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Off-Topic Discussion / Action Movies! (& TV)
« on: April 09, 2013, 05:25:23 AM »
The tremendous success of The Expendables and the sequel is what inspired me to start a thread on this topic.  I enjoyed the both of them very much and they're amongst my favorite of the genre.  I'm looking forward to the latest sequel and I'd love to see Eastwood in it, even briefly as was Norris was in the first sequel.

I've loved action movies for as long as I can remember.  Clint Eastwood, John Wayne and James Cagney are favorites that have done some great action movies throughout their careers.  This topic is open to all who wish to participate, whether you love this kind of entertainment as I do or even just a little or somewhere in between. 


Eastwood News / Eastwood and Aronofsky, Live at Tribeca
« on: March 21, 2013, 11:44:04 AM »
I thought this too big to be in the Eastwood in the press (minor mentions) thread:

Clint Eastwood and Darren Aronofsky will engage in a public dialogue about the art of film directing at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, one of a score of panel discussions scheduled during the event, which runs from April 17 to April 28.

Mr. Aronofsky, the director of “Black Swan” and the coming “Noah,” will interview Mr. Eastwood on April 27 in front of an audience at Borough of Manhattan Community College after the premiere of “Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story,” a documentary.

Not much more but here's the source:  Eastwood and Aronofsky, Live at Tribeca

I've been listening to a some of my favorite albums  lately and thought it would be a good idea to share my opinion on them.  To me, what qualifies as "favorite" is enjoying every song.  Not just liking them, but enjoying them so much that you want to hear them repeatedly.

So, if you happen to see something you like, feel free to add your thoughts, comments, insight and memories.  :)   

Off-Topic Discussion / Bond, James Bond. The Shaken, Not Stirred Thread
« on: February 27, 2013, 11:42:46 AM »
At Gant's suggestion, I'm starting a James Bond thread.  Post your thoughts on anything related; movies, books, author, girls, gadgets, etc.

Off-Topic Discussion / Shazam! Captain Marvel (Whiz & DC Comics)
« on: December 19, 2012, 09:19:41 AM »
This is my favorite comic book character from when I was a child.  I loved the comics and tv show.  It'd be great to see a decent movie treatment but sadly, I don't think it'll happen.  I think his origins are just as interesting, if not more so, than Superman's.  I could be wrong, but I think Captain Marvel is the stronger of the two, as he's "The World's Mightiest Mortal", as opposed to Superman, "The Man Of Steel."  That's a never-ending debate. 

I won the 1970's DC series from my brother on a Super Bowl bet.  It may have been Super Bowl IX and he chose his then favorite team, the Minnesota Vikings.  The Vikings lost Super Bowl VIII, too, but I don't think that was the year we made our bet.  The bet was if I won, I'd get the comics, if I lost, I'd have to do his chores for a month. 

I came across a Captain Thunder cover recently and also a couple of Superman vs. Shazam! covers.  I remember reading the former, but not the latter. 

This is what Wikipedia has on Captain Thunder:

Captain Thunder (1974)

In Superman #276 (June 1974), Superman found himself at odds with "Captain Thunder", a superhero displaced from another Earth and another time. Thunder had been tricked by his archenemies in the Monster League of Evil into doing evil by a magic spell, and Thunder therefore was made to do battle with Superman. Captain Thunder, whose name was derived from Captain Marvel's original moniker, was a thinly veiled pastiche of Marvel; down to his similar costume, his young alter ego named "Willie Fawcett" (a reference to the publisher of the original Captain Marvel stories, Fawcett Comics), and a magic word ("Thunder!") which was an acronym for seven entities and their respective powers. He got his power from rubbbing a magic belt buckle with a thunder symbol on it and saying "Thunder." He got his powers from Tornado (power), Hare (speed), Uncas (bravery), Nature (wisdom), Diamond (toughness), Eagle (flight), and Ram (tenacity). Superman held him while he used his wisdom to escape the effects of the spell.

At the time of Superman #276, DC had been publishing Shazam! comics for two years, but had kept that universe separate from those of its other publications. The real Captain Marvel would finally meet Superman in Justice League of America #137, two years later (although he met Lex Luthor in Shazam! #15, November/December 1974).

Source: Shazam! DC Comics

General Discussion / Favorite Eastwood-directed only film
« on: September 16, 2012, 10:21:45 AM »
In light of my recently created topic, Films Clint Eastwood has directed but not starred in, I thought it'd be a good idea to pick up where Christopher left off with an new poll to include Invictus, Hereafter and J. Edgar.

