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The Carpenter Retrospective Link List
The Carpenter Retrospective Link List
The Carpenter Retrospective Link List

The Carpenter Retrospective Link List

Click on the film title below you want to read the retrospective of: Dark Star Assault on Precinct 1 Halloween The Fog Escape from New York The Thing Christine Starman Big Trouble in Little China Prince of Darkness They Live Me...
 
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The Scorsese Retrospective Link List
The Scorsese Retrospective Link List
The Scorsese Retrospective Link List

The Scorsese Retrospective Link List

Click on the film title below you want to read the retrospective of: Who’s That Knocking at My Door Boxcar Bertha Mean Streets Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore Taxi Driver New York, New York Raging Bull The King of C...
 

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The Spielberg Retrospective Link List
The Spielberg Retrospective Link List
The Spielberg Retrospective Link List

The Spielberg Retrospective Link List

Click on the film title below you want to read the retrospective of: Duel   The Sugarland Express  Jaws  Close Encounters of the Third Kind   1941   Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark   E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial  I...
 
Craven
 
The Craven Retrospective Link List
The Craven Retrospective Link List
The Craven Retrospective Link List

The Craven Retrospective Link List

Click on the film title below you want to read the retrospective of: The Last House on the Left The Hills Have Eyes Deadly Blessing Swamp Thing A Nightmare on Elm Street The Hills Have Eyes Part II Deadly Friend The Serpent and...
 

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The Eastwood Retrospective Link List
The Eastwood Retrospective Link List
The Eastwood Retrospective Link List

The Eastwood Retrospective Link List

Click on the film title below you want to read the retrospective of: A Fistful of Dollars For A few Dollars More The good, the Bad and the Ugly Hang ‘Em high Coogan’s Bluff Where Eagles Dare Paint Your Wagon Two Mul...
 
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Eastwood: Hereafter
Eastwood: Hereafter
Eastwood: Hereafter

Eastwood: Hereafter

When I saw Clint Eastwood’s Changeling back in 2008, it instantly became one of my favourite films. Beautiful and brutal in equal measure, the film enthralled and devastated me so completely that it crossed seamlessly into the ...
 

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Eastwood: Invictus
Eastwood: Invictus
Eastwood: Invictus

Eastwood: Invictus

I couldn’t help but feel slightly under whelmed by Invictus the first time I saw it. I’m a huge Clint Eastwood fan and I have enjoyed virtually all of his work he has done since the millennium. I’m also a big Morgan Freeman fan...
 
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Eastwood: Gran Torino
Eastwood: Gran Torino
Eastwood: Gran Torino

Eastwood: Gran Torino

It was announced towards the end of 2011 that Eastwood would again return to acting. Up until this point it was assumed that Gran Torino would be Eastwood’s acting swan song, and if so, he was going out on a high. And does it f...
 

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Eastwood: Changeling
Eastwood: Changeling
Eastwood: Changeling

Eastwood: Changeling

Changeling is a hard film to pigeonhole, genre-wise. When I sat down to watch it having only seen the trailer, I was expecting an out-and-out missing child drama (if that counts as a genre). In 1928 in Los Angeles, a woman name...
 
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Eastwood: Letters From Iwo Jima
Eastwood: Letters From Iwo Jima
Eastwood: Letters From Iwo Jima

Eastwood: Letters From Iwo Jima

Having looked at an American aspect of the battle of Iwo Jima with Flags of Our Fathers Clint now returns to the island for the second part of his double header. Moving away from the fractured narrative of Flags this is a far m...
 

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Eastwood: Flags Of Our Fathers
Eastwood: Flags Of Our Fathers
Eastwood: Flags Of Our Fathers

Eastwood: Flags Of Our Fathers

Flags of Our Fathers is Clint Eastwood’s homage to the honored dead of World War II as well as a meditation upon how an icon is formed. Based on the book by James Bradley and Ron Powers, the movie centers around the Battl...
 
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Eastwood: Million Dollar Baby
Eastwood: Million Dollar Baby
Eastwood: Million Dollar Baby

Eastwood: Million Dollar Baby

Boxing films are seldom about the sport itself with the possible exception of the Rocky franchise. Other sports films maybe about the sport: baseball films are usually about the sport and its ‘heroes’ as set out in ...
 

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Eastwood: Mystic River
Eastwood: Mystic River
Eastwood: Mystic River

Eastwood: Mystic River

Mystic River (2003) is another entry in the “misery guts” side of Clint Eastwood’s ledger. Adapted from Dennis Lehane’s novel, the story is convoluted, slow-moving, implausible and engrossing (all of which it has in common with...
 
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Eastwood: Blood Work
Eastwood: Blood Work
Eastwood: Blood Work

Eastwood: Blood Work

To say I like murder mystery thrillers would be an understatement. There’s just something about the relationship between a serial killer and a detective in films that never gets old. So when I watched Blood Work for the f...
 

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Eastwood: Space Cowboys
Eastwood: Space Cowboys
Eastwood: Space Cowboys

Eastwood: Space Cowboys

Four veteran actors come together to make this story of a senior citizen space voyage directed by Clint Eastwood. In the hands of a lesser director the story could have easily swayed into an over-sentimental, two hour joke abou...
 
