Like last year’s “Precious,” another Sundance breakout about a teenager taking control of her life, “Winter’s Bone” digs deeper than stereotypes to illuminate the inner lives of people in tough situations rarely seen on film. Unlike “Precious,” “Winter’s Bone” unfolds as a good old mystery yarn, and the resulting necessities like suspense and plot twists don’t always gel with Granik’s naturalistic approach to the characters and their environment. But even when “Winter’s Bone” feels like two different movies playing at once, they’re both engrossing. It’s also a benefit to have Lawrence in the anchor role, contributing a beautiful breakout performance of resilience and grace. She’s especially well matched opposite John Hawkes (“Deadwood”) as Ree’s screwed-up uncle and self-appointed protector.
Usher Morgan, writer/director of award-winning short "Prego," together with film producer Macarena Carrizosa and cinematographer Louis Obioha, are currently in pre-production for a feature crime thriller film entitled "Pickings." The film was written by Morgan who is also directing it. Morgan, who previously collaborated with Seinfeld writer Andy Cowan to bring his latest film Prego to light, will also serve as the executive producer of the film.
When a short-tempered mobster and his gang of thugs try to shake down a neighborhood bar, they're soon confronted with the wrath of its owner. The owner is a mysterious single mother of three with a dangerous past who's willing to die to protect her children, protect her property and isn't afraid to stand up to the biggest racket in town. This action-packed revenge thriller will be released to select theaters in late 2016.
Production for Pickings officially began in July of 2015. Casting is underway and principle photography is sched...
This week, That Movie Podcast will be reviewing the new film by Gasper Noe- Enter the Void. In their Snob vs.Slob debate they will be pitting the Coen Brothers classic- Fargo against Oscar hopeful- Winter's Bone. In their segment, Drinking the Cinematic Kool-Aid they will be discussing Funny Games and its cult cred.
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The winners of the 2010 Gotham Independent Film Awards have been announced after the ceremony on Monday night. Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson hosted the awards which marked the 20th anniversary for the ceremony. The biggest winner of the night, though, was the critically-acclaimed Winter’s Bone.