Gran Torino (2008)
Clint Eastwood, USA
I'm still in shock that Clint Eastwood actually chose to make this movie on his own free will. This is a story about an old, grumpy and racist (though, not really) man who gets tangled up in the suburban Asian gang world. I could understand if he was approached by another filmmaker pleading their case as to why he should take on this role. You know, like a younger filmmaker who's admired Eastwood all their lives, and wanted more than anything to see him embody this character. But no pleading was necessary it seems. He simply chose to both star and direct this movie, which is pretty damn cool. I can't say that this is a great movie, but there's certainly more to the movie than what we see on the surface. Every time Clint Eastwood grunts in dissatisfaction is also (intentionally?) hilarious, yet you never stop taking his character seriously because he's Clint Eastwood. I don't think any other actor in the history of American cinema could have inhabited this role. And hey, maybe that's what attracted him to it in the first place.