Since I recently saw "The Nice Guys", and loving the fact that they opened the film with the old 70s…
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…
"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…
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.
Letters to the Director #15- Gran Torino
To Mr. Clint Eastwood,
You're a freakin genius!
Making a movie brilliantly addressing the generational gap between old and young alongside the ever-growing race problem in the States, while also investigating the importance of life and death and the power of friendship. Everything about this film is done with grace, honesty, and care. You could care less if the harsh language present will offend anybody; you just want to present your views on how this problem abounds in society and your steps in how to fix them, and your film, again, addresses such problems very well.
The bond between your old grumpy racist character and the young Asian neighbor has got to be…
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…
Clint Eastwood's character is an old racist who does nice things sometimes and has a cool car. I liked the car in this film best.
Tried three times and couldn't get past the first 20 minutes, or so. The setup, the writing, and the delivery are immature and clichéd. I have no interest in following a story about an interesting or important topic being told in such a manipulative manner.
Excellent, wonderful gem of a film which showcases manly virtue and the efficacy of self-sacrifice.
Clint Eastwood proves himself capable again as an actor/director with this gritty, yet touching story. A fresher take on the usual coming-of-age masculinity tale, that subverts the tropes and is more minority inclusive. It's nice to see the Hmong people getting some notice in mainstream cinema.
Gran Torino is predictable, but is one of the most sincere movies of the last decade. Directed by Clint Eastwood, the film is about a racist war veteran that lost his wife and doesn't know how to socialize with his kids. He doesn't fit into the 21 century and hates his neighbours, a Hmong family. However, Gran Torino is a story about redemption.
First, it's undeniable that Eastwood's figure makes the movie more interesting. Walt Kowalski isn't his most iconic character, but he causes reactions of the audience. He is racist, incredibly old fashioned and rude, but he suffered a lot. A part of the audience hates him and another part feels bad for him, but he can't cause indifference.…
It's a great comedy and a fine drama, a very tasteful and nice mixture of the two. Grumpy Eastwood is life.
Such a classic, better get the fuck off his lawn. Clint is a banger
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Great acting by Clint Eastwood. Movie about a racist old man who deals with a japanese family moving next door…he takes the little boy under his wings and gets close to the family despite originally not wanting to, and in the end he dies protecting them. Great and original plot with good acting all around.
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