Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Here's Your Dad's Next Favorite Movie

Let's get this out of the way, first: Yes, endorsing Mitt Romney for president does make Clint Eastwood significantly less cool - which is to say, still cooler than YOU... just not by as much.*

Anyway, here's the trailer for "Trouble With The Curve," aka "The Anti-Moneyball."




I could've sworn Clint had retired in front of the camera, but even without that it feels bizzare to see him acting in a movie he didn't direct. However, the director Robert Lorenz has been Clint's producing-partner and assistant director for a LONG time, so you can't help but wonder who's doing what day-to-day/scene-to-scene.

So... looks a little saccharine, to be sure, but hell of a cast: Timberlake has by now solidly proven himself the real-deal, Amy Adams, John Goodman, Robert Patrick, Matthew Lillard? Good lineup for something that will mainly be seen on constant replay at your local VFW Hall about six months after it comes out.

*It's not so much about Romney being a douchebag (he is, though, I had to suffer through him as Governor) or the Republican Party wholeheartedly embracing the villain-role in THE Civil Rights struggle of the 21st Century as it is that it's just so... boring. 90-something Hollywood legend pulling writer/director/star/composer duties on grim dramas like a 20-something indie kid? Atypical. Different. Cool. Aging crusty cowboy dude votes Republican? Expected. Cliche. Dull. Not cool.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amy Adams is in this? I fell in love with her when she did that almost nude scene in the fighter. Sold.

Mr Fist said...

I heard that Clint Eastwood would not act again unless he found a role in a script worthy of his time.

Clearly he found one.

Anonymous said...

He's doing this because after Beyonce got pregnant it stalled the "A Star is Born" production. This coupled with the fact that Robert Lorenz is his friend and he has some unexpected downtime he figured why not?

Anonymous said...

I got a little misty-eyed at the end of the trailer. Am I old now?

Anonymous said...

Romney AND Obama are douchebags

Tom said...

I am getting really sick of the douchey young people in Clint Eastwood movies who serve as straw-men for him to eviscerate.

I especially chafe when this nonsense has an anti-intellectual or anti-technological bent. A computer might not be able to tell if a kid has "instincts", but measuring aggregate performance is a pretty good tool for cutting through a lot of bullshit cognitive bias surrounding the wisdom of sports.

Poor Clint Eastwood doesn't like that science and old age is taking baseball away from him, boo-hoo. At least it's inherently less ridiculous than science and old age taking space away from him.

Jay Blanc said...

I'm kind of tired of "Feel Good Movies" that are really "Screw Science, it's all about FAITH!"

The greatest achievements this year in sport are from those who put in the time, study and effort. And *the* greatest achievement this year is landing a one ton robot with rock melting lasers on Mars, and that didn't happen because "they had their hearts in the right place", it happened because of study, hard work and appreciation of science.

Blue Highwind said...

Bleh. Needs more baseball, less hugs.

Joe said...

@Tom & @Jay Blanc:

Total agreement.

"Contrary to popular psychology, this is not a society where people are out of touch with their feelings. This society wallows in feelings. If anything, what most people in this society need is precisely to get out of touch with their feelings for a while. Beirut, Belfast and Belgrade were all creations of people who were entirely too much in touch with their feelings."

-Steven Dutch, "Three Chick Flicks and Their Unintended Message".

Anonymous said...

Bob... you dont want to have a "who's a bigger douchebag" argument here. You just don't.

http://michaelgraham.com/archives/team-obama-gives-us-politics-most-despicable-ad-ever/

Nevermind that the actual years involved AND the fact that the wife had healthcare via her own job when this closing happened make it a blatantly false accusation on it's very face...

If Obama wants to at least be on par for douchyness, he could denounce the accusation of, well.. basically murder.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous: you're forgetting that Bob is okay with douchiness when it suits his agenda.

Anonymous said...

Forgetting? Or refusing to excuse it?

There is a difference.

And believe me, I know how it is with Bob. It's why I really don't have a lot of respect for him on this blog. (Gameoverthinker, on the other hand, I pretty much always finding myself at least respecting his view... even if we disagree...)

Shark said...

Who reads the NY Post!? Most New Yorkers would rather read Newsday, or the Daily News than touch that newspapers.

Where are they going to open a Chick-Fil-A? Kings Plaza, The Gateway Mall, Downtown Brooklyn, Linden Blvd, Flatbush Avenue?

Jacob Beck said...

Clint Eastwood: Duh.
Amy Adams: Okay.
Justin Timberlake: Cool.
John Goodman: Nice seeing him again.
Matthew Lillard: Wait, WHAT?!

Shark said...

You just made a big mistake, Moviebob. Brooklyn is one of the most diverse boroughs in New York. Jewish people, Asians, Indians, Caribbeans, African Americans, Muslims, White people, and other minorities living in certain neighborhoods, just like Queens.

cdstephens said...

I'd say contempt is rather strong for how Nolan feels for Batman. After all, at the end of the day the plot has a guy in a batsuit beat up crazy people. Just because it's a really different interpretation doesn't mean he hates the source material; that would be like saying the creators of the more realistic Batman in the form of comics and tv series hated the Adam West version.

Shark said...

@Anonymous
It was a Pro Obama Super Pac who released the negative ad, and the President can't coordinate with Super Pacs because it's against the law. This Super PAC was criticized by news networks like CNN and Fox News and the people working in the Obama campaign said they never saw the ad.

Anonymous said...

@Shark

They never saw the ad? Once it was brought to their attention via being asked about it by news networks, they "never saw the ad?" You know, since they can go look it up on Youtube? On their own? To "see the ad?" They still never "saw the ad?" That's their reason not to denounce it?

You do realize how weak that is, right? I mean if they hadn't seen it first and then denounced it after it was put to their attention, that's one thing... but have they yet? Or are they proving themselves full-blooded douche?

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clint is just clint , a great entertainer who has paid his dues.