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Ondine – Poster for Colin Farrell’s mermaid film

Posted by LiveFor on February 22, 2010

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Crazy Heart, 2010 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on January 22, 2010


Director: Scott Cooper
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell
Score: 8/10

A fantastic review by pjowens75

There is one brief moment in CRAZY HEART, one that has absolutely no bearing on the plot or story, that goes a long way towards explaining just why this simple little movie works so well. It’s a distant shot of Bad Blake and Jean Craddock strolling together across a parking lot, when Bad, naturally and nonchalantly, reaches to put his arm around her waist and she, just as naturally and nonchalantly, brushes it away. It’s an action that could be easily missed, so real but so small. Whether a conscious decision by director Scott Cooper, or the actors’ improvisation, it was an action so simple and believable, that it just belonged.

CRAZY HEART is about Bad Blake, a country singer whose career is in a downward spiral, and who more often plays his one or two hits at bowling alleys and small town bars. His life has become a series of bottles and one night stands, and he is constantly cussing out his agent for not getting him better gigs for more money. Because, after all, he used to BE somebody. As played by Jeff Bridges, Bad is a man who lives life day to day; who deals with life’s hurdles as they come along, not in any extraordinary way or with any sort of gusto, but just as things that need to be taken care of. It’s this matter-of-fact approach that makes Blake so identifiable to us, and I suspect that a lot of men Blake’s age will identify with him and recognize some of Blake in themselves.

There are a couple of plot devices that help move the story along, like an offer to be the opening act for his former protégé Tommy Sweet, played by Colin Farrell, an offer that Bad finds insulting at first, but relents and takes because he needs the money. The few brief scenes between Farrell and Bridges are handled realistically, and they treat each other as old friends, with the mutual respect of days gone by. And although Blake will have none of joining Sweet onstage during a chorus of his current hit, he will hang around unseen in the shadows to watch his protégé perform.

But it is a romance with a much younger Jean Craddock, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal, that forces Bad to come to grips with himself, and the fact that he is not the rowdy young star he once was. Gyllenhaal does an admirable job of portraying Jean not as a star struck groupie like most other women who approach Bad, but as a struggling reporter with baggage of her own, who is gradually won over by his charm. You can see the tug of war going on within her as she struggles with the pros and cons of another relationship and the effect it may have on her son.

And on the surface there are many more cons than pros, for Blake spends most of his waking moments inside a bottle. In one scene early in the film, a short of cash Bad is given a bottle of his favorite whiskey by the owner of a liquor store in return for a promise to sing a song for the man’s wife at the show that night. When the time comes, however, Bad dedicates the song but has his band perform it without him as he runs offstage to throw up in an alley trash can. It’s these disappointments that Jean must choose to deal with, or not, because she knows that she can’t count on Bad to deal with them himself. Because Bad is happy the way he is. But there are no histrionics; no scenes filled with a lot of screaming, yelling, or fighting. Just the reality and believability of two people dealing with their feelings the only way they know how.

Jeff Bridges does a remarkable job making Bad Blake a real living and breathing human being. He’s not a hero and he’s not a villain. He’s just a man, going through what all men must at some point in their lives. He makes Bad so real that he’ll have you hanging on every word, either chuckling or wincing as you watch him deal with the results of his own way of life. Bridges shows us the weariness in the eyes of a man whose body is much older than his mind, and the glazed over drunkenness as he falls face down on his bed, never dropping his bottle which he sees as neither friend nor foe but simply as a part of life.

Awards are usually given to actors for playing extraordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. It isn’t very often that an actor gets attention for playing simply a normal man dealing with everyday issues in his own life. I can think of no more capable or deserving an actor than Bridges to pull this off convincingly. Seldom do you see an actor as seemingly comfortable in a part as Bridges is in Bad Blake. Blake isn’t special, he’s just a normal guy like you or me, and it’s Bridges unique brand of magic that makes us cheer on the everyman.

Perhaps therein lies the strength of this film, the fact that we can love Bad or hate him, but in the end, we can’t help but wish him well.

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Crazy Heart – Jeff Bridges’ photos from the shoot

Posted by LiveFor on January 10, 2010


I have been a fan of Jeff Bridges as an actor for years, but I also really love the photos he takes on each shoot with his Widelux camera.

Here are a few from his latest film, Crazy Heart (there are loads more pics on his site).

In the photos here you can see Jeff, Colin Farrell and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

You can also check out some of his photos from Iron Man.

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Crazy Heart – Trailer for Jeff Bridges country singer film

Posted by LiveFor on November 17, 2009

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Crazy Heart – Poster for Jeff Bridges Country Singer film

Posted by LiveFor on November 14, 2009

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I can’t wait to see this. Bridges is always cool and this has early rumblings for an Oscar.

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, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician.

It is directed by Scott Cooper and also stars Colin Farrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall and is out on 11th December.

Source: First Showing

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus‎, 2009 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on October 19, 2009

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Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole, Andrew Garfield, Heath Ledger, Verne Troyer, Tom Waits, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell

Score: 7 / 10

This review by me.

First things first. With this film there is an elephant in the room and let us get that out the way shall we.

Heath Ledger passed away during the making of this film so sadly this was his last film. He was great as The Joker in The Dark Knight. He was not so good in this as a character called Tony. I am not saying he was bad, he just seemed to be coasting in it. I would go so far as to say that Heath was the weakest link in the cast (well after Verne Troyer) and the fact his accent comes and goes doesn’t help the proceedings, but he does a perfectly acceptable job. Plus, despite what you may have read, this is not Heath Ledger’s film. This is Terry Gilliam’s through and through.

