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It’s a baseball movie, I think

Bruce over at and still i persist blog has suggested we make today Eastwood Appreciation Day, on account of that charming chair thing he did at the convention. He suggests celebrating by seeing his new movie, “Trouble With the Curve”, which is being released today — on account of lefties are deciding not to out of spite.

The critics are giving it mixed reviews — good acting, bad writing sums it up — but hey, it’s for Clint.

I have a confession. I’ve never seen a Clint Eastwood movie. Okay, I might have seen Play Misty late at night when I was in England on a visit, but that’s it.

Yeah, okay. We’ll go to the US Consulate Monday and I’ll turn in my passport.

Oh, hey, before I forget — I had Stoats for breakfast. It was nice! If you go to EatStoats.co.uk, you can have Stoats for breakfast, too!

No, you probably can’t. I doubt they ship to the States.

Good weekend, ever’body!

Comments


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: September 21, 2012, 9:49 pm

As I understand it, it is the directing debut of one of Clint’s movie minions, so Clint is doing him a solid favor by starring. The reviews I’ve seen say it’s not a great sports movie, but has a really good people story…


Comment from Mitchell
Time: September 21, 2012, 10:42 pm

I’ve never seen a Clint Eastwood movie.

…These words, I understand them individually but they make no sense in that order. What the hell is going on around here!? SOMEBODY HAS HIJACKED THE BLOG AND POSTING NONSENSE!


Comment from Sigivald
Time: September 21, 2012, 10:46 pm

You really, really, really ought to see the Man With No Name westerns.

They’re good.

Leone is a good director. Morricone makes good soundtracks. And the first one steals Kurosawa’s adaptation of a Hammett story, so he got good plots.


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: September 21, 2012, 11:17 pm

I’m on it, Sigivald.

If her Stoatliness can make me sit through The Incredibles I can sure as hell make her sit through the great man’s contribution to western civilisation.

And then there’s Dirty Harry. How can someone not have seen Dirty Harry?!


Comment from Mike James
Time: September 21, 2012, 11:22 pm

Actually, it seems they do ship Stoat’s to the States.

And I second what Uncle B said–how can you not have seen Dirty Harry?


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: September 21, 2012, 11:38 pm

@UB – my favorite Dirty Harry quote:
Commissioner: “Intent to commit rape? How do you arrive at that conclusion?”

Harry Callahan: “Well, when I see a naked woman, running through and alley and screaming, being chased by a naked man wearing nothing but a butchers knife and a hard on, I don’t figure he’s collecting for the Red Cross” ‘leaves the office’

Commissioner: “You know, he may have a point!”


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: September 21, 2012, 11:38 pm

I also love “The outlaw Josey Wales”, and “Pale Rider”


Comment from Emperor Mink
Time: September 21, 2012, 11:41 pm

I hate to badger you about this but stop
weasling around, strap on your Doc Martens
and watch Play Mustilid For Me.
It’s an otter delight.


Comment from Elphaba
Time: September 21, 2012, 11:57 pm

I bet you would really like Gran Torino. Awesome flick. And as a musician, you’d maybe enjoy knowing that he’s a badass blues piano player: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWaTaqxPw3o


Comment from TehSchlippy
Time: September 22, 2012, 12:09 am

Hear hear for The Man With No Name Westerns. Spaghetti Westerns I’ve heard ‘em called because of the Italian directors. Perfect movies for the likes of Clint and Lee Van Cleef though. Classics that can’t be topped. I think once you see them and perhaps Gran Tourino you’ll get more a feel for what Clint was doing on the RNC stage also. I chuckled out loud when I heard the critics calling him a beffudled old man and the like. That’s just the way Clint is.


Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: September 22, 2012, 12:14 am

Um. In the Line of Fire. Eastwood and John Malkovich. Taut, well-scripted, good chemistry among the stars. Seriously. Give it a looksee!


Comment from PatAZ
Time: September 22, 2012, 12:57 am

I plan on see it this Sunday. Just to support Clint even if it isn’t a good sports film. Looking forward to it.


Comment from Wiccapundit
Time: September 22, 2012, 1:44 am

OMG, Stoaty, ya gotta see you some Clint movies.

“The Outlaw Josey Wales” – quite possibly the best western ever made (the spaghetti westerns notwithstanding). Loaded with quotable lines:

“Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining.”

Jamie: “I wish we had time to bury the fellas.”
Josey: “To hell with them fellas. Buzzards got to eat, same as worms.”

Josey: “You a bounty hunter?”
Bounty Hunter: “A man’s got to something for a livin’ these days.”
Josey: “Dyin’ ain’t much of a livin’, boy.”

You will not be disappointed.


Comment from EZnSF
Time: September 22, 2012, 3:25 am

Eastwood is American landscape.
Red sunsets over western ridges.
Every Which Way But Loose.


Comment from Anonymous
Time: September 22, 2012, 3:47 am

I’ve seen a lot of Eastwood movies:

Pale Rider
High Plains Drifter
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Dirty Harry
Sudden Impact
Magnum Force
The Dead Pool
The Gauntlet
Pink Cadillac
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
For A Few Dollars More
Firefox
Heartbreak Ridge
Hang ‘Em High

but my two favorites are probably

Where Eagles Dare (which ought to be on British TV regularly)
and
Kelly’s Heroes


Comment from Pablo
Time: September 22, 2012, 3:59 am

I’ve never seen a Clint Eastwood movie.

How on earth did you manage that? You’re American, you say?


Comment from Pablo
Time: September 22, 2012, 4:00 am

It’s not a baseball story so much as an aging father/daughter story. No, she’s not aging any faster than usual.