General Discussion / Films Clint Eastwood starred in but did not direct
« on: September 16, 2012, 08:07:27 AM »



  1. A Fistful Of Dollars (1964)
  2. For A Few Dollars More (1965)
  3. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966)
  4. Hang ‘Em High (1968)
  5. Coogan’s Bluff (1968)
  6. Where Eagles Dare (1969)
  7. Paint Your Wagon (1969)
  8. Two Mules For Sister Sara (1970)
  9. Kelly’s Heroes (1970)
10. The Beguiled (1971)
11. Dirty Harry (1971)
12. Joe Kidd (1972)
13. Magnum Force (1973)
14. Thunderbolt And Lightfoot (1974)
15. The Enforcer (1976)
16. Every Which Way But Loose (1978)
17. Escape From Alcatraz (1979)
18. Any Which Way You Can (1980)
19. Tightrope (1984)
20. City Heat (1984)
21. The Dead Pool (1988)
22. Pink Cadillac (1989)
23. In The Line Of Fire (1993)
24. Trouble With The Curve (2012)

Here are two other, similar threads I recently created you may find interesting: 

Films Clint Eastwood directed & starred in      Films Clint Eastwood has directed but not starred in

This one is probably my favorite because of the Leone Trilogy and the best of the Dirty Harry series.  There's a few in here I dislike but a lot of these are great films.  Trouble With The Curve is shaping up to be a very enjoyable film.  My prediction, anyway.

General Discussion / Films Clint Eastwood directed & starred in
« on: September 16, 2012, 08:00:24 AM »



  1. Play Misty For Me (1971)
  2. High Plains Drifter (1973)
  3. The Eiger Sanction (1975)
  4. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
  5. The Gauntlet (1977)
  6. Bronco Billy (1980)
  7. Firefox (1982)
  8. Honkytonk Man (1982)
  9. Sudden Impact (1983)
10. Pale Rider (1985)
11. Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
12. White Hunter, Black Heart (1990)
13. The Rookie (1990)
14. Unforgiven (1992)
15. A Perfect World (1993)
16. The Bridges Of Madison County (1995)
17. Absolute Power (1997)
18. True Crime (1999)
19. Space Cowboys (2000)
20. Blood Work (2002)
21. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
22. Gran Torino (2008)

I recently created a topic I'd been considering for some time and so far there's been some positive reactions.  Films Clint Eastwood has directed but not starred in

Following in the footsteps of that,  I thought it'd be a good idea to create this one.  This will focus on the movies he directed and starred in.  I've never really looked at Clint Eastwood's film career in quite this manner and thus far it's been very interesting.  What adds to the experience is reading other's opinions.  Glancing at the titles quickly, I'd say I've enjoyed about half of them very much to the point of viewing them again. 

So thank you to all who've participated so far.  I look forward to reading your comments here.

General Discussion / Films Clint Eastwood has directed but not starred in
« on: September 12, 2012, 08:13:17 AM »

Yes!  It's me!....And yes!  I did just create this very topic!  ;)

I’ve been a fan of Clint Eastwood’s films for a little over 30 years.  Coming across the Leone westerns and Dirty Harry movies on television over the winter of ‘81/’82 is what did it for me.  I was hooked.  I remember reading in an interview he gave to publicize his next movie at the time, Firefox, that he was considering acting less and directing more.  I wasn’t happy to hear that.  I was looking forward to see more of Eastwood on the big screen even though I’d come away seriously disappointed in Firefox.  Luckily, he’d go on to many starring roles since then and for that, as a fan, I am grateful.  I’ve been let down many a time but the better films have more than made up for the bad ones. 

Many know I’m not a fan of the films Eastwood directs but does not star in.  I still don’t consider them to be a true Clint Eastwood movie.  Not me.  Still, as this site is dedicated to him and his movies I thought I’d start a topic dedicated to them, weigh in with my opinion and see what others have to say on the matter. 

The only movie Eastwood has directed that I truly enjoy so far is Mystic River.  It’s the one film out them all that I would watch again.  What’s sweet about it is that it was filmed in Boston, not far from where I live and it won some Academy Awards.   

