Brushing crumbs away

Defamer has posted a video of Clint Eastwood‘s wife Dina brushing something off his lap during Martin Scorsese‘s thank- you speech, and it’s nothing. And to see it, you have to sit through the whole sequence — Coppola/Lucas/Spielberg presenter jive, the big announcement, Scorsese kissing and hugging those near and dear, addressing the audience, thanking the Departed cast, etc.

  • p.Vice

    Crumbs? Try brushing away the encroaching senility! His Morricone intro was one of the night’s biggest embarassments — the mental equivalent of the Snakes on a Plane gymnasts. Not only does it explain why Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima were utterly atrocious, but also why euthanasia should be legal. Anyone feel like starting the “Put Clint Out of His Misery” campaign?

  • jeffmcm

    Why link to a video about nothing?

  • JD

    Here’s what I don’t get, p. Vice. How can I totally agree that Flags of Our Fathers is atrocious, while also believing that Letters From Iwo Jima is a great film? Strange. Was anybody else totally divided over these two films? It seems like most people either love both or hate both.

  • http://jerry@jerrykirk.com jackkerouac

    “Anyone feel like starting the “Put Clint Out of His Misery” campaign?”

    Uh… no. From ‘Forgotten’ to ‘Letters from Iwo Jima’ and almost everything in-between, Clint Eastwood proves year in and year out that he is one of our finest filmakers. You get on a stage in front of a billion viewers and see how well you do, p. Vice.

    I saw Clint guesting on a recent Letterman and he was witty and sharp. The guys a class act all the way and filmland needs more like him. Clint Eastwood is an icon for God’s sake… how about a little respect?

  • http://wwwnicepooch.com wayne76

    I’ve not seen Iwo Jima yet, but I loathed Flags of Our Fathers. What a dull, unfocused affair.

  • Nick Rogers

    To JD: You’re not alone. I hated “Flags of Our Fathers” and loved “Letters from Iwo Jima.” It has to do with the fact that the former is no different from every other WWII picture we’ve seen in the modern era and “Letters,” while not necessarily original, is in total control of an alternative tone and perspective to a worn-out tale.

    To jackkerouac: I think you mean “Unforgiven” instead of “Forgotten”

    To Wells: Forget the video of Eastwood’s wife brushing something off his legs. There was a clear yawn from Eastwood in a wide crowd shot during Scorsese’s acceptance speech. I wasn’t the only one at my Oscar party who noticed it, either.

  • http://epiphanyinbaltimore.blogspot.com epiphanyinbaltimore

    Eastwood really did seem out of it, during his intereactions with Ellen and his introduction of the Lifetime Oscar.

    For the record, I hated “Million Dollar Baby”, probably the worst Best Picture winner I’ve ever seen, so melodramatic, but thought “Letters to Iwo Jima” was better. Eastwood is ridiculously heavy-handed as a director, but the story was compelling enough, and his details strong enough, that I was swept into it despite its sentimentality at times. I feel like I liked it better than “Flags of our Fathers” because it was in a different language, and Eastwood wasn’t able to screw it up with heavy-handed direction of dialogue. It was just the visuals, which he does nicely.

  • The Movie Man

    “I feel like I liked it better than “Flags of our Fathers” because it was in a different language, and Eastwood wasn’t able to screw it up with heavy-handed direction of dialogue. It was just the visuals, which he does nicely.”

    This may nail why LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA seems so much better than the recent Eastwood output. Good thought. Though my major problem with FLAGS wasn’t dialogue, it was that the pointlessly convuluted structure that felt like we were circling round and round the plot, without ever fully getting to the point of why we were watching any of this to begin with. Watching LETTERS first lends the battle scenes some gravity, but that’s about it.

  • Silverscreenvideos

    Maybe it’s just me, but I thought that Clint Eastwood was having a tough time reading the teleprompter when he went onstage originally and, whatever the problem was, they fixed it during the montage sequence. He wasn’t addled, senile or drunk, just having a problem reading a teleprompter which is understandable for a guy 75 years old. He showed how sharp he was when he was quipping with Ellen and Steven Spielberg.

    The problems with Flags of Our Fathers had to do with the script, not anything Clint did from a directorial perspective. A better script and a cleaner storyline made Letters from Iwo Jima a better movie.

    Few directors of any age would even attempt to pull off what Clint did with those two movies and the results were one pretty good movie and one excellent movie. I hope to see him up there on that podium a few more times before he’s done.

    And please, P. Vice, whatever year they invite you up to the podium to present an Oscar, let us know so we can critique your performance.

  • Thrudvangar

    “…Clint Eastwood was having a tough time reading the teleprompter…”

    Exactly. The last thing he said before the montage was that he should have worn his glasses.

  • slothroplt

    p.Vice: ‘Crumbs? Try brushing away the encroaching senility! His Morricone intro was one of the night’s biggest embarassments — the mental equivalent of the Snakes on a Plane gymnasts. Not only does it explain why Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima were utterly atrocious, but also why euthanasia should be legal. Anyone feel like starting the “Put Clint Out of His Misery” campaign?’

    After reading that sad, hate-fueled drivel, I’m willing to enlist in a “Put p.Vice Out of His Misery” campaign.

    Thanks for adding nothing to the discussion.

  • Hallick

    From the way I saw it, there was a long shot of him yawning first, which to me made the wife’s action look like she was wiping a couple drops of spittle off his tux.

    Or maybe she was horny.