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Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman
Happy Birthday to one of We Are Movie Geeks favorite stars. Clint Eastwood was born on this day in 1930, making him 86 years old. The actor and two-time Oscar winning director hasn’t let his age slow him down a bit. Sully, his new movie as a director, opens in September.
We posted a list in 2011 of his ten best directorial efforts Here
Clint Eastwood has appeared in 68 films in his six (!) decades as an actor, and here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are his ten best:
Honorable Mention: Honkytonk Man
By the 1980s, Clint Eastwood was one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars. With his own production company, directorial skills, and economic clout, Eastwood was able to make smaller, more personal films. A perfect example is the underrated Honkytonk Man, which also happens to be one of Eastwood’s finest performances. »
- Movie Geeks
Imagine a Gallic remake of "Gran Torino" with a paunchy Gérard Depardieu in the Clint Eastwood role, and you'll be within spitting distance of Rachid Djaïdani's "Tour de France." Equal parts fresh and familiar, this odd couple dramedy contrives a premise in which a young Muslim rapper is forced to spend some time with a crotchety white racist. While Djaïdani is sensitively attuned to the unique details of his country's current hostilities, you've seen this movie before: Friends become enemies, enemies become friends, everybody learns a little something about the banality of their ignorance and viewers go home with the image of a free-styling Gérard Depardieu burned into their brains. A babyfaced twentysomething who can often be found hiding beneath the brim of a baseball cap that's embroidered with a golden "F," Far'hook (hip-hop artist Sadek, appearing here in his first film role) is a big dog in a small world. »
- David Ehrlich
If the prospect of watching Gérard Depardieu rap — or rather, witnessing the massive French star roll back and forth on his hips, grab his crotch and shout “Yo yo! Bang bang!” in some grotesquely out-of-touch caricature of gangsta rap — sounds like reason enough to see a movie, then “Tour de France” delivers. But that bizarre spectacle is something of an anomaly in actor-turned-director Rachid Djaïdani’s ultra-p.C. group hug of a movie, which is otherwise so determined to fix what ails France in the wake of recent terrorist attacks and rising racism that it comes across like an obsequious child trying to calm his red-faced parents at the height of a dish-smashing domestic dispute — or worse, a Gallic “Driving Miss Daisy.”
Set around an implausible road trip in which an angry yet bizarrely unaggressive young French-Arab rapper named Far’Hook (Sadek) chauffeurs his producer’s hip-hop-averse dad, Serge (Depardieu), around the coast of France, »
- Peter Debruge
Movie fans poked plenty of fun at the fact that Harrison Ford will be 77 years old when the new “Indiana Jones” movie hits theaters in 2019, but aging Hollywood stars have been kicking ass onscreen for a long time. In honor of the globetrotting, Nazi-fighting archaeologist, TheWrap looks back on the stars who have more than held their own in the action department even after reaching retirement age. Check out the list and videos below. Also Read: 'Indiana Jones' Fans Mock Harrison Ford's Age After Sequel Announced Clint Eastwood in “Gran Torino” (2008) The actor and director was 78 years old when this drama came. »
- Greg Gilman and Joe Otterson
Exclusive: Director Kasra Farahani’s upcoming thriller The Waiting comes off like an inversion of Michael Haneke’s Funny Games, or perhaps what might happen if that earlier film were crossed with Gran Torino. Starring James Caan, Logan Miller, and Keir Gilchrist, the film sees two boys conducting a cruel experiment on their elderly neighbor: can they convince him he’s being haunted? They set about prodding the older man further and further, only to realize too late that… »
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For a lot of actors, becoming a director is a long held ambition. The reason that this transition from in-front-of-the-camera talent to behind-the-scenes wrangler became the basis of the Entourage movie is because it’s become something of a Hollywood cliché.
Sometimes, this career switch can have brilliant results. But, seemingly more often, it goes really badly. Clint Eastwood is a prime example of both camps: Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River and Gran Torino are awesome, but they sit right next to J. Edgar, Jersey Boys and Changeling in his filmography.
Not all actors are lucky enough to get this many chances to prove themselves in the director’s chair. Some have their one big shot, totally blow it, and retreat quietly back to acting roles. Here are the worst of the worst, then, from great actors who tried their hand as directors…
10. Beyond The Sea »
- Rob Leane
The idea of the "Star Wars" spinoff films was probably one of the best Disney could have had. Not only could they continue the Skywalker saga in the main episode films, but by creating the unrelated stories, they've effectively ensured the expansion of the "Star Wars" universe, and the longevity of an already evergreen franchise. All that aside, for its first couple spinoffs, Disney has opted to keep the stories relatively close to the main saga. The first film, "Rogue One," follows a band of rebels in their attempts to steal the plans for the original Death Star, and the second film is none other than a Han Solo spinoff.
With Harrison Ford as the original actor, whoever this new man is will have quite the shoes to fill. So who will be playing everyone's favorite scoundrel? We don't know just yet, but Variety has just revealed a shortlist for the character. »
- Joseph Medina
The Revenant exploded this weekend as audiences showed up in droves to see Leonardo DiCaprio brave the elements in his quest for revenge. The strong Oscar contender expanded into 3,375 theaters and amassed an impressive $38 million taking second only to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which not only finished #1 domestically but started its China release strong. Meanwhile The Forest continues to prove there's a reliable audience willing to show up for low budget, PG-13 horror at the beginning of the year. First for The Revenant, which not only decimated BoxOfficeMojo projections, but seems to have proven the idea of a star's drawing power is not as dead as some may have you believe. DiCaprio's last five films that opened in over 3,000 theaters have all grossed $30 million or more in their opening weekend. And that doesn't include Shutter Island, which opened in 2,991 theaters back in 2010 and brought in $41 million. The $38 million for »
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