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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

December 17, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Brrrr (and bravo) . . . “Winter’s Bone”

Finally got around to watching “Winter’s Bone” yesterday, and oh, is it good. (And chilly; I wanted to adjust the thermostat afterwards.) Jennifer Lawrence — still in her teens, I heard, when she made the film — was remarkable in her stillness, her ability to convey a very specific character with such economy, her way of putting us on her side even though she never softened. I was mesmerized through the entire film. Bravo.
Nice to see a number of good roles for women this year — even in a year when Meryl Streep had no movie out. (Still plenty of thankless roles too — New York Magazine has a fun slideshow featuring several of them.) I think Lawrence just jumped to the top of my best actress list, maybe just slightly ahead of Annette Bening (so wryly funny and true in “The Kids Are All Right”), Tilda Swinton (wonderfully reckless in “I Am Love”), Patricia Clarkson (why is nobody making a fuss over her lovely performance in “Cairo Time”?) and Catherine Keener (ditto, for “Please Give”). Not on the Natalie Portman bandwagon, though I loved “Black Swan”; that struck as more of a case of perfect casting than a knockout performance. You?
Off in the hopes of getting some Christmas shopping/decorating/cards done this weekend, and feeling a bit like Nora Charles as she enters “The Thin Man,” laden with wrapped gifts and rushing into a bar behind a yapping dog. (“I don’t usually look like this, Tommy. I’ve been Christmas shopping.”) Let us hope that some kind Nick Charles will make me a martini, or at least pour me a Diet Coke. See you Monday.

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