Jeff Bridges

Seventh Son

Sadly, Seventh Son isn’t even one of those spectacularly campy, so-bad-it’s-good misfires, redeemed by unintentional humor or deliciously over-the-top performances. This one misses the mark by such a gargantuan margin that I have to assume there was never actually a mark to hit in the first place. Set in I-don’t-know-when, in the fantasy realm of …

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The Giver

It is not writer Lois Lowry’s fault that it took 20 years for her acclaimed YA book The Giver to make it to the big screen. It’s not her fault that within this time, the teen dystopian trend makes The Giver looks like a rehash of many movies that have come before it in the …

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True Grit (2010)

Mush-mouthed and cantankerous, Rooster Cogburn has little time for fools, but recognizes a tough character when he sees one. When 14-year-old headstrong Mattie Ross (newcomer Hailee Steinfeld) approaches him to go on a manhunt to avenge her father’s death by a man named Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), he can see that she means business. The …

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Crazy Heart

Greasy, sweaty, drunk and seeming like he’d probably reek of whiskey, cigarettes and B.O., Bad Blake (Bridges) is a once-lauded country-music star who’s so far down on his luck that hitting bottom might be considered a step up. Barely able to get through a set, he unenthusiastically plays hole-in-the-wall bars and bowling alleys in hole-in-the-wall …

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R.I.P.D.

Hollow, unfunny and astoundingly dull, this big-screen adaptation of the Dark Horse comic finds two mismatched officers of the afterlife’s “Rest in Peace Department” – crotchety gunslinger Roy (Jeff Bridges) and newly deceased Nick (Ryan Reynolds) – trying to track down chunks of an ancient gold monolith while they simultaneously wrangle escaped souls destined for …

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I’m a Lebowski, You’re a Lebowski: Life, The Big Lebowski, and What Have You

My enduring memory of The Big Lebowski is this: upon its video release, the owner of the video store where I worked said something along the lines of, “That is just a fantastic movie, but it’s a shame about the language. I’m not sure I remember the last time I’ve heard the f-word so many …

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