A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Detective Harry Callahan. He doesn't break murder cases. He smashes them.
When a madman dubbed the "Scorpio Killer" terrorizes San Francisco, hard-boiled cop Harry Callahan -- famous for his take-no-prisoners approach to law enforcement -- is tasked with hunting down the psychopath. Harry eventually collars Scorpio in the process of rescuing a kidnap victim, only to see him walk on technicalities. Now, the maverick detective is determined to nail the maniac himself.
The Outlaw Josey Wales takes out the trash on the streets of San Francisco armed with his .44 Magnum in Don Siegel's quintessential man's man fuck you political correctness action flick that introduced the world to one of the coolest badass motherfuckin' characters in the history of cinema Dirty Harry Callahan. Rooftop swimming pool. Shell casing. Scorpio manifesto. Mayor John Vernon. The usual. 211. Sudden Magnum Impact Force. The infamous question. Fuck haircuts. Fuck partners. Fuck highbrows. Fuck them all! Horoscope classifieds. Psycho smile. Blue Thunder's cousin. Tits at the window. Hot Mary? Useful partner? Jumper. Clint's hair. Chico's glasses. High-tech binoculars. Peeping Harry. Loose tooth. Payphone. Wild goose chase. Make out mountain. Alice. Statue stillness. Ski mask. Chico's timing.…
Well, this is surely the most confounding Terrance Malick film. Oh wait, that script was never produced.
What was produced turned out to be one of the most iconic films of the 70’s, and one that ushered in a new style of gritty detective drama. The Man With No Name is transported through time, and now works on the San Francisco police force. As the gun-slinger era drew to a close, Clint and his director friend Don Segal crafted “Dirty” Harry Callahan as the face of the modern day moral gunslinger; one who lives and acts by his own rules. The cherry on top in the form of the equally iconic pair of questions “Do I feel Lucky? Well, do…
It is so nice to re-watch a film you have known for your entire life and find that it really is as good as you remembered.
I'm not sure why I don't grab a Clint film automatically for my Friday Night Action/Thriller selection. Clint is the man. That sounds so 80s but he is The Man. He's always the same reliably rogue character with fantastic zingers when it counts. I was surprised to find that in Dirty Harry none of those were delivered in that way modern movies tend to include "The Zinger That May Go Viral". His were all understated and à propos. Nothing cute and catchy for its own sake. So refreshing.
What is particularly interesting about this…
If there is one film that I'm most afraid for it falling into the hands of the Hollywood remake machine, it's this one.
It would not make my day if that would happen.
I know what you're thinking. Didn't he review this already?
Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I didn't really lose track myself. No, I just decided to watch one of my absolute favourites again and I might as well just run through the whole series while I'm at it.
I reckon this is probably about my 63rd viewing of Dirty Harry and as I've mentioned before I probably first saw it, albeit in a heavily edited version, when I was 8. Each time I watch this film I think I watch it in a very different light. I think if you watch a favourite film enough you can start to see things that probably…
Movies set in San Francisco have always appealed to me. From Bullitt to Copycat, Vertigo to Zodiac, they all have a backdrop of that beautiful city to enhance their story. Dirty Harry also uses Frisco and the real-life Zodiac Killer as it's inspiration for a film that collared controversy for its violence and no-nonsense protagonist. Don Siegel would give Clint Eastwood one of his most enduring characters and also one of the most quotable. Full of action, full of testosterone, Dirty Harry was Hollywood's answer to the urban crime wave that was sweeping Americas cities. Right-wing in its politics, Dirty Harry Callaghan became the anti-hero of American crime films over the space of four sequels. Technically brilliant, it has aged slightly over the years as a slew of copycat films upped the ante on the violence front, but this remains an iconic film with a cynical edge.
This is a 44 magnum, one the most powerful handguns in the world.
When men were men and racism was racist.
#229. A really good 70s crime thriller.
A stylish crime movie with a ton of violence, beautiful picture/color palettes, and a simple storyline.
Is he a hero or a fascist psychopath? The way I'm conflicted about this question is why this movie will always be relevant.
For a 1970's cop film there isn't really much that can differ from any other. Two good guys go after a serial bad guy, with the good guys jokes being thrown around during it all. Except in this there aren't as many jokes, if at all. Maybe it's to go with Clint Eastwood's stern and well played character, which makes up for the all-round average at best film. Don't watch this expecting an action comedy, but do watch if you want a film that'll entertain in a serious manner.
Starring Clint Eastwood at his most Clint Eastwoody, Dirty Harry is an entertaining and gritty thriller from start to finish. This film also has one of the best lines in movie history... but you already know what it is, punk.
7.5 (out of 10).
Harry Calahan represents everything I hate about cops. Yet still I watch with glee as he GETS THE MOTHERFUCKING JOB DONE.
The amount of excellent chopper work and editing prowess on display is insane. Almost as insane as Lalo Schifrin's PERFECT score.
Only now do I realize that I'd never actually seen this beginning to end, only in pieces.
To a modern audience, this would probably be considered a boring action movie, but really it's anything but. It's character driven, centered around one of the most interesting action heroes in all of film. He's a complicated and layered character, and Eastwood gives an iconic performance.
The social commentary is also worth noting. Don Siegel is well known for making political allegories in his film, and you can be on either side of the political spectrum and still find this movie entertaining. You don't have to agree with Callahan; you just have to be intrigued, which it's hard not to be.
Edgar Wright's 1000 Favorite Movies via MUBI.