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 Posted:   Sep 7, 2013 - 12:02 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

The first tantalizing clue was the Cast (which immediately let you know Mr. Eastwood was not only swinging for the fences but also undeterred about having to up his own acting acumen to the world-class standard of those he corralled into collaborating with him).

There are a few occasions whilst watching a film the quality of what you're absorbing is of such an extraordinary caliber
you immediately Know you're in the presence of something singularly significant. Whether twas watching the first roadshow screening of "The Lion in Winter" and, from John's dazzling dramatic opening, silently predicting "THIS is next year's Best Score Oscar winner right here" smile

orrrrrr havin' precisely the same sorta intutive sensation - "He's got the Best Supporting Actor golden guy with his name on it already and nobody but Nooooobody's gonna deprive him of it" - building in bits and pieces as Mr. Hackman carved his merrily masochistic character with deceptively smooth strokes delineating layers and subtext that defied immediate simplistic description

yet ultimately carried no less illuminating detail as to who, what, why, where and how the man was (his A.M. - Actor's Motivation: "Hey, I just wanna build me a house!!!" big grin)

His most softly spoken chilling moment - which Mr. Freeman has unapologetically admitted scared even him! -
was Little Bill's pronouncement if he didn't find out what he needed to know ... eek "I'm gonna hurt you." eek

Of course, his was the pivotal instrument to finally unleash the ultimately vengeful Equalizer wink

Mr. Eastwood had tried to deny no longer existed except Hell - indeed and In Deed -

has many mansions with rooms already reserved for souls who mirror each other with
such unforgiving equanimity.

When all's said and done, it's the { Wealth of your Work ] that determines one's lasting legacy.

THIS is an achievement for the Ages in its timelessness.

 Posted:   Sep 7, 2013 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Great stuff Neo.

One of my all time favourite films.

 Posted:   Sep 19, 2013 - 7:16 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Yo, Meester Marshall-O - So Where's YER Badge big grin Department:

An' wot's your brilliantly-belated appraisal of this, amigo?!? smile


 Posted:   Sep 20, 2013 - 6:08 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

I went through all of the above, just assuming that it meant that Gene Hackman had just died. But can't find any mention that he HAS died. You might want to insert that you are paying tribute to someone still living. Just a thought.

I'll always remember Hackman in "The Conversation," and his chilly performances in both "No Way Out" and "The Firm," although I missed the humor in what he did in the "Superman" movies! And what about "The French Connection"?

But, forgive me, neotrinity, but why the John Barry album cover and the text about him? It doesn't seem to have anything to do with your tribute to actor Gene Hackman AND "The Unforgiven."

 Posted:   Sep 20, 2013 - 7:24 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Ron, we never include ANYthing without it being connected - nor do we spell out what and why (that insulting Socratic syde of us, no doubt).

Still, if you really re-read the paragraph in question, it states outright the advance intuition that both artists' work was gonna be royally recognized by the Academy that next spring.

Not the first tyme that's happened with us. During our royal reviewing days on one of the two major trade papers here in Hollywood, we also happened to forecast Meryl Streep & Michael Moriarity's performances in "Holocaust" as potentially Emmy-worthy - which they were.

[ Occupational hazard from actually having been on the performing, directing and producing end ... but we obsess ].

We'll try to tone down those utterly arcane hard-to-fathom puzzlements from us in the future ...

 Posted:   Sep 20, 2013 - 9:10 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

I still don't understand the connection, "John Barry Scores The Middle Ages" and Hackman and "Unforgiven," but I guess you're saying (or writing) that John Barry and Gene Hackman were both about to be recognized by the Academy. So you could have thrown in a picture of the winner of best costume design that year and considered that sufficient connection to Hackman too? I GUESS I see where you're coming from; so the year that Hackman won for "Unforgiven," for which movie did Barry win? I only see that he scored "Chaplin" the same year as "Unforgiven," so he must have won for that one, right? Didn't realize he won that year, but I guess I'm finally able to understand your juxtaposition of John Barry and Gene Hackman. Really not trying to give you a hard time -- just struggling to understand the connection. Thank you.

 Posted:   Sep 30, 2013 - 11:35 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

He was good in this. And I think that I like an otherwise goofy film called Narrow Margin because of Gene Hackman, well, and because of lovely Anne Archer. Those two make is pretty good, just on sheer acting skill.

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