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Could Al Pacino hold his own against a MONKEY?!? Let's give it up to the prototype of every "I'm not a Republican, I'm a LIBERTARIAN" wingnut out there. (But damn, was he in some good movies.)

Poll Results

OptionVotes
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. 9
A Fistful of Dollars. 3
Every Which Way But Loose. 3
High Plains Drifter. 2
Unforgiven. 2
Where Eagles Dare. 1
Kelly's Heroes. 1
The Beguiled. 1
Dirty Harry. 1
A Perfect World. 1
Escape from Alcatraz. 1
The Gauntlet. 1
The Outlaw Josey Wales. 1
Coogan's Bluff. 1
Magnum Force. 1
Space Cowboys. 1
For a Few Dollars More. 1
The Bridges of Madison County. 1
The Witches.0
Joe Kidd. 0
Rawhide. 0
Ambush at Cimarron Pass. 0
Play Misty for Me. 0
Lafayette Escadrille. 0
Francis in the Navy. 0
Two Mules for Sister Sara. 0
Paint Your Wagon. 0
The Magnificent Stranger. 0
Hang 'Em High. 0
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. 0
The Dead Pool. 0
Pink Cadillac. 0
White Hunter Black Heart. 0
The Rookie. 0
In the Line of Fire. 0
Million Dollar Baby. 0
Absolute Power. 0
True Crime. 0
Heartbreak Ridge. 0
Pale Rider. 0
City Heat. 0
The Eiger Sanction. 0
The Enforcer. 0
Bronco Billy. 0
Any Which Way You Can. 0
Firefox. 0
Honkytonk Man. 0
Sudden Impact. 0
Tightrope. 0
Blood Work. 0


Eisbaer, Friday, 6 April 2007 21:06 (fifteen years ago) link

I have seen too few of all this movies.

gabbneb, Friday, 6 April 2007 21:11 (fifteen years ago) link

il Buono, il Brutto, il Cavito

OBVIOUSLY

Oilyrags, Friday, 6 April 2007 21:13 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah i irresistably voted for that too but if we're talking about performance as opposed to quality of flick im not actually convincned

deeznuts, Friday, 6 April 2007 21:15 (fifteen years ago) link

I voted Dirty Harry, mainly for his suits I think.

Noodle Vague, Friday, 6 April 2007 21:16 (fifteen years ago) link

i voted for perfect world because i like tater tots

gff, Friday, 6 April 2007 21:28 (fifteen years ago) link

True Crime is possibly the worst movie I have ever seen in the theater, beating out such luminous competition as Howard the Duck and Shakespeare in Love.

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 6 April 2007 21:41 (fifteen years ago) link

however if you enjoy multiple shots of 80-yo Clint taking his shirt off maybe this movie is for you

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 6 April 2007 21:42 (fifteen years ago) link

I voted for the Beguiled, which is a really AWESOME movie.

dan selzer, Friday, 6 April 2007 21:46 (fifteen years ago) link

Dan OTM. The Beguiled is the best

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 6 April 2007 21:58 (fifteen years ago) link

the eiger sanction was on TV last night in the UK. nonsensical dross but great for GEORGE KENNEDY!

Tracer Hand, Friday, 6 April 2007 21:59 (fifteen years ago) link

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Tracer Hand, Friday, 6 April 2007 21:59 (fifteen years ago) link

I've seen 36 of those movies and i liked them all. hmmm, this will be tough. Beguiled is fave hipsters choice. hahahaha, just kidding, i love you all and i like that movie too.

scott seward, Friday, 6 April 2007 22:01 (fifteen years ago) link

wait, i saw space cowboys. make that 37.

scott seward, Friday, 6 April 2007 22:03 (fifteen years ago) link

wait, back in the day play misty for me was the hipsters' clint choice. how times change...

Eisbaer, Friday, 6 April 2007 22:07 (fifteen years ago) link

I thought the hipster choice would be the Outlaw Josey Wales. Unforgiven was his last good movie - critical acceptance ruined him.

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 6 April 2007 22:08 (fifteen years ago) link

I mean come on all these movies fucking suck, really badly:

Million Dollar Baby
Blood Work
Space Cowboys
True Crime
Absolute Power
The Bridges of Madison County
A Perfect World
In the Line of Fire

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 6 April 2007 22:09 (fifteen years ago) link

(well okay In the Line of Fire at least has that one scene with Malkovich taking the gun in his mouth, which is pretty funny.)

