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I thought you might be interested in this Guardian article from the other day:

I don't 100% agree with everything the writer says but it's a pretty good article.

Haven't watched a Clint film in such a long time ... (hangs head in shame)  :-[

Off-Topic Discussion / Baby news
« on: February 02, 2016, 11:57:47 AM »
I've already told Matt but just in case some of you were wondering ... Robert James Preston (Robbie) was born just before noon on Sunday 24 January weighing 3390 grams or 7 pounds and 8 ounces. He was 10 days overdue! We're all doing well – Robbie is a really good baby! He was weighed on Saturday and has already put on an ounce.

I'm doing fine and am not too tired as Steve (my husband) is currently on paternity leave so has been helping out a bit with night feeds, although he goes back to work next week so I'll be doing night shifts myself from then on  :o

Off-Topic Discussion / Happy New Year!
« on: December 31, 2006, 04:53:32 PM »
It's five minutes away here in the just wanted to say to all of you, hope you all have a wonderful New Year and that good things happen for all of us in 2007!

Love and hugs, ally

Off-Topic Discussion / AWOL, again!
« on: July 31, 2006, 01:21:39 PM »
Hey guys, just wanted to apologise for not being around and not replying to people's pms and posts. What happened was I accidentally spilt wine on the keyboard of my laptop and killed it :( This was back at the end of May, and I've only recently got a new computer.

Anyway, I hope to be coming back on the board more in the future - I hope none of you thought I'd disappeared for good! I missed being here.

With love and hugs


Off-Topic Discussion / New job!
« on: April 05, 2006, 02:22:24 PM »
Hi guys,

I don't wish to blow my own trumpet, but some of you know how long I've been searching for that elusive first job in publishing. I was about ready to give up! Well, I finally got offered a job about two weeks ago, and I started on Monday! I'm still in a daze about it. It's provisionally a six-month contract but hopefully will be made permanent eventually.

I'm working for a big publisher called Hodder Headline, in the Education division as an Editorial Assistant. I'm working on materials for schools, which is great because I feel like I'm helping young people. It's all very new and scary at the moment, and I'm trying my best not to screw up, but I feel very privileged to be working for a company like Hodder in a role with potentially many prospects.

Anyway, just thought some of you might like to know. Sorry I don't keep everyone in the loop all the time - I tend to disappear at times, but I'll always be back!

ally xx

Eastwood News / Happy Birthday Clint!
« on: May 31, 2004, 03:37:12 AM »
I wasn't sure where to start this thread and I know it's common knowledge that it's Clint's birthday today, but I wanted to send him my best wishes for a very happy day. No doubt the moderators will post a big banner on the site later today with Happy Birthday Clint on it ;)

I want to say thank you to Clint for giving us all his wonderful films and acting performances. His work is always such a pleasure to watch. There's always a Clint film on somewhere, which shows how popular and familiar he is to everyone (Escape From Alcatraz was on BBC One last night, for example!).

The readers of Empire magazine have gone some way to paying homage to Clint by voting him 9th 'God Among Us' in a poll which pays tribute to more senior actors and actresses who deserve particular recognition for their work. After all the votes were taken in, the magazine narrowed down the list to 30 such 'Gods'. Naturally I voted Clint as my no. 1...I'm sure Clint won't mind that Morgan Freeman beat him at 7th place :)

Anyway, have a great day Clint, we'll all be thinking of you! I hope you have a fun day with your family and you get lots of nice presents. I wonder, what do you buy Clint Eastwood for his birthday? :)

General Discussion / Clint's horoscope
« on: May 30, 2004, 03:28:32 AM »
Too much time on my hands this morning - found this while browsing the web:

Clint Eastwood - A Gemini
*   Profession -Veteran Actor
*   Date of Birth- 31st May, 1930
*   Place of Birth- San Francisco, California.
*   Chinese Sign- Horse
*   Feng Shui Element- Mettle

Astro- Report

The Sun in Gemini indicates that Clint is alert and communicative, with a capacity for learning. Thriving on variety and novelty, he resents mental drudgery. Clint needs to learn the value of commitment.

He has a talent for communication, and journalism would be an ideal occupation for him.Work in all branches of the media is ideal for such a communicative and versatile person.

