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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Elizabeth77
« on: June 26, 2010, 09:21:20 PM »
Thank you all for the kind birthday greetings.  They are the icing on a delightful birthday cake.  :)

My day started with a very thoughtful gift from my 10-year-old son.  He gave me In the Line of Fire because it is one of my favorites.  Then we bought a van to replace the one I crashed back in May.  (The delight of having another birthday was all the greater when I look back at that event.)  Finally, we found a building to rent so that we can expand our home business into a shop.  What a lot of extra work!  :D  Hopefully this means a little more stability in our lives.  It's about time!

Thank you all again for the fun pictures and messages.  You made my day!   O0

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Recent Books Read
« on: June 24, 2010, 10:26:11 PM »
The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark

Unfortunately, my copy doesn't look like this one, but it reads the same.  :)  It discusses some very sobering ideas that are very relevant today.  People still need to be willing to take responsibility for their actions and not think that because a whole group did something wrong together that it makes it right.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What was the last western you watched?
« on: June 23, 2010, 09:03:40 PM »
I just revisited The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance after having seen it for the first time about six months ago.  One of my favorite John Ford movies.  O0

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Go On, Make Your Day!
« on: June 21, 2010, 01:48:59 PM »
I just got home from spending the weekend helping my parents celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.  People came from all over the country for the occasion, and many friends from overseas called or sent flowers and cards.  My husband and I did up a slideshow for people to watch that tried to give a taste of what the last 50 years has contained.  What fun!

It made my day to be able to contribute to the happiness of the occasion.  I am in awe as I consider how many people's lives have been touched by my parents in 50 years.  Friends from college, my father's students, the 40 or so high school and college students that have lived with them over the years, strangers off the street who needed a place to stay . . .  I hope I can have had such a positive effect on so many in my lifetime.

Trivia Games / Re: A-Z of Eastwood.
« on: June 21, 2010, 01:26:28 PM »
Golden Hotel . . . where $5 rooms cost $7

My screen name is Elizabeth77.  Elizabeth is from Paint Your Wagon.  While it's not my favorite Eastwood movie,  it is one that I like to sit down and watch when I have plenty of time and need a good laugh.  My kids have an appreciation for it, too.  :) 
It's the fulfillment of a dream, to have a name that everyone knows and no one asks where I got my name.   ::)

Was it your first viewing of the film Elizabeth77?

Yes, SK, it was.  I may have to see it again before I make up my mind.  Right now Million Dollar Baby is in company with Unforgiven for me.  I was deeply moved by both of them, I went out and bought both of them, but I don't get any enjoyment out of watching them.  They hit too close to home and it hurts.

After I made my earlier post, I got to thinking.  There is one other thing that really ties at least two of the films together without explaining their relationship to each other.

The musical theme for the final scene between Blondy, Tuco and Angel Eyes in The Good the Bad and the Ugly is fundamentally the same as that for the final scene between Colonel Mortimer and El Indio in For A Few Dollars More.  There is even the chiming of the watch in both.  I had listened to the soundtracks for both movies a number of times before it struck me.  I don't know what the significance of the repeated musical theme might have to do with tying the stories together, but I find it intriguing.

Trivia Games / Re: A-Z of Eastwood.
« on: June 14, 2010, 02:43:25 PM »
Ruth White  ...  Madame 'Peaches' Sophie

After watching it again recently, I got to thinking whether or not I see it as a prequel.  It may have been intended that way, or just promoted that way.  I tend to view all three movies as three separate stories that are inextricably tied together through the use of the same actors and having the main character dressed the same at least part of the time in all three.

I see Blondy in The Good the Bad and the Ugly as a more experienced and cautious character than Joe in Fistful of Dollars.  While he still takes plenty of risks, they seem more calculated to me.  He has been around awhile and is known (at least by reputation) by both Tuco and Angel Eyes.  They both take him seriously.  In Fistful of Dollars, Joe is unknown when he comes into town and doesn't carry a reputation with him.  He rather appears to be making one.  In For A Few Dollars More, Manco is considered by Colonel Mortimer to be young and having a lot to learn yet.  For me, Blondy has done some of that learning, but the placing of that experience in an earlier time period makes it seem improbable that all three characters could be the same.   Even so, I can't really think of them separately.   :)

"Million Dollar Baby"

I watched it several days ago and I'm still not sure what I think.  The ending struck me deeply emotionally, but I haven't figured out why.  I'm still thinking on it.

Trivia Games / Re: A-Z of Eastwood.
« on: June 12, 2010, 06:32:38 PM »
Tommy, Cooper Hanging Party

Trivia Games / Re: A-Z of Eastwood.
« on: June 11, 2010, 04:58:02 PM »
James MacArthur  ...  The Preacher

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Recent Books Read
« on: June 11, 2010, 04:30:59 PM »

I've just finished The Dry Divide.  I have really enjoyed the entire series.  The story telling is simple, and I appreciate the way Ralph Moody portrays the different characters.  Also, he doesn't pass over his own faults or the consequences of his actions, good or bad.

Special thanks to SK for the instructions on how to post images and to KC for the image for my last post.  O0

Trivia Games / Re: A-Z of Eastwood.
« on: June 10, 2010, 06:18:20 PM »
Ben Johnson   ...   Marshall Dave Bliss

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Recent Books Read
« on: June 06, 2010, 10:07:34 PM »
I've just finished reading Ralph Moody's Shaking the Nickel Bush out loud to my family when we drive to work or on long trips.  We have really enjoyed the entire series up to now.  I started in on the next book, The Dry Divide, this morning and am more than halfway through.  I'll have to read it all over again to the family in the car.  :)

Sorry I haven't worked out how to post images yet, but I'll get around to that when I've got more time.

General Discussion / Re: The Official MEMBER INTRODUCTIONS Thread
« on: May 31, 2010, 07:30:16 PM »
Hi all,

I came across this forum several months ago and have enjoyed reading the discussions on various topics.  I decided to quit lurking and sign up.  I'm totally new to this and probably won't post often, but that could change.

I first saw Clint Eastwood in For A Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly on TV when I was 14.  Early this year I rediscovered these movies and have been working my way through as many of his other movies as I have been able to get my hands on.  Fortunately, my local library system has many of them.  I'll get around to posting my thoughts on some of them some other days.  :)

Regards, Elizabeth77

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