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Eastwood: True Crime
Eastwood: True Crime
Eastwood: True Crime

Eastwood: True Crime

Having directed over 30 films, Clint Eastwood is high up there with other auteurs and true to form he never stops delivering. Making an array of dramas, westerns and action films, he is simply a Hollywood icon. I remember the f...
 

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Eastwood: Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil
Eastwood: Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil
Eastwood: Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil

Eastwood: Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil

Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of John Berendt’s best selling novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is an offbeat choice for the director, an experimental film involving courtroom drama, voodoo, and bizarre characters all ...
 
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Eastwood: Absolute Power
Eastwood: Absolute Power
Eastwood: Absolute Power

Eastwood: Absolute Power

Clint Eastwood, always a director looking to reinvent and push himself followed up the tender love story ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ with a hard boiled political thriller involving the White House ‘Absolute Power.’ He stars...
 

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Eastwood: The Bridges Of Madison County
Eastwood: The Bridges Of Madison County
Eastwood: The Bridges Of Madison County

Eastwood: The Bridges Of Madison County

I’m really struggling to write a decent opening to this retrospective; one which does the film justice rather than just spouting my usual semi-jokey introduction as a convenient lead in.The Bridges of Madison County is pretty m...
 
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Eastwood: A Perfect World
Eastwood: A Perfect World
Eastwood: A Perfect World

Eastwood: A Perfect World

Eastwood is playing the law dog in early 60’s Americana, on the tail of two escaped convicts – including Kevin Costner. The two cons take a child hostage and hit the road with the law in pursuit. This really is Costner’s movie....
 

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Eastwood: In The Line Of Fire
Eastwood: In The Line Of Fire
Eastwood: In The Line Of Fire

Eastwood: In The Line Of Fire

Eastwood had two films out this year.  A Perfect World came out in 1993 and was set in 1963. In the Line of Fire also came out in 1993, is set in 1993; but has ghosts from 1963 haunting our main protagonist. Eastwood plays Fran...
 
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Eastwood: Unforgiven
Eastwood: Unforgiven
Eastwood: Unforgiven

Eastwood: Unforgiven

  I won’t buck the trend here. Many people think this is Eastwood’s masterpiece and I don’t disagree. This is quite something for a director in his 60’s. And let’s also bear in mind that this was his last western, coming after ...
 

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Eastwood: The Rookie
Eastwood: The Rookie
Eastwood: The Rookie

Eastwood: The Rookie

The Rookie has all the elements of a summer blockbuster: special effects, quick-snap wisecracks and a budget seemingly without limit. This film is supposed to be a police drama about the mystical brotherhood that all good hones...
 
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Eastwood: White Hunter Black Heart
Eastwood: White Hunter Black Heart
Eastwood: White Hunter Black Heart

Eastwood: White Hunter Black Heart

I have never seen The African Queen so any tid-bits of information that are relevant to that film in this film I won’t be able to pick up on. I do know that this is largely a fictional tale and that director John Huston never a...
 

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Eastwood: Pink Cadillac
Eastwood: Pink Cadillac
Eastwood: Pink Cadillac

Eastwood: Pink Cadillac

Pink Cadillac, the third film directed by former stuntman Buddy Van Horn and also his third film to star Clint Eastwood, is his attempt to make an action/romance movie set on the road with some lightweight comedy thrown which u...
 
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Eastwood: Bird
Eastwood: Bird
Eastwood: Bird

Eastwood: Bird

Whenever a film director approaches a new project they will undoubtedly seek out subject matter which is close to their own heart. It is obvious throughout Bird that Clint Eastwood has a real passion for jazz music and the stor...
 

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Eastwood: The Dead Pool
Eastwood: The Dead Pool
Eastwood: The Dead Pool

Eastwood: The Dead Pool

  It would be far too easy to trash a film like The Dead Pool with the same nonchalance Harry Callahan affects, raising his comedy-sized gun towards some stereotypically hirsute enemy in a gesture marked more by disinterest tha...
 
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Eastwood: Heartbreak Ridge
Eastwood: Heartbreak Ridge
Eastwood: Heartbreak Ridge

Eastwood: Heartbreak Ridge

  The tough and grizzled character that Eastwood systematically went on to play in more recent roles such as those in Million Dollar Baby (2004) and Gran Torino (2008) makes his first real gruff appearance here in Heartbreak Ri...
 

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Eastwood: Pale Rider
Eastwood: Pale Rider
Eastwood: Pale Rider

Eastwood: Pale Rider

I was recently asked who I thought the most famous living human in the world was.  After a few of the more obvious figures – Obama, Mandela, Armstrong etc – I came to thinking about filmmakers, and eventually concluded that Cli...
 
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Eastwood: City Heat
Eastwood: City Heat
Eastwood: City Heat

Eastwood: City Heat

1930s gangster/prohibition era comedy with Eastwood sharing star billing with Burt Reynolds. So a quick scoot over to IMDB reveals that Clint Eastwood has starred in 67 feature films. That’s pretty awesome, but I wonder w...