Never Mind

Contrary to what Hitfix‘s Greg Ellwood reported a day or two ago, there will be a press screening of Clint Eastwood‘s Hereafter during the Toronto Film Festival. It’ll happen a day before Sunday evening’s public screening at the Elgin (9.12, 9 pm) — on Saturday, 3 pm at the Scotiabank plex.

Update: The press screening schedule for the New York Film Festival was sent out this afternoon, and Hereafter — part of the 2010 slate — wasn’t on it.

21 thoughts on “Never Mind

  1. Brad Brevet on said:

    Not exactly the best of timing considering it’s now directly up against 127 Hours.

  2. if TIFF would release their press schedule already, writers/journos wouldn’t have to resort to speculation or bad intel, but the organization is so fucking incompetent.

    Even traveling to France for Cannes is easier and that’s in a foreign country! (canada is not that).

  3. BlackCrime – If you have a confirmation email from TIFF, it should include a log-on name and password for the P&I site. It took a little searching around, but I did find it. I was surprised they didn’t send out an announcement email, as they have in the past. But once you log on, you can start putting together your schedule (and then tearing it apart on a daily basis, if your festival is anything like mine).

  4. Hey: The thread on HEREAFTER down below got kind of co-opted with that mockery of the still, but legit question:

    What is this new thing where a lot of movie blogger types (and definitely the comments sections) are kind of anti-Eastwood?

    Is this representative of a) a generational changing of the guard, where guys in their 20s and 30s look at Clint as this old-school, slightly outdated symbol of another era? I grew up on Clint from like age 6 or 7, worshipping things like Escape From Alcatraz and Bronco Billy and The Enforcer and the monkey movies before I probably even knew what was going on in them. The guy was pretty much my first sterling example of what a movie star is (probably along with Burt Reynolds in the #2 spot)… But it’s getting weird to suddenly be reading all these detractors writing him off of late. It sort of reminds me of how I was JUST young enough not to “get” John Wayne, and when I was 10 or 12 and The Duke would come on the matinee movie, he just seemed kind of cheesy and out of date and old-school. Now, of course, I can appreciate Wayne and the depths of his filmography and his importance to American cinema; But in, say, 1985, he just seemed like some old movie dude who wasn’t as current as Sly and Arnold. Is that the deal?

    Or is it, b), everyone still loves and respects Clint, they’re just getting tired of him making an Oscar bait movie– sometimes TWO– every single year, each seemingly bioengineered for awards consideration, and it’s like if it doesn’t get ENOUGH acclaim, he breaks out a SECOND movie on December 20th and starts making the rounds on TV and radio angling for another nomination… To me, it’s like, He’s CLINT EASTWOOD, legend, god, icon… you can never give him enough credit or props, but I do at least understand if this is the complaint that’s contributing to this mild backlash.

  5. Sorry for the hijacking, but just read on Variety that French director Alain Corneau died.

    This is the kind of place where people might have seen his films and those who haven’t seen his films, ie “Serie Noire” or “Police Python 357″ will possibly look into these films and know why I am saddened to hear of his passing.

    As Jeff pointed out in his “Rancho Deluxe” post, I can’t accept that these kinds of films may be in the past.

    I know they’re not.

    They’re right there, (somewhere!) to watch and enjoy and inspire somebody new and young and brave enough to enjoy and endure making films more than they enjoy enduring/dealing with filmmaking biz bullshit!

    Patrick Dewaere lives!

  6. Think it’s probably a combination of both, Lex. I’m 30, and I still worship at the altar of the guy for the way he carried those Leone westerns, but I know I’m in the vast minority of my age group there. And Unforgiven — at least with its general “we all got it comin’, kid” attitude — is one of the coolest, most relevant movies to me EVER, and I don’t trust any guy that doesn’t at least love it. But there are people out there that are now in college that were born when that movie was released.

    As prolific as he has been behind the camera, I think you’re starting to see some diminishing returns from his workmanlike directing career. Out of the roughly 28 movies he’s directed in the 00s, how many do you feel the need to revisit, or hell, at least watch more than once in the theater?

    I own Iwo Jima on DVD, but that’s about it.

    He seems to be the modern master of making agreeable cinema that isn’t nearly as indispensable as it seems after the first viewing.

  7. Lex,

    The guy makes movies that are anti-Transformers and he’s also not trying to be risque or too cool for school. He’s not making movies for the average teenager or twenty something and that’s a good thing.

    The sense of entitlement amongst people that age is out of control so no wonder they don’t like Clint.

    His 40+ years in the business speak for themselves.

    I also think it’s pretty damn impressive that, as a director, he’s had such a diverse career.

    Flags of Our Fathers



    Bridges of Madison County

    White Hunter Black Heart

    Mystic River

    Iwo Jima

    Just to name a few.

  8. Good post, Lex, glad you’re still around.

    And Bukowski, all due respect, but “The Revenge of the Creature” and “Tarancula” (uncredited) and “Francis in the Navy” (credited) all came out in 1955, so that’s not 40+, that’s 55+ years in the buisness. Amazing.

    And I thought “The Changling” was a good film. Nothing in the 00′s has been on the “Unforgiven” level. But to me that’s like saying why bother with Orson Welles because he never again hit that “Citizen Kane” level.

  9. I’m 27, LOVE “Unforgiven” and am totally on board with old-school Eastwood. But everything he’s made from “Mystic River” onward sucks shit through a straw. I guess the bioengineered Oscar bait thing puts these films’ offenses in a more glaring light, but even if “Gran Torino” only played midnight screenings over the summer, it would still be one of the worst films of the last decade.

  10. You are correct, Noah. Don’t know why I shortchanged him by so many years.


    To each his own. I think he’s made some really good, sometimes great, movies since Mystic River. But his masterpiece will always be Unforgiven.

    Aside from a few specific “actors” I liked Gran Torino.

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