(Welcome to Role Call, where we examine two performances from an actor – their first defining role and their most recent/last – to get a sense of who they are.)
There are two options when you picture Clint Eastwood. His image has been frozen in amber twice during his career, offering us only the cigar-chomping, heavily tanned silence of Sergio Leone’s “Dollars Trilogy” and the gray-headed, lawn protector of Gran Torino. One is a genre king during the halcyon days of wild west romanticism; the other is the fantasy fulfillment of old man anger at the world. One is everyone’s dad’s favorite actor; the other is what almost everyone’s dad has morphed into over the past twenty years.
That’s not to say that he didn’t branch out as an actor. He made not one, but two buddy comedies with an orangutan after all. Yet even though he talked enough as Dirty Harry to earn a globally-recognized (and almost always misquoted) catch phrase, his unhinged detective was a simmering extension of his tight-lipped western anti-heroes. Different haircut, less stubble, same attitude.
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The last time Clint Eastwood directed and starred in a film was nearly a decade ago, with Gran Torino in 2009. Now he’s back in front of the camera and behind it with a new drama from Warner Bros. Pictures that feels like it’s really making a push for awards.
The Mule stars Clint Eastwood as Earl Stone, an eighty-something who is broke and alone and on the verge of losing his business and home. But a new job opportunity comes along and all he has to do is drive. Unfortunately, that new job is running drugs for a Mexican cartel, and the law starts getting on his trail. Read More »
Clint Eastwood hasn’t acted in a movie since his turn in the 2012 baseball drama Trouble with the Curve, but it appears that the 87-year-old is getting back in front of the camera again soon. He’s set to direct and star in a drug thriller called The Mule, and his American Sniper star Bradley Cooper is in talks to share the screen with him. Read More »
When a new movie based on a true story opens, there is an inevitable debate online over whether what’s documented on screen really happened, or if it really happened in the way it’s presented. Films like Selma, Zero Dark Thirty, Dunkirk, and more get scrutinized for fear that creative license has inexorably shifted true events that may seem dramatic enough on their own.
Now, we have a case of the exact opposite, in which the events depicted on screen are almost certainly staged with accuracy because of how many of the real people are involved. Clint Eastwood, with his new film The 15:17 to Paris, has gone out of his way to recreate the foiling of a would-be terrorist attack carefully. Unfortunately, he’s done so in aggressively dull fashion.
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There are plenty of Hollywood movies about true, astonishing, larger-than-life stories. Many of them go on to become an award-winning biopic or a crowd-pleasing family movie and Clint Eastwood would know, having directed his fair share of biographical films. And the director continues his streak of inspiring true-life films like American Sniper and Sully with his newest film, The 15:17 to Paris.
The film follows the events of the 2015 Thalys train attack, in which a gunman’s attack was foiled by several passengers on the train, three of them Americans. And in an unusual cinematic experiment, Eastwood has hired the three Americans to star as themselves in The 15:17 to Paris.
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Clint Eastwood recently added another hit to his resume with Sully. The well-received drama marks another successful collaboration between the director and the studio he calls home, Warner Bros. Pictures. Eastwood has made most of his movies at the studio, and that’s probably not changing anytime soon. Warner Bros. and the filmmaker are currently working on a film about Jessica Buchanan, an American aid worker who was kidnapped.
Below, learn more about the new Clint Eastwood project.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 by David Chen
Clint Eastwood’s Sully has one of the most tense, nail-biting plane-landing sequences ever put to film. Based on the real-life story of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s “Miracle on the Hudson,” Sully features Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckart as pilots flying US Airways Flight 1549 on the morning both of its engines failed shortly after takeoff. As the plane begins its descent into the Hudson River, we see diverse groups of New York civil servants galvanized into action, all of them attempting to save innocent passengers’ lives. It’s riveting and inspiring, even as we already know how this particular story will end.
Unfortunately, the rest of the film is not as compelling, featuring a few interesting ideas about the events of that day that are never fully explored. See my full video review of Sully below.
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In recent years, Tom Hanks has played a couple real life heroes. From his titular role in Captain Phillips to his turn as one hell of a lawyer in Bridge of Spies, Hanks is the perfect everyman to bring these men to life. This year he adds one more to his career in Sully, the latest drama from Clint Eastwood, based on the real life story of heroic pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who glided his plane along the Hudson River, saving the life of all those aboard.
But while everyone knows about his heroic efforts that saved everyone on board that plane, most don’t know about the pesky investigation that followed which created plenty of trouble for Sully in both his life and career. Get a taste of the aftermath of The Miracle on the Hudson in the new Sully trailer after the jump. Read More »
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The last few movies Clint Eastwood made based on real people didn’t turn out so well. J. Edgar, The Jersey Boys, and even his biggest hit as a filmmaker, American Sniper, are strangely cold and clinical movies. The same goes for Changeling and Invictus, but let’s hope that’s not the case with Sully, which comes out later this year and stars Tom Hanks. Below, check out the first Sully trailer to see Tom Hanks’ transformation into Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.
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Late last year, Warner Bros. set a September 9, 2016 release date for Sully, the true story about Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, a pilot who heroically landed a U.S. Airways liner in the Hudson River just off the coast of Manhattan back in 2009. So far only the above photo is what we’ve seen from the drama directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks in the title role, but some interesting new details about the movie have just surfaced.
While filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams, and Zack Snyder have dabbled with shooting parts of their feature films on IMAX cameras, it will be Clint Eastwood and Sully with a record amount of footage shot on the large format. In fact, almost the entire movie was made with IMAX cameras. Find out more about Sully shot on IMAX after the jump. Read More »