Tag Archives: Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood, Hollywood, and Conservatives

In case you missed it, Clint Eastwood talked to a chair. The chair was empty. Presumably, Eastwood knew that, but he decided to have a conversation with it anyway. Now, To be fair to both the empty chair and Eastwood’s … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Gun Fights

I have not yet worked out the ethical dilemma of how I can find certain forms of violence so mesmerizing and, yes, entertaining in cinema while knowing that those same forms of violence, when they occur in real life, have such devastating … Continue reading

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Dear Mr. Eastwood

“If it were all in the script, why make the film?” –Nicholas Ray Dear Mr. Eastwood, I’m writing this open letter that you undoubtedly won’t read, because I have a question: why did you make J. Edgar? Seriously. I don’t … Continue reading

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Dirty Harry 40th Anniversary Recommendation: Dirty Harry

2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the film and role that made Clint Eastwood into an unmatched Hollywood icon.  Sure, Eastwood had been a successful film actor, mostly in Westerns (Italian and American) for nearly a decade.  … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Male Face Objects

A few months back, during the highly successful James River Film Festival, I wrote a small piece about Robert Mitchum.  Without cutting and pasting what I wrote in that post, I will here briefly summarize that I felt that Robert Mitchum met many of … Continue reading

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Family Viewing Recommendation: Rango

I have previously posted about the difficulty of finding quality films made with children as the target audience.  However, I am a sucker for taking my children to the movies, so I inevitably sit through clunkers such as Gnomeo and Juliet … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Best Picture Winners

It’s cold outside and, yes, we’re in the midst of the awards season. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the nominees for Best Picture later this month. The Academy started handing out the awards first for … Continue reading

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Eastwood’s Exceptional Men

The release of Hereafter marked the thirty-fourth time a Clint Eastwood directed film hit the big screen. It seems nearly impossible that at eighty years old Eastwood is somehow becoming more prolific in churning out films. Since 2000, Eastwood has … Continue reading

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Violent Style without Ethical Substance: “Inglourious Basterds” and the Italian Western

In F.T. Rea’s post of favorite Westerns, Rea cleverly and accurately assigned each film with a word: High Noon is about honor. Lonely Are the Brave is about freedom. Stagecoach is about survival. Treasure of the Sierra Madre is about … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Westerns

While we’ve all seen lots of bad Western movies with tired clichés about trail drives, crooked sheriffs and handgun duels wrapped around predictable plots, a good Western, with well drawn characters moving about in a lean story, is hard to … Continue reading

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