The 15:17 to Paris (2018): Blu-Ray Review

Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial effort hits blu-ray today from Warner Brothers, and is based on the true story of three Americans, friends, who stopped a planned terrorist attack on a Paris bound train on 21 August, 2015. As much as I love Eastwood’s body of work, both as a director and as an actor, this…

Unforgiven (1992) – Clint Eastwood

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of The Wild Bunch, is my all-time favourite western, Eastwood’s multi-Oscar winning film (Best Director, Best Picture, Best Editing, and Best Supporting Actor for Gene Hackman). An ageing gunfighter, William Munny (Eastwood) wants to tend to his tiny parcel…

The Gunfighter (1950) – Henry King

  More western goodness flows from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, as I dig into the first recommendation following my screening of High Noon. The Gunfighter sees Gregory Peck ride into town as the notorious Jimmy Ringo. All he wants to do is see his true love, Peggy (Helen Westcott), who…

Trailer Tracks: Unforgiven (1992) – Clint Eastwood

This, hands down, is my favorite Clint Eastwood film EVER, and one of my favorite westerns as well! Gorgeous cinematography, a fantastic cast, a perfect script, and a talented director… I think it’s almost time to watch this one again…

2014 Toronto Screenwriting Conference

Wow. Sue and I were fortunate enough to be able to cover the Toronto Screenwriting Conference last year (and learned tons to apply to our own creative writing) and were delighted to be invited back again this year to sit in on it again. With the amazing guest line-up and the fact that everything we…

2014 Toronto Screenwriting Conference

The annual Toronto Screenwriting Conference is coming up next weekend (April 5 & 6), and I have to tell you, I am getting very excited for it. Last year was the first time Sue Maynard and I had been to the event, and were intent on covering as much of it as we could, and…

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) – Michael Cimino

The 101 Action Movie list brought me this one, which feels like a bit of a misfire to me, though it does lay the groundwork for future buddy movies. There’s an all-star cast, Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, Geoffrey Lewis, Gary Busey, Catherine Bach and George Kennedy, with some wonderful chemistry between Eastwood and Bridges, and…

Fistful of Dollars (1964)

  Clint Eastwood. No matter what other films he makes, or made, He will be the man who will be forever remembered for revitalizing the Western genre, not once but twice. The second time, is my all time favorite western, Unforgiven (1992), and the first was a small low-budget film shot in Spain, known in…

The Moment

My friend from The Matinee, Ryan McNeil and I, were talking today about films that impacted us, made us realize there was more to them than we’d realized. He was talking about The Moment. It happens to every cinephile. There’s a moment when you realize that there’s more to movies than what s up there…