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Movie review on target

Hearty congratulations are certainly in order for Neil Morris' superb review of Gran Torino in this week's Independent ("Old man and old gun," Jan. 7). Your conclusion is right on the mark: Eastwood has been taking us for a ride for years. His so-called credits include several of the most senseless, pandering films of the modern era. Of course the eternal search for John Wayne continues, he of deft timing in such memorable lines as "What is that in the road ... a head?" and "What are we having for dinner tonight ... mother?"

What did H.L. Mencken say? I don't think there's a way, or need, to count them.

I'm fairly new to Raleigh but I have been most impressed with the movie reviews in the Independent. Keep up the good work.

Allen Paul
Raleigh


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