Winters Bone was on TV last night: Jennifer Lawrence’s first real starring role. I’ve seen it before in the cinema, thought it was tremendous; really excellent. Whatever one goes to the cinema for, drama, story, performance, great effects or great acting, this delivered it. Roger Ebert gave it five stars as did Bradshaw in the Guardian who calls it a classic of the genre. It has 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, a site I don’t trust but it is worth mentioning that there are no dissenters. It is nowhere however on the BBC Culture Top 100 films of the 21stC: this is the list that has Pans Labyrinth at number 17 and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind at 12 so as usual, I am out of step with the cultural arbiters.
This is why no-one will buy my books.