From Wikipedia:
The film opened to widespread critical acclaim. It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor. Sean Penn won Best Actor and Tim Robbins won Best Supporting Actor, making Mystic River the first film to win both awards since Ben-Hur in 1959.

The only others I would consider returning to are J. Edgar and Changeling.  They fell short of my expectations but were still somewhat likeable.  I’ve read a lot of these novels as well.  The most enjoyable was Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil.  For the most part, these films are very well made.  The production, direction, cinematography and acting come across fine.

So, why have I created this topic when I've been so vocal in the past as to my dislike and disappointment of most these films?  I am curious to know more about what other members/moderators have to say on the topic, be it just one or a few of these films or all of them.  I hope you've found this initial post interesting and look forward to read other opinions and whatever interaction may come thereafter.   

  1. Breezy (1973)
  2. Bird (1988)
  3. Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil (1997)
  4. Mystic River (2003)
  5. Flags Of Our Fathers (2006)
  6. Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
  7. Changeling (2008)
  8. Invictus (2009)
  9. Hereafter (2010)
10. J. Edgar (2011)
11. Jersey Boys (2014)

I decided to just list them chronologically, without any ratings.  If you're at all curious, this information is available here:  Coop's Eastwood Movie Reviews

For me it would be John F. Kennedy.  Truth be told I could care less about meeting anyone in the entertainment industry.  No, I honestly wouldn’t have wanted to meet Elvis Presley (the same goes for my other 2 idols, living legends Clint Eastwood and William Shatner).  I’m not an entertainer so there’s no common ground there for us to discuss.  I’d honestly have nothing to say to them (save for picking their brains about their careers and I'm sure they could care less about something as frivolous as that).

Now, I’m not a politician but to me Kennedy was a very interesting person and it would be fascinating to discuss matters such as NASA, The Cold War, The Bay Of Pigs, The Cuban Missile Crisis and his Presidency.  Also, what it was like working so closely with his brother.

Eastwood News / Life Icons Book
« on: August 10, 2012, 10:52:49 AM »
LIFE ICONS premiere issue features none other than the man himself.

Off-Topic Discussion / HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012!
« on: December 31, 2011, 12:00:26 AM »
I'm taking this opportunity to wish everybody a very Happy New Year 2012!  Right now it's just after 2:00 a.m so it's officially New Year's Eve in the Boston area.  I just got in from a night out with friends to celebrate a little early.  As it turns out, quite unexpectedly, I ran into the girl I lost my virginity to tonight at the bar I was hanging out in!  What a pleasant surprise!  We didn't stop talking from the moment she came in until it was time for me to go.  Her boyfriend was a saint and even bought me a beer.  Talk about understanding!  Something like that doesn't happen every day and it was a lot of fun.

2011:  To quote a line from a great Sinatra song (yes, Sinatra, not Elvis!), "It was a very good year."  Yes, indeed.  Knee & face surgery and back problems notwithstanding, it was definitely a very good year.  My princess, Nina Marie was born on August 24 and the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup!  Not bad, eh?  Until last year, I could really care less about New Year's Eve or Day.  The former now holds a special place in my heart now for it was New Year's Eve 2010 that I learned of Diana's pregnancy with Nina.

So, everybody, a safe, healthy, HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012!!!  ;)

Off-Topic Discussion / The Michael Jackson Appreciation Thread
« on: September 22, 2011, 01:23:23 PM »
I’m now listening to Jackson’s song Man In The Mirror and this is one of the greatest recordings I’ve ever heard.  At times it can still be a very moving, emotional song.  There are two songs very much like this one (not saying either is a copy of the other by any means, just a reminder); Elvis’ If I Can Dream and John Lennon’s Imagine.  Three incredibly great recordings.

Off-Topic Discussion / Osama Bin Laden - Dead
« on: May 02, 2011, 05:23:17 AM »
Finally!  NY Daily News

I'm not posting this in the Celebrity Obituary Thread because I don't believe Osama Bin Laden belongs there.

Off-Topic Discussion / The Sports Thread
« on: March 25, 2011, 06:14:02 AM »
One HELL of a game!

Postgame Reaction vs. Montreal
Thursday, 03.24.2011 / 11:24 PM / Features
By Hannah Becker  -
BOSTON – Seven goals and Tim Thomas’ 25th career shutout later, the Boston Bruins proved why they are the Northeast Division leaders as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens 7-0 tonight in TD Garden.

Five different Bruins scored in the emotional battle set on what was, for tonight, the NHL’s biggest stage. 

