Gran Torino(2008)


At the age of 78, I don’t think anyone else can pull it off like Clint Eastwood does.Still heroic and still as menacing as when he was young.His deathly stare means business.And yeah directed by the legend himself,this one adds another feather to his hat.

Walt Kowalski(Clint Eastwood) is this bad-ass aged man, you wouldn’t want to fuck with.His wife is dead and he is still living in a neighborhood dominated by the Hmong people.His two sons hate him for the tough old bastard he is and he wants them to stay the fuck out of his life.He live by his rules.He really love his old sexy Gran Torino.He never takes it out for a ride, but everyday shines it up.And as the film progresses he develops a good relationship with his neighbors, who are Hmong and soon find it out that they are more likable than his own rotten family.

The best thing about the movie is it’s extremely cool dialogues mouthed by Clint Eastwood.They may be foul and racist, but its music to ears, when he says that.Also also about the climax, I never saw it coming.It’s not just another run-of-the-mill and cliched ending.Its totally justified and turns it into an exceptional film.

This movie could have gone terribly wrong if it had fallen into the wrong hands.But Clint made it into an exceptional film.A film that is funny, emotional and touching.

Do watch this one.

My Rating:8.5/10


Escape from Alcatraz(1979)



Is it just me or “The Shawshank Redemption(1994)” really possess some striking similarities with this Clint Eastwood starrer?I noted out a lot of similarities like the similar harsh character of the prison warden, inmate keeping a pet, the library job, attack by the prison gay  and even both the film possess the same exact escape plan.In both the films the inmate finds out that the wall concrete is fragile and can be easily chipped out.And the way the prisoner gathers the equipments needed for the break out, it all seems so similar.And i watched the shawshank redemption way before watching this movie, so i always felt a sense of  deja vu while watching this film.

I am a huge fan of Clint Eastwood…But who is not?..He is the manliest man ever.And I love watching his earlier works.That iconic icy stare, strong voice, good looks and a bad attitude..god!!And in this film he gets to be this bad ass prisoner ‘Frank Morris’ who escapes from the alcatraz along with  two other inmates Clarence Anglin and John Anglin.

This film is based on real events that took place in the prison of alcatraz during 1960-62, when Frank Morris and brothers Clarence Anglin and John Anglin escaped from the prison and was never heard from again.

As a work of art  i think The Shawshank Redemption is a better film.It is more poetic or rather say philosophical.And is a feel good movie and emotionally satisfying.But the “escape from alcatraz” is no lesser a movie.It is more racy and exciting and is more realistic.And it has Clint Eastwood.So it cant get any better than that.Watching Clint on screen, gives me chills.I am almost sure that’s the case with everyone.All hail Clint Eastwood.!!

And for those who haven’t watched this film yet, watch it and thank me later.

My Rating: 9