I’m making an effort to watch more films this year, so last weekend I saw Crazy Heart – my brother and I took Mum for Mother’s Day and we all totally enjoyed the movie… even more than we expected to. It was beautifully written and acted – the performances were spot on. Maggie Gyllenhaal is a wonderful actress, and it never hurts to see a film where Colin Farrell appears – and sings! Who knew that Colin Farrell could sing? (Not me, that’s for sure.)
But of course, I knew I was in for a treat before we even got there; I mean, it’s Jeff Bridges! I love Jeff Bridges, and not just because he is an amazing actor and was pretty easy on the eye back in the day (oh, who am I trying to kid? I like older men – I still say he’s HOT! *g*). He has a regularly updated website that he is closely involved with; he hand writes stuff for the site and even draws cute cartoons! He is also an accomplished photographer and musician. Oh, Jeff… I wish I knew how to quit you. 😉
[Quick note for my fellow geeks out there, he has a cool ‘production diary’ kind of thing filled with his own black & white photos from Iron Man.]
Check out this video; it’s actually filmed at a real gig where Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell (plus film crew) shot a scene from the movie in front of a country music crowd:
I’ve loved Jeff ever since I was a kid and saw him – alongside Clint Eastwood – in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.
The man has been involved in so many classic movies: Tron, Starman, The Fabulous Baker Boys… And who can forget his turn as ‘The Dude’ in The Big Lebowski, a surrealistic piece of genius filmmaking?
You absolutely do not have to be into country music to enjoy Crazy Heart; the story carries you along and Jeff Bridges’ central performance as Bad Blake holds everything together beautifully. I’m so glad he finally won an Oscar for the role – he more than deserved it. I love stories of redemption and am a sucker for pitches like:
A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him.
Here’s the movie trailer:
Now, what should I see next week – any recommendations? 🙂
*Yes, I know it’s Saturday now. I am a bit late posting this…