BySimon Hardy Butler, writer at

I'd like to see Clint Eastwood get back to the Westerns that made his bones one of these days.

The truth is, he's not my favorite director, and I'm concerned his latest opus, American Sniper, might not be very good. Eastwood has helmed strong work in the past, including oaters such as Unforgiven and High Plains Drifter, and it would be swell if he made a return to this sort of thing.

Not sure it'll happen, though. It seems like he's focusing more on Important Subjects, and it's unclear whether he'll go back to the genre that made him a star.

Folks evolve, but can't they relive their triumphs?
Folks evolve, but can't they relive their triumphs?

Good actors and directors evolve, no doubt. I find it sad, though, when someone decides to put away the successes of the past for risks of the future ... though it can be, of course, important to take risks in life. The fact is, Westerns can be just as good and insightful as any other cinematic category, and they're part of the American celluloid fabric. Eastwood, as both an actor and a director, helped breathe new life into the genre back in the day. It would be nice if he could do it again. I think the Western needs him.

That's my opinion, anyway.

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