August 2017 in Films
This month was mostly filled with Summer Under The Stars, but I also caught up on a bunch of Sam Shepard films, and went to Noir City Chicago. As always, everything I watched is under the cut.
Movie Quote of the Day – Breezy, 1973 (dir. Clint Eastwood)
Movie Quote of the Day – Million Dollar Baby, 2004 (dir. Clint Eastwood)
Frankie Dunn: So, it’s your birthday, huh? How old does that make you?
Maggie Fitzgerald: I’m 32, Mr. Dunn, and I’m here celebrating the fact that I spent another year scraping dishes and waitressing which is what I’ve been doing since 13, and according to you, I’ll be 37 before I can even throw a decent punch, which I have to admit, after working on this speed bag for a month, may be the God’s simple truth. Other truth is, my brother’s in prison, my sister cheats on welfare by pretending one of her babies is still alive, my daddy’s dead, and my momma weighs 312lbs. If I was thinking straight, I’d go back home, find a used trailer, buy a deep fryer and some oreos. Problem is, this the only thing I ever felt good doing. If I’m too old for this, then I got nothing. That enough truth to suit you?
Movie Quote of the Day – The Outlaw Josey Wales, 1976 (dir. Clint Eastwood)
Movie Quote of the Day – Changeling, 2008 (dir. Clint Eastwood)
Christine Collins: Why aren’t you listening to me?
Capt. J.J. Jones: I am listening, dammit, I am listening! And I understand your feelings. He’s changed, no mistake. And that’s. . .you’ve both been through a terrible experience and that’s why he needs your love and support to bounce back.
Christine Collins: He’s not my son!
Capt. J.J. Jones: Why are you doing this, Mrs. Collins? Why are you doing this? You, you seem perfectly capable of taking care of the boy. Your job pays you enough to attend to his personal needs, so I don’t understand why you’re running away from your responsibilities as a mother.
Christine Collins: I am not running away from anything! Least of all my responsibilities! I am even taking care of that. . .boy right now, because I am all he has! What worries me is that you have stopped looking for my son! And that is your responsibility!
Capt. J.J. Jones: Why should we be looking for someone we’ve already found?
Christine Collins: Because you have not found him.
Capt. J.J. Jones: His identity has been confirmed by the best minds in the field of child identification. People who know what they’re doing.
Christine Collins: And I don’t?
Movie Quote of the Day – Unforgiven, 1992 (dir. Clint Eastwood)
New Poster For Eastwood’s “J. Edgar”
New Trailer For Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar”
Words cannot express how much I cannot wait for this movie. This new trailer (watch it here at Apple trailers) makes me want to watch it even more. I pretty much love everything I’ve seen out of Leonardo DiCaprio for the last ten years and Armie Hammer looks to be following up his breakthrough turn in The Social Network last year with another show stopping performance.
The film is set for a November 9th release.
Oscar Vault Monday – Mystic River, 2003 (dir. Clint Eastwood)
I hadn’t seen this movie until last weekend. I have no idea why I waited so long to see it. I mean, it has a stellar cast and Clint Eastwood is a favorite of mine (as a writer and a director). It’s also based on Dennis Lehane novel (who also wrote the novels on which Shutter Island and Gone Baby Gone were based), with a screenplay written by Brian Helgeland (who shares an Oscar with Curtis Hanson for their on L.A. Confidential). Despite all of that, it took me nearly a decade to actually watch the film. Boy was it worth the wait. It’s probably one of the most tense films I’d ever seen. It was nominated for six Oscars winning two: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress Marcia Gay Harden, Best Supporting Actor Tim Robbins (won), Best Actor Sean Penn (won), Best Director and Best Picture. Incidentally, this was the first time Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor had come from the same film since 1959’s Ben-Hur. The other films up for Best Picture that year were Lost in Translation, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Seabiscuit and winner The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.