The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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…
I loved this movie. Loved Kowalski's interactions with the Hmong family.
The cinematography was great and Eastwood killed it as the curmudgeonly lead. Had some light hearted moments while also getting into race relations and prejudices.
I'm currently writing a paper on Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven and wanted to revisit my favorite film of his: Gran Torino. This is one of the films that made a big impression on me as a teenager and did for me what John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men did for many in high school: it taught me how to convey theme properly as well as human interaction. It's truly a superb film dealing with all the regular Eastwood tropes including masculinity, racism/prejudice, the psychological effects of violence/war, etc, etc. One of the better Eastwood films in recent years, but not nearly as good as Letters from Iwo Jima.
die erste hälfte ist ja echt ne comedy, der grumpy old man in aktion,
dann wirds aber noch zu einem recht schmonzigen drama
und das ende hätte auch ruhig weniger shootout und weniger junge und hund im auto zum sonnenutergang haben können.
This is the first Clint Eastwood film I’ve skipped in theaters since 2002, something about it just looked kind of strange. When all is said and done, I think this is probably a good movie, but it has a lot of issues. First and foremost, the movie’s script is not the best written piece of work around; it has a lot of Eastwood talking to himself in order to convey exposition. Also, the teenage Hmong actors are really not all that great, nor is much of anyone except Eastwood. I also found it a bit strange just how much of this seems to have been recycled from Million Dollar Baby, and the ending seemed more than a little bit contrived. In spite of all this, I think the movie’s message is positive and Eastwood does most of his usual magic behind the camera. It’s a neat little movie, nothing more and nothing less.
This is much better as a comedy
God dammit Eastwood- find some kids who can act! That's the only thing that held me back from this film.
In every other way, this film is Clint in his full glory- old, racist, trigger-happy... its simply fun on a visceral level to watch him work. His directorial efforts are minimal but functional.
Seriously though when that kid is locked in the basement *grimace*
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
-the plot flowed really slowly
-clint eastwood was spot on
-the asian actors were bad
-great but depressing ending
Is Clint Eastwood even acting in this? Or did they just point a camera at him and let him do his thing ?
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Complete list. :-(