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Movie : Snap Review – Winter’s Bone

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A teenage girl, Ree, has the responsibilities as the main caregiver dropped into her lap. A mentally ill mother, and two young siblings are depending on her to keep what little they have. Their father has skipped bail and left the family with an impending eviction. Ree tries to find out what has happened to her dad and starts to get into a bleaker world than she already knows.

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I can’t remember how I got pushed to this film (just remembered. Based on a Daniel Woodrell novel. An author I like) but I was real glad I did. It had been a while since I had seen a new movie that really turned my crank. This one did that in spades. Everything I like in film is here. Truthful, honest performances. Setting and environment that totally engulfs you. Sparse, well written, raw, gritty, and uncensored. Debra Granik directs this with a sure hand and uses all the talent at her side to bring this story to life. You really get caught up in Ree’s life whether you want to or not.

Head to the Ozarks. I dare you.

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27 comments on “Movie : Snap Review – Winter’s Bone

  1. Jim S.
    December 16, 2018

    We rented this when it was first on cable. Our first introduction to Jennifer Lawrence who was relatively unknown but getting rave reviews. Excellent movie, raw. Lawrence’s salary went way up and her roles got measurably more prominent.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 16, 2018

      I actually caught this at the theater. I’m an Indie film sort of guy. Didn’t know anyone in it or the director. As for Lawrence (she was fantastic), good for her for making some dough but I would bet that these kinds of films are behind her. I haven’t see anything else she’s made. CB stays away from Hollywood movies that are marketed with bigger budgets than it took to make ‘Bone’.

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      • Jim S.
        December 16, 2018

        CB might like ‘American Hustle’ and ‘Silver Linings Playbook.’ Hey, did you know our Scottish friend J has shut down his site? He said he might a few posts back and it looks like he’s deleted it.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 17, 2018

        Yes I was wondering why I couldn’t access his site. Hopefully everything is cool. Maybe he will pop up with a comment. He’s a good guy with an eclectic taste in this music thing.

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      • Jim S.
        December 17, 2018

        Yeah I forget why he said he was thinking about packing it in. Maybe too much work. But yeah, you don’t need a WP account to comment.

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  2. Sarca
    December 16, 2018

    Sarca has not watched this, but it’s on her list.

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  3. BuriedOnMars
    December 16, 2018

    Alright, I’m going to give this a try now that it gets a CB bump. I’ve have always heard good things, but could never get past the title. Dumb reason not to watch a film but I’m immature.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 16, 2018

      I was lucky to have missed the hype (if there was any). Mars it’s just a real good independent no frills, raw and dirty film. It’s a step into another world.

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  4. Chris
    December 16, 2018

    I agree Winter’s Bone is good and put Lawrence on the map

    Debra Granik’s latest film, Leave No Trace (2018), underwhelmed me and didn’t have the same impact, despite the universal praise from critics

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 16, 2018

      Like I said on another comment, this is the only film I’ve seen her in.
      Im a little hesitant on ‘Trace’. ‘Bone’ would be hard to follow up. ‘Universal praise” scares me.

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      • Chris
        December 16, 2018

        Don’t let my response dissuade you. 198 of 198 critics gave it a “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes, so “Leave No Trace” (another low budget indie) must be doing something right !

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 17, 2018

        I’ll have to give it a watch just on what she did with this one. Also i’ve heard some good things from some good sources. The way I look at it Chris, it has to be better that most of the films that the machine tries to get us to watch.

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  5. Yeah, Another Blogger
    December 16, 2018

    CB, did you catch Debra Granik’s movie from 2018? Leave No Trace. It’s really good. One of the best I saw this year. Sure as shit, she’s a very talented director.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 17, 2018

      No I haven’t. I was just commenting with Chris on it. You and I have talked a little on it a while ago.
      I owe it to the director (and myself) to see how she followed up ‘Bone’

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  6. Jim S.
    December 17, 2018

    CB, as a movie guy, I have a random question – Have you ever seen ‘The Projectionist?’ Or ‘Cinema Paradiso?’

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 17, 2018

      Yes I have Doc and it’s a great piece of film. Up for a re-watch soon. I have friend and it’s his favorite all time movie. What’s your take on it?

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      • Jim S.
        December 17, 2018

        Which one? I mentioned two movies.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 17, 2018

        ‘Paradiso’. I thought you were using another name for it. Just looked up the other. Interesting. Haven’t seen it. Fill me in if you can. A Dangerfield vehicle or a real film?

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      • Jim S.
        December 17, 2018

        The real deal. I saw it a long time ago and frankly don’t recall Rodney at all. It’s a cult movie but it was a good one. Saw it in NYC.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 17, 2018

        Doc these are the kinds of movies CB gravitates to. It already has my interest way ahead of the stuff that swamps the media airways and print. Aquadude or Projectionist? Which one would CB watch? This is how I find these off beat music/movie gems. Thanks.

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      • Jim S.
        December 17, 2018

        I hope your contacts can find it for you. That was made in the early ’70’s when they’d pretty much let you make anything.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 17, 2018

        I caught so many of these back in the day as you know. I missed a few. Interesting how it will hit me. I’m forgiving of these from the past. They usually have some kind of hook for me. I remember when Rodney went by the name Jack Roy. You have me on the hunt for this
        Back to my original ? Did you see Paradiso?

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      • Jim S.
        December 17, 2018

        Right. Yes, I did and I liked it quite a bit. But I haven’t seen it since it was out. I notice it’s rentable so I think I’ll give it a spin. I thought of those two movies BTW since you’re a film guy, an indie guy, plus I recall your talking about some theater where you used to see all of this stuff. So ‘Paradiso’ popped into my head and then -from some deep recess of my mind – ‘Projectionist.’ You can buy the latter at Amazon used for about 25 bucks but I’m not so sure you wanna own it. Turner Classics has a whole write-up on it but it’s not clear that they own it much less show it.

        http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/362751%7C0/The-Projectionist.html

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 18, 2018

        It will come on TCM. I’m patient. It might pop up on another of my sources.
        I Have ‘Paradio’. It’s a beauty. That whole life around the theater is so cool. Similar to the Last Picture Show.
        The place I went to when a teen was called ‘City Nights’. Right in skid row. Bring your own bottle, bag of dope and catcha double feature for a couple bucks, of off the beaten track films. I seen some really strange films. Where I caught films like ‘Last Detail’ and the like. The place was a sit hole of shit holes. Sit in a seat and sometimes you fall right through it to the floor.

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      • Jim S.
        December 18, 2018

        Ah, the good old days. I saw a lot of flicks in Times Square (not necessarily porno) back in the sleazy, pre-family friendly era of the ’70’s.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 18, 2018

        That’s what this street was. All sorts of action going on. CB’s mom would have shit if she knew I was down there.

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