When I scoured the films that I've picked so far for Cinematical Movie Club, I realized there was a palpable absence of action on the list. Sure, JD likes gun play in Heathers, The Deer Hunter goes to war, and The Godfather digs into the world of organized crime, but for the most part, the action isn't the main focus. So it was high-time we got into some well-paced thrills.
Though I'm no NRA member and have no personal interest in guns outside of the water variety, my favorite action films always turn the camera on gun-toters -- good guys or bad guys, good films or bad films. There's just something about it that pulls me in as much for Kuffs as for Reservoir Dogs. But I wanted to go back further for tonight's gun action, to the man instrumental in molding the modern gun-blazing action hero, Clint Eastwood and Dirty Harry.