February 2009

Oscar Rewind

This year’s Academy Awards show did not disappoint, nor did it provide many surprises. “Slumdog Millionaire,” nominated for ten Oscars, walked away with six, including Best Picture and Best Director. “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” won only three Oscars, including Art Direction, Visual Effects and Makeup. Ron Howard’s critically acclaimed “Frost/Nixon,” and “Doubt”  were both  shut out. Kate Winslet finally won Best Actress for “The Reader,” after having been

81st Academy Awards Winners List

Motion Picture: “Slumdog Millionaire.” Actor: Sean Penn, “Milk.” Actress: Kate Winslet, “The Reader.” Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight.” Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” Director: Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire.” Foreign Film: “Departures,” Japan. Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire.” Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, “Milk.” Animated Feature Film: “WALL-E.” Art Direction: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Cinematography: “Slumdog Millionaire.” Sound Mixing: “Slumdog Millionaire.” Sound Editing: “The

HeidiTown Oscar Predictions

From gowns to speeches, I am crazy about the Academy Awards.   I sit rapt through the red carpet show, the award ceremony and the follow-up best and worst dressed shows that will follow all week. Obviously, I look forward to the Academy Awards, and they are finally  here. Here are my illustrious  predictions: Documentary Feature –  The Betrayal (Nerakhoon), Encounters at the End of the World, Garden, Man on

"Coraline" - downright frightening

Rated PG13 Directed by Henry Selick Starring Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Ian McShane Heidi’s Illustrious Rating: 3.75 Word of Warning: It may be a “cartoon,” but parents should heed the PG13 rating, this movie will be very frightening for young children.   Based on a best-selling children’s book, “Coraline,” by Neil Gaiman, is the story of an only child whose parents have recently moved into a big country house. It’s

"The Reader" - a mixed review

Rated R Directed by Stephen Daldry Starring Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Hannah Herzprung, Karoline Herfurth Heidi’s Illustrious Rating: 3 Word of Warning: Graphic sex scenes, this one is not for those who blush easily.                 I’ve been watching previews of this movie for month and I really wanted to like “The Reader.” It was recently nominated for an Oscar in the

"Frost/Nixon" - not quite as boring as it appeared in the previews

Rated R Directed by Ron Howard Starring Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell, Toby Jones, Matthew MadFayden Heidi’s Illustrious Rating: 3.5 Word of Warning: The R rating is entirely to a few four-letter words. Other than those words, it would have been a PG movie.   Good performance throughout the movie, in addition to the historical significance of the event, makes “Frost/Nixon” worth watching, but I do not feel it