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14 March 2009 @ 10:28 pm
dear Clint Eastwood, if you told me to get off your lawn, I don't think I could do it.  
So yeah, I finally saw Gran Torino. I guess three months later than anyone in America but so is life.

I think I liked this one better than Changeling for sure and while it didn't reach the magnificence levels of Million Dollar Baby/the Iwo Jima ones... I seriously am thankful for the existence of this guy because he's really the only one around who shoots classics in a classic way. This is a small classic for all I'm concerned. I absolutely loved his acting, I squeed over the scene in my icon even moreso than the trailer, I enjoyed every second of it and I've never seen a movie which ended in such a poignant and kind of tragic way which was such fun. I've spent half of the movie laughing really and to match fun and tragic like that, you have to be good. And he's good. Indeed. All the Hmong actors were great, I loved the script and even if some nice journalist spoiled me about the ending four months ago and I knew what was coming I, of course, cried at the end. Nothing as major as the last times but I did. What's with me crying at every single movie this guy shoots since Mystic River? Ah well. *sigh* I loved it. Maybe it isn't at the masterpiece level (the Unforgiven/Mystic River/Million Dollar Baby/A Perfect World kind) but oh, I loved it so much.

Also, Clint singing the song at the end -> *dead!Janie*. Not to mention that his son who sang the other half has quite the voice.


Also, was I the only one thinking that a certain scene was a straaaaight self-quotation from the first Dirty Harry movie? But that might be me.

In conclusion, Clint Eastwood I ♥ you. *sigh*

Okay, and now I'm off to edit some fic which should arrive later if I manage. -nod-
feeling: satisfiedsatisfied
Adinaadina_mpj on March 14th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
Also, was I the only one thinking that a certain scene was a straaaaight self-quotation from the first Dirty Harry movie?....raises hand!!
really the man rocks!!!
the female ghost of tom joad: clint is BADASSjanie_tangerine on March 14th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, so I wasn't seeing things! *high fives* That was sooo from the first one.

And yeah. He freaking DOES and I love him seriously.
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the female ghost of tom joad: clint is BADASSjanie_tangerine on March 15th, 2009 10:27 am (UTC)
Hey, I could never hate you. ;)

Uhm, I think you should have a look at the war movies, especially the Japanese one. While I can see why Changeling can come off as pretentious (and the first war one could), the Japanese Iwo Jima one was some of the best stuff he did IMHO. About Million Dollar Baby I can't say because I'm totally biased. ;)

Nah, I think he was also doing self-parody here. Or at least I got the same impression from the general atmosphere of the movie and from a couple of interviews I read so I'm pretty sure he doesn't really think that way. I mean, considering who he is one might think he was playing himself but I doubt it. I think it was acting and pretty good acting for that matter.

Well, about the ending, I don't think I was expecting any less. I mean, for how much I can squee I'm always talking about Clint Eastwood, the American hero praise was something that I'd have signed for if it happened. But I'm pretty much okay with it if it means I'm finally seeing a good movie. I think that if there was a movie where he did have a lot of shades-of-gray thinking it was A Perfect World and I think that'll always be my favorite Eastwood movie ever or something similar.

Ha, re his politics, I think that while I wouldn't vote where he votes even with a gun pointed to my head I think that he isn't that bad. For one, I find Mel Gibson way more offensive than Clint Eastwood will ever be for me (which is also why I avoid Mel Gibson movies like the plague, but that's another point altogether). Or at least after I read some interview where I think he said that he was okay with gay marriage since it didn't contradict his policy and some other stuff which I could appreciate I think I can be pretty much okay with him also if I'll never forgive him for saying that Sarah Palin was a good candidate. ;) Ah, that one still burns indeed.
Reticulating Splines: dirty harryone_winged_hao on March 15th, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
I cried a little at the end of Gran Torino. Man, I love Clint :3 He can do no wrong imo
the female ghost of tom joad: CLINT XQ_janie_tangerine on March 15th, 2009 10:30 am (UTC)
If I hadn't known what was coming I'd have probably cried more than I did but ha, me too. ;) ♥
elliotsmelliotelliotsmelliot on March 15th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
I'm glad you finally got to see it. Other than having some interest in Hmong culture, the preview did nothing for me so I think I'll pass.

Tonight I tried to watch Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and fell asleep just as Lee Pace arrived. I might go back and finish it later, but despite liking all the actors it was pretty shrill and contrived. Then I ended watching Role Models with Mr. E.S. and that hit the spot. Sometimes you just need complete nonsense and a little Paul Rudd.
the female ghost of tom joad: clint and his lovely kittyjanie_tangerine on March 15th, 2009 10:34 am (UTC)
Is Role Models good? I heard around about it but I didn't get if the reception was positive or negative. Not that it's out here any soon since I only heard about it online but I might hit it when it is. Also because I think I need some nonsense, I haven't watched a completely fun movie in ages.

I think he did some good work with the Hmong culture and that it was a good movie but hey, very biased here. ;) Mh, I wanted to see Miss Pettigrew because of Lee Pace actually but never came around to.