Spike vs Clint: Round Three

Posted by · 6:05 am · June 9th, 2008

Oh dear, this really is getting ugly. As we all knew he would, Spike Lee has responded to Clint Eastwood’s instructions that he “shut his face” about the issue of the supposed sidelining of African-Americans in “Flags of Our Fathers.” And, in an interview with ABC News’ Sheila Marikar, it seems Lee hasn’t picked his […]

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Eastwood tells Lee to ‘shut his face’

Posted by · 8:53 am · June 6th, 2008

After a terse response at Cannes to Spike Lee’s accusation that “Flags of Our Fathers” sidelined African-Americans’ contribution to WWII, Clint Eastwood has spoken at greater length about the matter. In a substantial interview in today’s Guardian, he makes his feelings toward Lee quite clear: “He was complaining when I did Bird. Why would a white guy be […]

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Clint Eastwood — anything he does grabs Oscar’s attention

Posted by · 8:13 am · May 5th, 2008

Let me begin with something very personal, something I prefer not to do in this column. Movies have not mattered much this past week, as my wife of 18 years, the love of my life was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. This Thursday we journey to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto to allow the finest […]

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REVIEW: “Flags of Our Fathers” (***)

Posted by · 3:01 pm · October 8th, 2006

Clint Eastwood is largely considered one of the most uneven directors working today.  For every probing piece of thematic greatness (“Unforgiven,” “Mystic River”) there are three or four considerable missteps, from “The Gauntlet” and “Heartbreak Ridge” to “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and “Blood Work.” Such inconsistency is the price a hard-working […]

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