films seen
21
average score
1.57*
nationality
USA - 92 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Schmaltzy and sentimental Hollywood cinema that desperately wants to be taken seriously. The appeal of his work is beyond me, but looking at the accolades his films have received he gets away with it, so your mileage may vary.

Solid pieces

Gran Torino

by Clint Eastwood
2008 / 116m - USA
Drama
3.5*/5.0*
Gran Torino poster

The inoffensive

Richard Jewell

by Clint Eastwood
2019 / 131m - USA
Drama, Crime
3.0*/5.0*
Richard Jewell poster

One of the better Eastwood films I've seen in quite a while. It's an ideal topic for him of course, an all-American hero attacked by justice and the media and left to defend for himself. But he handles it remarkably well, and after a slew of media-hailing dramas it offers some much-needed pushback.

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Jewell is a bit of an outcast, an aspiring law enforcer who takes his job a little too serious. Until one fateful day when he discovers a bomb package and urges people to leave a concert, saving many lives in the process. Jewell is declared a hero, but it doesn't take long before the FBI begins to suspect Jewell planted the bomb himself.

The cast is quite something, but it's the relatively unknown Hauser as Jewell who impresses the most. The story is quite predictable and Eastwood neatly sticks to genre conventions, while making sure to stay away from excessive sentiment and too much overt patriotism. Not a great cinematic masterpiece, but solid nonetheless.

Dubious filler

The 15:17 to Paris

by Clint Eastwood
2018 / 94m - USA
Drama, Thriller
2.0*/5.0*
The 15:17 to Paris poster

Mediocre retelling of the failed terrorist attack on the Thalys. The film earns bonus points for using the actual people present that day, but Eastwood's focus on predestination, patriotism and religion leaves a foul aftertaste. There's also lots of filler material, with little to no time spent on the attacker. Should've been better.

The Mule

by Clint Eastwood
2018 / 116m - USA
Drama, Crime
2.0*/5.0*
The Mule poster

Clint Eastwood plays another oldskool, slightly cynical, hardened by life, unpopular old man. It's a role that suits him, but after seeing quite a few Eastwood (directed) films I'm getting more than a bit fed up by it. Though it's probably the tepid and unadventurous direction that's the real mishap here.

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Earl is an old man, abandoned by his family because he cares more for his plants than he cares for them. When his granddaughter is about to get married, Earl wants to redeem himself by chipping in to pay for the wedding. Having no money though, he starts working for a Mexican cartel, smuggling drugs with his truck.

The setup isn't too bad and similar to Gran Torino, there's some sly comedy where Eastwood seems to be having a little fun with his reputation. But the second half is way too sentimental, the plot gets dragged out and the film quickly loses steam. Not his worst feature, but I think it would be better if he'd just call it quits.

Sully

by Clint Eastwood
2016 / 96m - USA
Drama
2.0*/5.0*
Sully poster

A rather plain and tepid drama about a plane crash. It features some interesting bits about the media portrayal of heroes, but apart from that it's mostly US patriotism and hero worshipping of the worst kind. Eastwood's direction is as flavorless as ever, so is Hanks' portrayal of Sully. Not terrible, but quite boring.

J. Edgar

by Clint Eastwood
2011 / 137m - USA
Crime
2.0*/5.0*
J. Edgar poster

Invictus

by Clint Eastwood
2009 / 134m - USA
Drama, Sport
2.0*/5.0*
Invictus poster

Sports drama that can't escape the cringe of an oldskool American director adapting another nation's cultural highlight. Invictus is like most of Eastwood's films. Professionally made, but quite stale, boring and way too sentimental for its own good. Freeman and Damon are okay, the rest of the film not so much.

The Eiger Sanction

by Clint Eastwood
1975 / 129m - USA
Action, Thriller, Crime
2.0*/5.0*
The Eiger Sanction poster

Plain forgettable

Jersey Boys

by Clint Eastwood
2014 / 134m - USA
Musical
1.5*/5.0*
Jersey Boys poster

Hereafter

by Clint Eastwood
2010 / 129m - USA
Romance, Fantasy
1.5*/5.0*
Hereafter poster

Million Dollar Baby

by Clint Eastwood
2004 / 132m - USA
Drama, Sport
1.5*/5.0*
Million Dollar Baby poster

Absolute Power

by Clint Eastwood
1997 / 121m - USA
Action, Crime
1.5*/5.0*
Absolute Power poster

Eastwood putting himself in the spotlight again. The result is a bland 90s thriller with a bunch of old men chasing each other. It's a bit hard to imagine a film like this actually did well back in the 90s (I was around, but not really that big of a film fan back then, certainly not interested in this type of nonsense).

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Eastwood plays a master thief who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. He witnesses a murder implicating the president of the USA. He hopes he can leave and come out scot-free, but a dedicated detective really digs into the case and picks up Eastwood's trail.

The performances are bland, none of the characters are very interesting, the cinematography and score is crap, and the runtime is way too long. It's just bad genre film making with a bigger Hollywood budget and cast. Not that I'm a big Eastwood fan to begin with, but this is one of his weaker films.

The Outlaw Josey Wales

by Clint Eastwood
1976 / 135m - USA
Western
1.5*/5.0*
The Outlaw Josey Wales poster

Eastwood had a chance to do something a little different with this film. The introduction makes it look like a western take on the Civil War, but Eastwood is too married to his roots to commit, and slowly but surely more and more western elements find their way back into the film.

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Josey Wales lives a quiet life, until a gang of guerrilla fighters murders his family and leaves him for death. Josey joins a rebel gang, hoping to get his revenge that way. At the end of the war the rebels are granted amnesty, but it's a setup that kills all of Josey's friends. Again, he is dying to revenge the fallen ones.

Not that I'm a big fan of the Civil War setting, but it sure beats western villages and Indian tribes. Eastwood plays the character he always plays, and it works quite well during the first half of the film, but as it pivots more and more to straightforward western territory, I started to lose interest. Certainly not the worst western I've seen, but this could've been a lot better.

Big nopes

American Sniper

by Clint Eastwood
2014 / 133m - USA
Action, War
1.0*/5.0*
American Sniper poster

Changeling

by Clint Eastwood
2008 / 141m - USA
Mystery, Thriller, Crime
1.0*/5.0*
Changeling poster

Letters from Iwo Jima

by Clint Eastwood
Iou Jima Kara no Tegami
2006 / 141m - USA
War
1.0*/5.0*
Letters from Iwo Jima poster

Space Cowboys

by Clint Eastwood
2000 / 130m - USA
Action, Thriller, Adventure
1.0*/5.0*
Space Cowboys poster

Unforgiven

by Clint Eastwood
1992 / 130m - USA
Western
1.0*/5.0*
Unforgiven poster

Heartbreak Ridge

by Clint Eastwood
1986 / 130m - USA
Drama, War
1.0*/5.0*
Heartbreak Ridge poster

Irritation overload

Mystic River

by Clint Eastwood
2003 / 138m - USA
Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
0.5*/5.0*
Mystic River poster

High Plains Drifter

by Clint Eastwood
1973 / 105m - USA
Mystery, Western
0.5*/5.0*
High Plains Drifter poster