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The Bus 11-16-09 11:16 PM

Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Duvall
 
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Four-time Academy Awardฎ nominee JEFF BRIDGES stars as the richly comic, semi-tragic romantic anti-hero Bad Blake in the debut feature film CRAZY HEART from writer-director Scott Cooper. Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who’s had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can’t help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean (Golden Globeฎ Nominee MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL), a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. As he struggles down the road of redemption, Bad learns the hard way just how tough life can be on one man’s crazy heart.

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It's The Wrestler with guitars! (I kid, this looks decent).

hardercore 11-17-09 01:53 AM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 

Originally Posted by The Bus (Post 9839902)
It's The Wrestler with guitars! (I kid, this looks decent).

Quoted for truth. Looks like it was designed from the ground-up to pander for Oscars, is what it looks like.

toddly6666 12-21-09 03:24 PM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 
It's too soon for another film like this after WALK THE LINE and WALK HARD....

Artman 12-21-09 03:29 PM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 
I probably won't see it in theaters but I think it looks good.

Dr Mabuse 12-21-09 03:32 PM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 

Originally Posted by The Bus (Post 9839902)
It's The Wrestler with guitars! (I kid, this looks decent).

Actually...


Originally Posted by Roger Ebert's Ten Best of 2009 List
Crazy Heart. This year's late-opening sleeper, built on a probable Oscar-winning performance by Jeff Bridges. He plays a nearly-forgotten C&W singer, touring nasty dives and smoky honky-tonks for a few dollars and change. He had hit songs, but alcoholism eroded him. Maggie Gyllenhaal is inspired as the woman who cares for him but doubts his newfound sobriety--and no, this isn't a cornball story about romantic redemption. After the screening a critic said: "This year's "The Wrestler." That sounded about right. Astonishing debut by Scott Cooper.

I'm really looking forward to seeing this. When Bridges is hitting on all cylinders he does fantastic work.

Perkinsun Dzees 12-21-09 04:49 PM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 
I know it's a longshot, but let me be the first to say that I hope Jeff Bridges takes home the Oscar next year. He's one of the most criminally underappreciated actors ever. Hopefully this post brings him the karma he needs to win the well deserved award.

PopcornTreeCt 12-21-09 05:56 PM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 
I saw a preview for this and I thought it looked real good. Jeff Bridges is one of the most under appreciated actors in Hollywoodland. The Dude abides.

Throwing Copper 12-23-09 09:23 PM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 
I'm really looking forward to this one. I hope my area gets it before February or something.

I also would like to Jeff Bridges get the Oscar. The soundtrack is tremendous.

Solid Snake 12-23-09 10:34 PM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 
Damn, 4 times he's been nominated...I think he's an actor that everyone respects and that his roles are so memorable that an award means nothing but...I think it's time for this guy to something.

bd...? 01-15-10 10:23 AM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 
anyone see this? reviews? Was thinking of catching it today at a small place in scottsdale

Finisher 01-24-10 02:37 AM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 
Very similar to The Wrestler. Jeff Bridges nails it, but the film is a bit underwhelming. Maggie Gyllenhaal is miscast in a critical role.

It's been a weak year for actors, Bridges will most likely win best actor. Deservingly but mainly due to lack of competition and as a career achievement. Nothing wrong with that, guy has been legit going all the way back to Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.

Greg MacGuffin 01-24-10 10:19 AM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 
Saw it yesterday. It's decent but not spectacular. The Wrestler comparisons are appropriate. The music is good. Performances, especially Jeff Bridges and Robert Duvall, are excellent. But yeah, as Finisher said, it's underwhelming. The story beats are predictable and there weren't any moments that were truly exhilarating. Maybe worth seeing once, but not the kind of thing I would revisit.

The Bus 01-24-10 12:21 PM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 
Well, he won at SAG.

Torchur317 01-24-10 12:45 PM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 
He also won the Golden Globe for this.

Throwing Copper 02-07-10 02:48 AM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 
Anyone else see this, and how was it?

My God, they are taking their sweet-ass time giving this a nationwide release.

It's nominated for Oscars, bump up the theater count.

Patman 02-07-10 05:44 AM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 
True, Jeff Bridges delivers a terrific performance as Bad Blake, aging country singer/songwriter who drinks and smokes too much, just trying to get by with lowly gigs across the southwest, but the film is probably too safe, too small, to get really invested into the film. Maggie Gyllenhaal is also good as the music reporter who becomes something more to Bad, but it's a twisty relationship that feels too much like flirting with fantasy, than anything grounded in reality.

