Friday, January 14, 2011

Recently viewed: Crazy Heart

I loved this film when I saw it in a theater, and I love it just as much watching it again today on DVD. The story is quintessential country, not unlike the world of some of my own work, plays like Country Northwestern and Waitresses, stories set in the overpowering western landscape, wrapped in country music the way a Greek chorus wraps up classical tragedy. The stories are always the same, and they never fail to move me. And, often and typical, booze complicates love and casts a dark shadow over positive possibilities. Here the hero loses the girl, in one context, but wins back his life. My endings are usually darker.

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