As the two long-time rivals clashed, Boston came out battling from the first drop of the puck.

“We just wanted to come out strong, play hard, finish our checks, play smart, and just really work hard. Obviously, we want to start feeling better about ourselves, and tonight was good,” said B’s forward Nathan Horton, who netted two goals in the win.

Defenseman Johnny Boychuk started things off for Boston, tallying his second goal of the season just 1:01 into the game.

“It just hit the boards and came straight to me and just put it on net and [Milan Lucic] was basically right on top of him, [Price] couldn’t see anything,” Boychuk said of his goal.

”We just wanted to go out there and get the first one and get ourselves and everybody into the game.”

Boychuk added an assist on Gregory Campbell’s first goal of the night at 13:43 in the first. The tally gave Boychuk his third career multiple-point game.

The Bruins kept the pressure up throughout he entire game, leading to Tim Thomas’ eighth shutout of the season, and 25th of his NHL career.

“It’s a memorable one, not so much because I had that much work. I did have to do some, but, the beauty of watching the whole game in front of me, and it was a whole game that the crowd could enjoy themselves through,” said Thomas.

“Never really too much pins and needles after a while because we took the lead and we never gave it up and never got on our heels.”

While Thomas’ defensive play was outstanding, it was the Bruins offense that dominated the game.

Six Bruins had multiple-point games, including three point efforts from Milan Lucic, Zdeno Chara and David Krejci.

“Guys played really hard and showed a lot of character in this room. And obviously a lot of guys stepped up in their games and played huge,” Chara said.

“We had big contributions from the third and fourth line, our power play was really solid, moved the puck well. We killed all the penalties. So basically we had everything going what we were tried to looking for in this game.”

The B’s will look to take the momentum they gained from tonight’s win into the final nine games of the regular season and into the playoffs.

“That’s the way we wish we could play every night. It should be a big confidence booster for us going forward,” Thomas said.

“It’s the blueprint of the type of game we want to play.”

Source:  Boston Bruins Official Website

I'm not sure where to post this so I'll just start a new thread unless/until one of the moderators move it, of which I won't mind.  Anyway, the Bruins had one hell of a game last night.  Now, I haven't watched an NHL game from beginning to end (on tv) in years.  There was a lot of hype about last night's game so like many others, I decided to tune in to see if there was going to be a beat-down.  To be honest, if that happened my interest wouldn't have lasted long and I'd have changed the channel.  Better to save that kind of stuff for boxing matches.  Still, living close to Boston I have a natural distaste for the Canadiens (same goes for the Yankees) so I was hoping if there was a major fight then the B's would come out victorious.

However, I came away with something far, far better.  The Bruins played a great, professional game and scored numerous times, shutting the Canadiens out, 7-0.  They scored early in the 1st period and didn't look back.  Their opponent had a few opportunities due to Bruins' penalties but just could not capitalize.  When they were down a man I kept thinking, "Man, it'd be great if the Bruins scored a short-handed goal."  Not only did this happen, but they scored when they were down 2 players!  That was the icing on the cake!  The best Bruins game I've ever seen.

Oh, for those who are Canadiens and/or Yankees fans, no offense.  I'm not ashamed of my inbred dislike of teams outside of Boston or New England at all but I am a realist.  I acknowledge those team have won multiple championships and that's great for them and their fans.  I'm not one of those local fans that owns bumper-stickers or t-shirts that state "Yankees Suck!" or the like.  I don't agree with that sentiment at all.  How could they, with so many championships?!  But that's just me.

So, I've covered all the bases.  Again, I'm not sure where to post this so moderators please feel free to move it to the appropriate thread, if there is one.  Thank you, thankyouverymuch  8)

General Discussion / International Clint Eastwood movie posters
« on: November 20, 2010, 09:34:49 AM »
I'm hoping there isn't already a thread/topic for this.  I thought it'd be fun to post International Clint Eastwood movie posters here from throughout his career.  

This one's obviously Gran Torino.  I just can't tell what language the text is in so my guess is Japanese.  This image reminds me of the poster for A Perfect World.

