Friday* Film: Crazy Heart

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?

The Dude abides

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…

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6 Responses to Friday* Film: Crazy Heart

  1. catie james says:

    THE HURT LOCKER’s at the top of my list…

  2. Renee Sweet says:

    This post requires a list.

    1. zomgcolinfarrell*swoon*
    2. wtf? Did I hear Colin with a freaking SOUTHERN ACCENT? *gag*
    3. I so love that you listed Starman, which I have seen 1,482 times thanks to HBO re-runs, as one of Jeff Bridges’s “classic” movies.
    4. I know you said you don’t have to love country music to like it but what if you abhor country music? …
    5. I recently purchased ‘The Weary Kind’ by Ryan Bingham from Amazon. Apparently, it’s the theme from Crazy Heart. It’s a lovely, worn out, aching kind of song that made me want to see the movie before #2.
    6. I vote for Shutter Island. I’m dying to see it! Psychological Thriller! Dennis Lehane! <3!

    • Kaz says:

      I can’t believe I didn’t reply to this comment!! I love that you wrote a list. <3

      I totally forgot how much you love Colin. Hehe... yep, he has a Southern accent for this movie. And YAY! for Starman. *sigh*

      If you abhor country music I still think you'll get something out of the film.

      Oooh... I really want to see Shutter Island, too! It looks so creepy. 🙂

  3. Renee Sweet says:

    Also, is there an option for you to put next/previous nav buttons on the comments view of your blog? Because in order to catch up on your entries I now have to be all back-button-y.

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