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 6 April 2007 22:09 (fifteen years ago) link

i vote coogan's bluff for the scenes in Ft. Tryon Park and because of the obligatory 60s hippie club scene. i wish clint had become a director more like don siegel

gershy, Friday, 6 April 2007 22:12 (fifteen years ago) link

In the Line of Fire rules. Rene Russo and shit.

gabbneb, Friday, 6 April 2007 22:15 (fifteen years ago) link

True Crime is possibly the worst movie I have ever seen in the theater, beating out such luminous competition as Howard the Duck and Shakespeare in Love

True, but ANGELICA HUSTON

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 6 April 2007 22:15 (fifteen years ago) link

Unforgiven by far his best directed film: literate script, layered perfs.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 6 April 2007 22:16 (fifteen years ago) link

Come on:

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Or Sudden Impact.

DavidM, Friday, 6 April 2007 22:21 (fifteen years ago) link

wait, back in the day play misty for me was the hipsters' clint choice. how times change...

Loses points for extraneous jazzfest scenes.

Pleasant Plains, Friday, 6 April 2007 22:26 (fifteen years ago) link

play misty for me is sooooooo hipsters choice circa 1992.

scott seward, Friday, 6 April 2007 22:30 (fifteen years ago) link

Coogans Bluff for the Pigeon Toed Orange Peel and Linny Raven (Tisha Sterling as a young hippie)

Bob Six, Friday, 6 April 2007 23:53 (fifteen years ago) link

I like Absolute Power.

Absolute Power is hipsters choice circa 2009.

trust me...

dan selzer, Saturday, 7 April 2007 00:36 (fifteen years ago) link

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot might not be Clint's best but its definitely one of Jeff Bridges' best.

Rotgutt, Saturday, 7 April 2007 00:46 (fifteen years ago) link

(psssst, dan, just so you know, we had a vote, tightrope is totally this month's choice, but i'll take up absolute power at the next hipster standard organization meeting.)

scott seward, Saturday, 7 April 2007 00:48 (fifteen years ago) link

i dunno what to think about the fact that there's not much love expressed on this thread for clint's monkey films. ;__;

Eisbaer, Saturday, 7 April 2007 00:50 (fifteen years ago) link

The Bridges of Madison County for me. I can watch that everyday and not get sick of it.

chaki, Saturday, 7 April 2007 00:54 (fifteen years ago) link

> Thunderbolt and Lightfoot might not be Clint's best but its definitely one of Jeff Bridges' best.

?????????

Last Picture Show, Starman, Fearless, The Big Lebowski, Cutter's Way, Fisher King, Baker Boys, hell, even Arlington Road and Tucker make it in way before I get to that thing.

Oilyrags, Saturday, 7 April 2007 01:08 (fifteen years ago) link

clint and michael keaton and jeff bridges are all people i will watch anywhere in anything at anytime forever. and ray liotta. please don't make me choose a jeff bridges movie. fearless -vs- fat city? perish the thought.

scott seward, Saturday, 7 April 2007 01:17 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm inexplicably fond of Space Cowboys.

Post-A Perfect World, Eastwood fucking around >>>>> Eastwood serious

milo z, Saturday, 7 April 2007 01:17 (fifteen years ago) link

<i>all people i will watch anywhere in anything at anytime forever</i>

I think this demands a Jeff Daniels poll next

milo z, Saturday, 7 April 2007 01:18 (fifteen years ago) link

i really do feel that michael keaton has been ill-served in some way. this is someone who has serious power and he should be knocking socks off on a regular basis. he needs to do a movie with clint and ray liotta and jeff bridges and jeff daniels.

scott seward, Saturday, 7 April 2007 01:32 (fifteen years ago) link

I really love the two Philoe Bettoe movies and Bronco Billy. Scatman Corothers was a staple of movies back in those days.

Kelly's Heroes is ace just for Donald Sutherland playing a stoner tank driver in the middle of WWII.

I've seen most of his movies up to the 90s, but somehow never saw The Eiger Sanction.

The 70s Dirty Harry movies have kick ass music with tons of fuzzy wah wah guitar. I think the end of Magnum Force is really cool.

earlnash, Saturday, 7 April 2007 02:44 (fifteen years ago) link

I voted for Escape From Alcatraz. Take that, hipsters! Not that it matters. Clint can do no fucking wrong.

scott seward, Saturday, 7 April 2007 02:51 (fifteen years ago) link

at the moment I'm feeling the one where nameless dude gets the shit beat out of him and crawls under buildings. hope i picked the right one.

tremendoid, Saturday, 7 April 2007 03:01 (fifteen years ago) link

THE GAUNTLET!

lfam, Saturday, 7 April 2007 03:01 (fifteen years ago) link

wow, someone really DID vote for where eagles dare ... and one of the momkey movies.