Six planets in Cardinal signs in his chart suggest that Clint is highly motivated with huge reserves of get-up-and-go, but he also tends to lack the persistence to see his vision through to completion. Clint can easily become impatient, intolerant and, occasionally, even ruthless.

Three planets in Clint's 10th House indicates that he hungers for worldly achievement and recognition, and has a desire to be in control of his life.
Three planets in Cancer make Clint quite sensitive and protective. However, the Moon in Cancer plays havoc with his emotions .

This made me laugh. Clint's missed his calling in life - he should've been a journalist!!! ;D

You can also do a 'death test' on this site to find out how long you might live...nice!

Click here for the link to this site

The Dirty Harry Films / John Milius interview in Empire magazine
« on: May 14, 2004, 01:58:01 PM »
Hey, I meant to say this sooner, as the issue's been out for 2 weeks, but there's an interview in Empire magazine with John Milius, screenwriter on Dirty Harry and Magnum Force, (also director of such films as Conan the Barbarian and Red Dawn).

I wish I could post a link to the whole interview here, but I've searched for it online and I can't find it. So, I'll post some extracts here. Only a small part of the interview is about his work on Clint's films anyway, but for all of you in America, it's worth a look if you can find it on sale anywhere (as this is a UK magazine).

One of your big early writing assigments was Dirty Harry...
John Calley of Warners called me up and said, "We've got this treatment. We want you to make it into a screenplay and we've got to meet with Frank Sinatra, who's going to star in it, in four weeks. Can you write this in 21 days?" I said, "Sure. I don't recommend it, but it can be done."

How much of yourself did you graft onto Harry Callahan?
I always considered myself to be a loner, so I suppose there's some degree of that in there. And I'm a bit of a fanatic, and Harry is too. Originally, Harry was just a regular tough cop; it was my idea that he was God's lonely man. He was the other side of the bad guys, the other side of the coin. The bad guy, Scorpio, was also fun to write. He was worse in the script - when he gets on that bus with the kids at the end, he has a flame-thrower.

Was the Dirty Harry sequel, Magnum Force, a good experience?
The script was pretty interesting. It shows how far you can go if you take the law into your own hands - but where do you draw the line? However, I didn't like the way it was directed (by Ted Post). It was really cheesy. In the script there was a description of this pimp pouring Drano down a girl's throat. In the film it was supposed to be the characters just talking about it - you don't actually want to see it. But of course they immediately put that scene in. It's horrible to talk about it, but it's sickening to see it.

I think it's interesting what he says about Scorpio's character, though I'm not sure how doing the scene on the bus with a flame-thrower would have worked.

And the 'God's lonely man' quote...conjures up images of Travis Bickle, though I wouldn't really compare him to Harry!

Anyway, thought everyone might be interested in seeing this :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Favourite Movie Quotes
« on: April 20, 2004, 04:46:47 PM »
There's probably been a thread on this before, but I was just wondering what everyone's favourite quotes were from non-Eastwood films.

Just a few of mine:

Get busy living, or get busy dying. (Andy DuFresne) The Shawshank Redemption

You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Then who the hell else are you talkin' to? You talkin' to me? Well I'm the only one here. Who do you think you're talking to? Oh yeah? Huh? Ok. (Travis Bickle, to himself) Taxi Driver

Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets. (Travis Bickle) Taxi Driver

The other important joke for me is one that's usually attributed to Groucho Marx...I would never want to belong to any club that would have someone like me for a member. (Alvy Singer) Annie Hall

They did not take me in the Army. I was, um, interestingly enough, I was, I was 4-P. Yes. In the, in the event of war, I'm a hostage. (Alvy Singer) Annie Hall

Try not! Do or do not, there is no try (Yoda) Star Wars Episode IV

If only you could see what I've seen with your eyes! (Roy Batty to Chew), Blade Runner

And of course, the one I've used for my signature, also from Blade Runner.

