Movies

"The Ghost Writer" - bring a pillow (for either sleeping or smothering purposes)

Rated PG13 Directed by Roman Polanski Starring Ewan McGregor, Kim Catrall, Olivia Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Hutton Heidi’s Illustrious Rating: 2.5/5 Word of Warning: I’d recommend being well caffeinated before viewing this one. Say what you like about Roman Polanski, but the guy does know the craft of movie making. However, I think this one could have been so much better. Robert Harris, who wrote the book “The Ghost,” adapted

"Green Zone" - just might turn you green

Rated R Directed by Paul Greengrass Starring Matt Damon, Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear and a handful of real-life military men Heidi’s Illustrious Rating: 2.5/5 Word of Warning: The viewer may suffer from “Greengrass sickness” (a.k.a. motion sickness). This Saturday, March 20, 2010, will mark seven years of US troop involvement in Iraq. “Green Zone” takes place exactly seven years ago, during the initial invasion of the country. Matt Damon plays

"Alice in Wonderland" - Down the 3D rabbit hole

Rated PG Directed by Tim Burton Starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Alan Rickman, Barbara Windsor Heidi’s Illustrious Rating: 3.75/5 Word of Warning: This one is properly rated. Although it’s dark, partly due to the 3D glasses, I don’t think it would be terribly frightening for the little ones. The original “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” was a book

The Oscars go big, real big: not since 1943, have so many films gotten so lucky

By Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer Special to the Surveyor The 82ndAnnual Academy Awards are this Sunday, March 7, 2010 and for the first time in 66 years, ten films have been nominated for Best Picture, instead of the standard five. When I first heard this astounding number, I was incredulous. Most years it is hard to find five films good enough to be nominated for Best Picture, let alone ten. The Academy

"Shutter Island" - the criminally insane always make for a good, scary story

Rated R Directed by Martin Scorsese Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Max Von Sydow, Emily Mortimer, Jackie Earl Haley, Patricia Clarkson Heidi’s Illustrious Rating: 4/5 Word of Warning: Frightening, but it’s not one of those trendy, cheap-scares kind of films where ghosts crawl on the ceiling and come out of television sets. There is a lot on the line when someone like Scorsese is sitting in

An American military movie wins big at the British Academy Awards

The Orange British Academy Film Awards were held Sunday, February 21, 2010. There are lots of reason to love the Brits, and here’s just one.   HeidiTown’s highest rated film of 2009, won big last night during the 2010 Orange British Academy Film Awards (aka BAFTA).   Both “The Hurt Locker“ and “Avatar“ went into the awards with eight nominations each, with “The Hurt Locker” winning six, including Best Director

"Crazy Heart" from straight-to-DVD to 3 Oscar nominations

Jeff Bridges as Bad Blake in “Crazy Heart,” a film by Fox Searchlight Pictures. Rated R Directed by Scott Cooper Starring Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Beth Grant Heidi’s Illustrious Rating: 3.75/5 Word of Warning: It’s helpful if you already like country music, because this story unfolds like a country song. Also, the R-rating is mostly about language and adult-themes, such as alcoholism. In my opinion, this

Mel is back in "Edge of Darkness"

Rated R Directed by Martin Campbell Starring Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Bojana Novakovic, Shawn Roberts Heidi’s Illustrious Rating: 3.5/5 Word of Warning: Violence in the form of bloody gun shot wounds. Please, leave the little ones at home. Love him or hate him, Mel Gibson is the best at making a good revenge movie, and “Edge of Darkness” does not disappoint on that count. Gibson plays Boston police

"Sherlock Holmes" - Detective or superhero?

Rated PG13 Directed by Guy Richie Starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Eddie Marsan Heidi’s Illustrious Rating: 2.5/5 Word of Warning: May be a bit scary for little ones.   Excessive use of CGI. This movie is Guy Richie’s reinterpretation of Sherlock Holmes, the famous British detective who uses his mind to outwit criminals and solve crimes. Does the fact Richie is a Brit make him

Top 5 Movies of 2009

This was a very hard list to compile. I contemplated making it a top 3 list, because that would have been much easier. In my opinion, a truly good movie has to be outstanding in multiple categories, including directing, acting, and storyline. That is why you will not find “Avatar” on my list. “The Hurt Locker” – This movie, by Kathryn Bigalow, has an intense storyline, great acting and  flawless