|Bridges' Five Favorite Films|
|Written by Chalupa|
|Thursday, 29 July 2010 10:17|
I always find it interesting to ask someone what their top 5 or 10 things are in their own field. For example, asking musicians and recording artists what their top 5 bands or albums are. One thing I don't see too often though is asking actors, or those involved in the film industry, what their top 5 films are. Matt Atchity from RottenTomatoes.com went one step further and asked Jeff Bridges what his top 5 films were out of his own list of acting credits.
You might be surprised to see the five that Bridges picked.
The Amateurs (2005) - This film came out in 2005, but it was originally a limited release to the United Kingdom under the title The Moguls. It was probably best to change the name for the US release because how many really know what a mogul is? Unfortunately even with the name change, it never really took off here in the states. Jeff even did a release tour of sorts where they traveled to five or so cities do a Q&A session afterward. I know in Dallas this was at the local Angelika theater. A friend of ours, Dan Prall, was in attendance dressed as Walter and recorded himself asking a question. You can find it here - Dallas Angelika. We even did an episode (Episode 14 - The Amateurs) on the film and gave our thoughts. We really loved the film and highly suggest you watch it.
Tideland (2005) - Terry Gilliam is one of those film directors with amazing artistic talents and ideas. I just have no clue what he's doing half the time. I really enjoy what he did with Monty Python, and some of his films really resonate with me. Tideland, unfortunately, was not one of them. I know Bridges really enjoys working with Gilliam. Along with this film, they also collaborated on The Fisher King. That's a film I enjoy. Maybe I just need to watch Tideland again, but it'd really help if someone explained a few things and helped me along.
The Last Picture Show (1971) - I don't think I've ever seen this film, but everyone raves about it. I believe this is the first film where Jeff received a Best Actor nomination for an Academy Award. This is also the first of two films Bridges has been involved with a sequel. Texasville was the follow up to this. The other sequel pair would be TRON and TRON: Legacy.
Crazy Heart (2009) - I don't think I can think of a single bad thing to say about this flick. It's just simply amazing. Many compared this to Mickey Rourke's comeback in The Wrestler (2008), but Crazy Heart is so much more than that. Jeff Bridges embodies characters and sells the part. When watching this film you believe he is Bad Blake. If you haven't seen this you must watch it - like this week. You need to watch it this week.
Bad Company (1972) - No, this isn't the 2002 film with Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock. It's the Civil War film from 1972 with Jeff Bridges. This is another film I have not seen yet, but I'm more interested now that I've seen it on this list. When seeing the cover, it has always reminded me of Wild Bill, the Western where Bridges plays Wild Bill Hickok.
So there you have it - Jeff Bridges top five films in which he acted. This may seem kind of weird, and would be for some actors, but Jeff Bridges currently has76 acting credits to his name on IMDB. There's definitely some material to be choosing from. What do you think of this list? Do you agree? Have you seen any of them? Which five would you pick? I think my top five would include: King Kong, White Squall, The Contender, The Amateurs, and Crazy Heart. My list is top heavy on the later part of his career but that's mostly because I've seen just about everything he's done since the time of our first conflict with Saddam and the Iraqis.
Big thanks to Mike from the Filmjitsu podcast for bringing this article to our attention.