Ancestry of the Academy Awards

This Sunday, the most sought-after man at the 83rd Academy Awards will not be Colin Firth or Jeff Bridges, but rather a short, bald, and unabashedly nude gentleman named Oscar.

Jeff Bridges shines in gritty remake

“True Grit” by the Coen brothers (“Fargo,” “No Country for Old Men”) has brought us something that isn’t exactly a hot topic of our generation – a western. “No Country for Old Men” had the look and feel of a western, but was missing some major parts to fit it in the category. After testing the waters of the country style, the Coens decided to stick their noses in the dirt and make a full-fledged western. With it, the directing tandum brought a fresh feeling to cowboys and outlaws, and new advances in film made the violence more prominent. Mattie…

Country music film has plenty of ‘Heart’

Jeff Bridges stars as a country music cliche who finds redemption in the arms of a much younger woman (Maggie Gyllenhaal) in director Scott Cooper’s “Crazy Heart.”