Tag Archives: Clint Eastwood

True Crime

When a journalist is killed in a car crash, a veteran colleague (Clint Eastwood) is assigned to her story; she was covering the upcoming execution of a man (Washington) who might be wrongly convicted. The first screen adaptation of an Andrew Klavan novel was a commercial failure and not one of Eastwood’s sharpest films. His … Continue reading True Crime

Absolute Power

CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY.  During a burglary, veteran Luther Whitney (Clint Eastwood) becomes an accidental witness to the U.S. President (Gene Hackman) trying to seduce a younger woman, which ends in her death. One of the author’s most sensational thrillers becomes a fairly intriguing movie in Eastwood’s hands, primarily a chance for himself to deliver a charming … Continue reading Absolute Power

Dirty Harry: Justice with a Magnum

YOU DON’T ASSIGN HIM TO MURDER CASES. YOU JUST TURN HIM LOOSE.  After the premiere of what has become Clint Eastwood’s most famous film, there was a backlash. Several critics attacked the film for its, in the words of Roger Ebert, ”fascist moral position”. Pauline Kael agreed that it was fascist and called it ”deeply … Continue reading Dirty Harry: Justice with a Magnum

Sully

THE UNTOLD STORY BEHIND THE MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON.  After depicting a controversial ”hero” in American Sniper (2014), Clint Eastwood crafted another watchable portrait of a real-life man who struggled with his experiences of an intense life-and-death situation. In 2009, captain Sullenberger made an emergency landing on the Hudson River in New York City, instantly … Continue reading Sully

Escape From Alcatraz

NO ONE HAS EVER ESCAPED FROM ALCATRAZ… AND NO ONE EVER WILL! In 1960, Frank Morris (Clint Eastwood) arrives at Alcatraz after having escaped from several other prisons… and immediately begins to plan the impossible – leave The Rock. One of Eastwood and director Don Siegel’s best collaborations is also one of their most popular. … Continue reading Escape From Alcatraz

San Francisco in Films and on TV

Every time I vacation in a major city I feel a need to buy a book that tries to capture either its soul or history. If I’m fortunate, the book does both. When I was in San Francisco last fall, I bought “A Crack in the Edge of the World” by Simon Winchester. I expected this … Continue reading San Francisco in Films and on TV

American Sniper: Not Just For Angry People

ONE BULLET CAN TELL THE STORY.    Rarely has a film provoked such a heated and confusing debate as this film. There was the controversy where a baby in a key scene looks decidedly fake, which is distracting. There was outrage on the left, where people like Michael Moore labeled snipers as “cowards” and Seth … Continue reading American Sniper: Not Just For Angry People

Mystic River: Gone Girl

WE BURY OUR SINS, WE WASH THEM CLEAN. Even after the phenomenal Unforgiven (1992), the movie that won Clint Eastwood an Oscar as director, the aging filmmaker went on making a slew of films in the latter half of the decade that always had interesting ingredients but were generally speaking done in by an overly … Continue reading Mystic River: Gone Girl

Trouble with the Curve

WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT YOU.  When aging baseball scout Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) gets one last assignment, his estranged hotshot lawyer daughter (Amy Adams) comes along for the ride, hoping to improve their relationship. When his longtime producing partner Robert Lorenz decided to make his directing debut, Eastwood agreed to come out of retirement and … Continue reading Trouble with the Curve

Where Eagles Dare: The Nazi Nest

THEY DARE TO CLIMB A TERRIFYING NEW PEAK IN SUSPENSE… ALL THE WAY UP TO HELL! Whoever wrote director Brian G. Hutton’s Wikipedia entry listed Kelly’s Heroes (1970) as his most notable work, which seems odd. That movie has its fans, as well as a Clint Eastwood performance, an adventuresome World War II setting and … Continue reading Where Eagles Dare: The Nazi Nest