Dearest Readers (all three of you now after my last pontificating post about the greatest American period of film in the last century)…
My sincere apologies for any omissions or inclusions that I forgot or, better, that you disagree with—I did neglect one movie that is on my top twenty list and should be on yours, too (if you happen to enjoy a good western).
Josie Wales is a man with a dark and violent past who returns to his roots when his family is murdered. And his quest takes him across the west, seeking revenge and redemption. Eastwood, as Wales, is a spitting, raw, scruffy man who shoots fast and speaks sparingly. In short, a force.
I feel like Eastwood somehow gets overlooked as a director because his acting takes such a prominent place in all his films. He’s finally been recognized in the last two decades with multiple Oscars (all deserved) for his gritty, deliberate style, and for embracing the themes that have always driven him—revenge, human determination, and the desire for community.
“Josie Wales” is one of Eastwood’s best, and I am glad that this blog is a blog and not a book, or else I couldn’t have rectified the error of my ways.