Schedule for Tuesday, February 2
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"Few American actors over the past 35 years have flickered and smoldered with such craft and resilience." (New York Times)
Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) is a hard-living, fading country star reduced to playing bowling alleys and hoping for complimentary drinks to get him through the night. Overshadowed by a former protégé (Colin Farrell), Blake eventually seeks redemption from a sympathetic and lovely young journalist (Maggie Gyllenhall).Crazy Heart features nuanced, understated performances by Farrell, Gyllenhall, and Robert Duvall—but the real story here is Jeff Bridges. In a career filled with “career performances,” Bridges manages to top himself. Oozing authenticity and gutter charm, Bridges sings and strums his way through a set of original songs and embodies this beat-up country sage with incredible ease. A remarkable turn, it’s no surprise Bridges has been nominated for the Academy Award (Best Actor), alongside fellow Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal (Best Supporting Actress).
Scott Cooper. 2009. 111 m. R. US. Fox Searchlight.5:00 PM 7:20 PM
Panic in the Streets
“A tense, high-powered movie. Everything is kept moving, in a feverish, seething way, yet the performances are never sacrificed to the action.” (Pauline Kael)
In his only thriller, Kazan takes off at a furious pace—the opening shot is from a speeding police car, sirens wailing—and never slows down. New Orleans and everyone in it take on a desperate, ragged edge, for the city is under attack. An immigrant has died from a fatal contagious disease, and public health officer Richard Widmark has 48 hours to track down the carriers—hoodlum Jack Palance and his slimy buddy Zero Mostel—before the plague can spread.
Elia Kazan. 1950. 96 m. NR. US. Criterion/20th Century Fox.5:15 PM
2009 Sundance Shorts
Put on your trendiest skiwear, pretend you’re at the Sundance Film Festival, and enjoy ten of the best short films that were screened there last year! Covering a dizzying range of styles, genres, and cultures, this program features punk-loving British teens, robots from outer space, a serious look at child abuse, and more. Highlights: I Am So Proud of You (Don Hertzfeldt), Western Spaghetti (Pes), and Short Term 12 (Destin Daniel Cretton), which won the Jury Prize.
Various Directors. 2009. 115 m. Various Countries, Various languages with subtitles. Sundance Institute Art House Project.5:15 PM 7:45 PM