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« on: November 23, 2003, 05:30:05 PM »
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What do you think about him?
I like him more as a director than as an actor.

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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2003, 05:38:46 PM »
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His direction is outstanding and that's what makes him a true artist. He's a good actor, but his directing is what's brought him the most acclaim.
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2003, 05:48:55 PM »
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i dont think it gets much better than him in the man with no name trilogy though
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2003, 05:50:56 PM »
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i dont think it gets much better than him in the man with no name trilogy though


Agree...sorry Da Man but Clint is The Man.

Anyone seen the 'coolest man alive' interview? That proves just that, Clint is the coolest man alive.

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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2003, 04:37:39 AM »
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Clint Eastwood has enjoyed a long career because he's very savvy.  He alternates commercial fare with more challenging stuff -- following up Blood Work with Mystic River, for example, or directing Bird after making Dead Pool.

As an actor, he knows what his audience wants, but he sometimes likes to play with audience expectations -- as in Bronco Billy and Honkytonk Man and White Hunter, Black Heart.

Unforgiven is one of the few films that won the Best Picture Oscar that actually deserved the prize.  A Perfect World is underrated, and Bridges of Madison County is a wonderful change of pace.  The films he directs have a low-key, watchful quality, letting things unfold in a leisurely manner, and allowing actors room to find their characters.  This is evident in Mystic River as well.
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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2003, 04:53:23 AM »
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I also agree with this:

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What do you think about him?
I like him more as a director than as an actor.


and also with what Sydney said... he's not a bad actor at all, but he's just a fantastic director.

And isn't Philip Seymour Hoffman the coolest man alive? (Ehehe, he probbly isn't, but he's damn cool anyway...)
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« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2003, 11:54:24 AM »
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And isn't Philip Seymour Hoffman the coolest man alive?

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« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2003, 12:09:55 PM »
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Clint Eastwood has enjoyed a long career because he's very savvy.  He alternates commercial fare with more challenging stuff -- following up Blood Work with Mystic River, for example, or directing Bird after making Dead Pool.

As an actor, he knows what his audience wants, but he sometimes likes to play with audience expectations -- as in Bronco Billy and Honkytonk Man and White Hunter, Black Heart.

Unforgiven is one of the few films that won the Best Picture Oscar that actually deserved the prize.  A Perfect World is underrated, and Bridges of Madison County is a wonderful change of pace.  The films he directs have a low-key, watchful quality, letting things unfold in a leisurely manner, and allowing actors room to find their characters.  This is evident in Mystic River as well.


Exactly! It's like you can feel the texture of things, like they were actually used, not just put there only for the purpose of making a film. Also the sounds. It feels like he uses everything in the surrounding, accidental things to design the final outcome. His films are so rich with atmosphere.
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« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2003, 12:13:16 PM »
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has anybody seen Bird? I really wanna, but can't find it here...
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« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2003, 12:22:24 PM »
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I asked in videostore for Taxy Driver, to show it to my friend, and the woman looked me like I asked her where did I put my taxy. Bird - I'm not even gonna try. Sad but true, some films will see our videostores only when their autors die, like Kubrick.

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« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2003, 12:42:02 PM »
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has anybody seen Bird? I really wanna, but can't find it here...

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« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2003, 01:12:26 PM »
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There's a great article about Eastwood's work as a director in a recent Film Comment, the one with Sean Penn on the cover.

Richard Schickel of Time seems to be the first major critic to take Eastwood seriously as a director, when he put Outlaw Josey Wales on his 10 Best of 1976 list.

Play Misty for Me, Eastwood's debut as a director, has influenced Fatal Attraction and many other thrillers.

He also did a change of pace romantic film, Breezy, in which he didn't appear.

Also, Eastwood's interest in jazz music finally found expression in Bird, a film I saw in 1988 and I need to see again.  Not sure if it's on DVD.
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« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2003, 01:21:41 PM »
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It is instructive to trace the respective careers of Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds.  Both of them were top box office draws in the 1970's, both specialized in macho action films, and both used their clout to become film directors.  Both of them appeared on the cover of Time in 1982.

While Burt tried to do a Dirty Harry with Hustle and Sharkey's Machine, Clint aped Burt's redneck comedies with Every Which Way But Loose -- and had a huge hit.

When Burt did Cannonball Run and Smokey and the Bandit 2, Clint tweaked his own image in Honkytonk Man.  Just when it seemed that Clint was headed into obscurity in the 80's, he did another Dirty Harry film, Sudden Impact, which made him cool again.  The line "Make my day" became the catchphrase de jour, and was even co-opted by President Reagan.

As if to answer his most truculent feminist critics, Clint's next cop film, Tightrope, featured a strong female protagonist.  Burt, meanwhile, was busy making stuff like Stroker Ace.

In 1984, Burt and Clint teamed up for the first time in City Heat.
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« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2003, 01:25:34 PM »
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i actually like midnight in the garden..etc.

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Re: Clint Eastwood
« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2003, 01:26:26 PM »
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What do you think about him?
I like him more as a director than as an actor.


I completely agree. Unforgiven is great, but Dirty Harry is nothing to me.
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