Eisbaer, Sunday, 15 April 2007 00:11 (fifteen years ago) link

wow, someone really DID vote for where eagles dare

Damn right too, why wasn't it higher? Shame my vote for Sudden Impact didn't register - what was going on there, you pussies?

DavidM, Sunday, 15 April 2007 19:46 (fifteen years ago) link

fuck os eisbaer

JW, Sunday, 15 April 2007 19:50 (fifteen years ago) link

eh?

Eisbaer, Monday, 16 April 2007 01:22 (fifteen years ago) link

Don't start a poll on Friday that's done by Monday. Discrimination against the home-computerless.

I'd have voted for White Hunter Black Heart.

Dr Morbius, Monday, 16 April 2007 13:29 (fifteen years ago) link

poll was started LAST friday!

dan selzer, Monday, 16 April 2007 15:00 (fifteen years ago) link

ah, so it was. But by last Monday, it disappeared from view bcz of our still fucking lovely 2-1/2 days-and-no-more of New Answers.

Dr Morbius, Monday, 16 April 2007 15:08 (fifteen years ago) link

nine months pass...

Watching Dirty Harry on cable right now. Such a great movie...

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 2 February 2008 05:34 (fourteen years ago) link

i've just watched all five this week (got the box set for xmas).

first three- great. dead pool- fun.

i can't believe someone up there repping for sudden impact, which we watched for twenty minutes then had to turn off.

darraghmac, Saturday, 2 February 2008 13:57 (fourteen years ago) link

ha i bought that box for my brother for his birthday

tcm were showing them all a few weeks back and it was the first time i'd seen sudden impact, and yeah agreed wtf? that film is just rong

dead pool also gets a wtf for the rc car chase

DG, Saturday, 2 February 2008 14:01 (fourteen years ago) link

I saw it again a couple years ago. Poky in places. The interplay with Laura Dern's a bit tired in its Eastwoodisms (In the Line of Fire, by contrast, remains fresh).

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 15:26 (eight months ago) link

Watched Unforgiven for 1st time this weekend. Hackman was great, Eastwood was just sorta…there. I'd heard his performance was well-regarded but don't know why. And I kept expecting his character arc to be something other than the very predictable one it wound up taking. It's more than 2 hours long but not much happens. A decent western overall but not one of my favorites.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 16:06 (eight months ago) link

The Richard Harris section is dead. And loooooong.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 17:57 (eight months ago) link

I'd heard his performance was well-regarded

probably a halo effect from his also being the director and the film being a critical success. I thought the production design was the star of that movie and the script was pretty poor stuff.

it is to laugh, like so, ha! (Aimless), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 18:01 (eight months ago) link

xpost It's not terribly necessary, but I didn't mind it that much on recent rewatch, and it's an important way to underscore the different degrees of ruthlessness the movie depicts.

Clint himself has gotten lots of mileage out of depicting himself as vulnerable, or incapacitated, from the spaghetti westerns on up. Unforgiven was one of a few more obvious apotheosises (is this a word?) of this.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 18:03 (eight months ago) link

Yes. I liked his performance as well, but kept waiting for a payoff or twist that never came. Meanwhile the transformation of Schofield Kid (also very predictable) occurs in like one shot of his face and one line.
It's pretty fucked up that the only westerns to win best picture are Cimarron, Dances With Wolves, and Unforgiven.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 18:04 (eight months ago) link

Xp to Alfred

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 18:04 (eight months ago) link

I also found it deeply weird that neither Eastwood nor writer David Webb Peoples once mentioned Ned's race aloud, nor was it commented on when the sheriff and his people lynched him.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 18:06 (eight months ago) link

xps some also count No Country among the westerns that won BP but I'd beg to differ

and fwiw the Academy doesn't have a much better track record when it comes to nominating the best westerns either...

