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Oscar party at the Kress outside pic

All photos by Matthew Gale of @NominationStation.

If you’ve been around HeidiTown for more than a couple years, you’ll remember that I used to write movie reviews here, and I’m a bit of a film buff. I absolutely LOVE the Oscars. I am one of “those people,” and I start watching as soon as the red carpet is rolled out and the limos start arriving.

Last year, I ran a similar contest here, and the winners documented their fantastic night at the Kress Oscar Party through the photographs I’m using for this post. This year, I expect to have a fabulous time at this event and here’s your chance to join me.

The Kress Cinema & Lounge in Greeley is holding their annual Oscar Party on Sunday, February 26, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. The evening includes a red carpet entry, appetizer buffet, Oscar ballot (cash prize) and the 84th Academy Awards live on the big screen and in the Kress’ lounges.

appetizer buffet at Kress Oscar PartyGuests are encouraged to wear their best Oscar attire. I’m thinking of wearing something by Victoria Beckham, I hear her couture is going to be big this year.  I’m kidding, of course. This Mayor gig doesn’t pay that well!

Tickets to this event are $20/each, but this is your chance to be a VIP (with ME) at this glamour affair.  You don’t have to attend alongside me or anything like that, but I will be there so I’m hoping that we can at least shake hands for the cameras.

Watching the Main Event at the Kress Oscar Party

Just tell me your pick for Best Picture 2012, and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to this event courtesy of Kress Cinema & Lounge.

The nominees for Best Picture are Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, War Horse, The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and The Help.

If you haven’t seen any of these films yet – shame on you – just tell me your favorite film of this past year.

A winner will be chosen at random this Saturday, February 18 at approximately 2 p.m.

Good luck!  I hope to see you on the red carpet!

~ CONTEST NOW CLOSED ~

Does “Dinner for Schmucks” delight or disappoint?  Find out by reading the Mayor’s review by clicking here.

Avatar

Rated PG13

Directed by James Cameron

Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Zaldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez

Heidi’s Illustrious Rating:  Graphics 4.5/5, Storyline 2.5/5

Word of Warning: At nearly 3 hours, it’s a good idea to visit the restroom before settling in for a viewing of “Avatar.”

My husband has been excitedly awaiting this film, so we tried to see it during opening week, but the theater was too packed. We finally saw it last week, but what can I write about “Avatar” that hasn’t already been written? 

After standing in a 30-minute line, we donned our sexy 3D glasses, only to discover they were filthy. These new, technologically advanced 3D shades are reused by the theater and are suppose to be washed between shows. We tried wiping our glasses clean on our shirts and then settled in for the ride.

And “Avatar” is a ride. The audience is transported to a world 150 years in the future. Having all the destroyed their own planet, mankind is in deep space looking for resources; resources they will do anything to obtain. Anything.

The humans have discovered the planet Pandora. While I thought the world resembled an LSD trip, my husband compared it to a Vegas show. The world is home to a species that has a special connection with their planet. In fact they can literally hook into the world around them by using a special organ inside their hair. I know this sounds weird, and it is. These people, called the Na’vi, culturally resemble Native Americans and look like the cast of Cats.

Because Pandora is toxic to human beings, the humans have created avatars that look like Na’vi. The avatars are consciously connected to their human “drivers.” Allowing the humans to infiltrate the Na’vi tribe. 

Of course, Pandora, complete with fierce creatures and glowing plants, has a valuable resource the humans want and need. To keep things simple let’s call this resource “oil.” The “oil” just so happens to be located directly under one of the Na’vi’s largest and most holy of settlements. Once the humans realize they will be unable to convince the Na’vi to move their settlement, the humans go to Plan B. 

We get it Hollywood – we humans are bad – really, really bad. This theme is continually shoved down the viewer’s throat throughout this movie. If you can get past the blatant bashing of human being as a species, the special effects in “Avatar” are worth the extra money to see it.

While the storyline is uninspired and predictable, the graphics are super duper cool. Years from now, we will look back at “Avatar” the way we look back at the original “Star Wars.” It will look dated and we will laugh. But today the world sits in awe of what computer geeks are now able to produce and bring to life on a theater screen. Now if only Hollywood could have hired some good writers to work on “Avatar.” I guess it’s too much to ask for, this time around.

Note: I was worried about motion sickness, a side effect I’ve experience in both “Beowulf” and “Caroline” in 3D, but thankfully, I didn’t experience any at this movie. I think the more advanced wrap-around 3D glasses helped with this problem.  

By Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

The Surveyor

 

First there was Cannes, then Sundance and Telluride, and now, Rooney Fest. A film festival is an organized presentation of a collection of movies shown at a specific place and time, usually over a few days. The collection of movies can range from old movies to new movies, independent films or student films; it all depends on the festival’s focus. The world’s first film festival was held in Venice in 1938. Berthoud High School held its first film festival five years ago, but like many of the previously mentioned events, it too has grown.

 

The Rooney Fest, as the film festival is called, is entirely student-run. Co-chairing this year’s Rooney Fest Committee are Luke Taylor, a junior, and Katie Kouns, a sophomore. I chatted with Taylor about this year’s show, which will feature six movies — the most ever shown at Rooney Fest. “I set up meetings with each of the students interested in making a film, and then they had a couple months to actually make the film,” stated Taylor. He got a good response, and BHS students from all grades and different backgrounds are involved. Taylor, an avid filmmaker himself, is happy to have so many students get involved in this film festival.

 

In a plot twist, this year’s Rooney Fest participants must produce a trailer for their movie. “We’ve never done this before — we’re going to premiere all six trailers at school to get more students interested in coming to Rooney Fest,” said Taylor. From story creation to the editing process, each film must be produced by the students. The films must be no longer than 10 minutes, and must be school appropriate. The subject matter of this year’s film entries includes artistic works, humorous works and even an ode to James Bond — a little something for everyone.

 

The evening’s program will include a short introduction of each film, followed by the showing of each film in its entirety, and then it will fall to the judges to produce the night’s exciting conclusion. “There’s a panel of judges, and they will give out awards for things like best actor, best actress and best picture,” explained Taylor. The students will receive many different prizes based on their work on or in the film; a sort of miniature BHS Academy Awards.

 

Rooney Fest will take place Wednesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at Berthoud High School. Community members are encouraged to attend. The admission fee is $3, and swag in the form of door prizes will be handed out during the evening.