karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Cinema)
with Jeff Bridges in the oscar-winning lead role of Bad Blake and Maggie Gyllenhaal (yum) is a quiet, enjoyable, moving and in one bit, sad film. Jeff Bridges is indeed excellent (but possibly not oscar-worthy, supporting the thought the award was more an achievement award), not least because he plays and sings himself (like Phoenix in Walk the Line). Colin Farrell is rather surprisingly good as the young(er), hip Country star who owes his career to Blake but is out on top while Blake is down and out, constantly drunk and broke.
It's a mix of road movie, (fake) music biopic but mostly a character study. The original music (written by Stephen Bruton and T Bone Burnett) is excellent and there are some classics from Waylon Jennings and Townes Van Zandt (among others) on the soundtrack (which I will have to buy), too.

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