Recently I was contemplating making a list of my favorite scenes in film, but I decided that instead of just…
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…
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…
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…
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There was a impeccable/five star film somewhere in and amongst this, I hope there is a remake in a few decades time so it can reach it's potential - without awkward line readings and the tired white saviour narrative.
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Good story, Clint keeps it tight as usual.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I found a couple things to like in Gran Torino, one of which was the re-working of conventions of the Western into an contemporary urban setting and their inherent relationship to Eastwood’s persona, but so much of the film seemed needlessly cliched, underdeveloped, and two-dimensional and while I can see why this might perhaps be intentional, I don’t think that the film sufficiently expounds on this trait or delivers enough interesting or original material to deserve it. The deconstruction of Dirty Harry or whatever is appropriate, but seems too easy, too much a foregone conclusion. Eastwood’s/Our relationship with violence has been a concern of his for quite some time now. The resolution, in fact the whole film, was just too…
Solid movie. It definitely succeeds in creating a story that sucks you in. My only complaint is that Eastwood's character is a tad cartoon-ish as he grumbles his way throughout most of the movie. His character also doesn't try and hide the fact that his constant narration of everything he does is just a thin veil for explaining to the audience how he is feeling as if the audience couldn't figure it out themselves
While at times this movie seems to serve certain cliches and stereotypes and contains some underdeveloped characters, Clint Eastwood still delivers literally and figuratively speaking an (emotionally) moving picture, due to both his on - and offscreen work. Not only is Eastwood's acting as the main protagonist solid as a rock throughout the entire movie, he even goes beyond that by showing great abilities as a director and pairing the well adaptated story with a precisely executed imagery. Because of Eastwood's sheer omnipresence, the viewer might get the impression that he has not quite vanished yet until the credits have finished rolling...
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
The 2015 edition of the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films list.
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