Like all of his films the main characters seem to exist in their own bubble of bizarreness slightly askew from the real world. In this case the real world is London and its environs. Into that world we see a strange horse drawn cart (a fantastic vehicle full of nooks and crannies) that carries the Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer), his daughter Valentina (Lily Cole), Percy (Verne Troyer) and Anton (a brilliant Andrew Garfield) who is in love with Valentina.

In these first few scenes with the family / troupe all of the actors are fantastic including the model Lily Cole. They all do what they are supposed to do and inhabit their characters so well you are soon drawn into their life, squabbles and dramas as they play to people in back alleys, Homebase car parks and ruined warehouses.

We soon learn that Parnassus made a deal with the Devil or Mr Nick (Tom Waits) for immortality and youth but there was a price. It is this price that is the plot for the film as they make another deal to get out of it.

Plummer and Waits are great together. You get a sense that over the centuries they have become almost wary friends as they are the one constant they have. You see how they first met and I would have loved to have seen more of their interactions throughout the years. Mr Nick is an excellent version of the Devil. Whenever he is around you hear the buzzing of flies and Tom Waits’ gravel toned voice suits him down to the ground (I’ve just remembered he played Renfield in Coppola’s Dracula so the fly thing is mildly ironic). I also loved his reaction when….oh I’ll leave that part out.

On their journey Dr Parnassus and co find Tony (Ledger) hanging by the neck under a bridge on the Thames. They save him, but his memory is lost and we find out bits and bobs as the film progresses.

He also falls for Valentina so conflict ensues between Tony and Anton. I really must say how good Andrew Garfield (Anton) is as Anton. You really feel for the guy as he tries to keep things they same as everything changes. Lily Cole is also a revelation. I always thought she was the ginger haired model with the really young looking face, but she sure can act and looks so much better moving around then in a photograph. Like any child coming of age she wants to spread her wings and get away, but she is stuck in a position and doesn’t realise just how perilous it can be.

Then of course we have the Imaginarium itself. This is what people enter and their imagination shapes it until they are either purified by the good Doctor or taken by Mr Nick depending upon what choices they make.

It is here that Terry Gilliam’s imagination truly takes flight. Like his animated creations from the Monty Python days he basically just goes to town and the CGI fits rather well. From forests full of beer cans, cities made of sweets, endless deserts and infinitely high mountains we get some stunning imagery. We also get a very pythonesque musical number involving policemen and a Zardoz style Parnassus head.

During the film Tony enters the Imaginarium on three occasions and on each occasion we see a different aspect of his personality and learn a bit more of his past. As you no doubt know these scenes where filmed after Heath Ledger had passed away so Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell stepped in.

To be honest it works wonderfully and I feel it is a lot better this way than if Ledger had filmed those scenes. All three of the alternate Tony’s are brilliant with Depp being my favourite, but also having the shortest screen time of the three. In fact I would probably have preferred to see Depp play Tony throughout the film as it almost felt that Ledger was channelling Depp in a few scenes, a slight Jack Sparrow feel to his delivery. That could just be me though.

I do feel that Christopher Plummer is the true star of the film. He is a fantastic actor and the panic, terror, joy and knowledge he brings throughout the film are great. He is a legend.

The main trouble with the film, expecially in the first third, is that I felt my concentration going now and again. Little things kept pulling me out such as seeing the singer Paloma Faith or that bloke from the bank adverts, but that will be because there are lots of English actors in it from the TV so it was bound to happen. However, the main story is told in bits and pieces at the start. That’s usually a good thing as I hate it when you are told everything without having to think, but it could have done with being a little tighter and I think 10 or 15 minutes could have been shaved off the running time.

All in all I enjoyed it and it is always great to see a Gilliam movie with all that Gilliam flights of fancy. Just don’t go and see it to see Heath Ledgers last film. That’s no reason to see it. Go to watch it for the strangeness, the weirdness and quality acting from all of the cast.

Of course everything I have just seen could all be the senile ramblings of an old man wandering the streets of London who thinks he is Doctor Parnassus and Percy is his Jiminy Cricket.

I went to see it with Jinja, Andy M and Del who scored it as follows:

Jinja – 5 / 10
Andy M – 5.5 / 10
Del – 7 /10

Have you seen it? What did you think of it?

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – New French Poster

Posted by LiveFor on October 18, 2009

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Featurette – Behind the Mirror

Posted by LiveFor on October 16, 2009

A behind the scenes look at The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus where the cast of the film talk about the characters they play.

Vodpod videos no longer available.


From the excellent Trailer Addict

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The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus – New Poster

Posted by LiveFor on October 15, 2009

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Source: /Film

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – Lots of new Character Posters

Posted by LiveFor on October 9, 2009

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Some excellent French character posters for Terry Gilliam’s new film. Christopher Plummer (above) plays the titular Doctor and Tom Waits (below) plays the Devil who is after the soul of Parnassus’ daughter played by Lily Cole (bottom)
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Below we see the late Heath Ledger as Tony and Colin Farrell, Johnny Depp and Jude Law as different incarnations of Tony whenever he enters the Imaginarium. I think we also get a glimpse of what aspect of his character the different actors will be playing.
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Source: IMP

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