Tuesday, December 15, 2009

dirty harry

Caught part of the classic Clint Eastwood flick Dirty Harry last night, and was blown away with the radness of this flick. If you haven’t seen it, or if you live in a hole, Dirty Harry is story of hardcore cop, Harry Callahan and the shit he gets into while working the mean streets of San Fran.

Now, what I really loved about this movie was its rawness, and grit that just does not exist in films anymore. Nobody was overly good looking, and none of the gals looked like they just walked out of a beauty salon (just watch CSI for that shit), it was just real.

You know that if Hollywood did a remake of Dirty Harry, ol Harry would be played by a perfectly dressed and styled Tom Cruise, with the girls looking like models; just wack. An example of Hollywood’s wackness was the recent Terminator flick; Yeah, the effects and all of that were cool. But it made me laugh when all the gals in the film were perfectly made up, and dressed in skin tight leather; all while battling terminator robots, give me a break.


Anonymous said...

Sometimes a remake can be better than ok. I thought the original Thomas Crown Affair with Steve McQueen was good, but the Pierce Brosnan version was really well put together.

However, if they tried to remake Bullitt, I'd be most upset. That's become one of those films, that if it's on the box, I've got to sit and watch a fair old chunk of it. Steve McQueen is so so cool in that flick. The Dirty Harry series was good for the first few as it allowed sentiments that weren't popular to be aired.

It does raise the question as to who's the best film cop and what are your criteria for it? Blade Runner scores highly but that's because of the film rather than the character or style that Harrison Ford put into the role of Dekker. [Got to love the speech by Rutger Hauer though...
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.
Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
Time to die." (Batty, Blade Runner, 1982)]

Anonymous said...

nan, and john love blade runner but i have to say that movie always gave me the creeps. just such a dismal view of the future - but yes, the rutger hauer character was pretty cool + edward james olmos had the killer line "too bad she won't live... then again, who does"

totally agree on the bullit thing, steve mcqueen is super cool, the whole car chase scene taking place with no talking.. awesome - i loved that flick