Excerpt: There are a lot of movies that come and go over the course of the year. Yes, we hear all about the big budget blockbusters like “Inception” or “Harry Potter” but then there’s everything else. “Winter’s Bone” is one of the those that not a lot of people heard about (unless you were at Sundance and most of us weren’t) until award time.
Excerpt: Revenge stories typically have two primary elements that fall under that story type’s notion of justice: There’s payback and then there’s closure. It’s perhaps more of a formula that fits nicely into the typical male revenge flick, where the guy is able to eventually dish out ladle-fuls of whoop-ass, setting things right AND re-establishing his manhood all in one shot.
Excerpt: Isolation doesn’t even begin to describe where 17-year old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) is raising her younger brother and sister. Her mother is mentally ill, leaving her with almost no money in the middle of the Ozarks, where everyone plays by their own rules. Those rules are purely their own. The small segment of law enforcement doesn’t seem to interfere in much, and merely talking to someone or stepping on their property is reason enough to be shot.
Conclusion: Not only was I wowed by the bleak story of a young girl taking on a world that was completely unforgiving and mean, I was floored by Jennifer Lawrence. This is one of those performances that launches a career, and for my money, she's one of the best young actresses out there. She embodies the role of Ree, giving this movie life, and a protagonist worth rooting for. Her journey is harrowing, and when it all comes to an end you can't help but feel for her.
Excerpt: Seventeen-year-old Ree Dolly sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. Challenging her outlaw kin's code of silence and risking her life, Ree hacks through the lies, evasions and threats offered up by her relatives and begins to piece together the truth. Based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell.
Summary: And you thought your family was dysfunctional. When James Dickey's novel Deliverance hit the best seller lists in 1970, and then was followed by the acclaimed 1972 John Boorman film adaptation, the title became synonymous with backwoods hillbillies with evil intent. It's a little odd that somehow the public at large never really thought about the meaning of Dickey's title, and the at the very least escape it implied.
Excerpt: The phrase “close-knit community” normally has quite positive, friendly connotations, but the folk portrayed in Winter’s Bone could scarcely be less welcoming to their neighbours, let alone outsiders. Set in the Ozarks in central USA and based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell, these wooded highlands are apparently populated by the sort of tough, impoverished wretches that trailer park trash would cross the road to avoid. Even the local police dare not linger too long.
Excerpt: Jennifer Lawrence plays Ree, a young girl forced to raise her two younger sisters while tending to her ailing mother. Her father, Jessup, is missing, and several people are looking for him. Most importantly, a bail bondsman shows up when Jessup misses an important court date, informing Ree that if he isn't found within a few days, the family's house will be taken away.
Excerpt: How far would you go to save your family? Sure, sure, you’d keep your crazy, ageing mother at home to avoid the trauma of an assisted living facility. You might even offer to do the laundry and keep things functioning in her wake. In a dire need, you might help pay bills or watch over younger siblings when your parents weren’t around. But would you shoulder your way into a drug den to find out truths you may be better off not knowing?