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The results from the great Eastwood debate are in, and it looks like the majority of Film Junk readers believe that Unforgiven is Clint's best work behind the camera to date. It won a handful of Oscars and was nominated for a bunch more, so it's probably not all that surprising, however, I find it interesting that Million Dollar Baby was not the runner-up. Instead, it was ranked #4 after both Mystic River and Gran Torino. Most of Eastwood's older movies were severely underrepresented here, but I am assuming this is because less people have seen them. Do you agree with these results? 1. Unforgiven -- 41.9% 2. Mystic River -- 15.7% 3. Gran Torino -- 14.6% 4. Million Dollar Baby -- 12.2% 5. Letters from Iwo Jima -- 7.8% 6. The Outlaw Josey Wales -- 3% 7. High Plains Drifter -- 2.7% 8. The Bridges of Madison County -- 1.4% 9. The Gauntlet -- 0.5% 10. Sudden Impact -- 0.3%
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Tired of searching YouTube for your favorite movie scenes, only to come up empty handed? Yesterday saw the launch of a new site called MovieClips.com, which boasts a collection of over 12,000 film clips, most of them around two minutes in length, in order for fans to call up their favorite movie moments and quotes easily and quickly. Six of the major studios are on board with licensed clips -- Disney is notably absent at the moment -- that can be viewed on MovieClips' site or shared through social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
The new site is still in the beta stage, so it's not totally perfect at the moment. And you may at first be frustrated with the number of big titles currently missing from the collection. For example, I used AFI's list of 100 greatest movie quotes to see just how thorough MovieClips is, and I was »
- Christopher Campbell
On February 16, 2010, Warner Bros. is planning to release a 19-disc collection of 35 films that were either acted, directed, or both, by Clint Eastwood. The package is entitled “Clint Eastwood: 35 Films, 35 Years at Warner Bros.,” and will contain features that span from 1968’s Where Eagles Dare to last year’s Gran Torino. The 35th film will be a short documentary by film critic Richard Schickel called “The Eastwood Factor,” which is a play on the original title for Invictus, which was “The Human Factor.”
“I’ve known Clint for most of the time he’s been at Warner Bros.,” said Schickel. “I was fortunate to be able to wander around the Warner lot with him and hear his reminiscences. To be able to show him in the places where he works and lives and feels most comfortable is, I think, a unique opportunity.”
The package has a beginning price of »
- Nick Allen
So you've got The Dirty Harry Collection, The Man with No Name Trilogy and maybe one of the other previously released Clint Eastwood DVD box sets, but still you need more. More Clint. Well, you must be feeling pretty lucky, punk, because Warner Brothers have just announced plans to release a rather insane collection of Clint Eastwood's films early next year. Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros will be a 19-disc set that covers all of his movies released through Warner Brothers between 1968 and 2008, starting with Where Eagles Dare and ending with Gran Torino. This is the kind of thing you usually only see years after someone has passed away, but we all know that Eastwood is still going strong. It's too bad they couldn't get this thing ready in time for Christmas though because I'm sure a lot of dads would probably love to see this under their tree. »
C'mon, tell the truth ... have you ever taken your kids to an inappropriate movie?
Paul Starke: I was flipping through the channels this weekend, pretending to listen to my wife, when I stumbled upon the movie "Kramer vs. Kramer" -- the 1979 film that chronicles the bitter custody battle between Kramer (Dustin Hoffman) and ... Kramer (Meryl Streep). I happened upon the scene in the movie where Dustin Hoffman's son falls off a jungle gym and is rushed to a hospital ... Pretty dramatic, depressing material. And then, as if suddenly recalling a repressed dream, I remembered: My parents took me to see this movie when I Was 6 Years Old!
Times were different back then -- parents would go see whatever movie they wanted, whether it would interest the kids or not. I don't think my parents thought I'd enjoy it, per se -- they probably just thought I'd get bored and fall asleep. »
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie QuotesGone with the Wind (1939)
The Godfather (1972)
“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” —Marlon Brando as Don Corleone.
On the Waterfront (1954)
“You don’t understand! »
Online retailer Amazon.com has been rolling out the Blu-ray Disc film collection deals this week. We have already seen The Matrix Trilogy and Harry Potter Years 1-5 offered at substantial discounts, and now another set joins the mix. For today only, July 16, Amazon is selling the Dirty Harry: Ultimate Collector's Edition Set starring Clint Eastwood for $56.99, or 56% off the $129.95 list price. The set includes all five Dirty Harry movies: Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, The Enforcer, Sudden Impact, and The Dead Pool, all housed in a collectible package. You can read our full review of the set right here. Click here to order Dirty Harry: Ultimate Collector's Edition on Blu-ray for $56.99, for today only or while supplies last (they should considering Harry Potter Years 1-5 did not sell out). »
Jack Nicholson's infamous "The truth? You can't handle the truth" line in A Few Good Men has topped a poll of the most memorable movie quotes.The uttering quickly became a movie favourite after Nicholson barked the line at Tom Cruise in a courtroom in the 1992 film.
The top ten is as follows:
1, A Few Good Men (1992) - "The truth? You can't handle the truth."
2. This Is Spinal Tap, 1984 - "These go to eleven."
3. The Godfather, 1972 - "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse."
4. Top Gun, 1986 - "I feel the need, the need for speed."
5. Sudden Impact, 1983 - "Go ahead, make my day."
6. Scarface, 1983 - "Say hello to my little friend."
7. The Italian Job, 1969 - "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off."
8. The Terminator, 1984 - "I'll be back."
9. Taxi Driver, 1976 - "You talking to me?"
10. The Shining, 1980 - "Here's Johnny." »
Actor Pat Hingle, who had a long and distinguished career in stage, TV and film, has died at his North Carolina home at age 84 after a battle with blood cancer. Hingle's first feature film was an uncredited bit role in On the Waterfront. However, he soon became one of the most in-demand character actors. Despite looking like the neighbor next door (and bearing a resemblance to Andy Devine), Hingle had a commanding screen presence and very often was cast as a judge or government official. Hingle had landed the title role in Richard Brooks' classic 1960 screen adaptation of Elmer Gantry but he suffered a nearly fatal fall down an elevator shaft. While he was recovering, Burt Lancaster took over the part and won an Oscar for his efforts. Nevertheless, Hingle appeared in many high profile films and worked three times with Clint Eastwood: on Hang 'Em High, The Gauntlet and Sudden Impact. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Pat Hingle, a veteran actor known for playing judges, police officers, and other authority figures, has died at age 84 after a battle with blood cancer.
Hingle is probably best known to the /Film community as the actor who played Commissioner James Gordon in Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. According to the AP, Hingle was diagnosed with myelodysplasia in November of 2006, and died in his Carolina Beach home late Saturday night.
His television and film career spanned six decades, and included roles in Gunsmoke, Murder She Wrote, Splendor in the Grass, The Gauntlet, Hang ‘Em High, Norma Rae, Sudden Impact, Brewster’s Millions, Maxim Overdrive, The Land Before Time, The Grifters, The Quick and the Dead, Larger Than Life, Muppets From Space, Shaft, and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
Hingle was also nominated for Broadway’s 1958 Tony Award as best supporting or featured actor (dramatic) for »
- Peter Sciretta
10 items from 2009
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