Using They Shoot Pictures list of top directors and combining it with IMDb's rankings I have come up with this…
Ever come across somebody you shouldn't have messed with?
Walt Kowalski, an iron-willed and inflexible Korean War veteran living in a changing world, is forced by his immigrant neighbors to confront his long-held prejudices.
Growl... Zipperhead... Growl... Growl... Eggroll... Growl... Growl... Click-Clack, Ding-Dong and Charlie Chan... Growl... Growl... Growl... We shot men, stabbed them with bayonets, chopped up 17 year olds with shovels... Growl... Growl... Growl... Get me another beer, Dragon Lady! This one's running on empty... Growl... Growl... I used to stack fucks likes you five feet high in Korea... use ya for sand bags... Growl… Growl… Yeah, well just keep your hands off my dog… Growl... Growl... Growl... Growl... Growl...
I absolutely adore the way Clint Eastwood growls out his performance in Gran Torino. Nobody does grizzly, chewed up and bitter, better then Eastwood.
This is my second time of watching Gran Torino and it wasn't as shocking as the first time…
My second viewing of this Clint Eastwood starring-directing drama, and I am still not sure what I make of it.
Walt Kowalski (Eastwood) is an embittered widower, living in a neighbourhood now populated by poor Asian families who work in gangs to commit petty crimes.
Quite apart from being intrigued by this character having the same surname as Stanley in 'A Streetcar Named Desire' (would he have aged into a Walt, one wonders?), his character doesn't quite ring true, although his family seem only interested in money.
One day the Asian gang come to steal Walt's car (the Gran Torino of the title) but he sees them off with the threat of violence at the end of a gun. From…
Sometimes I wonder whether Eastwood is such an awesome actor because he gets to play himself in the movies. Here he plays a grouchy badass with a soft spot for being awesome.
I adored this movie; the breakout supporting actors are phenomenal and the pacing is perfect. It feels real despite the heroism. I also laughed. Win.
"I'm proud to be able to call you my friend."
One of Eastwood's masterpieces: Unforgiven isn't Eastwood's last western, this is. Street gangs replace warring factions of a town, the youngest is pulled in-between, a priest mediates all conflict. And Eastwood himself is almost Fordian. He's a good-bad man, he rejects all emotion, he accepts his killer past....and one day, "like Paul on the road to Damascus," he changes. Through this Eastwood achieves his most sustained masterclass in economy. We're only given tiny glimpses into Walt's past: the silver star, lines like "I killed a lot of men," or "what haunts a man isn't what he's told to do, it's what he does without being asked" (something like that, I'll…
While it didn't get the Oscar buzz like the string of films before it Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, and Letters From Iwo Jima Gran Torino is a damn good film in my opinion.
I don't know if anybody does grumpy old man better than Clint Eastwood so casting himself in the lead is perfect here. There's just something about his facial expressions, and the way he talks that I find absolutely hilarious in this film although I'm not sure if it was intentionally funny. It kind of reminds me of Sling Blade in that way were while unintentionally funny (maybe not) it's also very touching.
Overall I highly recommend this film, I laughed, I teared up a little, and I generally felt good about the experience.
"The thing that haunts a guy is the stuff he wasn't ordered to do."
After watching the trailer, I figured this would be another simple Dirty Harry flick. I learned a long time ago to not make assumptions based on a trailer. Now the ratings on various sites were all over the place and yet most agreed that Clint Eastwood was fantastic. Many were critical of the Hmong actors and their abilities. I could see that as well, but I think their lack of experience made more sense and added another layer to the characters. Others complain about the inaccuracies when it come to the portrayal of the Hmong people. It may be incorrect, but most won't even notice. You…
¿Alguna vez te imaginaste un Clint Eastwood viejo y cansado viviendo en tu barrio? Después de ver esta película, vas a querer uno.
La historia comienza en el funeral de su esposa e única compañía. Dejándolo sólo con su perro en un barrio de mierda plagado de asiáticos humong, negros barderos y pendejos pelotudos.
Nos presentan a un clint soberbio, racista, agresivo, violento y sólo, y su lenta y ligera redención.
Si te gusta el humor ortiva y la mala onda: no se que estas esperando.
+ Clint Eastwood at his most growliest. I chuckled a few times.
- The script is insanely blunt. While this may work in favour of the comedy, drama without any subtlety feels juvenile.
- The acting, apart from Eastwood, is B-grade at best. Especially the Toad-character would have benefited from someone who could actually carry a scene.
Clint Eastwood compõe seu personagem com a caricatura que o papel exige. As questões discutidas pelo roteiro são extremamente polêmicas, e a perfeita condução da direção constrói uma narrativa muito fluida e um arco dramático cativante.
It amazes me that Clint Eastwood can make a film that analyses racial tension and prejudice with this level of compassion and nuance, and is somehow a complete right wing crackpot in real life. And Gran Torino is so thoughtful that it can't possibly be an accident... can it? The mysteries of life.
But hey, Woody Allen gets a free pass for raping a little girl with this "separate the art from the artist" bullshit, so why can't we make a similar concession for Clint Eastwood? Whether or not it's intentional, Gran Torino is one of the defining films of this generation in terms of confronting the issues of western multiculturalism and xenophobia, and its unwillingness to pander to easy answers and feel good bullshit satisfies me deeply.
Gran Torino is a broad and sentimental picture. Some of the acting is notably unimpressive and the direction is no more than (in the main) a nuts and bolts job. Regardless, I loved the film. The reason is, of course, Clint.
Without Clint (playing Walt) this would be a reasonably interesting but not particularly incisive or well written, picture about white flight, old working class American virtues, multiculturalism and age. But with him, his sheer presence, and the weight of all his previous roles, it becomes a riveting character study and a reprise of some of his trademark gritty machismo.
Despite being properly old, he remains a true bad-ass. The early show- down with the black gang is tense and…
Walt Kowalski é o melhor exemplo de tudo aquilo que está certo nos Estados Unidos. Todo homem deveria assistir esse filme.
A.K.A. "This growling man"(spoiler alert:) this film is really about Gran Torino representing America and Clintwood subsistuting for Jesus Christ. This movie is about good people and bad people and it's about a car that dodges all the bullets. In fact the car is so holy that Mr Kowalski (the gretest driver of them all in the film "vanishing point", a reference?) never even drives the car, but he lends it to someone he feels worthy of doing the right thing. It's all about handing the knowledge down through the generations so that things can turn out right and it's about a very clever revenge. We have seen these stories before they're as old as the old testament or as old as Clint Eastwood? Reactionary, but good shit.
Film 306 of my 2015 500 Film Challenge
I laughed a lot, I won't lie. There's just something about Eastwood's grizzled and racist performance that just kept making me laugh. His performance wasn't bad though, I just felt like his character was an awful cliche of a racist old man with the over use of racial slurs like "spook" and my favorite "gook".
The films dramatic story is poignant and the ending is fantastic and fitting. The themes of racism might be a bit heavy handed, but it was fine. There are some really nice moments of character bonding and scenes where he becomes less and less racist.
I do like Gran Torino, it's one of those films that when…
Clint Eastwood as 'Grumpy War Veteran'
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