CRAZY HEART
2009, Fox Searchlight, 112 min, USA, Dir: Scott Cooper

Jeff Bridges gives one of the best performances of his career as Bad Blake, a once-popular country musician who has been reduced to low-paying gigs in bowling alleys with teenage backup bands. When a young journalist (Maggie Gyllenhaal) tracks him down for an interview, he embarks on a relationship fraught with risks on both sides. Robert Duvall and Colin Farrell provide support.


SAVING MR. BANKS
2013, Walt Disney Studios, 126 min, USA, Dir: John Lee Hancock

Walt Disney fell under the spell of Mary Poppins not long after the book was published, and the magical English nanny’s 30-year journey from page to screen is reenacted here. Tom Hanks stars as Disney and Emma Thompson as Poppins author P.L. Travers, joined by an all-star cast including Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti and Rachel Griffiths.


THE NEW WORLD
2005, Warner Bros., 135 min, USA, Dir: Terrence Malick

Dreamy, effervescent and endlessly poetic, Terrence Malick’s reimagining of the 1607 founding of Jamestown and the legendary love triangle between Captain John Smith (Colin Farrell), Pocahontas (Q’orianka Kilcher) and John Rolfe (Christian Bale) has recently been described by critics as a “misunderstood masterpiece.” Malick superbly crafts and endows his tale with a raw, haunting sense of realism: he famously chose to use natural lighting, handheld cameras and a painstakingly detailed set constructed just down-river from the original site of Jamestown. Historically and cinematically important, THE NEW WORLD is a refreshingly complex alternative to the simplified national foundational myths that currently populate American culture.


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