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The Singer: Crazy Heart

Jeff Bridges shines, sings, and pukes as Bad Blake in Crazy Heart, the film that will win him his first Oscar. I saw the film a bit later than I would have liked to, but was not disappointed. The only films from 2009 I enjoyed more were Inglorious Basterds and The Hurt Locker, which are now Best Picture and Director contenders at the 82nd Academy Awards. (This film, unfortunately, is not, and I’ll go on the record in saying it’s been snubbed, especially considering The Blind Side somehow got a nod.) Set against the evening redness of the American Southwest, the movie takes us through the bowling alleys, motels, and bars that make up Bad’s life and eventually lead him to Jean Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a journalist who makes him realize he’s after more than just the next bottle of McClure’s Whiskey. Continue reading

82nd Academy Awards Predictions

Nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards officially came out today, with few surprises (except, perhaps, for The Blind Side‘s Best Picture nomination–what’s with that?). Come Oscar night, these are the films to bet on.

Will win: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air
Should win: Wes Anderson, Fantastic Mr. Fox

I realize it wasn’t nominated, but damnit, it should have been. The best of George Clooney’s three movies this year, Fantastic Mr. Fox impressed me far more than I expected it to. Wes Anderson adapted the Roald Dahl book into a funny, intelligent film with exceptionally smart dialogue and strange, memorable characters. Even so, the Oscar will go to Up in the Air, Jason Reitman’s good-but-not-great film that owes its success  more to its performances than its screenplay. The real-life testimonies from men and women who have actually lost their jobs go on for too long, and they make Air‘s message obvious. That won’t stop it from winning, though. Fox also has zero chance at Best Animated Feature, which will go to Up. Better luck next year, Wes. Continue reading

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