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Found 15 results

  1. Peter T Chattaway

    Gran Torino (2008)

    Clint Eastwood said he had pretty much quit acting ... and Warner didn't release ANY details when they quietly announced that Eastwood would be acting again in this film ... so while this is only a rumour for now, it's a fun one, and, given the recent returns of Indiana Jones and John McClane and John Rambo, has a certain plausibility ... The five films released as part of the franchise to date are: Dirty Harry (1971), Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1976), Sudden Impact (1983) and The Dead Pool (1988). - - - Gran Torino a Dirty Harry Sequel? IESB just received an e-mail from a reader who claims to know a little something about the recently announced Clint Eastwood film, Gran Torino. According to him, Gran Torino will secretly mark the return of "Dirty" Harry Callahan in a sixth film in the franchise . . . IESB.net, March 19
  2. Overstreet

    Million Dollar Baby (2004)

    David Poland talks about Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" and calls it one of his very best. He also says Eastwood's performance could win an Oscar.
  3. Tyler

    Jersey Boys (2014)

    Link to our thread on the stage musical. Not only is Clint Eastwood directing Jersey Boys, Christopher Walken is going to star.
  4. J.A.A. Purves

    A Perfect World (1993)

    After seeing this again last night, I was disappointed to discover that we had no thread discussing it. So here we go. Rarely does has a film developed a relationship between an adult and a child as well as this one does. Even rarer do you see an adult and a child have conversations together with actual substance to them. While they are not exactly "equals" (Butch is clearly giving teaching to Phillip that he has been starved for), Costner's character is not condescending towards the boy. Eastwood very well may still have some great films to direct ahead of him, but currently I still rank this as one of his best. The New York Times (November 24, 1993): ... "A Perfect World," a deeply felt, deceptively simple film that marks the high point of Mr. Eastwood's directing career thus far, could never be mistaken for a young man's movie. Nor could it pass for a reckless, action-packed tale of characters on the run. A lifetime's worth of experience colors the shifting relationship between Butch, superbly played by Kevin Costner with an unexpected toughness and passion, and Phillip (T. J. Lowther), the little boy who starts out as Butch's prisoner and winds up as his surrogate son. A plot like this has many opportunities to turn maudlin, but "A Perfect World" remains remarkably free of sentimentality. Instead, it is sustained by small, revealing surprises that carry Butch and Phillip ever closer to the film's stunning climax. This story builds up to an event that crystallizes all of its regrets about the mistakes that are passed from father to son, and about the kind of machismo that operates on cue. "I don't know nothin'," mutters a stricken Mr. Eastwood, who appears in the smaller role of Red Garnett, the Texas Ranger assigned to recover Butch and Phillip, and who finally meets them in this anguished closing scene. "Not one damn thing." With sober intelligence and a welcome dearth of empty heroics, the film allows the wisdom of this moment to hit home ... "A Perfect World," a rare high-powered Hollywood film that is actually about something, evokes the cinematic past in effortless, interesting ways. If its story (from a terse, colorful screenplay by John Lee Hancock) is pure western and its backdrop one of wide-open spaces, its doomed, claustrophobic sense of the modern world makes for a compelling contrast. So does the air of inevitability about its principals' destinies, as do the doubts that plague Red Garnett as he tries to do what was once a Texas Ranger's traditional job. It's not so simple any more ...
  5. John Drew

    Invictus (2009)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqKjVo-9qso
  6. Darrel Manson

    Eastwood as director

    OK, I'm getting into some serious research re: Clint Eastwood. I currently have the Schickle bio from the library. Any particularly good books on Eastwood that I should look at? Also, which films? MDB, Pale Rider, the Outlaw Josie Wales, Blood Work and Mystic River I've seen recently enough that I have a decent memory of them. I just rewatched Play Misty for Me (his first as director) and High Plains Drifter and have plans to watch or rewatch Bird, Unforgiven and White Hunter, Black Heart. Any others that I should be visiting? What do you expect from an Eastwood film?
  7. J.A.A. Purves

    J. Edgar (2011)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHkNFC8vEh8 - with Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, and Stephen Root
  8. J.A.A. Purves

    Hereafter (2010)

    The release date for this is October 22, 2010. It's directed by Clint Eastwood. It's starring Matt Damon, Bryce Dallas Howard, Cecile de France, Lyndsey Marshall, and Derek Jacobi. It has spiritual themes. Clint Eastwood said - “I like to think of it as my chick flick. But one that men will like too ... Or at least one that won’t make them want to stick a Swiss Army knife in their leg.”
  9. Buckeye Jones

    Blood Work (2002)

    Clint stars in and directs this Brian Helgeland penned thriller with his typical maturity and restraint. Its good that he did so, because the last thing you want to see is the actual "Return to Me" meets "Silence of the Lambs" premise play out in its full absurdity. Thankfully, we only get one reel of absurdity. He plays Terry McCaleb, an FBI profiler whose somewhat random chase of a serial killer leads to a heart attack that opens the film. Two years later, he finally gets a much needed heart transplant, and succumbs to a retirement of fishing and beer. Then, the sister of the girl whose heart he received appears and screws things up. She's asking Terry to track down her sister's murderer. Terry wrestles with the fact that he can't just go on fishing and drinking with the knowledge that a murdered young mother's heart is giving him a new lease on life. He feels obligated to help. That's not all he feels. As he tells his beach bum buddy, who drives him around, he also starts to feel the rush of being back in the game as he tracks down the murderer. The more tense the movie gets, the worse the transplant heals, and we get the sense (laid out to us very helpfully by Doctor Anjelica Huston's expository speeches) that Terry just may be wasting the gift he's been given on a fool's errand. All's actually pretty well and good until the back half of the movie, when Clint starts breaking out shotguns and blasting away at people watching him from parked Oldsmobiles and having sex with the dead girl's sister (while dead girl's son sleeps one berth away on the boat, the foreshadowy "The Following Sea"). Ick. I say it again, ick. A few red herrings later, and suddenly super smart profiler Clint is on an abandoned boat with a maniac and a service revolver. The abandoned boat is of course without power, but does have a well equipped arsenal. Instead of leaving the maniac on the powerless boat, jumping on his boat with (still icky) girlfriend and whiz kid, motoring off, radio-ing cops, we get a pointless and confusing chase ending with an homage to Jaws IV. I watched this over two nights--was genuinely freaked out (serial killers have that effect on me, thanks Showtime) the first night, but by the end of the film on night two, Dirty (and not in the original sense) Harry and his geriatric escapades had me groaning. I like Clint, I really do. But this patch of films he had before Mystic River, man, some of them are real dogs.
  10. Overstreet

    Changeling (2008)

    Reviews are coming in for Changeling, the new film from Clint Eastwood. Or is it called The Exchange? Apparently there's some confusion over which name Eastwood will stick with. Here's the Cinematical review. John Malkovich plays a Presbyterian minister? Cool.
  11. John Drew

    Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

    QUOTE(Alan Thomas @ Jul 10 2004, 05:48 PM) ← Spielberg to produce, Eastwood to direct. Story here. I was looking up "Flags of Our Fathers" on IMDb, and learned that Eastwood is simultaneously directing a film named "Red Sun, Black Sand", an account of the same battle as seen through the eyes of the Japanese. The film, which is being released in December, is starring many of the same actors that appear in "Flags of Our Fathers", including Ken Watanabe. Interesting that "Red Sun, Black Sand" is being released closer to awards time than "Flags of Our Fathers", which currently has an October release.
  12. Overstreet

    Mystic River (2003)

    Okay, I'll try to stick to the subject of the film this time. Found this at Long Pauses today:
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