Clint Eastwood, Dave, Andy Garcia discussed on Mike Rosen
On KOA, NewsRadio eight fifty AM and ninety four one FM with my partner. Christian toto. We did a little lead into mortal engines, why don't we check in with Dave was a member of the Mike Rosen movie club and see what he thought of the movie. Dave, would you think? Well, I actually liked it a lot once I sort of figured out what the heck was going on. I read the book. When you're when you read the book, and you read this description of cities have become mobile and they're on wheeled. You're like, well, I don't really have the ability to picture that. So I'm just gonna assume it's not a big deal. But in the movie kinda in your face, and it's so hard to figure out at the beginning. What is happening here? But once you do I really thought it was terrific. I think it's one of the best steam punk sensibility movies ever on the screen and Christian you, and I talked about I feel like it's like steam punk Star Wars that had a lot of those elements a lot of that feel to it. Yeah. I think a lot of direct ripping off of the Star Wars saga. I guess you could say with cities on wheels. What would that do to the roadmap industry? But wait, it doesn't exist anymore. It's Danny waited much like much of humanity. There is a really great long-shot about a third of the way in the movie where the two main protagonists are actually off the city and just running along in where the sort of treads are from the city, and why it's such a great shot is because that's the moment, you really, you know, conceit how big these cities are this is just one trademark. And it's like each tread rectangle is the size of a house. What did you think about the chemistry between the leads? You got. I don't know this actress before this movie, Hera Hilmar and also Robert Sheehan who I've seen an independent film. And I like him a lot. What what's did? Did they click for you? Or are they sort of? Maybe just take it out of the way. I wanna watch the the cool stuff on scrap. Yeah. Not a whole lot of chemistry. But I feel like, you know, especially when you have these sort of keenness stories, which I would argue this is. Then chemistry isn't really a strong point for most actors in that genre. I'm trying to be nice here. You are being nice. But it should be. I mean, this should be. I mean that should be part of the magic here is that these there clearly spending time with these two figures they want them to connect. They want him to take off some sparks. And of course, they fight in the beginning. But yeah, I think you're I think you're you're being too generous because I think that should be critical element here. Yeah. Yeah. I agree. I mean, you know, there's the I think the human component did not propel the story very much was very much a sort of narrative driven movie where you know, you had this scene. So therefore, we have to have this other scene at the other side of what's going on. Now, we like they collide they clash and now we have a little respite. And now even the next dramatic moments. Jackson absolutely knows how to assemble a movie producer on this. And there's a lot to really enjoy. But yeah, you leave the theater saying, wow. Look what they can do with visual effects. Yeah. And that's that's part of the problem. You know, I'm a film critic, and I'm supposed to describe the movie, and I struggle with it. You're a guy who likes films and read the book instill struggle with it. Maybe that's the reason why it's making seven point five million instead of one hundred million. Yeah. Well, the reader is that a lot of studios turned the movie project down because they felt like it was too hard to explain on screen. And so they might have been a little prescient there. Yeah. I think that's a that's a pretty interesting point in this this Topi in future. If you order something from Amazon, Amazon dot com. What did you give us your address if the city is moving how can they find you the drones can move to Michael? That's right. Yeah. They have like a homing beacon, and they can find you that way. So all right. Dave can you rate this on a scale of one to fi- using a clever unit of measure that has something to do with the movie? I will give it to squirrels out of five that have been run over by a massive city. While you're roadkill. I thought you liked him more than me. But I'm giving it higher scale. I'm gonna give it three minions for a very funny little visual gag in the movie, what we have well the rewards heart tickets, the Alamo draft cinema, one of my favorite places to watch me. Because there's no texting there's no talking. It's just pure cinema. Have a blast have a bite to eat. Enjoy one of the caramel shakes. I love so much or maybe some of the interesting people have come to town actors screenwriters