In Old Arizona (1929)
Viva Villa! (1934)
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
Stagecoach (1939)
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
High Noon (1952)
Shane (1953)
Friendly Persuasion (1956)
The Alamo (1960)
How the West Was Won (1963)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
True Grit (2010)
Django Unchained (2012)
The Revenant (2016)

i carry the torch for disco inauthenticity (Eric H.), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 18:14 (eight months ago) link

Solid stretch:

Stagecoach (1939)
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 18:16 (eight months ago) link

The Ox-Bow Incident was the last movie to be nominated for best picture and nothing else, I believe.

i carry the torch for disco inauthenticity (Eric H.), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 18:17 (eight months ago) link

That's the one of those 3 I haven't seen. Should I?

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 18:21 (eight months ago) link

Yes. A clumsily powerful anti-lynching picture. Dana Andrews and Jane Darnell like you'd never seen them or would again.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 18:23 (eight months ago) link

Generally well regarded, then and now:

https://letterboxd.com/notpaulinekael/film/the-ox-bow-incident/

A Western set in Nevada in 1885 that is also an attempt at a poetic tragedy about mob violence. Two cowboys (Henry Fonda and Harry Morgan) ride into a small, lonely cattle town and become involved in the hysteria of a lynch mob. Three innocent men (Dana Andrews, Anthony Quinn, and Francis Ford) are hanged, while we see not only their fear and despair, but the varied motives of the members of the posse who take justice into their own hands. It's easy to be put off by the studio sets and lighting and by the 40s approach to a "serious" subject, but the director, William Wellman, has made the characters so vivid that after many years people may still recall Frank Conroy as the sadistic Southern major, and the rapid changes of expression of William Eythe, as his son. With Harry Davenport as Mr. Davies, Leigh Whipper as Sparks, and Jane Darwell as the cackling, lewd old woman who enjoys the excitement--a much better performance than her Ma Joad in THE GRAPES OF WRATH. From the very fine novel by Walter Van Tilburg Clark--it has ambiguities that Lamar Trotti's script couldn't encompass; reading the book expands the movie.

i carry the torch for disco inauthenticity (Eric H.), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 18:25 (eight months ago) link

SPOILERS above, technically.

i carry the torch for disco inauthenticity (Eric H.), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 18:26 (eight months ago) link

god, I forgot Anthony Quinn was in it.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 18:30 (eight months ago) link

Good cast! Thanks y'all, putting it on my list.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 18:34 (eight months ago) link

as an actor his "just sorta...there" persona has been his essence

Dan S, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 23:51 (eight months ago) link

Firefox wasn't very good

Dan S, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 00:01 (eight months ago) link

Or late '90s/early'00s dreck like True Crime and Blood Work.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 8 September 2021 00:04 (eight months ago) link

xpost there was a movie about a web browser?

Duke Detain (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 8 September 2021 00:06 (eight months ago) link

You're right Dan, which is why the "mysterious stranger" character is his best. Once you try fleshing it out or just giving him more dialogue, it falls apart.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 8 September 2021 00:08 (eight months ago) link

I thought Firefox ruled when it came out, but haven't seen it since

Andy the Grasshopper, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 00:17 (eight months ago) link

I didn't see it until now, wonder what I would have thought of it then

Dan S, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 00:41 (eight months ago) link

Iirc I definitely slotted it as a kid along with the other military assault aircraft projects, like Blue Thunder and Airwolf.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 00:48 (eight months ago) link

The film was shot on a $21 million budget, the largest production budget ever for Malpaso.[2] Of that amount, over $20 million was spent on special effects.[3]

visiting, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 01:22 (eight months ago) link

Firefox did rule if, like me, you were 12 or so and watched it a lot on HBO. Very much proto-Tom Clancy, or at least the novel it was based on was (was a sequel too, IIRC)

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 02:06 (eight months ago) link

anybody have any strong opinions whether A Perfect World holds up?

I've been watching some of his more recent movies lately, and A Perfect World might have been the best of them. The ending is way drawn out and some of the scenes with the man himself and Laura Dern and Bradley Whitford are superfluous, but pretty much every scene between Costner and the kid is great

I also really liked Changeling. Mystic River was ok, Gran Torino pretty bad. No desire to see American Sniper

Vinnie, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 03:56 (eight months ago) link

'Must think in Russian...Russian...Russian...Russian'

"Heartbreak Ridge" was another 80s 'boy we Americans got a spoilin' for war and get that big L in Vietnam off the books' setup. It's also the beginning of many roles for Clint as the old haggard hard ass.

