Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bread and Butter

When a DVD comes with a boatload of previews, almost every time I am annoyed and hit the skip button to pass over the lot of trailers as quickly as possible. I knew something was up when I found the previews to the Winter's Bone DVD so compelling as to make the disc worth watching for the previews alone without watching the film itself.

If the trailers preceding a film on its DVD are extraordinary, odds are high the film is as well, and in the case of Winter's Bone, that's a yes.

Gender equality continues to ooze into the human psyche, lagging and leading in various areas. In a lot of cinema, and without question in Winter's Bone, it has arrived. Played by virtual unknown Jennifer Lawrence, protagonist Ree Dolly, for the sake of her younger siblings who clearly cannot survive without her, seeks to find her father, who has put up the family's home and land as bond for bail after being caught cooking banned concoctions. Well, he's dead, and everyone knows he's dead, but without evidence of his demise, the family's home and land are toast.

"He didn't show up for court because he's lying dead somewhere."
"And you know this how?"
"I'm a Dolly, bread and butter, and that's how I know dad is dead."

The night ride in the boat, and what happens at the end of that ride, is truly unforgettable cinema. Winter's Bone is a serious film about family ties and bonds when things go bad in the part of America you don't see on CNN.

Winter's Bone is a fantastic motion picture worthy of Academy Awards.


Blogger Sirocco said...

I saw this movie in the theater, thoroughly enjoyed it.

I haven't seen it on a TV yet, but unlike many films of this genre I think it will lose a great deal compared to seeing it in the theater. There is not a whole lot of "action", no car chases, wild stunts, anything like that, the type of stuff you usually think of as "better" on a big spring. However, so much of the movie is the atmosphere and mood of the setting, which was established by really well-done wide-angle camera shots throughout the film.

Regardless, it's still worth seeing on DVD. The best movie I have seen so far this year.

11/18/2010 8:39 AM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

I always enjoy x4mr's movie posts. He is a cinema "aficionado."

When x4mr and Sirocco agree that a film is great, it's a must see.

I recall when they agreed that "Pan's Labyrinth" was a great picture, so I watched it. That film remains one of my all time favorites, a phenomenal work of art.

I've added this one to my Netflix queue and pushed it to the top.


11/18/2010 9:40 AM  
Blogger x4mr said...

You won't be disappointed.

What I would add to Sirocco's remarks is that some of us have home theater equipment that "almost" rivals that of a theater.

I have a 50" plasma and a Bose 5 speaker surround sound system in a modest sized room. At night with the lights off it is very close to the real deal.

I agree with Sirocco that on a smaller screen with weak sound in daylight, much of the mood, tone, and texture, which is important for this film, will be lost.

Sundance LOVED this picture.

11/18/2010 10:03 AM  
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11/18/2010 6:46 PM  
Anonymous Observer said...

Sirocco is super smart, and x4mr is spooky smart. They had dinner once, and what I would give to have been able to listen to that talk.

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I forget who said it, but this blog is like a box of chocolates.

11/18/2010 8:46 PM  

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