looking at the rain.
Whoa, down by my window, baby, and all around me, I said suddenly I felt the rain.
Somethin' grabbed a hold of me, darling, it felt to me, honey like, yeah, a ball and chain.
Oh honey, you know what I mean, It just hurts me”

And feelings/emotions are always hard to describe, and I don’t believe that there are words –in any language- that can completely describe a feeling/emotion, we can always try to find words that come close. Feelings and emotions have a language of their own, a language that doesn’t need sounds or definitions in a dictionary to be fully express and understood.
And then there is the window, an opening to the outside/ inside on the walls that enclose us in or an opening that allows us to look inside. In the physical world the window is a fragile and easy to break divider. In the emotional world –and from my point of view- the divisions that a window can represent are deeper because there are always two sides, two worlds and if you want to reach out, hold on to, to have what’s on the other side then the window will have to be broken and most likely “something” along the way will have to be shattered (sacrificed).
I have been a fan of Clint Eastwood for about a year now, and I remember that one of the few things I liked in “Unforgiven” was the scene in the beginning, when Munny is shaving and looks out of his window and sees his wife’s grave. I’m not going to say much about this scene, I’ll leave it for the film discussion on Unforgiven but I found in it that feeling of loneliness and abandoned that I mentioned above and a man apart from the world outside and apart from the woman he loved.

Then during our first film discussion, KC mentioned this about Francesca’s feelings:
“I think that's reflected in the brief scene the next evening before Francesca comes downstairs, when you see Robert pause and look out the window. The camera tracks in on him as he looks, but you never see what he sees ... which would be the view from Francesca's window, her world, the one he wants to persuade her to leave for his sake.

I think he knows, then, that he's not going to be able to convince her to leave that world.”
And once again, I saw here a division –between Robert’s and Francesca’s world and also emotional. If Robert had persuaded Francesca to leave, he (or they) had broken that window then Francesca’s world –her family- would be left shattered.
These –from my point of view- aren’t just simple scenes of someone looking out of his window, they are scenes full of emotion and although there is not a single word spoken they reveal quite a lot about the character and his emotions. They are, to me, visual poetry and they had the same effect on me as Janis Joplin’s rendition of “Ball and Chain”.
While I was watching “A Perfect World” for our film discussion, I kept seeing Phillip isolated (by a window) from the events that were going on around him.
The first scene where I noticed this isolation, is the scene when the kids are throwing balloons at Phillip’s window. His friend and the other kids took a look inside Phillip’s home and since they don’t understand it, it leads to criticism –by throwing balloons. Phillip is sad, not only because he’s too young to understand the meaning of “personal beliefs” and “higher places” but because these also separated him from the other children and the joy that radiates from outside. As KC mentioned in the film discussion “Phillip and Butch are both prisoners” and I believe this scene reveals Phillip’s confinement extremely well.

Then Butch “enters” Phillip’s world and snatches him from his house. Later on that day Phillip, playing a bandit for Halloween, sees the Casper costume inside Friendly’s and the costume, from my point of view, represents the intangible dream of playing Halloween like the other kids do, dressed in a costume. But the outfit, although it’s within an arm’s reach is still an item Phillip cannot afford to have. Phillip grabs the costume and walks slowly outside. There is a glass panel separating him from the two clerks and in this scene, Phillip has to make a decision to either stay on the “righteous” side or steal the costume –which will allow him to fulfill his dream but at the same time breaking the “thou shall not steal” commandment.

Phillip decides to make his dream a reality and Butch shoots at the store window; maybe this represents Phillip's family's beliefs that were shattered.
The scene when Butch and Phillip drive by the trailer –the “silver whale”- where Red is traveling, from my point of view, it represents the “righteous” past that is trying to catch up with Phillip. Accordingly to Butch, they are traveling in a “20th century time machine, … out there [forward] that’s the future, back there [the rear of the car] well that’s the past” and as the past passes by their time machine, we see Phillip by the back window waving goodbye to the past that is heading in a different direction.  

Then, there is the scene when Butch and Phillip see, through the front window of the car they are driving in, the representation of the perfect family. The perfect family that both Phillip and Butch never had. Later they will meet the family and will realize that they aren’t perfect, just like their families.

In the scene at Dottie’s Restaurant and the scene at Mack’s and Lottie’s house, we see that Phillip is no longer looking out, he’s looking in. At Dottie’s, Phillip will look into Butch’s sexual life, which as a child he doesn’t understand and, unlike the kids that threw balloons at his window, he will ask Butch about it in order to understand/comprehend the facts that he had witnessed.
At Mack’s house, Phillip will look inside, into Butch’s demons. Again, it’s my opinion that Phillip doesn’t quite understand what is going on, he feels isolated from Butch but he probably feels that he needs to snatch Butch from those demons, from that house –just like Butch snatched him earlier from his mother’s house.

