Alexander Payne is one of my favorite contemporary film makers and Nebraska (2013) may be one of his finest achievements. His choice for black and white cinematography for the wide open spaces of Montana, the Dakotas, and Nebraska results in a gorgeous tapestry of images. There are some fine performances, Bruce Dern's taciturn performance as the laconic alcoholic patriarch who thinks he's won a million dollars in a sweepstakes, has been continually singled out. But I think the films success really relies on the performance of Will Forte as the son trying to connect with the emotionally distant father. There are some great supporting performances form Bod Odenkirk, Stacy Keach, and June Squib. It is bittersweet, there are some hilarious moments, but it is essentially a somber tale of decline and missed opportunities, but also emits hope of coming to terms with the disappointments of life. One of my favorite films of 2013.