Feb 042018
 

The Witches is certainly a odd Italian movie for sure but not entirely engaging despite its weirdness and as an anthology, never really found a balance, though it was fun seeing a young Clint Eastwood starring in one of the anthology shorts.

 

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Oct 082016
 

Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil is a nice inclusion in Warner’s Archive Collection and while I didn’t particularly think very much of the movie, there’s at least some good elements headlined by another masterful performance from Kevin Spacey and even John Cusack contributes well.

 

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Oct 192015
 

Escape from Alcatraz is one of my personal favorites from Clint Eastwood and although it’s hardly perfect, it is efficient in both its story telling as well as character development giving us just enough to care about the outcomes. This bargain catalogue title is rather basic with no features while the video and audio transfers, although not great, are both satisfactory.

 

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Nov 102014
 

Jersey Boys is clearly a passion project for producer/director Clint Eastwood and although the cast perform admirably enough, I never quite found the feature that engrossing but admittedly, I also don’t have much of a connection with the music or the group, so those who do (older crowd) might get more out of the movie than others.

 

 

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Feb 142014
 

Twilight Time’s release of Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, a long ignored title within the MGM catalogue line, is a fun flick featuring excellent performances from Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges set against the beautifully photographed backdrop of the Midwest. The Blu-ray offers up good video/audio transfers, both certain upgrades over their DVD counterpart, but the features are limited.

 

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Jun 052012
 

Blood Work is what I would call a minor blip for Clint Eastwood. It’s not bad and has a few good scenes, not to mention Eastwood himself is as good as usual, but the story never gains momentum. Even so, it goes by quickly enough and the supporting cast are all fun to watch. As far as the Blu-ray is concerned, the audio and video are more than adequate (and upgrades over the DVD) while the features, albeit forgettable, are good to have.

 

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Feb 262012
 

J. Edgar is one of those films that you can see the passion be it from the costume design, production design and the cast. It’s unfortunate that the screenplay never quite gives the viewer a reason to care either way. Worst still, the movie plods along at a slow and arduous pace and although I appreciate the non-linear storytelling (it worked for Scorsese in The Aviator after all), it doesn’t do any justice for the character in the long run.

 

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Mar 252011
 

Unlike other average films I’ve come across over the years, there are definitely reasons to see Hereafter, if nothing else for the performances. It is unfortunate that the screenplay needed another draft or two to shore up issues with the plot since Clint Eastwood direction is well done to go along with Stern’s beautiful cinematography.

 

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Mar 252011
 

Unlike other average films I’ve come across over the years, there are definitely reasons to see Hereafter, if nothing else for the performances. It is unfortunate that the screenplay needed another draft or two to shore up issues with the plot since Clint Eastwood direction is well done to go along with Stern’s beautiful cinematography.

 

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