The heavy handedness of the story of these three as kids very quickly proves that Eastwood is setting out to make a jingoistic, "America rules!" film, as these kids play with guns, say their prayers each night, and authority be damned, will do what they want when they want, because, 'Murica! "We were a little hesitant". This would have been better served as a documentary with the three men serving as the re-enactors than trying to deliver lines with any kind of ethos - and again, they supposedly said these words. It's the last thing he wanted, I'm sure, but Eastwood's latest ends up feeling like a stunt.
The other issue with the film is how it sensationalises Islamic terrorists - and while they are the scum of the universe, portraying them as those being vanquished by American valor is unsubtle, jingoistic showboating.
Kumar's previous movie, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha was even more boisterous, going so far as to applaud certain measures taken by the ruling party, and Eastwood's American Sniper was nearly fetishistic in its Republicanness.Now, there is nothing wrong with movies being political, nor is there anything wrong with artists being frank about their political leanings.
The longtime friends remember that harrowing day on the train well.
Stone was slashed with a bolt cutter around the neck as Skarlatos and Sadler knocked the attacker unconscious and then "hog-tied" him. On that day a single gunman, Ayoub El Khazzani, boarded Thalys train 9364 in Amsterdam and while it was in French territory emerged from one of the train's restrooms with an assault rifle and more than 300 rounds of ammunition. The film shows how they used to get into trouble in school and how two of them, Skarlatos and Stone, ended up in the military. Their conversations rarely amount to much more than small talk and commenting on whatever ancient ruin or landscape is in front of them, so it's tough to get inside their heads as adults.
Interestingly, preteen Stone keeps a poster of Clint Eastwood's Letter from Iwo Jima on his bedroom wall. "Then once we were able to subdue him, we just fell right into our roles".
The trio - despite no prior acting experience or lessons - played themselves in the film, released this week, which shares the story of their friendship through childhood up to the 2015 train incident.
The 15:17 to Paris isn't really an original Eastwood story. That was because numerous other passengers also played themselves and the film provided a kind of reunion for all of them. "It's more like a reunion for everyone".
"He just sprung it on us!" said Stone.
Despite the attempts of first-time screenwriter Dorothy Blyskal (working from a book that Sadler, Skarlatos and Stone wrote with Jeffrey E. Stern), there does not appear to be an involving feature film in their story, heroic though it is.
"We thought the projectionist had put on the wrong film for the first quarter of an hour", said the Parisian newspaper, lamenting that Eastwood took 75 minutes to recount the friends' "tedious" childhoods in California. "Clint Eastwood gave us a lot of freedom on that". The conversation felt unnecessarily profound, especially considering they were young men galavanting around Europe. But I did think about, 'What happens if these guys turn out to be three stiffs?' " says Eastwood, cracking his stars up during a group interview at the Four Seasons Hotel.
Border Patrol agent killed last November died from blunt injuries to the head, an autopsy report said. The statement noted that a Border Patrol dispatcher spoke with Martinez's injured partner that night.
Orrego-Savala's only responses in court were answering through an interpreter as the judge explained the proceedings and charges. Orrego-Savala was arrested after trying to flee the scene on foot, according to police, who also said he was intoxicated.
Siri does best at music: It can summon songs, make playlists ("play 80s party music"), and offer factoids about songs. While the store was busy and noisy at Michigan Avenue, I was impressed by how well HomePod's audio came across.
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The bipartisan spending bill, expected to pass Congress, called for a higher-than-expected spending cap of $300 billion. Selling over the past couple of sessions ran the benchmark 10-year yield up to 2.85%, it highest since January 2014.
He added that USA and allied military exercises will be delayed until after the end of the Winter Olympics on February 25. Among the major highlights were American luger Erin Hamlin, a four-time Olympian who served as Team USA's flag bearer.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer urged Democrats to vote no on the budget deal slated for a vote on the House floor late Thursday. A court order has, for now, eased the threat to the roughly 700,000 Dreamers who are registered with the government.
Lue started the second quarter with Thomas, Dwyane Wade , Derrick Rose , Kyle Korver and Jeff Green on the court. Cleveland trailed by as many as 35 on Saturday, and this wasn't even the most lopsided loss this season.
New Horizons was even farther from home than NASA's Voyager 1 when it captured the famous " Pale Blue Dot " image of Earth. When you're traveling through 700,000 miles (1.1 million kilometers) of space each day, nothing stands still.
His first meeting is with Salesforce CEO, Mark Benioff, and other tech leaders at the Salesforce offices in San Francisco. Salesforce has announced that it's investing $2 billion over five years towards growing its business in Canada.
In other comments, Kim is called "worst role model", accused of "cheapening" her family and of acting in a "distasteful" manner. Little North - whose face is hidden by the bright light of the camera's flash - is seen taking the photo from behind.
Amazon now offers Whole Foods deliveries
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