Gran Torino

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I was only eight  in 1989, but from what I remember it was pretty much the year of Batman and Driving Miss Daisy; two movies that my 8-year-old self was less than impressed by. Perhaps we’ll talk about Batman at a later date, but today I want to talk about Miss Daisy, a movie that won so many awards and got so much critical praise that it made even those of us who had yet to sprout pubes aware of who Jessica Tandy was. The hype on this thing must have been huge to get me to tear my attention away from G.I. Joe and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles long enough to watch a film about a couple of old people driving around, but it did. The other movie I want to look at is from 2008. It’s Clint Eastwood’s acting swan song, Gran Torino. This one was well-liked, from what I can tell, but it didn’t get the hype or attention that I imagined it would once awards season rolled around, and consequently I don’t think as many people saw it as should have. I mean, with this one’s racial themes and its focus on old people you’d think it was a shoo-in for baiting the Oscars into giving it recognition. Perhaps it had too many racial slurs and too much gunplay to get embraced by the intellectual bourgeoisie that make up the Academy though. Give something a little color and suddenly it can’t be viewed as “serious […]

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This weekend the surprise winner at the box office was Gran Torino, which made $29 million. And there is one reason, and one reason only why this movie made the money that it did: Clint Eastwood.

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For years, audiences have been astounded with the creative range of Clint Eastwood. As an actor, a director, a composer and producer, Clint has always delivered — and he’s always done so with a demeanor that can only be described as badass.

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The American Film Institute (AFI) responsible for those “100 Years, 100 _____” lists that get people riled up every year have come out with their list of 2008′s top films.

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The big news of the hour is that The Day the Earth Stood Still made $31 million at the box office over the weekend. That’s a first-place finish all right, but well below what a lot of people thought it would make.

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Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino

Clint Eastwood’s next film, which hits theaters in December, is called Gran Torino. And for the record, there’s no part of this film that doesn’t sound awesome.

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