Eastwood News / Eastwood on Hollywood Salutes Matt Damon
« on: May 27, 2010, 07:26:20 PM »
I tuned in to the end of this program wondering if Matt Damon would mention Clint and he did.  The special was a cross between a tribute and roast and Damon in turn poked jabs at some of the stars & friends that paid tribute to him.  When he got to Clint, he said, "I'm not gonna f*** with you, man" which drew laughs from the attendees (and myself).  Damon did go on to mention that Eastwood hasn't received the American Cinematheque Award and went on to tell a funny story about Clint being the only person to ever turn down an AARP Lifetime Achievement Award.  This took place during the making of Hereafter.  Matt relayed the story with a passable Eastwood impression and when Matt said he asked why he turned it down, says Clint told them they (AARP) already gave it to him 2 years ago, they just forgot about it!  Too funny.  


Off-Topic Discussion / 5 Star Loser
« on: May 03, 2010, 02:26:44 PM »
5 Star Loser is a band my wife's brother started a handful of years ago.  After years of playing drums, he decided to front his own band.  It's been a while since I've seen them perform and I'm glad I had the opportunity.  Like the McCartney concert I attended last summer at Fenway Park in Boston, I was so inspired I decided to put my thoughts down.

Schofield Kid, thanks again for your help with posting photos.  My apologies to everyone regarding the quality as they were taken with my cell-phone camera.  The 1st photo is the band's poster in The Hard Rock Cafe entrance, the last 2 being the exterior and interior of the restaurant.  On a side note, this is a new location for the Boston Hard Rock Cafe and upon my 1st visit a year or 2 ago I was sorely disappointed.  I still prefer the original location but enjoy the theme too much to ignore returning.  I'll be returning this Friday to see Slip Kid, a Who tribute band.

For anyone interested, there's more on them on this Google page: 5 Star Loser

5 Star Loser
Brian Cooper, 4/29/10
Like Joan Jett sang way back in ’82, “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”.  I've seen my fair share of great concerts over the years; Cheap Trick, Rush, Billy Idol, U2, Def Leppard, The Eagles, Bryan Adams, John Fogerty and, last summer, Paul McCartney.    
Tonight I saw another great rock 'n' roll concert.  Dan Margasa's 5 Star Loser band played at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston, Mass. and they did NOT disappoint!  As a roadie/helper, I've seen this band almost at the beginning as they played local gigs, the original Hard Rock Café in Boston, another one in Nashville and at various suburbs overseas in England.  They’ve come a long way since then.  Tonight I see all the kinks have been worked out and it was great fun hearing tunes from both albums, Punk Rock Nightmare and Swallow Hollywood.  As a treat they threw in a medley of familar classic rock tunes by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin & others and ended their set with Lita Ford's "Kiss Me Deadly".  Each performer shone through brilliantly, from Daniel Margasa's singing, stage presence and guitar playing, Brian Murphy's lead guitar, Robert Lheruex's bass and Randy Whooton's drumming.  It was great seeing Dan taking center seat behind the drum kit again, his first love having been drumming, which is how I came to first know him as a musician.  I've seen him perform at drum clinics, helped him with various solo and band performances and have always been impressed by his professionalism and skill.  
Aside from how much they've improved skillfully, 5 Star Loser has become even more fun and with Dan's lead, they impress this upon the crowd without fail.  It's something that makes one want to return to their performances repeatedly.  Like Elvis Presley's gyrating, Roger Daltry's microphone-twirling and Michael Jackson's moonwalking, Margasa's guitar-swinging around his shoulder and body is quite a sight to see!  I wish Dan and 5 Star Loser the best of success sooner than later as it well deserved!  Deservedly so, their music should be heard on the radio and performances should be filling arenas worldwide.

General Discussion / Firefox plane sighting
« on: March 26, 2010, 08:56:31 AM »
I'm hoping somebody can help me with this.  I was watching a movie recently and could swear I saw the Firefox plane in it.  The trouble is, I can't remember the name of the movie!  It's driving me crazy!  Help!  :D

Off-Topic Discussion / Michael Jackson AMA nominations
« on: October 14, 2009, 08:00:21 PM »
Before I start this, let me just say I like a lot of Michael Jackson's music; Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad being favorite albums and a lot of his other solo work thereafter.  What I don't understand is his being nominated for awards by the AMA (American Music Awards).  For what, dying?  There's been no new material for years and even the greatest hits compilation being considered was released 6 years ago!  Give an artist credit where it's due but this is bull!  What's next, giving Elvis an Academy award?  Jackson will probably win but it's misplaced credit, like the super-ultra-retarded statement that the dance sequence in Jailhouse Rock was the first music video!

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