THE MULE (2018)

A film by Clint Eastwood

Cast:  Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood, Manny Montana, Andy Garcia, Alison Eastwood

At over 80 years old, Earl Stone is hard pressed. He is not only broke and alone, but his business is likely to be seized. He then accepts a job that – apparently – asks him to be the driver. Except that, without knowing it, he committed himself to be a drug smuggler for a Mexican cartel.

Based on a true story this film by Clint Eastwood which is a slow burning thriller of this 90 years old man who became an unlikely drug mule, transporting huge amounts of cocaine for a major Mexican drug cartel. It has a terrific cast and the usual theme that Clint seems to like: regret, forgiveness and the inevitability of mortality.

It is 2005 and you see Earl who sell plant and takes care of them has no sign of slowing down. Work always came first and he did not want to go to his daughter’s wedding. The next scene takes place 12 years later when Earl losses his business due to the internet and his house. Somehow he ends up to be a driver for the cartel. He delivers packages from point A to point B, and he seems to be the star mule because Earl becomes good at his job. There are comic elements in this thriller with a wonderful cast. It is a family affair here for Clint which his daughter plays his daughter in the film. There is the second story the one of the FBI agent plays by Bradley Cooper who is determined to catch the bad guys. Well here is a film that should be missed and yes Clint still got it.

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SULLY (2016)

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A film by Clint Eastwood

Cast: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

I remember seeing the news in January 2009 when I was in Tampa when they announced that an airplane landed in the Hudson river to top it all off saves his crew and his passagers a whopping 155 of them. What I did not know is that the story behind the scene what the 2 pilots endured an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Clint here build the tension slowly and put not only the man who saved the passagers but his life how he got to be a pilot as you come de discover this man had done an outstanding job in 40 years flying but was really good at it. The thing is that the board did not get it they wanted to see why didn’t he go back to the airport and land the plane instead of crashing it in the river. It is a bit unnerving to see this crash but the reaction of sully he did not panic  he did what he is supposed to do. Whatever the N.T.S.B. was trying to find out why Sully didn’t make it to the airport. Well like Sully said to them you weren’t there and yes he is right he was not the one to fly the plane. The investigation here bought a touch of drama to the story which provided the flashbacks. The story  manages the emotional highs and lows to perfection. The screenplay was adapted by the book that Sully wrote. An other terrific film from the man himself Clint Eastwood.

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AMERICAN SNIPER (2014)

AMERICAN SNIPER (2014)

A film by Clint Eastwood

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner 

Sniper is based on a true story. The story goes that Kyle (Bradley Cooper) is a young boy who goes hunting with his father and kills a deer his father tells him is has a gift. We see some flash back from time to time. As we see that he grows up he becomes a redo star with his brother. But Kyle wanted more out of life. He applies for the seals due to an attack to the American embassy in 1998 attacks on U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. As he goes through training he meets his wife Taya (Sienna Miller). Later one 9/11 happens they soon marry and Kyle got called and his team got called in. Kyle was the best sniper in the navy with 160 kills. Some where women and kids well they were trying to kill Americans. He was so good that his fellow teammates felt like they were invincible. The thing is Clint Eastwood filmed the battle and the private life at home. This is the story of Kyle struggling with himself when he went back home. The thing is when a soldier goes back home after an all time high on the war field well they do not know how to interact with other people or their family they are still back there in their heads. It is called post traumatic stress. Kyle also believe that the war was going to happen and that he was doing something good for his country to protect it from terrorists.  Although when he found out that is brother got called in he was terrified because he could not be no longer be his brother’s keeper. The theme is as Clint put it is this was the war in Iraq was a good thing or was it.  He lets the viewer decided. Going back to Kyle when the first seals died Kyle wants to go back to avenge  his friend. He wanted to do more to kill more in order to save more.  Miller here shines big time playing the mother and wife who want her husband back. Cooper has done an outstanding job here he had to bulk up like a nine volt battery in order to fit the part. He so wanted to do a movie with Clint since 2006 I think that was the right one for him. Kyle became at peace with himself by helping other veteran to find peace. A great film her not to be missed.

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JERSEY BOYS (2014)

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A film by Clint Eastwood

Cast: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda 

It is 1951 and Tommy Devito (Vincent Piazza) invites us in the old neighborhood were it all began. He narrates the story and that open the film. Like he said in my neighborhood there is 2 ways to end up either dead because you join the army and went to war , dead if you join the mob or makes something of yourself by singing. Here are 4 boys who are trying to find their want in into fame, trying to find their sound , themselves and the way to the top. The group is called the 4 seasons. It started like this Frankie valli (John Lloyd Young) hangs out with two bit Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza) who works for the mobster Gyp DeCarlo (Christopher walken)  and commits petty crimes while trying to stay out of trouble. Tommy looks out for Frankie, he has a band and tries to go to the next step to get the band a record deal. There is Nick (Michael Lomenda) and songwriter/performer Bob Guadio (Erich Bergen) who also narrates the story from time to time. Things went well so they thought but Tommy Devito was in debt and stealing money form the group. Thing went down from there. The four seasons went thought gambling debt, theft, mafia treat, family problem and still survive  though it all Clint told a good story. It is the adaptation from the play of the same name I think. The actors sang live on stage. Stage actors were used in this film no Hollywood big star name here. Funny how that is that Frank Sinatra began his singing career by singing in the clubs that Gyp owned. Great film a must see. Clint is Clint and he has done well.

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J.EDGAR (2011)

A film by Clint Eastwood.

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts. 

Biopic of J. Edgar Hoover told by Hoover as he recalls his career for a biography. Early in his career, Hoover fixated on Communists, anarchists and any other revolutionary taking action against the U.S. government.

He slowly builds the agency’s reputation, becoming the only one of who gets hired and fired. One of his hires is Clyde Tolson who is quickly promoted to Assistant Director and would be Hoover’s confidant and companion for the rest of Hoover’s life. Hoover’s memories have him playing a greater role in the many high profile cases the FBI was involved in – the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the arrest of bank robbers like John Dillinger – and also show him to be quite adept at manipulating the various politicians he’s worked with over his career, thanks in large part to his secret files.
Clint Eastwood did a wonderful job at bring this amazing story to life, and his so score was beautiful too. Leonardo DiCabrio was unbelievable.


THE BEGUILED (1971)

A film by don Siegel.

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page , Elizabeth Hartman.

During the civil war, injured Yankee soldier, John McBurney is rescued on the verge of death by a teenage girl from a southern boarding school. She manages to get him back to the school, and at first the all-female staff and pupils are scared. As he starts to recover, one by one he charms them and the atmosphere becomes filled with jealousy and deceit.