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Posted 2018-March-01, 20:33

From A. O. Scott's review of Winter's Bone:

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Even before the real trouble starts — with suspicious lawmen on one side and a clan of violent drug dealers on the other — Ree Dolly faces more than the usual litany of adolescent worries. Her father, locally renowned for his skill at cooking methamphetamine, has vanished, and her emotionally hollowed-out mother has long since abandoned basic parental duties, leaving Ree (Jennifer Lawrence) to run the household and care for her two younger siblings. The family lives in southwestern Missouri, a stretch of the Ozarks that is both desolate and picturesque, words that might also suit “Winter’s Bone,” Debra Granik’s tender and flinty adaptation of a novel of the same title by Daniel Woodrell.

“Winter’s Bone,” warmly embraced at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, belongs, at least at first glance, to one of that festival’s familiar genres: the regional-realist morality tale. These days, American independent cinema abounds in earnest stories of hard-bitten people living in impoverished corners of the country, their moral and emotional struggles accompanied by acoustic guitars and evocative landscape shots and generally uninflected by humor.

The faces in “Winter’s Bone” are certainly mirthless — not only Ree’s, but also those of the relatives she turns to for advice and protection when her predicament becomes desperate. The topography of chilly hollows and ragged forests is filmed in a way that emphasizes its bleakness. There are banjos and fiddles, as well as guitars, and some beautiful old mountain ballads are performed on camera. Some of the cast members are nonprofessional actors, and nearly all are wary, watchful and taciturn, speaking their few words in faultless regional accents.

What distinguishes Ms. Granik’s film from, say, Courtney Hunt’s “Frozen River” — to cite another recent Sundance favorite with cold weather in its title and grim Americana on its mind — is that this harshness is not there to illuminate a sociological condition. Something more primal, almost Greek in its archaic power, is at stake in “Winter’s Bone,” and its visual and emotional starkness do not feel like simple badges of authenticity.

This is not a story about drugs and family life in a particular region of the United States, even though it displays some impressive local knowledge (much of it derived from Mr. Woodrell’s book). It is more deeply about tribal ties and individual choices, about a stubborn girl’s sense of justice coming into sharp and dangerous conflict with deep and intractable customs.

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Posted 2018-March-08, 19:25

"Silver Lining Playbook" with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver. De Niro is such a scene stealer and super likable old white guy.
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Posted 2018-March-09, 11:09

Not that obscure? but watched Icarus on Netflix, the Academy Award winning documentary.

A very chilling look at how the old KGB guys are still running amok.
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Posted 2018-September-22, 16:29

Paris, Texas by Wim Wenders (1984) based on a screenplay by Sam Shepard. Got mixed reviews. My wife and I enjoyed it.
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Posted 2018-September-29, 14:48

Found a British film on Netflix, Death at a Funeral.

The imdb rating of 7.4 is unusually high for a comedy but MAN! it was laugh out loud hilarious.

Zombieland was very good and got a 7.7 rating but this was better.
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Posted 2018-October-13, 20:47

"A little chaos" with Alan Rickman and Kate Winslet. A period piece set in Louis XIV's France during the construction of Versailles. Despite one minor incongruity in the plot line, a fine romantic drama produced and directed by Rickman. 8.5 / 10.
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Posted 2018-October-15, 09:24

Mark Perez wrote a quirky and amusing script for Game Night. 2018, WB
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Posted 2018-October-15, 19:54

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https://www.nzfilm.c...-story-our-song

A cute film that gives a window into contemporary Maori culture.
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Posted 2018-October-28, 14:38

Just watched "La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes". (The little girl who was too fond of matches.) My wife loved the book and it had 5 stars so ... at least I didn't fall asleep despite it being fairly late in the evening. Moody and somewhat scattered, it contains a sort of gothic 2.0 horror that was somewhat appealing. Not highly recommended but an easy watch.
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