Movie Break – “Crazy Heart”

I braved the sixth straight day of pouring rain here in California to go and see the new movie “Crazy Heart” starring Santa Barbara’s own Jeff Bridges. Here he is at last year’s Film Festival with his wife.
Everybody in town says what a nice guy he is, so I was glad when his performance in “Crazy Heart” won him a Golden Globe award and I was looking forward to the movie, in which he plays a washed up country music singer (think: Kris Kristofferson/Waylon Jennings) trying to get his life back on track.
The fact that T Bone Burnett, who produced the Robert Plant/Alison Krauss album “Raising Sand,” was responsible for the original music only made me more eager to see the film.
And since there’s nothing going on with the Yankees, I knew I wouldn’t be missing any news if I left my computer for the afternoon. 
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Here’s the movie trailer.
The good news is that Bridges is sensational, and I think he has a real shot at winning his first Best Actor Oscar. The bad news is that the music isn’t very interesting and the plot of the movie feels as if you’ve seen it a million times before. But while I was sitting in the theater letting my mind wander to baseball, the most amazing thing happened. Maggie Gyllenhaal, who plays a reporter interviewing Bridges’ character, asks him, “What would you have been if you hadn’t become a country singer?” And he says, “A baseball player. I was pretty good but I couldn’t hit a curve ball.”

I started clapping when Bridges said the word “baseball,” and people in the theater turned around to look at me. I was very quiet the rest of the time, I swear.


  1. baseballisms

    You applauded because that is exactly how you would have answered if someone had asked you what you would be doing if you were not a writer.

  2. Jane Heller

    I wouldn’t be playing baseball, Joe, but I’d sure be involved with the sport in some way. Or maybe I’d be a country and western singer. LOL!

  3. baseballisms

    …. touring the country supporting your hit single Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Red Sox 🙂

  4. crzblue2

    I love it when in non-baseball movies and books, you find a baseball reference. from the last book I read “that,” she informed him, daintly dusting off her hands after throwing a pitch that would have done credit to Sandy Koufax, “is what I think of it.”

  5. Jane Heller

    HAHAHA, Joe! That’s priceless. I can write the rest of the lyrics to that song right now! I’ll be appearing at a bowling alley near you very soon.

    Baseball references in books and movies always make me smile, Emma. And if you found one with a Koufax reference, all the better. I love the one you shared.

    Here’s the thing with the music, Cat. I understood that T Bone was writing songs for Bridges, who, while competent as a singer, doesn’t have much range. But to me, even when roaring drunk, guys like Kristofferson and Jennings didn’t sound boring or tame. They were outlaws. These songs were just too generic. But that’s just my take. You may love them.

  6. Jane Heller

    No, I’m actually very quiet and HATE when people around me talk or eat popcorn loudly or move around a lot, Paul. (Yesterday was an anomaly.) I’ve been known to get the manager to throw people out for the above offenses. The only thing I do regularly is cry during sad movies – quietly.

  7. raysrenegade

    I know the feelings of that character so well.
    If I could hit a hard slider inside of my hands, I might have stayed with baseball instead of hit people on a football field.
    I am actually going to see this film after I saw his tremendous speech after winning the Golden Globe.
    They had a replay of the event last night on Bravo, and I made sure to see it.
    It is so wild that we always see Jeff Bridges play these characters that have the right answers to life’s questions, but look externally like they are fighting demons and themselves.
    But what is really great is that the award events also have given him recognition this year, and who knows what is going to happen when the Golden Man( Oscar) is awarded soon.
    Maybe he will win the Triple Crown of acting…Oscars, Golden Globes, Critic’s Choice.

    Rays Renegade

  8. Jane Heller

    I’ll be interested in your opinion of the movie, Renegade. I think you’ll agree that Jeff Bridges is terrific. Colin Firth was great in “A Single Man” but I hope Bridges wins the Oscar. He deserved it for a small movie a couple of years ago called “The Door in the Floor.” If you missed it, rent it!

  9. southernbelle

    Jane: Lol you just couldn’t contain your joy after hearing that baseball reference. Sounds like a good movie. You mentioned Waylon Jennings…I like his music. Too bad he’s no longer with us. But his son Shooter is great. My Dad said if he could arrange my marriage with anyone, it would be with Shooter Jennings. The funny part is that I’m perfectly fine with that! Either him, or a Yankee. 🙂

  10. Jane Heller

    You and Shooter. I like the sound of it, Virginia. But what about Cervelli and Mitre? You can’t just dump them! LOL.

  11. Jane Heller

    Cat, it’s so wonderful to see the sun, isn’t it? I went out and took a long walk by the beach. It was cold but so much appreciated. Maybe we’ll get lucky and have another good today tomorrow before the next storm.

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