Like Firefox, I have not seen either one since I was a teenager but I liked them both back then.

earlnash, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 11:21 (eight months ago) link

Heartbreak Ridge was ... Grenada? Iirc it was one of those more "prestige" riffs on "Rambo," along with "Uncommon Valor" a few years earlier. Man, Ted Kotcheff (90! Still alive!) had a weird career.

It's funny to think of "A Perfect World" as one of his more recent films. Almost 30 years ago! He's had an impressive run, or really, more accurately, several of them.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 12:14 (eight months ago) link

I mean, for him it is recent but it probably reflects on my age too. I referred to Bruno Mars as a "newer" artist in my class one time a few years ago and my students all laughed at me

Vinnie, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 12:28 (eight months ago) link

Hah, yeah, I think my point was that as far as Clint is concerned, "A Perfect World" was at one point a late career peak, but now it's more like a mid-career peak and the beginning of another imperial phase. Unforgiven, A Perfect World, In the Line of Fire, Madison County (take a breath for a couple of years), Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, the WW2 films, etc. He's been totally hit or miss for many years, but that's largely because he keeps cranking them out. Around 20 films in the last 20 years, half of which he stars in *and* directs!

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 14:27 (eight months ago) link

Actually, ITLOF aside, he only stars in movies he directs.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 8 September 2021 14:33 (eight months ago) link

Yeah, but not every movie he directs. Just about half, I think.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 14:37 (eight months ago) link

oh I meant after Unforgiven, sorry. I remember an interview then where he made it clear it was his future.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 8 September 2021 14:38 (eight months ago) link

You mean if he acts he only acts in movies he directs, you mean?

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 14:43 (eight months ago) link

He only has threesomes in movies he directs.

i carry the torch for disco inauthenticity (Eric H.), Wednesday, 8 September 2021 14:47 (eight months ago) link

by "Eastwood" Eric of course means "Scott."

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 8 September 2021 14:52 (eight months ago) link

Whoa Clint's a big fan of Christopher Guest movies and The Hangover pic.twitter.com/224ixkQjMz

— Matt Prigge (@mattprigge) September 8, 2021

i carry the torch for disco inauthenticity (Eric H.), Wednesday, 8 September 2021 16:21 (eight months ago) link

five months pass...

White Hunter, Black Heart (1990) was not as great as some of his earlier films like The Outlaw Josie Wales or High Plains Drifter, but it was a pretty good pre-Unforgiven film.

I kind of enjoyed the incessant gay panic humor from the super-straight military guys in Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

Dan S, Sunday, 27 February 2022 01:15 (two months ago) link

Pale Rider (1985) was another great one

Dan S, Sunday, 27 February 2022 01:33 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

I’ve been using my netflix dvd subscription to watch various directors’ films in order, to get a sense of the progression of their style and aesthetic


Eastwood has directed an amazing number of films! Unforgiven (1992) was a pinnacle obviously.

Dan S, Friday, 13 May 2022 00:25 (one week ago) link

For the most part, I would have been fine with him stopping there.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Friday, 13 May 2022 00:45 (one week ago) link

One of his films that was not on my radar was A Perfect World. I don’t remember reading or hearing about it when it was released in 1993

Dan S, Friday, 13 May 2022 00:53 (one week ago) link

thought it was a good film about the cinematic past, how law enforcement was irrelevant, how a boy was treated at the hands of a killer

Dan S, Friday, 13 May 2022 01:23 (one week ago) link

I haven't seen it since it was in theatres. Given how its reputation has grown in recent years, I should probably give it a fresh look; I remember liking it just fine, though I did snicker along with the rest of the sparse matinee crowd at Costner complimenting the boy's penis.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Friday, 13 May 2022 01:52 (one week ago) link

I think I was going and seeing about 4 films a week when Perfect World came out. Most of the new ones in Dublin . Both mainstream and what was showing at the IFC.
So caught that and think I have the end scene in my head. Or definitely one major still.

Think he's been quite good as a director.

Shame about the politics. I just heard he had an immediate reaction to the speech made by Marlon Brandos guest at the Oscars. Cropped up in the Behind The Bastards on John Wayne. I guess he's likely to support the cowboys but did seem a little cynical.
& him funding searches for still captive Vietnam soldiers which I think was fruitless.

Stevolende, Friday, 13 May 2022 02:04 (one week ago) link

Feel like a lot of the talk about him as a director - "in the Hawks school", "the last classicist" - is trying to get a positive spin on him just not making many interesting choices.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 13 May 2022 09:36 (one week ago) link


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