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Crazy Heart: A 2010 Oscar maker

Updated on August 13, 2013
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Alicia has been an Author, Columnist, and Reviewer for 8 years. Her success came from perseverance plus organized goal setting.

Fox Searchlight presents Crazy Heart (Official Trailer)

Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) and Wayne Kramer (Robert Duvall) in Wayne's bar. Scene from the movie "Crazy Heart."
Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) and Wayne Kramer (Robert Duvall) in Wayne's bar. Scene from the movie "Crazy Heart."

Alicia's Top 3 Favorites

Here is my recommendation for a great time with my top 3 favorite Jeff Bridges and Robert Duval movies. I have included why I liked them plus what my rating of them would be if I did a hub about them.

Jeff Bridges:

1. Starman (1984) is listed first because of all the movies Jeff has accomplished in a starring role this one is my most favorite and is a Science Fiction classic. I give Starman five stars for it was excellent.

2. Seabiscuit (2003) great movie for people who love people plots, horse racing and horses. It was a wonderful film with a great people plot that most would enjoy. Seabiscuit receives 5 stars from me. Like Starman, this film was flawless in spite of the best actor being the horse playing Seabiscuit.

3. Against All Odds (1984) not only is a great song from Phil Collins, but is a wonderful movie that is very heart wrenching. The plot is the type just about any person can relate. I give Against All Odds four stars, not quite in the excellent flawless category - close though.

Robert Duvall:

1. Open Range (2003) also starring Kevin Costner is one of the best movies Robert Duvall has had the honor of acting in with a great cast. This particular film is a favorite of mine even though I watch little of the Westen genre. Open Range receives five stars from me.

2. The Natural (1984) is the classic sports move Robert Duvall starred alongside Robert Redford. I personally do not like sports, but enjoyed this movie alongside avid baseball fans who felt it was one of the best. I liked it a little better than Second Hand Lions; The Natural receives four stars.

3. Second Hand Lions (2003) is a movie that has a very relatable plot. Robert Duvall played his part perfectly. The plot's subject matter discusses Senior Citizen issues in a way that helps others see the elderly side of things. I give four stars to Second Hand Lions.

Movie Review

Crazy Heart was an eye opener primarily because of all the attention this film received during the 2010 Academy Awards ceremony. Like many, I too was glued to my television set to see who won which Oscars. I was expecting more from this movie than what was received when viewed. The Crazy Heart my husband and I viewed was a B-rated western-musical-drama that should not have made the list for consideration for any category Oscar. Granted Jeff Bridges, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Paul Herman, and Jack Nation are accomplished as professional actors in their respective roles. My reasoning behind my opinion is the over used plot, one of the oldest in the entertainment industry. Crazy Heart has the "standard" old plot about an alcoholic and chain smoking singer who completely ruins his life, manages to some how sober up in Rehab and all by himself cleans his act up only to end up a "Lone Wolf". Snore, boring, all ready been done and re-done; not worth any Oscar in my book. Even the songs chosen for this movie were not great enough for Oscar nomination (but they manged to get that). There are more superior songs from well known Country artists like Gene Autry, Johnny Cash, Clint Black, Glen Campbell, Loretta Lynn, Toby Keith, and Dolly Parton. All in all, Crazy Heart was a disappointment to me.I expected better, alas, not delivered.

Crazy Heart is based on a novel with the same title authored by Thomas Cobb. The script was written by Scott Cooper, who directed this 2009 released film. The music was composed by T-Bone Burnett, Stephen Bruton and Ryan Bingham (who has a role in Crazy Heart as the lead singer for Bad Blake's back up band Tony and the Renegades) with the assistance of other Country Music professionals. Crazy Heart was filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Galisto, New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Houston, Texas and Los Angeles, California.

The primary cast were (in order given by credits): Jeff Bridges (Bad Blake, the down and out 57 year old alcoholic chain-smoking Country singer), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Jean Craddock, the Santa Fe newspaper reporter who was a mother to a four year old and love interest of Bad Blake), Jack Nation (Buddy, four year old son to Jean Craddock), Colin Farrell (Tommy Sweet, the Country Singer who made it big and regarded Bad Blake as a mentor), Robert Duvall (Wayne Kramer, Bad Blake's closest long-term friend who helped him into Rehab), Paul Herman (Jack Greene, Bad Blake's agent), Beth Grant (JoAnne, Bad Blake's date from the Bowling Alley gig in New Mexico), Tom Bower (Bill Wilson), James Keane (the Bowling Alley in New Mexico's Manager who booked Bad Blake and his back-up band), and Rick Dial (Wesley Barnes, Jean Craddock's uncle and the expert piano player from Santa Fe, New Mexico).

Crazy Heart is rated R and 1 hour 51 minutes in length. This is not a family film; subject material is very adult including some gross scenes. My personal recommendation is not to waste your or any other person's precious time on Crazy Heart . If you want to see Jeff Bridges in some great roles that display his superb acting talent, recommend viewing Tron (1982), Against All Odds (1984), Starman (1984) which is the one he should have won the Oscar for Best Actor, and Seabiscuit (2003).


2 stars for Crazy Heart


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      Seth Tomko 7 years ago from Macon, GA

      Thanks for the review, and I agree there are plenty of other movies for which Bridges should have won his Oscar.