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« #75 : March 20, 2013, 05:06:55 AM »

Here are the Eastwood Westerns I've seen

Hang 'em High
Two Mules for Sister Sara
Joe Kidd
High Plains Drifter
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Pale Rider

I believe that's all the Westerns he made (unless you call Paint Your Wagon -- which I have never seen -- a Western)

IMO the worst one is probably Joe Kidd. It's been a while since I have seen Two Mules for Sister Sara, but i didn't love that one either. In Joe Kidd, I liked the scenes that occur in the town (the Old Tombstone set, my favorite American Western set) but not the ones which occur outside the town, which is the majority of the movie. I don't get all this hating on Hang 'em High, I liked that one when I saw it (which also hasn't been for a while; I don't know how I'd feel if I saw it now).

IMO, none of the Westerns Eastwood did after the Dollars films can be called masterpieces. (No, I am not a big fan of Unforgiven). Though I wouldn't say any of them are atrocious either. I'd rate all of them somewheres between a 6/10 and an 8/10

As for the non-Westerns, I am a HUGE fan of so many Eastwood-directed movies. There are so many movies he directed, -- including ones which aren't all that famous or popular and don't have very high ratings on imdb - which I love. Movies like Play Misty for Me, Breezy, White Hunter Black Heart,  A Perfect World, Absolute Power, Blood Work and Gran Torino, all of which I'd rate between a 7.5/10 and a 9/10. Then there are the two masterpieces, Mystic River and The Bridges of Madison County, which are among my 20 favorite non-Westerns of all-time.

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« #76 : March 20, 2013, 05:21:50 AM »

Meh, Joe Kidd's better than Hang 'Em High.

Nah, Hang 'Em High is quite good. It suffers from a mediocre director, so it belongs in the spoiled potential category. 6/10
Joe Kidd only 4/10
It is also Sturges weakest western (well, if he hadn't directed the Rat Pack western Sergeant's 3, which gets less points than it has Sergeants)

I don't think very much of Eastwood as director, and he has mostly chosen for all his other films anonymous guys like Ted Post or Buddy van Horn. But fired some interesting ones like Phillip Kaufman.

Don Siegel's Eastwood films are similar to those from Leone special cases. Only 2 Mules for Sister Sara is indeed not that good.

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« #77 : March 20, 2013, 06:01:37 AM »

Then there are the two masterpieces, Mystic River and The Bridges of Madison County, which are among my 20 favorite non-Westerns of all-time.

I don't suppose Eli Wallach's cameo had anything to do with that  ;)

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« #78 : March 20, 2013, 10:14:36 AM »

You forgot Ambush at Cimarron Pass drink. :D

Aside from Unforgiven I'm not a big fan of any of them.

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