When Butch hands Phillip the postcard it reminded me of a relay race, the race when a runner after completing his leg of the track hands the baton to the following runner in order to keep the race going. Within the context of the movie, I see it as Butch’s reaching the end of the line and now Phillip is the one running with the baton. We see Phillip for the last time, looking out at Butch through a window, separated from his friend. I like to believe that the Casper mask (in this last scene) laying next to Butch is Phillip’s spirit/soul accompanying Butch into his new journey, and Phillip remains in this world holding the postcard.
“Butch: Personally, I think we negotiated a pretty fair deal”

And friendship, just like love (or loving someone)...
“don’t cost nothing”

Maybe that’s why we see the money floating around, randomly… as if it didn't belong to anyone -has no significance.
But Phillip is now the carrier of the dream –maybe the dream of finding/helping to create the perfect world, maybe the dream of reaching higher because, after all, Phillip leaves in his “space shuttle” –“dreams do come true” and, from a poetic point of view, dreams have wings and fly.
I’ll finish with a quote from the “Book of Disquiet” which I believe has a similarity with Butch’s point of view towards the postcard that his father sent him  
“To be able to dream inconceivable things by making them visible is one of the great triumphs that even I, great as I am, only rarely attain. Yes, dreaming that I am, for example, simultaneously, separately, unconfusely [sic], a man and a woman taking a walk along a riverbank. To see myself, at the same time, with equal clarity, in the same way, with no mixing, being the two things, integrated equally in both, a conscious boat in a southern sea and a printed page in an ancient book. How absurd this seems! But everything is absurd, and the dream is the least of the absurdities.”

(Fernando Pessoa in “The Book of Disquiet”, entry 21, Exact Change Pub., edition of 1998.)
(emphasis added)

General Discussion / VH1 - 200 Greastest Pop Culture Icons
« on: July 23, 2003, 01:29:50 PM »
Clint Eastwood landed the 90th position.

(Robert Risko's caricature taken fron VH1 site, here)

Although it's a caricature, I fail to see the resemblance  ???, maybe it's just me, and please, don't ask who the heck votes for this type of show, I really don't know.

The show will air today, wednesday 23rd, at 10:00pm.

I noticed it last night but I thought it was a computer glitch on my end.

Today I still see that (on the board's main page) the counter for the posts on the Current Film Discussion is currently at -298 (i.e., minus 298).

Yesterday, when I saw it, I believe it was around -310.

Does anybody else sees the counter at minus or it's just me?   :-\

General Discussion / The Gauntlet / True Crimes Dvd
« on: April 25, 2003, 07:12:28 PM »
I was just browsing the site, and was looking into the Clint Eastwood’s dvds.

I found this dvd listed, which will be released in a few days (April 29). It’s a 2 disc (pack) dvd with the “The Gauntlet” and “True Crime”.

At first I thought it was just a dvd sale that was having, but I also found it at the site.

I don’t recall reading anything about it :-\ and maybe it's just a sale/promotion.

Do you guys know something about it?

This is from Yahoo News (here)

After teaming with Warner Bros. on 2000's "Space Cowboys," the actor-producer-director has now acquired feature film rights to Pulitzer Prize-nominated historian James R. Hansen's authorized biography of astronaut Neil Armstrong.

Eastwood will produce and direct the film for Warner Bros. via his Warner-based production shingle Malpaso but will not star in the adaptation, which has yet to find a screenwriter.

The book, titled "First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong," traces Armstrong's career from his time as a Korean War fighter pilot through his experiences in the American space program and his historic place as the first person to set foot on the moon.

Hansen, who has the exclusive rights to Armstrong's story, is expected to complete the book in late 2004.
Eastwood is in post-production for Warner Bros. on "Mystic River," a crime drama based on Dennis Lehane's bestselling novel. That film, produced and directed by Eastwood, stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden and Laura Linney.

"Millions of people watched Neil Armstrong step out onto the moon's surface, and millions more have seen those images since the event happened," Eastwood said. "However, Armstrong himself is a very enigmatic person. James Hansen's book examines the life of a private man who shared a profound experience with the entire world; it's a story that I think would make an interesting movie."


This thread started on the old board, it is a good thread and we just couldn't just let it drift away ;).

AKA23 started it and I re-posted every message as they originally appeared in the old CEWB.

 :)Feel free to add your opinion

The Dirty Harry Films / Dirty Harry DVD, Philo's Review
« on: December 12, 2002, 08:51:20 PM »
This thread was originally on the old board but it had so much good information, it warranted being brought over here.

I hope everyone here will enjoy these pictures and the discussion.

General Discussion / Philo's Play Misty For Me Comparison
« on: December 11, 2002, 08:46:12 PM »
This thread was originally on the old board but it had so much good information, it warranted being brought over here.

I hope everyone here will enjoy these pictures and the discussion.

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