January 23, 2011
A Bright Winter
Grapes of Wrath. This movie is the much talked about Winter's Bone, which is not alone in this year's innovative recognized films, as Blue Valentine, and my favorite Black Swan certainly exceed expectations. Winter's Bone did something for me which leaves me with more clashing of emotions than most art does. I felt like I was simultaneously seeing the sparse modern depression of rural America (which I see near my Catskills home), a tragic mystery in Aristotelian classical form, and a MoMa photography show of Lee Friedlander, where the sharp angles and intersections of leafless trees embody the the intensity of a Pollack. Whether the film is perfect or not is not the important thing however for me. It is an important film, because like so many good films, it allows me to image of future filled with such possibilities.
This article was guest written by Matthew Putman, a physicist, composer, entrepreneur and occasional film and theater producer. More on Matthew can be found at www.matthewcputman.com.