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Posted: 6/12/2009 6:02:40 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/13/2009 1:12:49 PM EST by M4Madness]
And I am now officially a wreck. What a damn good movie... and way too sad.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:03:07 PM EST
Agreed
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:05:43 PM EST
Awesome movie
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:06:16 PM EST
I was holding back tears the whole time and I am not a emotional person. For some reason I associated Walt with my dad and realized why he is like he is and it is because of what he saw in his life.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:06:17 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/12/2009 6:07:02 PM EST by dstonemega]
double post.....
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:18:13 PM EST
Originally Posted By Danj:
I was holding back tears the whole time and I am not a emotional person. For some reason I associated Walt with my dad and realized why he is like he is and it is because of what he saw in his life.


I've always had a lot of respect for veterans... this movie definitely reinforced that respect.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:20:31 PM EST
Just saw an ad for it on TV. It's on my list of stuff to watch.

Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:21:39 PM EST
That movie was funny as hell.

I mean, it was very serious, sad and profound...but there was a LOT of comedy gold in that movie. Especially the barbershop scene with the kid.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:22:34 PM EST
im watching it as we speak. 4th time ive seen it.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:22:56 PM EST
My wife got me the DVD for my birthday. We watched it tonight. Great movie.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:26:02 PM EST
Originally Posted By raven:
That movie was funny as hell.

I mean, it was very serious, sad and profound...but there was a LOT of comedy gold in that movie. Especially the barbershop scene with the kid.


hahaha... yeah... i agree. there was some great humor. It was a damn good movie. And I think many of us know or are related to somebody like Walt.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:30:21 PM EST
great movie
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:35:08 PM EST

I rented on PPV a couple of days ago. After me and my wife watched it she turned and said " Were gonna have to buy that one" . It was another great movie from my favorite actor.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:37:52 PM EST
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:38:05 PM EST
after the first time i watched it i expanded my vocabulary by about 20 words
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:38:28 PM EST
Watched it for the first time last night. Fantastic movie. It's right up there with my other favorite Clint movies - Heartbreak Ridge and Unforgiven...
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:39:07 PM EST
Grand Torino
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:39:54 PM EST
I grew up in eastern North Carolina, and I knew more than one "Walt Kowalski". There were a LOT of veterans around my area, especially former Marines. They even talked me into joining up myself!
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:40:49 PM EST
Great movie! One of my top 3
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:45:00 PM EST
Originally Posted By junebug68:
I grew up in eastern North Carolina, and I knew more than one "Walt Kowalski". There were a LOT of veterans around my area, especially former Marines. They even talked me into joining up myself!


funny you should say that, that's where "my" Walt lives.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:47:48 PM EST
It would have been a fantastic movie had they hired legitimate actors (other than Clint and the barber). As it were, there are numerous "serious" scenes that are outright laughable because of the fantastically bad acting.

It is worth watching just for Clint, though.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:49:45 PM EST
His M1 was in too good of condition to have been in Korea. That just blew the movie for me.

Just kidding. It was a good movie.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:55:39 PM EST
It was alright but the "Hollywood" gangbangers they threw in there was kinda a blow it with there cheesy acting. The movie was too predictable...
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:57:40 PM EST
I saw it for the first time yesterday. What an amazing movie!
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:57:40 PM EST
It wasn't Unforgiven, but it was enjoyable.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:58:48 PM EST

Originally Posted By XCRmonger:
Originally Posted By Danj:
I was holding back tears the whole time and I am not a emotional person. For some reason I associated Walt with my dad and realized why he is like he is and it is because of what he saw in his life.


I've always had a lot of respect for veterans... this movie definitely reinforced that respect.

What about respect for those that have lived in ghetto Hmong neighborhoods?

Link Posted: 6/12/2009 7:06:43 PM EST
It's the first time I've ever seen Clint's character die in a movie...

He's just not supposed to.

Link Posted: 6/12/2009 7:21:43 PM EST
It's a very good movie. I'll give it four out of five stars.
But it's still not something I could watch endlessly.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 7:27:36 PM EST
great movie.


SPOILER

In the end I was hoping he was gonna dig out his browning .30 from korea and kick some hmong ass 7.62 style. oh well.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 7:31:11 PM EST
Great movie. One has to wonder though. Did they choose the Hmong as a relatively "safe" ethnic group to be up against? Can you imagine if they chose a different group of ghetto scum? Then have Clint's character use the appropriate descriptive words for said group. Spike Lee would be livid!