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Clint holds the key to empathy
« on: March 12, 2004, 07:10:12 AM »
In today's (UK) Times newspaper, there is an interesting science article which is bizarrely linked to Clint. I’ve tried to find the article on the Times Online site but for some reason it’s nowhere to be found, so the best I can do is type it out for you. There’s a nice pic of Clint as the Man with No Name too. Perhaps if I scan it into the computer and e-mail it to Matt then he can post the article and/or picture. Anyway, for now, read on:

Clint holds the key to empathy

Clint Eastwood has helped scientists to answer one of the most enduring questions about the human brain: whether different people perceive the world in the same or different ways.
When people watch Eastwood’s classic 1966 spaghetti western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, their brains respond with characteristic patterns of activity that prove everybody is seeing much the same thing, new research has shown.
The findings provide important evidence that all human brains process visual information in similar enough fashion for us to be reasonably certain that what we see of the world around us is also what everybody else can see.
Variations between individual brains mean that people may react very differently to particular visual stimuli, such as violence or emotional scenes in a film, but the stimuli themselves appear to be perceived the same way by everybody.
The issue of whether one person sees the same thing as another – that the colour blue, for example, means the same thing to everyone – has taxed scientists and philosophers for generations. To test the similarity of individuals’ brains in a more realistic context, researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science and Tel Aviv University in Israel, used MRI to scan the brains of volunteers as they watched 30 minutes of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
“We reasoned that such rich and complex stimulation will be much closer to ecological vision relative to the highly constrained visual stimuli used in the laboratory,” said Uri Hasson, who led the team.
The results, details of which are published today in the journal Science, revealed a remarkable level of correspondence between the viewers’ brains.
Spikes of activity in particular regions tended to match particular episodes in the film across all the volunteers. Emotional scenes, such as those including gunshots and explosions, produced some of the most markedly consistent brain responses.
“The results reveal a surprising tendency of individual brains to ‘tick collectively’ during natural vision,” he said.
Luiz Pessoa, of Brown University in Rhode Island, said: “There might be, after all, ample cortex for you and I to experience The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in a unique way. It also means that there is enough work to keep neuroscientists busy for quite a long time.”

(Ally's note: If I had been one of the volunteers, I would’ve insisted on watching The Good, the Bad and the Ugly all the way through, not just for 30 minutes! Good on Uri Hasson for referring to the film as “such rich and complex stimulation” though :))

Off-Topic Discussion / Cats or Dogs?
« on: November 07, 2003, 01:49:51 PM »
I'm determined that one day cats will rule the world (with me as their leader, of course!) Today, I ask you, the Clint faithful, to make a choice: are you with me, as a devoted kitty-lover, or will you do the dirty and devote yourself to the dog?

The choice is yours...choose carefully, as they said in Buffy recently*, you don't want to be on the losing side when it's good vs evil, cat vs dog...

N.B. This poll is completely unbiased in an environmentally-friendly non-stick fat-free kind of way....
*The last part may have been made up.

General Discussion / Clint is respected by film caterers!
« on: October 31, 2003, 05:53:11 AM »
I meant to post this sooner, but did anyone see in the Guardian newspaper (UK) tv guide from Saturday the article on Film caterers (pp. 4-6)? There was a small section on the last page where some caterers listed their favourite people to work with. Robin Demetriou, whose company is the highly regarded 1st Unit Caterers International (currently working on the third Harry Potter film) chose Clint, and said:

The best there's ever been. He gets his own food and sits down to eat with the crew. No one runs around for him. He has an unswerving loyalty to people he has worked with and he wins massive respect from everyone. The enthusiasm he generates in crews working for him is unbelievable.

I think that's a fantastic quote, and sums up Clint's generous and down-to-earth nature completely. It's nice that Clint has had this effect on so many different people.

General Discussion / Only 403 members?
« on: February 22, 2003, 09:40:59 AM »
I was just browsing through the board today and I noticed that there are currently 403 members of the board. Doesn't that seem rather low to you, considering what a prominent figure Clint is? I don't know, I just thought it was rather low, considering how long the board's been active (and how many people must be Clint fans). Surely the first thing a Clint fan does if they have access to the internet is to do a search, and this site is the first one to come up. After all, that's how I found it. I just wondered if this seemed odd to anyone.

I'm bringing over this topic from the old board.   :)

I'm bringing this old thread over to this board.  Enjoy it. :)

The Dirty Harry Films / IS there Gay Subtext in DIRTY HARRY?
« on: December 19, 2002, 05:53:55 PM »
This is a companion thread to the "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot Gay/No Way Debate".  It was started by bdc28 and I'm bringing it over to this board, now that the T&L thread is here.  I hope everyone enjoys it...  :)

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