February 28, 2005

Clint's Big Night

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It was annoying to have that whitewash of Che Guevara shoved down my throat, and heartbreaking to see Carlos Santana participate in it by watching him sing a song from The Motorcycle Diaries. But I was gratified that an Academy full of people who are still (let's face it) a bit disgruntled at Bush's re-election decided not to punish Eastwood for his Republican leanings.

It's especially lovely to see Eastwood get this kind of recognition. I remember watching some prick journalist interview him before the awards show in 1992, and asking him "how many Oscars have you won?"

Clint, even and forthright: "Zero."

He's been written off a whole bunch of times, most of them before his three masterpieces, The Unforgiven, Mystic River, and Million Dollar Baby. And he's made a whole lot of crappy movies. (My favorite? Pink Cadillac.)

But he is still brilliant, and an American treasure.

Posted by Attila at February 28, 2005 09:05 AM

But Eastwood is an insider, no? And what was with Antonio Banderas singing that wretched song? There are many good Latin singers, but he's not one of them. But funny to see the vapid Hollywood glitterati displaying their complete ignorance of Che Guevara

Posted by: jeff at February 28, 2005 12:03 PM

I didn't hear too much of it, since my husband and I were talking over it, 1) arguing over whether it was appropriate for them to sing a song in Spanish for the Awards show that was originally composed in Spanish [Attila the Hub: no; Attila Girl: yes] and 2) being appalled at the aggrandisement of a murderer.

Posted by: Attila Girl at February 28, 2005 12:56 PM

You know the very best part of the whole "Yay, Marxist terrorism" segment of the telecast?

The fact that "Iron Chef America" was playing just a few channels over on the Food Network.

Clicky clicky.

Posted by: Jeff Harrell at February 28, 2005 07:11 PM

Men and their remotes. But it was justified this time!

Posted by: Attila Girl at March 1, 2005 12:19 AM

Clint never got his fair share of recognition.

The Spagetti Westerns changed an entire genre of film. And no, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is not the best of the three.

Pale Rider is a classic western - mysterious stranger rides in from the wilderness to set things right, and punish the evil doers. I think this this a much better movie than Unforgiven

In the Line of Fire I thought was excellent. Comedy, action, suspense. What else do you want in an evenings entertainment?

Clive the orangatan was never a favorite of mine, but I am willing to bet that both of those movies made money. (If the first one died at the box office, they would never have made the 2nd.)

Posted by: Zendo Deb at March 2, 2005 08:43 AM

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly was nice as a piece of social history, showing the impact of the Civil War on the West. But one of the characters in it was a little flat. I think you're right: A Few Dollars More was the best of the bunch. No cartoon characters in that one.

I adore Pale Rider, but I'm not sure it makes the kind of statement Unforgiven did, which is "we all have it coming," but we can all be redeemed (even if we have a "talent" for something as awful as killing). The Unforgiven really has the feel, at times, of a classic tragedy. I do think it's high art.

I liked In the Line of Fire just fine, but it was like Absolute Power—a "entertaining movie," as you pointed out.

Lately Clint seems to be doing one "commercial" project, and then one "art" project. Ironically, though, the last few "commercial" ones haven't done as well as the "art" ones.

And, of course, as a Michael Connelly fan I was appalled at how many changes were made in Blood Work. But even that is a good thing to rent on a Saturday night.

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