liveonearth (liveonearth) wrote,

Movies: Gran Torino

Like many Hollywood products, there is not a great deal of substance to this movie beyond what you see in the preview. But there is some. It is a redemption story of a man who is tortured inside and finds a way to make it right. And it toys with important issues, like gang violence, racism, aging, war, patriotism and religion. Eastwood's acting brings humor to all this hard stuff. Clint Eastwood growls and snarls better than just about anybody. The snarl shown above is the face he made when his son wanted to talk about putting him in an old folk's home--on his birthday. I don't plan to go see it again, but I do think it's worth seeing once. Four stars.

Throughout the movie, Eastwood's character was having bouts of painful coughing that yielded dark red blood in the sink or in his handkerchief. I had to look it up: why might one cough up blood?

Worldwide the most likely reason is tuberculosis. This character was supposed to have spent three years in Korea during the war, and could have easily contracted TB during that time. Parasites and abscesses from old infections can also cause it. In the US, the most common causes of hemoptysis are bronchitis, bronchiectasis, and lung cancer. Other possible causes are pneumonia, alcoholic-esophageal varices, pulmonary embolism (if sudden which his wasn't),

Clint Eastwood holding the gun that his character uses to protect his home:

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