Tag Archives: Clint Eastwood

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

Two Directors, Two Masterpieces

We lost two filmmakers last week who made a masterpiece each and then were largely forgotten, except by cineastes. We’ll always cherish The Deer Hunter (1978) and The Wicker Man (1973), but there’s more to say about Michael Cimino and Robin Hardy. The clip above has Cimino providing commentary to The Deer Hunter and talking more generally about his memories of … Continue reading Two Directors, Two Masterpieces

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

The Greatest Hits of 2016

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2016 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Michael Bay leaves his robots aside for a while, taking on a politically sensitive subject. Looks far from another Zero Dark Thirty (2012) though. * Kung … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2016

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

Gene Hackman at 85: Retired But Not Gone

All it took was a clumsy headline on Grantland and loads of tweeters assumed that Gene Hackman was dead; the headline was later corrected to “retired” and not “gone” due to rampant stupidity among the general public. In fact, the great actor turned 85 yesterday. It isn’t easy finding images or clips of Hackman these days. … Continue reading Gene Hackman at 85: Retired But Not Gone