Crystal Meth & Squirrels

I’ve been watching an awful lot of movies lately, the days are really getting long, sitting here alone all day and movies help me wile away the hours. That and the heroin.

I watched one earlier tonight while the rest of the world was busy watching the Glee Christmas show, I know this because earlier in the day I got a call from the provincial government reminding me that the law states – Tuesdays between 8 and 9, there is a curfew and no one is allowed on the streets and they must watch Glee. It further went on to explain that any duly elected official may stop any citizen on the street at anytime and question the detainee regarding the previous weeks show… and if you can’t answer correctly, god help you.

Or maybe that’s just the way it feels… As you may have guessed I am not a fan… I know – I just lost half my female readers. But as an example of how pervasive the program is, I know enough to know that I really like Britney. The rest can all explode in a fiery bus crash as they make the way to regionals or whatever injustice they are fighting this week for all I care. Then they can do several singing episodes of grief counseling for the rest of the school. Now that I’d watch…

Anyways the movie I watched was called Winter’s Bone… best picture and screenplay winner at this years Sundance…

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I can’t imagine a film with teens further away from Glee than this movie. It was really good, incredibly bleak and unblinkingly harsh. It’s about hillbillies, already a win – who doesn’t love a good hillbilly story?

With an absent father and a withdrawn and depressed mother, 17 year-old Ree keeps her family together in a dirt poor rural area. She’s taken aback however when the local Sheriff tells her that her father put up their house as collateral for his bail and unless he shows up for his trial in a week’s time, they will lose it all. She knows her father is involved in the local drug trade and manufactures crystal meth but anywhere she goes the message is the same: stay out of it and stop poking your nose in other people’s business. She refuses to listen, even after her father’s brother, Teardrop, tells her he’s probably been killed. She pushes on, putting her own life in danger, for the sake of her family until the truth, or enough of it, is revealed. Thanks for the synopsis IMDB…

Anyways, although these are some seriously yee haw hillbillies, they are the scariest bunch of rednecks you’d ever want to meet. Not the typical barefoot, overall wearing, tobacco chewing, shotgun toting, backwoods mouth breathers you would imagine… much worse. It’s a good film and so very heartwarming at this special time of year….ummm no, not in any way is it that.

If you get a chance check it out, it will turn you right off eating squirrels…

Have a Great Day.

PS – you should all start submitting your lists of what you’d like to get me for christmas – so we can head off duplicates, bless you all….

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