I give it 2.75 stars, or a grade of B- (but see it for Jeff Bridges if you're at all interested, as he will most likely take home the 2009 Oscar for Best Actor).

Dr. DVD 02-13-10 03:42 PM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 
Saw it. Great acting performances and some very fine music. However, storywise it's very been there, done that. I have to say

Spoiler:
the 16 months later cut at the end seemed entirely tacked on. Having the movie end with him singing on the porch would have been much more appropriate. The one they went with just seemed too Disney.

Dr Mabuse 02-20-10 07:44 PM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 
Just watched it.

Bridges is fantastic, I hope he takes the Oscar home.

Farrell is good as usual, so is Maggie. Duvall could lay dead off camera and be terrific.

I really enjoyed it, some of the plot points were predictable as has been mentioned. But they had heart... they weren't handled in a trite fashion I thought, even if you could see some stuff coming.

New Mexico looks great on film as always, I love this state. Lots of familiar places around ABQ like the aquarium and etc.

joefrog91 02-21-10 12:14 AM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 
I loved this movie and yes I agree it was predictable. But when the leads are great actors it doesn't matter. The music was fantastic too.

pjflyer 02-21-10 02:10 AM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 
A fine film. I hope Robert Duvall has one more lead performance in him - every scene he was in, I couldn't take my eyes off him.

Coral 02-21-10 09:41 AM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 
Decent film and great performance (as usual) by Jeff Bridges.

Other than it being predictable, the biggest problem I had was with Maggie's character. It was underwritten and I didn't believe how she could fall for Bad Blake - especially so quickly after meeting him. I don't buy her history of choosing the wrong guy as a reason for this relationship. It would be more believable to me if her character was at least 10 years older and had more in common with Bad.

valkyrie 02-21-10 04:23 PM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 
Saw it, then went to see it again a few days later. Loved it. The music is great, Bridges is fantastic, and the supporting cast is wonderful. A lot of the pieces have been done before, but I like the way it was assembled. Definitely one of my top 5 of the year. I'm still suprised that they did their own singing, and did it well (not chart-topper well, but very believable and a hell of a lot better than dubbing in someone else's voice).

Bridges deserves the Oscar. A fantastic performance.

sauce07 03-05-10 08:41 AM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 
finally caught it this past week and really enjoyed it. Jeff Bridges disappears into the role, I didn't even think of him during the second half. The supporting cast all do a good job, but this is JB's film.

One last thing, did anybody else get goosebumps when Jeff Bridges was in the bowling alley at the beginning? The Dude feels home.

Dr. DVD 03-05-10 02:35 PM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 

Originally Posted by sauce07 (Post 10032589)
finally caught it this past week and really enjoyed it. Jeff Bridges disappears into the role, I didn't even think of him during the second half. The supporting cast all do a good job, but this is JB's film.

One last thing, did anybody else get goosebumps when Jeff Bridges was in the bowling alley at the beginning? The Dude feels home.


^ I was expecting Sam Elliot to show up at the bar next to him. ;)

Solid Snake 03-05-10 05:12 PM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 
Saw it yesterday...I had a lot of fun seeing JB be Blake and do his singing. I was beaming w/ joy seeing Bridges play the guitar and sing. The film wasn't amazing but very enjoyable. As said this is JB film and damn is it fun to see a JB film.

Brack 03-10-10 12:34 AM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 
This film is amazing for what it is. I appreciate that it didn't try to be overly dramatic in terms of its plot. The songs are superb, and it's just fun watching Jeff Bridges have a good time with this role. He completely nails every scene.

hardercore 03-10-10 01:34 AM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 
:3star:

Caught this a couple weeks ago and like The Lovely Bones, I guess I just didn't get around to posting any thoughts. Crazy Heart, for me, felt very flat. It was just there, it was OK, there was nothing egregious about Bridges' or Gyllenhaal's performances, the music, the writing, or anything. But there was nothing special either, no really meaningful moments. A film that took no chances and therefore cannot be passionately considered from either a for- or against- perspective.

All three of Clooney, Stuhlbarg and Renner gave better performances than Bridges. But god damn if he isn't one helluva likeable guy, I can see why the Academy would go for him especially given the sentiment of his due.

Brack 03-10-10 02:01 AM

Re: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) — w/Jeff Bridges, Farell, Gyllenhaal & Robert Du
 
Just curious, in what way do you mean it took no chances?


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