Saturday, January 23, 2010

"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.

Monday, January 18, 2010

What If? Bullock and Oscar?

Sandra Bullock actually pulls it off at this years Oscars and wins Best Actress? Surely there were more deserving nominees this year -I can think Of Mulligan, Sidibe, Cornish & Streep- but when all is said and done, this might be the same case as it was in 2001, when Julia Roberts won for her mildly strong performance in Erin Brokovich. It's a case of love for the actress more than love for the performance.

Trust me, I have seen Blind Side & it is not a performance as deserving as the actresses already mentioned here. I'll take all this buzz towards Bullock with a grain of salt and hope the academy gives the award to the deserving actress -any of the four would do. Then again if anybody say the Golden Globes, they saw a humble Bullock winning Best Actress & giving a very gracious speech. Peter Travers is already calling her the winner of the Oscar & I'm sitting here writing this, about to gag.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Scorsese, Greengrass & Polanski

Usually the Hollywood machine releases all the stuff they want to get rid of in the first months of the new year- January to April is usually a wasteland of these sorts of picture. 2010 might be an exception, as Martin Scorsese, Roman Polanski & Paul Greengrass -3 singular directors- are releasing new stuff in the next month or two. Which begs me to ask the question, which is highest on your list?

I'm a Scorsese nut so I'm drooling over Shutter Island- which was delayed last year due unknown circumstances (Scorsese claimed the film needed more editing). I know a few people that have already seen it and are considering it high on the Oscar contenders list for 2011 ! woah there cowboys, don't go too ahead of yourselves but nevertheless Scorsese's been on a roll lately with stuff like The Departed and Gangs Of New York already classic stuff in my books.

Roman Polanski -on the other hand- hasn't had much to offer since his triumphant Pianist came out 7 years ago. He missed the mark with his follow up, Oliver Twist, remember that one? I didn't think so, the above trailer is his new movie and -although it has a kind of State Of Play feel to it- I'm looking forward to watching his new movie, remember kids this is the guy that gave us Chinatown 35 years ago.

Last but certainly not least is another director that made his mark in the past decade with THE best post 9/11 movie around United 93. Greengrass' style is very influential -with its handheld camera and add type editing- but I'm looking forward to him reuniting with his Bourne star Matt Damon, in a movie that pushes the questions of the Iraq war.

In the coming days I'll be releasing my 20 favourite movies of 2009 and then we'll be looking ahead to a new decade of movies and a new batch of hopefuls that will want to take a bite out of Oscar.

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