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PostSubject: Re: The Clint Eastwood Canon   Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:40 am

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What did you make of BRONCO BILLY and PALE RIDER?

I have yet to see BRONCO BILLY. I've only seen SHA-, I mean PALE RIDER once. It was... enjoyable. I liked the shootout at the end. It looked nice.
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PostSubject: Re: The Clint Eastwood Canon   Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:55 am

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

Then again, I like 70s tough guy films. Perhaps I should join the Village People. I could add a bit of class with a bowler hat, bra and umbrella.
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PostSubject: Re: The Clint Eastwood Canon   Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:57 am

I wanna see THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT. Netflix doesn't have it, and the DVD is pricey if I recall.
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PostSubject: Re: The Clint Eastwood Canon   Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:01 am

The whole films on youtube, apparently, though I don't know what the quality is like as I'm leech blocked.
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PostSubject: Re: The Clint Eastwood Canon   Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:03 am

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Sharky wrote:
What did you make of BRONCO BILLY and PALE RIDER?

I have yet to see BRONCO BILLY. I've only seen SHA-, I mean PALE RIDER once. It was... enjoyable. I liked the shootout at the end. It looked nice.

It's funny that Clint Eastwood didn't even try to pretend that Pale Rider was a shameless Shane rip-off. At least he was honest about it.

The only two movies amongst his directorial work that truly stand out are The Outlaw Josey Wales and Unforgiven. And Unforgiven only works because he plays around with the audience's expectations of his Western characters.

He did the same in Gran Torino with his many tough guy characters - really, the guy he plays there is a retired Dirty Harry. Only because we had seen him pull that trick before in Unforgiven, it didn't work as well.

I like Clint, but the love he gets at the Oscars is just further proof of what a bunch of nonsense that awards show is. Million Dollar Baby was horrendous. Mystic River was filled with pretentious prattle.
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PostSubject: Re: The Clint Eastwood Canon   Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:05 am

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I like Clint, but the love he gets at the Oscars is just further proof of what a bunch of nonsense that awards show is. Million Dollar Baby was horrendous. Mystic River was filled with pretentious prattle.

You'll miss him when he's gone. I'm with Brown on this one. Eastwood is the only guy left standing that I give a damn about.
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PostSubject: Re: The Clint Eastwood Canon   Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:08 am

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I like Clint, but the love he gets at the Oscars is just further proof of what a bunch of nonsense that awards show is. Million Dollar Baby was horrendous. Mystic River was filled with pretentious prattle.

You'll miss him when he's gone. I'm with Brown on this one. Eastwood is the only guy left standing that I give a damn about.

Did you honestly think MDB was a good movie?

I will most definitely miss Clint as a film icon, actor and director (in that order) but I think it's hard to deny that his best work as a director is decades behind him now.
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PostSubject: Re: The Clint Eastwood Canon   Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:12 am

That's like when people say Hitchcock wasn't so good after Marnie.

When the back catalogue is that good, it hardly matters what he's done in the last 10 years.

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PostSubject: Re: The Clint Eastwood Canon   Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:15 am

I'd say 19 years. :) Although your point is well-made, since most directors will go through their entire careers without ever making a Josey Wales.

The best thing he did in the past decade was rip Spike Lee a new one. :D
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PostSubject: Re: The Clint Eastwood Canon   Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:19 am

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I'd say 19 years. :)

So you liked the orangutan movies, huh?
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PostSubject: Re: The Clint Eastwood Canon   Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:21 am

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I'd say 19 years. :)

So you liked the orangutan movies, huh?

IIRC, Unforgiven was 1992.

I haven't seen those in an eternity, though for some reason I do remember the Orangutan was called Clyde... laugh
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PostSubject: Re: The Clint Eastwood Canon   Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:38 am

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That's like when people say Hitchcock wasn't so good after Marnie.

When the back catalogue is that good, it hardly matters what he's done in the last 10 years.

Except Clint's back catalogue as a director is nothing compared to Htichock's, one or two slightly noteworthy films aside.

I know when he dies, I'll miss Clint as an actor, directed by Leone and Siegel. I still do.
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PostSubject: Re: The Clint Eastwood Canon   Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:41 am

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Except Clint's back catalogue as a director is nothing compared to Htichock's, one or two slightly noteworthy films aside.
Is this thread about his directorial efforts? If so, I withdraw my admiration. Well, almost.

I admire Eastwood's efficiency as a director, but I don't think he has any visual flair.
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PostSubject: Re: The Clint Eastwood Canon   Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:50 am

Lavrentiy Beria was very efficient
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PostSubject: Re: The Clint Eastwood Canon   Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:52 am

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Lavrentiy Beria was very efficient
Beria was criminally underrated and very Fleming-esque.

This is the Heroes of the Soviet Union thread, right?
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PostSubject: Re: The Clint Eastwood Canon   Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:55 am

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This is the Heroes of the Soviet Union thread, right?

According to General Gogol, we already have a politburo. Why not go the whole yard?
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PostSubject: Re: The Clint Eastwood Canon   Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:01 am

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This is the Heroes of the Soviet Union thread, right?

According to General Gogol, we already have a politburo. Why not go the whole yard?

As long as I get to be Colonel Abakumov.

Eastwood. In the USSR he would get a rifle all of his own.
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PostSubject: Re: The Clint Eastwood Canon   Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:44 am

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I admire Eastwood's efficiency as a director, but I don't think he has any visual flair.

Yeah, I like his efficiency. And I think he has a nice, old-fashioned humanity compared to so many young filmmakers these days.

But I don't think he has the ability to rise above whatever level of quality his script is at.

So he basically knows how to interpret and shoot a script fairly effectively. Sorta like John Glen. laugh And considering how crappy Hollywood is these days, that's not really the worst thing in the world.

Truth be told, I'd welcome John Glen back to Bond (if he were younger) after the directors we've had since.
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PostSubject: Re: The Clint Eastwood Canon   Sat Apr 30, 2011 7:24 am

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PostSubject: Re: The Clint Eastwood Canon   Thu May 12, 2011 3:21 pm

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PostSubject: Re: The Clint Eastwood Canon   Fri May 13, 2011 10:36 am

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PostSubject: Re: The Clint Eastwood Canon   Fri May 13, 2011 6:32 pm

Australia's had a release of THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT for years... it often appears in the bargain bins. laugh
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PostSubject: Re: The Clint Eastwood Canon   Fri May 13, 2011 8:21 pm

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is an underrated film with a relaxing road movie look. Only thing it's lacking IMO is the development of Clint's and Jeff's friendship, although their chemistry is full of undoubtable awesomeness.
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PostSubject: Re: The Clint Eastwood Canon   Sat Dec 13, 2014 9:16 am

The best Eastwood film (behind the camera, anyway) is the criminally underrated White Hunter, Black Heart.
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