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Rent Frozen River ASAP

"Frozen River," now available on DVD, is one of the great movies of 2008, winning both a lead actress Oscar nomination for Melissa Leo and an original screeplay bid for writer/director Courtney Hunt. It's rare to watch a feature film and mistake it for a documentary, but such are the skills of rookie filmmaker Hunt and her extraordinary actresses Leo and Misty Upham, that I felt that I was in the skin and the shoes of these Upstate New York single moms making a living in the underground economy. Because the film was released during the summer dog days, many missed "Frozen River" when it was in theaters.

Rent Frozen River ASAP

Misty Upham and Melissa Leo in "Frozen River."
Misty Upham and Melissa Leo in "Frozen River."

"Frozen River," now available on DVD, is one of the great movies of 2008, winning both a lead actress Oscar nomination for Melissa Leo and an original screeplay bid for writer/director Courtney Hunt. It's rare to watch a feature film and mistake it for a documentary, but such are the skills of rookie filmmaker Hunt and her extraordinary actresses Leo and Misty Upham, that I felt that I was in the skin and the shoes of these Upstate New York single moms making a living in the underground economy. Because the film was released during the summer dog days, many missed "Frozen River" when it was in theaters.

See it? Thoughts?Use this thread to talk about what Oscar nominees you've liked and what you're looking forward to seeing.

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