directors. There's always something fun and cool and hip happening at the Alamo, and of course, the sloan's lake in Littleton and hoping others tickets. I absolutely will. Thank thank you. Dave. All right. Let's do a little teaser the mule. And then we'll pick up where we left off after our next break. Now, this is this is one of those movies that can be said is inspired story. But it's not based on a true story. And that's the distinction Clint Eastwood is a transporter of cocaine. Between Illinois and various spots south of there, including going to Mexico. In real life. There was a ninety year old fellow who was operating as a mule, but his name is different. It it isn't the name that the Clint Eastwood character gets in this movie, which is Earl stone stone, the actual fellow's name is Leo sharp. And this happened in two thousand eleven he was also an elderly man for cocaine pipeline between Mexico and Detroit that Illinois. So they moved to Illinois. He was arrested after being stopped on I ninety four near an Arbor Michigan. He was eighty seven years old, and he was a day lily farmer. So the horticultural aspect is accurate. He was car with nearly three million dollars worth of cocaine in his Lincoln pickup truck, which is accurate wound up serving not very much time in federal prison. He was convicted and sentenced to three years, and he served about half of that because he was diagnosed with a terminal illness, and they let him out of jail, and he died about a year later, the screenplay was written by Nick Schenk who also wrote the screenplay for the two thousand eight Eastwood movie Gran Torino, which was terrific and Eastwood plays a similar character in this in terms of being a grumpy old man, but the rest of the movies since this Eastwood movie now the mule has as a main plot the fact that this horticulturist was so consumed with himself in his career that he neglected his family. He missed his daughter's wedding and on and on and on and his wife of ten years who still inwardly loved him was so disappointed. He was a stray. Range from his daughter who he hadn't spoken to in twelve years all of that is completely made up and it has nothing to do with Leo sharp. Yeah. Oh, well, but it makes for a better drama. The. Older daughter in this movie is played by Alison Eastwood was Clint Eastwood's daughter. Wow. Hollywood. Nepotism. I think it is when you're Clinton you can do what you want and she's perfectly fine here. So why not Dan Weist plays? His ex wife. You've seen a lot of things are great character. Actress the grand daughter is Tessa farmer. Andy Garcia, portrays the cartel, boss. And in this movie, it's the Sinoloa cartel which actually exists and El Chapo, whose now still in jail unless they've broken them out as we usually that's the character that Andy Garcia is playing any Garcia, by the way. Is cuban. I believe so yes with Fidel Castro looking over his shoulder. Andy Garcia is one of those rare Hollywood conservatives who hates communism. Yeah. You know? I don't know if he's conservative in the in the trueblue sense. But he also know he's been very critical of of Cuba and Castro. So it's a voice you don't often hear, and but again, I think his politics or not in your face. He's more of a working actor and very good one. I think he's. Right here. It's a very I think screen wise, it's a very small role. But it it it it pops. It's you think of him even when he's not onscreen. He's one of those actors that I find to be very likable just about every role. He's ever had. I agree. Something about him as he has an innate charisma, I've never met him. Have you? I did interviewed him actually back in DC. And if my memory is serving, and I think it is. I think he this was nothing untoward. He I think he interviewed me in a bathrobe like he was just like he was shuffling from thing to thing or something. But perfect gentlemen, good guy and very good actor, and boy, I want to age as gracefully as he is. I think he's in his sixties. Now, he looks kind of the same as he's added. Like last thirty years, he seems like the kind of guy who would be offscreen what you think he is onscreen as far as personality. And I think there are certain actors who project something that is hard to make up. I think there are some great chameleons out there that Johnny Depp's who can be anybody. I think other people there's an essence about them that you see on screen that is part of their success. And I think it's. Hard to kind of messed that up. I think I would put him in that camp when we come back. Let's take a look at some other reviews of this moving as I mentioned Rex Reed liked it Lee Munson didn't. And this was a device this review by Lee Monson as a vehicle simply to attack personally Clint Eastwood, which I've I've read some others of his.