BTW: That car was awesome!!
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 7:46:00 PM EST
Originally Posted By j191482:
Great movie. One has to wonder though. Did they choose the Hmong as a relatively "safe" ethnic group to be up against? Can you imagine if they chose a different group of ghetto scum? Then have Clint's character use the appropriate descriptive words for said group. Spike Lee would be livid!

BTW: That car was awesome!!


No, I think they chose the Hmong because they resemble a nationality we have actually fought against and the a still living combat vet might see them as "the people he fought against". I went to high school with a few. Another student had one over to eat supper one evening, not thinking about his dad being a Vietnam veteran. Both kids learned some colorful words and when the other went home, son says "dad, he's my friend. Why are you treating him like that?"
Dad says "It could have been his dad shooting at me with real bullets."
It just reinforces the notion that sometimes the inner war doesn't end when the politicians decide the fighting will end. If he'd been a Vietnam vet the movie would have been too cliche-we have 10 times as many during and post-Vietnam movies. Sure, Vietnam was hell, but people have come home fucked up from all wars(albeit not as many as from Vietnam). Gran Torino sort of shows that, and shows that even ground in opinions can change.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 7:48:02 PM EST
I have the same last name as Walt but I defintely need to work on my bitterness.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 8:29:21 PM EST
Originally Posted By tothemax:
after the first time i watched it i expanded my vocabulary by about 20 words


I know that Garand is in as issued condition, too. Not a parts gun. Clint wouldnt stoop that low. I love that rifle.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 8:29:31 PM EST
Originally Posted By shack357:
Originally Posted By j191482:
Great movie. One has to wonder though. Did they choose the Hmong as a relatively "safe" ethnic group to be up against? Can you imagine if they chose a different group of ghetto scum? Then have Clint's character use the appropriate descriptive words for said group. Spike Lee would be livid!

BTW: That car was awesome!!


No, I think they chose the Hmong because they resemble a nationality we have actually fought against and the a still living combat vet might see them as "the people he fought against". I went to high school with a few. Another student had one over to eat supper one evening, not thinking about his dad being a Vietnam veteran. Both kids learned some colorful words and when the other went home, son says "dad, he's my friend. Why are you treating him like that?"
Dad says "It could have been his dad shooting at me with real bullets."
It just reinforces the notion that sometimes the inner war doesn't end when the politicians decide the fighting will end. If he'd been a Vietnam vet the movie would have been too cliche-we have 10 times as many during and post-Vietnam movies. Sure, Vietnam was hell, but people have come home fucked up from all wars(albeit not as many as from Vietnam). Gran Torino sort of shows that, and shows that even ground in opinions can change.


From what I understand, the Hmong fought alongside the US against the NVA and Vietcong. But I guess a vet may have trouble drawing that distinction because of the physical similarities between the two.

Awesome movie either way, I'm totally buying that one on Blu-ray.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 8:50:54 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/12/2009 8:51:45 PM EST by Remy_Martin]
Just finished watching it 15 min ago. Kick ass!

M1 Garand goodness with a side of 1911
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 8:53:05 PM EST
Hail Mary full of grace,,,,Got a light????
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 10:10:24 AM EST
Originally Posted By j191482:
Great movie. One has to wonder though. Did they choose the Hmong as a relatively "safe" ethnic group to be up against? Can you imagine if they chose a different group of ghetto scum? Then have Clint's character use the appropriate descriptive words for said group. Spike Lee would be livid!

BTW: That car was awesome!!


Fuck Spike Lee.

He's a racist extortionist who has played a substantial role in eroding our country.

Rant/hijack over, carry on.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 12:27:14 PM EST
Originally Posted By shack357:
Originally Posted By j191482:
Great movie. One has to wonder though. Did they choose the Hmong as a relatively "safe" ethnic group to be up against? Can you imagine if they chose a different group of ghetto scum? Then have Clint's character use the appropriate descriptive words for said group. Spike Lee would be livid!

BTW: That car was awesome!!


