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A Real Leap of Faith

There are movies that transcend entertainment and invite audiences into an experience. This could mean a fantasy world like Star Wars, or a park filled with prehistoric dinosaurs.

Or, in rare cases, real-life moments in the purest sense.

The 15:17 to Paris is as close as you can get to a shot-for-shot remake of the literal heroism of the three American friends who faced down a terrorist with his small arsenal of guns and weapons on a foreign train in order to protect themselves and complete strangers. In many ways, this film could’ve only come from Clint Eastwood; the idea to use the real people and the initiative to tackle this specific story. And don’t forget that casting the real people (Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler) was a risky calculation by Mr. Eastwood. Regardless, watching these heroes leap toward the terrorist to save lives will be something special.

Everybody should see The 15:17 to Paris starting tomorrow not because it’s projected as a blockbuster hit at the box office or as brilliant cinema, but instead to see on the big screen what Clint Eastwood saw in these three American men who reacted to the worst kind of adversity in the best way imaginable.

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A Real Hollywood Ending

There’s a new movie that takes the idea of practical effects and realism to another cinematic level.

Clint Eastwood is an acclaimed actor and is proving to be, with each new major motion picture under his belt, one of the best directors on the planet. And leave it to the 87-year-old all-American badass to innovate a “young man’s game” in Hollywood by not casting professional actors for events inspired by real-life heroes but by casting the real-life heroes who defined an inspiring event.

Ladies and gentlemen, the first trailer for The 15:17 to Paris (based on a book with the same name) directed by Clint Eastwood was released by Warner Bros. Pictures today.

If The 15:17 to Paris doesn’t qualify as a must-see movie, then I don’t know what does.

Mark down February 9, 2018, on your calendar as movie night. Real-life American heroes (Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos of the Oregon National Guard, and U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone) will be given a Hollywood treatment unlike any we’ve seen before in cinema.

Along with Christopher Nolan’s surreal, yet very realistic and necessarily gritty Dunkirk and Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour led by Gary Oldman’s sublime metamorphosis as Winston Churchill, there’s been no shortage of mainstream films spotlighting incredible people and their acts of courage and bravery.

That’s worth the price of admission and so much more.

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Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney are part of the same movie. That’s pretty much all that marketing needs to promote a film with this director and cast.

(Can you name the sitcom that Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney guest appeared in together?)

To give you a few more details, U.S. Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger became a household name on January 15, 2009.

“Sully,” to be more precise.

Incredibly, both jet engines on Flight 1549 became useless that January morning due to birds flying in the exact air space they shouldn’t have dared flown into. The end result was the “Miracle on the Hudson.” Having flown on dozens and dozens (and dozens) of flights domestically and internationally throughout the past 25 years, the standard announcement by the stewardess detailing the seemingly impossible event of a water landing and corresponding step-by-step guide in the pamphlet in the seat back pocket in front of us depicting passengers sliding down a slide with life vests because of an emergency water landing was burned in my mind from a very young age.

Still is, but after “Sully” maneuvered the water landing in the Hudson River alongside New York City, that seemingly impossible cautionary warning has since caused my cognitive seat back to always be in the upright position while on any flight.

Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial project tells the known story of the spectacular events of that famous landing and the surprisingly unknown story of the aftermath following Mr. Sullenberger’s heroics.

As the trailer for Sully reveals, Mr. Eastwood appears to have been precise with the facts.

Sully arrives in theaters September 9th.

Considering the evocative imagery of an airplane experiencing an emergency around NYC, the release date of September 9th is a little curious. Not a controversy, but peculiar none the less. The real landing occurred in mid-January, after all.

If any two people in Hollywood can safely resolve this potential issue before the movie lands in theaters, look no further than Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks.

Giving Picture-Taking Advice to Steven Spielberg

This Sunday night, Ellen DeGeneres will host the 86th Academy Awards from Hollywood with approximately (give or take a few people) a billion people (with a “b”) watching from all around the world. With this being her second time hosting this prestigious event, Ellen is well-versed in what the tone should be, as well as the critical opportunities to grab and (hopefully) maintain the attention of nearly a billion people throughout the exhausting, time-consuming ceremony.

Speaking of exhausting and time-consuming…

A speech is a speech is a speech.

If viewers are lucky, one of their favorite actors, actresses, writers and/or directors will win the life-altering award and provide a refreshingly clever, entertaining and memorable acceptance speech (think Sandra Bullock and Adrien Brody, as just two examples).

Plus, perhaps Ellen will provide the viewers with a random minute or two of something refreshingly clever, entertaining and surprisingly memorable…

Ellen to Steven Spielberg taking a picture: “Make sure we’re both in Steven” & “Make it more even on both sides.”

Only at The Oscars!