I have to say I almost skipped this movie because the title sounds so much like a Western. I just kept picturing Clint Eastwood at a cemetery at high noon for the shootout, a low whistling music in the background...you see my point. This movie, however, is most definitely not a Western. Here, action mainstay Liam Neeson helps a man find out what happened when his wife is abducted. Sound familiar? Rest assured, it's not Taken; this film is something much darker, and much less satisfying.
Let me start off by saying I think Clint Eastwood is one of the greatest directors working today. He has an almost magical ability to capture the heart of a story, to let the audience connect with the human element. That makes it all the more difficult to understand what went wrong here.
Honestly, I could watch Clint Eastwood do almost anything. Heck, I recently watched him talk to a chair, so I mean what I say. Clearly, he chooses his films carefully. And once again, he has chosen a script with meat on the bone.
Due to popular demand, here are the films currently in release that I recommend: Michelle Williams has become an Oscar frontrunner with her stirring portrayal of Marilyn Monroe.
The five decades J. Edgar Hoover spent as head of the then-Bureau of Investigation and the F.B.I. is quite a chunk of history. Between his unconventional personal life, his questionable tactics and his innovative investigative skills, there’s a lot of road to hoe.
Palm Springs, with its warm winters, scorching summers and renowned Bob Hope Classic, is indeed a golfer’s paradise. Like Walgreens, there seems to be a golf course on every corner, making it the nation’s leading golf destination. But enough about golf.
I went into this movie with some pretty serious reservations. Mainly because I don’t like westerns and I really don’t like martial arts movies. So the combination was either going to be a refreshing dose of awesome or quite possibly the stupidest thing ever to grace the big screen…and we have a winner.
Let me just start off by saying I am a huge Clint Eastwood fan, from Spaghetti westerns to Million Dollar Baby. If he is a B+ actor, then he is an A+ director, once again creating a beautiful, thought-provoking and touching film. As with all movies that follow three different stories, one of the stories is invariably more compelling. So the movie suffers at times as we want to return to the more interesting characters. Nevertheless, this is another truly resonant film from Eastwood.
It’s hard to believe summer has come and gone. The kids are back in school, the temperatures’ dropping and the cineplex is brooding. Gone are the days of eating your body weight in popcorn and watching stuff blow up. It’s awards season. And frankly, after some of this summer’s action offerings (The Expendables, Takers), I could use some headier stuff. Here’s what to look forward to:
So, I read something interesting online the other day. Every year a small Wisconsin college publishes a ‘mindset list’ to help teachers and administrators understand the world of incoming students. After all, an entering college freshman this year was born in 1992, the year I graduated law school. The list is interesting. For example, it claims most of the class can’t write in cursive and that ‘latte’ is a more commonly used term than ‘coffee.’ Most of the students would describe John McEnroe as a sportscaster, not a professional tennis player, and Clint Eastwood as a heady director, not the loose cannon, rogue cop Dirty Harry. To the current college freshman, the A-Team, Charlie’s Angels and Get Smart are movies.
If you already saw The Blind Side and are still looking for inspiration, this is your film. Clint Eastwood has been acting for nearly 55 years and directing for almost 40. With the possible exception of Blood Work, his last decade of directorial efforts has been outstanding. From Million Dollar Baby to Changeling, his films have a certain elegance that I love. Invictus, again, is no exception. Here Eastwood, with the help of two outstanding leading men, takes on the intense world of post-apartheid South Africa.
One visit and you’ll know why Savannah, Ga. is consistently ranked as one of America’s most beautiful cities. Rows of colorful crape myrtle and curtains of airy Spanish moss draped over enormous oak trees welcome visitors to Georgia’s oldest city and into its historic district, a 2 1/2-square mile area that is a model for historic preservation nationally. Founded by General James Oglethorpe in 1733, Savannah is laid out on a perfect grid designed around two dozen public squares, which makes it ideal for exploring on foot.
The holidays are almost here, which means we are about five dysfunctional family dramas, three middle east military tragedies, a sex abuse film, a probing biopic and a heart-warming family romp away from Christmas. Here’s what to look forward to…
Let’s talk for a second about the force of nature that is Clint Eastwood. He has appeared in more than 60 movies and has directed or produced more than 30. He has nine Oscar nominations and five statues including The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for lifetime achievement. And at age 78, he has one film in theatres, one in pre-production (The Human Factor), and one in post-production (Gran Torino) in which he also appears. The guy does more by 8 a.m. than I do all…year. So whatever this guy is selling, I’m buying.
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We’re mid-awards season, as low key as it is this year, and the talk has turned to villains. Maybe because it’s an election year, maybe because the weather is gloomy or maybe because it’s a leap year, it could be just me, but I find the movies depressing, but for some reason the Academy is extremely interested in films and performances that explore the dark underbelly. Now I’m not complaining; give me the wicked queen over the damsel in distress any day. I like a disturbed complexity. That is not to say I won’t cheer for Atticus Finch every time, but there is something compelling about a good villain, and thus I have compiled a list.