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Ruiz's Three Crowns of a Sailor made both the 82 and 83 lists. It…
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…
The story of a lonely grumpy old man who only has his car and his house located in an area surrounded by immigrants and can't get along with anyone on the neighbourhood. Clint Eastwood gave an excellent performance in this as usual, but the rest of the cast is not that good.
Heartfelt in a way I wasn't expecting and surprisingly funny, but a really good entry into Eastwood's body of work.
It is in the character of Walt Kowalski that Eastwood, in his last great performance, finds perhaps a brilliant synthesis of all his tough characters since the man with no name to Harry Callahan, carrying the perfect definition of an old tough badass, with every look of his eyes and every line spoken from his mouth. And there should be noted a strong influence from John Ford's cinema within this man traumatized by their monstrous acts in war and with so much racial hatred in his heart, resembling the character Ethan Edwards from "The Searchers". But that manages to find a way to redemption and forgiveness in the end, as we all seek in life.
Enjoyable, though overlong and predictable film, about the old racist grouch next door, in a transitioning Detroit neighborhood, who takes the young Asian guy next door under his wing to "make a man" out of him. Clint Eastwood gives a completely believable and honest performance here, but this film is one of his lesser directorial efforts.
Clint Eastwood is as mean as Jack Nicholson at the start of "As Good As it Gets" and just like Nicholson his character evolves during the course of the film. The film for me lacks interesting characters beyond Eastwood and they didn't really make me care in the way I should be caring about them.
A fantastic and gripping story that shows the evolution of a boy growing up and becoming a man. Clint Eastwood drives the film forward with his negative look on life and his slightly humorous way with people. But what this movie shows more importantly is the the ways in which we can overcome racism.
For retired Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski his neighborhood has gone through a lot of changes over the years. Following the death of his wife he strikes up an unlikely friendship with the Hmong family next door after the teenage son attempts to steal his prized 1972 Gran Torino. With the young boys help Walt sets his mind to fixing up the neighborhood for good.
This isn’t on the same level as Mystic River or Million Dollar Baby, but there is no denying the style that Eastwood exudes…and I really like it. He always finds a way to humanize and develop the characters without turning them into superheroes or characters beating something over your head to prove a point. Walt…
I was initially enchanted by the equally comedic and dramatic potential of Eastwood's character (*irritated grunt*), but this quickly devolved into a story that I couldn't buy. Eastwood's radical prejudice should be running so deep in his bones that a few heart-melting parties wouldn't make a dent. It makes for a cute little arc, but it doesn't speak to the gravity of what this guy has been through. Also, the seams of the non-actor performances are painfully clear - I'm drawn to their looseness, but when they're called on to play Big Moments, they sink the film. In many cases, they're made passable solely because Eastwood is such a grounding presence on screen.
Through the eyes of a brooding old white man who misses the good old days when his neighborhood was all white and rich, we learn that Asian people are people too (though their traditions are inconvenient and sometimes funny), and that through HARD WORK and GETTING SHOT A DOZEN TIMES IN THE CHEST you can achieve a better life.
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