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Sex and the Girl Who Played With Winter's Bone

By Genevieve Burgess | DVD Releases | October 26, 2010 |


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Sex and the City 2: "I see it this way: SATC is the female equivalent of Transformers, and the excessive wardrobe budget is not that dissimilar to paying $8 million to plaster Megan Fox's ass all over a movie. Yet, men get a pass for paying $10 to watch Megan Fox's ass bounce up and down a movie set, while women are maligned as vapid or shallow for taking the same pleasure in gawking at shoes and the various male objects of fantasy that are scattered throughout the SATC movies." - Dustin Rowles

Winter's Bone: "Winter's Bone is a savage journey quest, one girl's descent through the bowels of a rust-belt backwoods Hell to find her father or a corpse she can drag home. It's Alice in Wonderland if she were crawling through a river of shit. When her father, in jail for his third conviction for manufacture of crystal meth, skips out on his bail after putting the house up for collateral, his eldest daughter and caretaker of the family has to track him down. A stark and bleak drama winding through the rural poor regions of the Ozarks, Winter's Bone shows the horrid underbelly of the beastial illegal drug cookery and so-called hillbilly mafia while paying true homage to the South. These aren't some redneck hicks with a Git R' Done sticker on their pickup. These are the motherfuckers with the thousand yard stare who train their kids to blast you between the eyes with a squirrel hunting rifle and feed what's left of you to the hogs. Debra Granik, fresh from the success of Down to the Bone which brought Vera Farmiga to our attention, gives an unflinching frankness to this spectacular and haunting hymn built on the shoulders of her outstanding young lead actress. Like a chill winter wind scattering the last clinging leaves of autumn, Winter's Bone will get under your skin and deep into your bones." - Brian Prisco

The Girl Who Played With Fire: "Maybe it's the fact that Stieg Larsson's Dragon Tattoo trilogy is foreign, and therefore feels smarter, or the fact that Larsson passed away before the publication of his novels, adding a note of gravity to the series, but whatever it is, the trilogy feels more intellectual than the Dan Brown Da Vinci Code books, even if both series offer the same light, escapist entertainment disguised by the darker subject material as something more sophisticated. On the surface, there's not a lot separating the two series -- they're unnecessarily densely plotted whodunnits filled with MacGuffins that tend to lead toward predictable, pat endings. But Dragon Tattoo has something that Da Vinci does not (besides considerably better writing, of course): Richly drawn and engrossing lead characters. While the translation from book to screen hasn't been a complete success with the Swedish movies -- the dense plotting has been streamlined and simplified -- the character transitions have been. David Fincher may, ultimately, make better movies out of the series -- he is David Fincher, after all -- but he's going to have a very difficult time finding actors capable of better depicting Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander than do Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace, respectively. Rapace is especially brilliant in the role -- she's a quiet, brooding character, but Rapace conveys a remarkable amount of emotional character development without saying a word." - Dustin Rowles

Also released today: Altitude, Clapham Junction, Lake Placid 3, South of the Border


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