“Macho”, macho man – Times News Online
Clint Eastwood is the ultimate macho man in cinema.
From the unnamed man in the “Dollars” trilogy of spaghetti westerns by Italian director Sergio Leone in the mid-1960s, to the anti-hero cop Harry Callahan in five Dirty Harry films in the 1970s and 1980s, to the romantic hero of “The Madison Bridges”. County ”(1995), to the irascible old men of“ Gran Torino ”(2008) and“ The Mule ”(2018), Eastwood is a movie icon as an actor and director. At 91, Eastwood is a true living legend.
With his latest film, “Cry Macho”, Eastwood has 72 acting credits and 45 director credits.
Eastwood delivered some of the most memorable lines in movie history.
In ‘Dirty Harry’ (1971) Harry Callahan said: ‘You must be asking yourself a question:’ Do I feel lucky? Well, you, punk? “
In “Sudden Impact” (1983), Dirty Harry said, “Go ahead, make my day. “
In “Cry Macho,” that’s a line that cannot be repeated in a newspaper and a mass-circulation website.
“Cry Macho” is humorous, romantic and ruminant.
“Cry Macho” is a road movie. With a road movie, there is usually a sidekick. So, it’s also a friends movie.
Here for Mike Milo (Eastwood), it’s Rafo (Eduardo Minett, in his film debut.).
Rafo is the teenage son of Howard (Dwight Yoakim) and Leta (Fernanda Urrejola). Rafo lived with his mother in Mexico and did nothing good. Her mother isn’t up to anything good either. Howard wants his son to return with him to the United States.
In an Eastwood road movie, there is often a clumsy animal.
It was Clyde the orangutan in “In Every Which Way but Loose” (1978).
In “Cry Macho”, it’s Macho the rooster. Macho is the cock-fighting cock owned by Rafo.
Mike, long retired from his rodeo years, ditched his old Chevrolet Suburban somewhere south of the border for an early 1960s Ford Falcon and then for a mid-1960s Ford Galaxy.
For a while, Mike and Rafo sleep in a shrine dedicated to Mother Mary, then in a house owned by Marta (Natalia Traven), who runs a cantina in a small town in Mexico. Mike teaches Rafo the art of bronco-busting.
Mike befriends Marta. Rafo befriends Marta’s granddaughter (Elida Munoz).
They enjoy an unlikely family life like no one has apparently known for a long time, if ever.
Eastwood (Oscar winner, photo, “Million Dollar Baby”, 2005; photo, director, “Unforgiven”, 1992) directs from a screenplay by Nick Schenk (“The Mule”, 2018; “Gran Torino” , 2008) and N. Richard Nash (“Porgy and Bess”, 1959: “The Rainmaker”, 1956), who wrote the novel on which the film is based.
The Southwest (captioned for Mexico) is beautifully captured by Ben Davis (Director of Photography, “Dumbo,” 2019; “Captain Marvel,” 2019; “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” 2017; “Avengers : Age of Ultron ”, 2015;“ Guardians of the Galaxy ”, 2014;“ The Best Exotic Hotel Marigold ”, 2011). Everything seems to be covered in dust, including Eastwood.
Mark Mancina’s music (“Training Day”, 2001) is elegant and understated.
As Mike Milo, Eastwood is reduced to the essentials of humanity. Little by little, much like Walter Huston in “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948), Mike finds his true treasure, a feeling of belonging, of home, of oneself. It is obtained little by little with a smile. There is nothing better than when Eastwood smiles.
Eastwood revisited the western genre in “Unforgiven”, considered one of the best westerns of all time, as a cowboy past his prime.
In the final scene of “Cry Macho”, Mike Milo (Eastwood) dances into the sunset to a Spanish song, carefully spinning Senorita Marta in her Mexican cantina.
With “Cry Macho” Eastwood seems to be saying “Adios, amigos”, maybe not just to westerns.
A well-deserved farewell would be numerous Oscar nominations for “Cry Macho,” including an acting nomination and a win for Eastwood.
Rated MPAA PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned. Some content may be inappropriate for children under 13) for language and thematic elements; Genre: Drama, Thriller, Western; Duration; 1 h 44 min. Distributed by Warner Brothers.
Anonymous credit readers:
During the closing credits of “Cry Macho”, Will Banister sings “Find A New Home”, written by Mark Mancina, composer, “Cry Macho”. The film was shot in Belen and Polvadera, NM
Cinema ticket office,
September 24-26: “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” became No. 1 for the fourth consecutive week, with $ 13.2 million, in 3,952 theaters, $ 196.4 million, four weeks, as “Dear Evan Hansen,” based on the six Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, opened at No. 2, with $ 7.5 million, in 3,364 theaters, a week, and “Free Guy” lost a spot at No.3 with $ 4.1 million, in 3,175 theaters, $ 114.1 million, seven weeks.
4. “Candyman” stayed on, $ 2.5 million, in 2,556 theaters, $ 56.8 million, five weeks. 5. “Cry Macho” lost two spots, $ 2.1 million, in 4,022 theaters, $ 8.3 million, two weeks. 6. “Jungle Cruise” took one seat, $ 1.7 million, in 2,065 theaters, $ 114.8 million, nine weeks. 7. “Malignant” lost two places, $ 1.5 million, in 2,534 theaters, $ 12.2 million, three weeks. 8. “Copshop” lost two spots, $ 1.2 million, in 3,005 theaters, $ 4.4 million, two weeks. 9. “PAW Patrol: The Movie” lost one spot, $ 1.1 million, in 1,995 theaters, $ 38.7 million, six weeks. 10. “Love Story”, $ 971,000, in 300 theaters, one week.
Box Office Mojo ticketing information as of September 26 is subject to change.
October 1st :
“The Addams Family 2”,
PG: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon and Laura Brousseau direct the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz and Nick Kroll and the animation in the Comedy. It is the sequel to the 2019 animated feature film.
“The Many Saints of Newark”,
A: Alan Taylor directs Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal and Michael Gandol in the crime drama. Here’s how New Jersey gangster Tony Soprano became Tony Soprano.
No MPAA Ranking: Potsy Ponciroli leads Tim Blake Nelson, Scott Haze, Gavin Lewis and Trace Adkins in the Western. A farmer, an injured man with a satchel of money and a tape reveals a gunslinger at heart.
The Internet Movie Database theatrical opening dates of September 26 are subject to change.
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PHOTO CONTRIBUTED WITH COURTESY OF WARNER BROS. PHOTOS From left to right: Clint Eastwood (Mike Milo) and Rafo (Eduardo Minett), holding Macho the Rooster in “Cry Macho”.