Clint Eastwood

[6] William Wellman’s (Wings, The Ox-Bow Incident) final film is also his most autobiographical, combining his experiences as an American volunteer in the French Legion during World War I with the experiences of a friend who fell in love with a French sex worker. Lafayette Escadrille stars Tab Hunter as the pilot in love, an unruly youth who deserts the Legion and then fights to …

[8] Angelina Jolie stars in this gripping true story about a woman in 1920s Los Angeles whose young son vanishes without a trace one afternoon. When the L.A.P.D. notify her they’ve found him, she’s shocked to discover the returned boy is not her son. Despite teachers and doctors agreeing with her about the new boy’s mistaken identity, the police won’t continue the search for her …

[7] Clint Eastwood directs and stars in The Mule, the story of a 90-year-old man who becomes a drug runner for a dangerous Mexican cartel. The money keeps Eastwood’s character motivated. Meanwhile, his ex-wife and daughter express disappointment with his continuing absence in their lives and the feds start closing in on his illegal activity.  Eastwood is playing a character more naive and corny than …

[3] A detective and a rookie cop team up to find a bad guy. I know. How original. Charlie Sheen gets my nomination for least charismatic performance in a motion picture here. The word “driftwood” comes to mind. The Rookie is hokey in a bad way, probably the worst Eastwood-directed movie I’ve ever seen. The whole thing feels like a studio’s desperate attempt to come …

[6] There is at least a certain amount of fun to be had in watching Clint Eastwood pump lead into Nazis. Where Eagles Dare¬†is about a group of Allied forces trying to raid a Nazi stronghold to rescue a captured General who knows the secret plans of D-Day. The film tries very hard to be The Guns of Navarone (they’re both written by Alistair MacLean). …

[8] A family tragedy reunites three men who share a traumatic childhood experience in Mystic River. Sean Penn and Tim Robbins took home richly-deserved Oscars for their performances in this Oscar-nominated best picture from the ever-reliable Clint Eastwood. Mystic River is a gripping, well-paced mystery that employs misdirection and plot twists better than any other film in recent memory. Eastwood is at his directorial best …

[3] Clint Eastwood directs and stars in this flick about a Russian jet that is undetectable by radar. This is probably my least favorite film in Clint Eastwood’s rather large filmography. The first half of the movie is unbearably boring, and when we finally get to the action, it’s too poorly paced and executed to save the movie. Adding insult to injury, Eastwood’s character is …

[6] Eastwood directs and stars in this Western tale of revenge. The most interesting thing about Pale Rider is the mysterious nature of Eastwood’s character, a preacher/gunfighter who enters a mining colony’s life in answer to a young girl’s prayer. The film suggests he might be a ghost, and without this ambiguity, the movie is pretty standard genre fare. Bruce Surtees gets kudos for making …

[4] How’s this for an ensemble? Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O’Connor, Gavin MacLeod, and Donald Sutherland. If you can’t imagine how that would work, neither can anyone else whose seen this movie. Kelly’s Heroes tries to be both a ‘guys on a mission’ adventure movie and a satirical comedy. It should have committed to the former and given up on its M.A.S.H.-like …

[8] Tom Hanks stars as celebrated pilot Chesley Sullenberger, who safely landed his U.S. Airways passenger plane on the Hudson River after the unprecedented scenario of losing both engines to bird-strike shortly after take-off. Director Clint Eastwood lets this true story¬†unfold with the greatest of ease. Nothing is sensationalized — all the emotions Sully evokes are earnest and sincere. I found it a very uplifting …

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