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Scout
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I watched this movie last week and loved it. It's a movie about a bunch of meth lab hillbillies in the southern Missouri Ozarks. Filmed in and around Branson, Missouri, it uses lots of locals as supporting actors. The director lived in the area for two years doing research. Dennis Lehane called it a masterpiece and I would have to agree. Young girl is searching for her father in order to save the family farm and has to venture into some very dark corners. Though some of the Hollywood actors stick out in contrast to the actual locals it's all pretty well handled.

Also, I grew up in a similar area to the east in central Illinois and while these conditions were not my conditions (the Ozark people are much more hardcore) many of our neighbors could have been in this movie. If you are in the mood for something a little different, I recommend it. It won the Grand Jury prize at Sundance last year I believe. It really takes you into the poverty stricken underbelly of the Midwest. Think The Wire but set at the Missouri/Arkansas border.

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I watched it recently and loved it too. The young actress in the starring role is very good. Many of the people she encounters were quite scary and the poverty was depressing, especially all the discarded appliances and rusting vehicles surrounding their property.

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Added to my netflix queue. Thanks, Scout!

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Yay! Winter's Bone just got a Best Picture nod. It won't win but it's gratifying to see it get some respect. My favorite movie of the year though I haven't seen True Grit yet.

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True Grit was nice; I wouldn't say masterpiece, but I think amusing and worth viewing at least for the performance turned in by the young girl in the starring role. And The Dude.

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I just read about this one in an Oscar article. On the queue it goes!

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xtal said:

True Grit was nice; I wouldn't say masterpiece, but I think amusing and worth viewing at least for the performance turned in by the young girl in the starring role. And The Dude.


We just watched the original True Grit so that we could go watch the new one.

The other movie sounds a bit too depressing for me. That said, my taste in movies is just plain bad.

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That's the surprise with Winter's Bone, Armand. It sounds like a downer but it was just amazing. The young woman with the lead just nails it. The director lived down there at the Missouri/Arkansas border for a couple of years I guess. Also I grew up near the deep country folk they highlight. Not with them, thank god, but they were all around. Just think of them as meth freak elves. Really, really dark elves.

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It's a great movie though surely only snuck onto the Oscar best list as part of the expansion team effect. It's not an Oscar ready gimp spectacular like King's Speech.

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On TV, Portlandia is surprisingly good. It bludgeons obvious targets and does a damn fine job. They're targets worth bludgeoning. It's probably got extra chuckles for those living in or near that Portland.http://www.ifc.com/portlandia/. The first read I focussed on the strange of a flooded, polluted environment (below their canoe is the radio tower which first broadcast Sinatra). I love the idea of floods--sorry Jarrod, I know the reality sucks--and always have. When young I dreamt of swimming to up and down the stairs of our house. The passive obsession of a Ballard protagonist never spoke but his early sequence of disaster novels gave a near sexual thrill from the juxtapositions of the every day caught and revealed by X. Flood, fire, and ice suffice. Meadowlands has the same pleasure in the real world as planes from JFK and Newark are buzzing overhead. Even better.

On this reading I focussed on the precision of the writing. (A skill I obviously do not have.) It's exquisite.

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Portlandia is not bad but unfortunately it's a media darling right now so it's being way overplayed for what it is and that might come back to bite as unsuspecting viewer tune in thinking they are getting It's Always Sunny only to find a soggy version of SNL. I hope it does well and some parts are funny as hell. But like someone mentioned, the show mocks a type you can find in any city north of San Jose. Or in any bikesnobnyc column. The whole joke is these people only live in Portland but they are everywhere you find a certain type of young white liberal with more time than money and more money than sense and a bunch of friends in the same boat. The NYT has, for some reason, been cooing over Portland for years now so they are one of the bigger offenders in over hyping the show as they sort of own the whole Portland overhype thing in the first place. I have my fingers crossed for it though. It brought in a lot of work for young Portland area kids starting out in the film biz. [Image Can Not Be Found]

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Do tell about the work side. Is it functioning as a mini version of the NYC Actor Keep Your Health Insurance Act: Law & Order?

I cut similar caveats about Portlandia. It's self limiting and feels like the fusion of an SNL skit and an overgrown web series (which it is). How far they drove the chicken segment (the crazy at the farm) was my pleasant surprise and enough to mention it because I know some FFC folk are locals. The show tickled me particularly because I've been poking womyn bookstores for decades. So humorless. So dreary. So self-satisfied and insular.

Lest I be accused of being anti-feminist, I've given many people copies of Russ's roar "How To Suppress Women's Writing". It's a funny book I've praised the here before and will again.

[edit] I should've made clear Meadowlands is a non-fiction history of the wetlands and exploration of its modern state, not a novel. The author has to portage his canoe over interstates to navigate it: how cool is that?

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I think they pay shit but I know a lot of people that landed several weeks of work. Non union no doubt so not much help with benefits. Lots of production companies come up here to rape and pillage and flee with the cash so don't think they are noble or anything.

That chicken segment was shot partially at Tyron Farms, a co-op back to the land outfit right next to Lewis and Clark college. I went out there once and shot some pics for a project. It's a lot of young kids doing their communal thing but with an eye toward keeping the doors open. They do not believe in lawn mowers, I'll say that much. The day I was there they were giving a workshop on making straw and mud huts. I am not lying. I sort of liked them though. I thought of Helmut at the time which by the way, where is he?

I thought the feminist bookstore was funny.  I suspect the main actors have been working on those characters for a while. They seemed more polished than usual and the characters more universally recognizable.  I wouldn't doubt but what they will show up on SNL at some point. Of course they had Steve Buscemi to bounce lines off of, not a bad thing.

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 I love the idea of floods–sorry Jarrod, I know the reality sucks–and always have.

The longer the water lingers, the more of a problem it is as diseases spread - dead animals, toxic waste, and refuse all turn the water into a terrible soup.

 

If the water stayed clean after the event (and you were prepared and weren't losing anything), you could probably have a lot of fun.

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. – The Teachings of Don Juan

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