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    Building Bridges

    Posted by Mike Finnegan on

    Before Jeff Bridges turned 67 on Sunday, he had other reasons to smile this week. Last Thursday, he was the National Board of Review’s choice as 2016’s Best Supporting Actor for his veteran deputy sheriff Marcus Hamilton in Hell or High Water, and was nominated in the same category for the 2016 Critics Choice Awards (one of six the film earned), to be presented Sunday by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. By way of celebrating this versatile actor’s ongoing ability to surprise and spellbind, collectors of great performances have their last chance to secure five fine Bridges movies at special reduced prices through this Friday December 9 only until 4 PM EST/1 PM PST at www.screenarchives.com, where Twilight Time hi-def Blu-rays of The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), Fat City (1972) and The Vanishing (1993) are offered at 50% off and one can purchase Cutter’s Way (1981) and Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) at 25% off. The New Biographical Dictionary of Film author David Thomson calls Bridges “as close as the modern era has come to Robert Mitchum. Which is to say that Bridges works steadily, without any show of self-importance or dedication, his natural sourness or skepticism picking up weariness with the years.” Thunderbolt and Lightfoot earned Bridges the second of six Academy Award® nominations. “He was brilliant as the punk fighter in Fat City; indeed, he brought Brando to mind at moments,”Thomson writes. “In Cutter’s Way, he was utterly candid as the wastrel who longs to be better, heartbreaking in a great film. He took big risks as the villain in The Vanishing. And in The Fabulous Baker Boys, he was, at last, at Mitchum level – adult, pained, resigned and angelic.” Bridges abides.