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Primed for Clint

John Turnbull

Posted on July 1, 2019 07:22

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Free trial offerings on Amazon Prime made me travel East(wood).

A few weeks ago I noticed Amazon Prime was offering 30-day free trials for subscription service networks such as STARZ, OutTV, Hollywood Movies and Superchannel. I eigerly (this pun will make sense later on) grabbed them all and dug in, with the intent of getting the most out of the free offerings. While I certainly won't continue any of the subscriptions when the trials run out, I did get to see some classic movies. For some reason, I gravitated towards Clint Eastwood, somehow forgetting how large his body of work truly is.

So I've assembled a list of MY favorite Eastwood movies of all time ranked from best down. I expect many to disagree, and I welcome the feedback - isn't that the beauty of these lists?

Gran Torino (2008) - This movie strikes a near-perfect balance between emotion and intensity.

Unforgiven (1992) - With an all-star ensemble cast, far and away Clint's best oater.

Million Dollar Baby (2004) - No one play a curmudgeonly old guy better than Eastwood, and Hillary Swank more than holds her own.

The Mule (2018) - Although he looks like a wrinkled alien, Eastwood still lays it down as a not-so-innocent victim.

Pale Rider (1985) - A close second to "Unforgiven" with the ambiguous morality at the forefront.

High Plains Drifter (1973) - It's not often a ghost gets the chance to paint a town red - literally.

Magnum Force (1973) - The second installment of the "Dirty Harry" series and arguably the most graphic of the bunch. Feelin' lucky, punk?

Escape From Alcatraz (1979) - Tries to stick to the facts and almost succeeds. Always fun rooting for the bad guys.

In The Line of Fire (1993) - The budding romance between Eastwood and Russo, despite being decades apart in age, is the most interesting angle.

The Beguilded (1971) - Another Seigel piece, this one is pretty edgy with its balance between sex and religion. A slow burner.

Honky Tonk Man (1982) - Clint plays a convincing tortured country musician, aided by the fact that he can really play.

Bloodwork (2002) - A detective mystery with interesting plot twists that keep the viewer guessing.

Play Misty For Me (1971)  - An interesting thriller where Eastwood's DJ character faces off against a twisted female antagonist. 

Tightrope (1984) - A sub-erotic thriller that is essentially a next-level Dirty Harry, with a horrible soundtrack.

Firefox (1982) - An early attempt at AI military technology, the special effects hold up surprisingly well.

Heartbreak Ridge (1986) - Eastwood is excellent as a crusty Marine vet.

The Eiger Sanction (1975) - Excellent action scenes punch up a swiss (alp) cheese plot.

Every Which Way But Loose (1978)  - I mean come on, a bum and an orangutan fighting for money? How can that not be great?

Many may ask, "Where's the Sergio Leone trilogy?" While good, especially watched in the proper order (A Fistful of Dollars, A Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad and The Ugly) ), for me it was akin to "Satisfaction" by the Stones. Classic, but far overplayed.

John Turnbull

Posted on July 1, 2019 07:22

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Actress Sondra Locke, who was best known for making six movies with Clint Eastwood, has died.

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