Not only that today is Memorial Day, it is also Clint Eastwood’s 91st birthday. Yeah, he is 91 and he is still alive and well. I’ve always been a huge fan. Trying to watch as many films of his as I can especially a lot of his older Westerns… trying to catch up with them all. I’ve seen a lot of his old westerns like the Man With No Name Trilogy: “Fistful Of Dollars”, “For a Few Dollars More” and “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly”. All three are great films but of course, I find the third one “TG, TB and TU” being the best.
Not too long ago, I got around to watching “Outlaw Josey Wales”, “High Plains Drifter”, “Joe Kidd”, “Hang ‘Em High”, for the first time and I loved all of those. Of course, I’ve seen “Unforgiven” many times and I still think “Unforgiven” is one of his best Westerns.
As far as his work outside of the Western genre… of course, I love all the Dirty Harry movies which I think “Sudden Impact” being the best one.
Other Eastwood films I loved were “Escape From Alcatraz” which is one of my favorites that he starred in but didn’t direct.
I also loved “Bridges of Madison County”, “Absolute Power”, “In the Line Of Fire”, “Gran Torino”, “Jersey Boys”, “American Sniper, “The Mule”, “Changeling” and “Richard Jewell”. Another one of his best films I think is “Million Dollar Baby” and I gotta get the BluRay to that film sometime soon. Love that film so much. I also loved the crime thriller, “Mystic River” and a thriller he starred in called “Bloodwork”. The 1999 crime thriller, “True Crime” was excellent as well.
There’s still so many films of his I haven’t seen yet ’cause he has a very impressive and very prolific filmography. He’s done way over 60 -70 films, it’s crazy.
Not all of his movies are good, though, he did make some stinkers… I didn’t care for “J. Edgar”, didn’t care for “Hereafter”, “Invictus” and didn’t like “Trouble With the Curve”.
This man is a legend and a genius for sure. I respect him so much ’cause he keeps going. He’s one actor and director who doesn’t believe in retirement ’cause obviously, he’s gonna keep making movies until he passes. He’s never retiring, trust me. He’s got some more movies left in him until he can’t do it anymore ’cause that time is coming and he knows it too.
Happy birthday, Clint. I’m sure he’s excited to get back to work soon after covid stopped him from working like everyone else.
I wish he would give us one more Dirty Harry film, though. I believe he can pull that off. A retired inspector, Harry Callahan being forced to fight crime again at an old age when he’s no longer a police detective sounds good to me.