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Old May 19 2010, 03:20 PM   #1
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Jeff Bridges - What an Actor

Jeff Bridges won an Academy Award this year for his film Crazy Heart. I haven't seen the film yet; however, I've enjoyed many of his films growing up, the earliest of which I remember seeing was the utter shit-fest called King Kong (1976). I particularly enjoyed his portrayal of Obediah Stane and decided to pack my Netflix queue with some of his movies, both previously viewed and ones I've never seen. Here we go:

TRON: Wow. Great FX considering when it was made, and a particularly good story. I'm very much looking forward to the sequel.
The Last Picture Show: Interesting coming of age story of teens in far west Texas. Cybil Shepard's debut.
Starman: I first saw this on HBO in the 80's and loved it. Watched it again last night and was blown away by the FX and John Carpenter's brilliant direction. Karen Allen, lovely as I've always remembered. Too bad there was never a sequel. Jeff Bridge's portrayal of an alien trying to communicate and understand humans is utterly brilliant, original, and believable.
Tucker, The Man and his Dream: A film about a man far ahead of his time. The helicopter engine powered vehicle that is light years of even today's cars.
The Fabulous Baker Boys: Jeff and brother Beau give a fantastic performance as a sibling piano playing act.
The Moguls aka The Amateurs: Bridges plays a divorcee who always concocts one scheme after another, which the folks in his small town go along with. This time, the townsfolk band together to make a porn film. Utterly hysterical with a brilliant ending.
The Big Lebowski: I'm the Dude
The Fisher King: Bridges and Robin Williams play fantastic off of each other.
Cutter's Way: Plain men going after the suspected killer of an innocent girl.
King Kong: Crappy remake of the 1933 epic. Bridges is brilliant as the anti-establishment hippie.
Iron Man: Bridges plays the role of a mentor turned self-serving businessman. The bald look is a shocker for those of us accustomed to his many roles of long, flowing locks.

I have a few more of his in my Netflix queue and am looking forward to them. He has more acting chops than the vastly overrated Jack Nicholson and Al Pachino.
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Old May 19 2010, 03:28 PM   #2
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Re: Jeff Bridges - What an Actor

Don't forget The Contender, great shit.
Blown Away too.
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Old May 19 2010, 03:43 PM   #3
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Re: Jeff Bridges - What an Actor

Not to mention that he's also a pretty darn good singer, photographer and cartoonist.

Bridges should have won an Oscar for either The Fisher King, The Big Lebowski or Starman. I really can't wait to see him in that remake of True Gritt.

My favorite thing in The Amateurs is Ted Danson as the closet gay. There's another guy who's a lot more talented than he sometimes gets credit for.
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Old May 19 2010, 03:47 PM   #4
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Old May 19 2010, 03:48 PM   #5
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Old May 19 2010, 03:54 PM   #6
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Re: Jeff Bridges - What an Actor

barnaclelapse wrote: View Post
Not to mention that he's also a pretty darn good singer, photographer and cartoonist.

Bridges should have won an Oscar for either The Fisher King, The Big Lebowski or Starman. I really can't wait to see him in that remake of True Gritt.

My favorite thing in The Amateurs is Ted Danson as the closet gay. There's another guy who's a lot more talented than he sometimes gets credit for.
Besides how awesome Bridges is, I want to second Ted Danson. Guy is really talented and it shows in the interviews he gives.
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Old May 19 2010, 04:07 PM   #7
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You forgot Iron Man.
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Old May 19 2010, 04:11 PM   #8
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You forgot Iron Man.

D'oh! Fixed!
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Old May 19 2010, 10:46 PM   #9
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He's definitely a great actor.

Though I thought he was shown up by John Heard in Cutter's Way.
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Old May 19 2010, 11:16 PM   #10
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He deserved a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for The Contender. He was brilliant in that. A great film and a great performance.

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Old May 19 2010, 11:37 PM   #11
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He was a striking villain in The Vanishing, US version.

But he was fantastic as the convict father of Edward Furlong in American Heart.

And he was equally fantastic as the plane crash survivor in Fearless.
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Old May 19 2010, 11:53 PM   #12
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He was a striking villain in The Vanishing, US version.

But he was fantastic as the convict father of Edward Furlong in American Heart.

And he was equally fantastic as the plane crash survivor in Fearless.

Oh yeah, Fearless was one I forgot to add to my list. Another brilliant performance, especially the way his character bonds with Rosie Perez's character.
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Old May 20 2010, 12:08 AM   #13
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TONY STARK WAS ABLE TO BUILD THIS IN A CAVE! WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!
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Old May 20 2010, 12:52 AM   #14
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TONY STARK WAS ABLE TO BUILD THIS IN A CAVE! WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!
Well, I'm not Tony Stark.
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Old May 20 2010, 04:36 AM   #15
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He has more acting chops than the vastly overrated Jack Nicholson and Al Pachino.
I was in total agreement with you until this unnecessary cheap shot. You didn't need to insult two of my favourite actors just to praise Bridges. I love "The Big Lebowski", "The Last Picture Show", and "Starman" so much, probably each my favourite movie of the year for the year during which I saw them.

TONY STARK WAS ABLE TO BUILD THIS IN A CAVE! WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!
As much as I love all of the stuff with Iron Man and Robert Downey Jr.'s performance, I still think that's the best part of the movie.
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