Speaking of Clint (see 28 February post), we went to see Gran Torino this evening. It’s an excellent film, though Eastwood seems to be getting just a little bit more sugary as he gets older (he’s 78 now). However, I don’t agree with those critics who say that it provides an all-round happy ending. There can be no happy ending for the street gang depicted in the film. Its members are virtually condemned to a viscious spiral of violence, crime and imprisonment. Most Eastwood films have a nuggety one-liner that sticks in the memory. The one this time is, talking about the horrors of war, that ‘the thing that haunts a man most is what he isn’t ordered to do.’ Good stuff.