No, I think they chose the Hmong because they resemble a nationality we have actually fought against and the a still living combat vet might see them as "the people he fought against". I went to high school with a few. Another student had one over to eat supper one evening, not thinking about his dad being a Vietnam veteran. Both kids learned some colorful words and when the other went home, son says "dad, he's my friend. Why are you treating him like that?"
Dad says "It could have been his dad shooting at me with real bullets."
It just reinforces the notion that sometimes the inner war doesn't end when the politicians decide the fighting will end. If he'd been a Vietnam vet the movie would have been too cliche-we have 10 times as many during and post-Vietnam movies. Sure, Vietnam was hell, but people have come home fucked up from all wars(albeit not as many as from Vietnam). Gran Torino sort of shows that, and shows that even ground in opinions can change.


The story was originally set in Minnesota, which has a large Hmong population, also a Hmong gang problem. Walt had his demons relating to his time in Korea, his befriending a Hmong family could be seen as Walt getting over his life-long issue with Asians.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 12:33:12 PM EST
pics of you watching it
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 12:40:00 PM EST
DAAAAAMN!!! AWESOME second round
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 12:44:14 PM EST
"Get me a beer Dragon Lady"
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 12:49:51 PM EST
Originally Posted By Myguitarisaweapn:
Originally Posted By shack357:
Originally Posted By j191482:
Great movie. One has to wonder though. Did they choose the Hmong as a relatively "safe" ethnic group to be up against? Can you imagine if they chose a different group of ghetto scum? Then have Clint's character use the appropriate descriptive words for said group. Spike Lee would be livid!

BTW: That car was awesome!!


No, I think they chose the Hmong because they resemble a nationality we have actually fought against and the a still living combat vet might see them as "the people he fought against". I went to high school with a few. Another student had one over to eat supper one evening, not thinking about his dad being a Vietnam veteran. Both kids learned some colorful words and when the other went home, son says "dad, he's my friend. Why are you treating him like that?"
Dad says "It could have been his dad shooting at me with real bullets."
It just reinforces the notion that sometimes the inner war doesn't end when the politicians decide the fighting will end. If he'd been a Vietnam vet the movie would have been too cliche-we have 10 times as many during and post-Vietnam movies. Sure, Vietnam was hell, but people have come home fucked up from all wars(albeit not as many as from Vietnam). Gran Torino sort of shows that, and shows that even ground in opinions can change.


From what I understand, the Hmong fought alongside the US against the NVA and Vietcong. But I guess a vet may have trouble drawing that distinction because of the physical similarities between the two.

Awesome movie either way, I'm totally buying that one on Blu-ray.


They're still fighting them, to this day.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 12:52:55 PM EST
It was good, but I wanted less Sgt Bilko, more Travis Bickel.

Sue was an awesome character tho.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 12:53:19 PM EST
Originally Posted By tothemax:
after the first time i watched it i expanded my vocabulary by about 20 words


And 95% of them will get you a CoC violation
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 12:58:08 PM EST
Originally Posted By j191482:
Great movie. One has to wonder though. Did they choose the Hmong as a relatively "safe" ethnic group to be up against? Can you imagine if they chose a different group of ghetto scum? Then have Clint's character use the appropriate descriptive words for said group. Spike Lee would be livid!

BTW: That car was awesome!!


I would hardly accuse this movie of selling out to the Spike Lee race-bating crowd.

Not ONE black person was shown in the movie with a positive light - just a couple of stereotypical punk kids.

After the racist shit Eastwood took for Flags of our Fathers, I doubt he has any desire to throw a bone to Spike Lee and his ilk.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 12:59:03 PM EST
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 1:06:59 PM EST
Watched it last night... good movie ... will watch again...
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 1:11:41 PM EST
I'll have to talk my dad into buying a DVD of Gran Torino. He'd probably love it.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 2:24:19 PM EST
Originally Posted By XCRmonger:
And I am now officially a wreck. What a damn good movie... and way too sad.


i agree, its a very good movie
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 2:34:27 PM EST
Well, it may come as a surprise to a thief. But I bought this stuff, everything in here, with my own money.


My GF and I laughed pretty good a that line. My only complaint was that the girl should've been in the car with Thao at the end. We never saw her look normal again, plus she was just as integral to the movie, IMO.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 2:36:45 PM EST
Originally Posted By Misery:
Well, it may come as a surprise to a thief. But I bought this stuff, everything in here, with my own money.


My GF and I laughed pretty good a that line. My only complaint was that the girl should've been in the car with Thao at the end. We never saw her look normal again, plus she was just as integral to the movie, IMO.


It wasn't supposed to be a happy ending - it was just supposed to be about one man's redemption.
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