"Crazy Heart"

It's called Crazy Heart & features a great Jeff Bridges performance as Bad Blake a has been country music star that looks to get a second crack at the industry. I expected some cliches to come roaring down -& they do- but director Scott Cooper gets through them by bringing joyful spirit and musicality to a script that demands it. Talkin' about musicality, T Bone Burnett supplies the music and creates what might just be my favourite soundtrack from the past year.

Not to mention Maggie Gyllenhall who's just phenomenal as Blake's love interest and will likely get an Oscar nom when they are announced in 2 weeks. Ditto Bridges. This movie could have easily sunk down if Bridges hadn't succeeded in bringing life to his fictional character and the alcoholism and heartbreak he goes through. Yep. It's your typical bio with a somewhat stale flavour but the performances are just swell.

Take Note- I've just rewatched Bridges in The Big Lebowski & truly find it amazing how the movie has become a complete cult hit over the years. Bridges' performance when first released wasn't payed too much attention to but now it is considered one of the great characterizations of the 90's. For good reason. His Dude totally abides to the laws of cinema as a one of a kind natural of the camera and a complete original. Something tells me the Coens aren't done working with Bridges, it's a given that these mavericks have a chemistry to make much more.