Comment from Clifford Skridlow
Time: September 22, 2012, 4:21 am

My Favorite Eastwood scene.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P19ou60srXA


Comment from Mitchell
Time: September 22, 2012, 4:51 am

Don’t forget Two Mules for Sister Sarah! I also liked The Eiger Sanction.

The Man with No Name “spaghetti westerns” were actually shot in Italy as well. There are areas there that look a lot like the American southwest / mexico.

Here’s a fun fact for you fans: The Man with No Name trilogy came out in the order of “For a Fistful of Dollars”, “For a Few Dollars More” and wrapped up with epic “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly”. HOWEVER, the chronology of events place Good, Bad and Ugly BEFORE the first two films! There’s a neat Easter Egg in the last film that establishes this.


Comment from Anonymous
Time: September 22, 2012, 5:29 am

I love baseball movies and I love Clint Eastwood, so easy match for me. Can’t pay for the ticket though.


Comment from Deborah
Time: September 22, 2012, 1:21 pm

Best Clint Eastwood movie has to be Paint Your Wagon
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064782/

with the finest movie overture in cinematic history,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94gMjQV5Ork&feature=related

not to mention the most evocative manly song ever sung:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnbiRDNaDeo&feature=related

Clint Eastwood sings! Lee Marvin sings! Beautiful, tragic Jean Seberg shimmers.


Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: September 22, 2012, 2:50 pm

Dammit Weasel. You must see Fist Full of Dollars or any one of that trilogy. The order doesn’t really matter that much.

You will, I promise! , like them very much. Although they are fairy tales about the old west, the supporting characters have a truth and realism to them that Hollywood has forgotten. They’re the kind of story that a good story-teller granda pa who’s had a few whiskeys might tell an 8 year old on a night when mom isn’t around.

Make you a bet – watch one and if you aren’t enchanted I (and some of the other Spaghetti fans?) will send you enough money to buy a bottle of decent Weasel Juice® even at your outrageous British prices.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 22, 2012, 2:53 pm

Sorry about the trip to the spam filter, Deborah. Not too smelly in there, I hope.


Comment from little, little
Time: September 22, 2012, 3:21 pm

Scrap the Caddy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkD7UTYrbB0


Comment from Deborah
Time: September 22, 2012, 3:30 pm

My bad—I forgot about the multiple link warning :)


Comment from Ripley
Time: September 22, 2012, 4:18 pm

I’m with Mitchell.

I have seen all his films, I think. Yes I have a small crush. My BF accepts that I will leave him for Clint without notice.

Had to add: In Josey Wales, my fav is still Lone Watie (Chief Dan George — always good)with the best lines:

“I didn’t surrender. But they took my horse and made him surrender. They have up pulling wagons somewhere up in Kansas I bet.”

LW: “You know she thinks I’m some kind of Cherokee chief.”

JW: “I wonder where she ever got that idea?”

Stop me before I quote again.


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: September 22, 2012, 10:55 pm

Heartbreak Ridge is a lousy movie but Clint is awesome in it and the quotes are amazing.


Comment from Armybrat
Time: September 22, 2012, 11:21 pm

Deborah- thanks for that! My daddy was a career Army officer. We used to move a lot when I was a kid…a lot. Every time we loaded up in the car for the next move, my daddy would sing that song as we backed out of the driveway and headed down the road. Good memories!


Comment from Oceania
Time: September 23, 2012, 12:05 am

Woof

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10835890


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 23, 2012, 10:49 am

Oh noes! My comment spammer is colorblind!

Incredible! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a completely different topic but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Wonderful choice of colors!


Comment from Surly Ermine
Time: September 23, 2012, 5:10 pm

Unforgiven.


Comment from Mojo
Time: September 23, 2012, 8:48 pm

Rawhide!


Comment from Oceania
Time: September 24, 2012, 12:49 pm

SARS – Part II

I wonder who could have let this loose?
http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/7723681/Man-struck-down-with-new-illness

:)


Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: September 24, 2012, 1:03 pm

“Unforgiven,” yes, one of Those Westerns — the sub-genre of Westerns for People who Hate Westerns (along with “True Grit” and “The Cheyenne Social Club”). It’s a must-see. And I confess to a sneaking admiration for his 1980 “Bronco Billy.”

I never cared for the flicks with the orangutan in them. But just about anything else he’s done, whether he’s in it or directed it, is probably worth a try.


Comment from mojo
Time: September 24, 2012, 2:42 pm

Ah, well – if it’s in “STUFF”, it MUST be true!


Comment from Oceania
Time: September 24, 2012, 11:05 pm

Yes but you are a stupid American with – how do you say? No relevance?
http://www.recombinomics.com/News/09241201/SARS-CoV_SA.html


Comment from PatAZ
Time: September 25, 2012, 12:55 am

I saw “Trouble with the Curve”. It was a grown up movie, not a chick flick but not an action flick either. My friend and I both enjoyed it and were glad we went to support Clint.


Comment from Anonymous
Time: September 25, 2012, 4:29 am

Mitchell: The Man with No Name “spaghetti westerns” were actually shot in Italy as well. There are areas there that look a lot like the American southwest / mexico.

Especially after the movies were made. The filmmakers built a lot of adobe huts for scenery. The local shepherds used them for years afterward.


Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: September 25, 2012, 4:30 am

Mitchell: The Man with No Name “spaghetti westerns” were actually shot in Italy as well. There are areas there that look a lot like the American southwest / mexico.

Especially after the movies were made. The filmmakers built a lot of adobe huts for scenery. The local shepherds used them for years afterward.


Comment from Steve
Time: September 26, 2012, 1:30 pm

YOU’VE NEVER SEEN A CLINT EASTWOOD FILM? (sorry, movie)
But…but..
OK, anyhow here is my favourite joke. What’s the difference between weasels and stoats?
Well, weasels are weaselly distinguishable, whereas stoats is stoatly different.
There you go!

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