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Costume design: "Button's" century of style
will Overcome the tailored '50s wardrobe of
Score: A toss up for "Button" (my pick) and
Song: It should go to the "Wall-E" song, but
expect Bollywood to make its inroads with "Jai
Sound mixing and sound editing: I hate
these categories, so let's go with "The Dark
Knight" for both.
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A GIRL AND HER DOG
First things first: "Wendy
and Lucy" is not the lesbian
composer-musician duo that
played In Prince's band In the
'80s. That's Wendy and Lisa.
In Kelly Reichardt's souffle
of a film, so light it nearly
floats off the screen, Wendy
Michelle Williams) is a twen-
tysomething on her way from
Indiana to Alaska, where
she's heard she can make
money in Ketchikan. Lucy is
her dog, 39 pounds of yellow-
You may think "Wendy and
Lucy" is a female version of
"Into the Wild," except that it
doesn't go anywhere, geo-
graphically speaking. It's like
one episode of a road movie, where the heroine
arrives in Bumfuck in the beginning and leaves in
the end. Her old Accord creates discord, stranding
her and her dog in an Oregon town until the local
mechanic (Will Patton) can fix the car.
Complicating matters, Wendy unwisely tries to
stretch her travel funds by shoplifting food. She
gets caught and when she's released from jail, Lucy
is no longer outside the grocery where she'd been
tied. Everything else is Wendy looking for the dog
and waiting for the car.
The movie begins so slowly
that when, after 15 minutes,
Wendy washes her hands and
brushes her teeth in rapid suc-
cession, it's like an action mon-
Appearing in every scene,
Williams gets to portray several
shades of glum and a few of glee.
Her work is admirable but the
award talk it has generated is an
Reichardt ("Old joy") co-wrote
the script with Jon Raymond, on
whose short story, "Train' Choir,"
it was based. Her early credits
include work in the art depart-
ment on "Poison" (Todd Haynes
is an executive producer on
"Wendy and Lucy") and
"Longtime Companion." She
makes small, poetic films for the small, poetic audi-
ence that appreciates them.
"Wendy and Lucy" is more of a vignette than a
full story, and while it's well made, most people
expect more for the price of a movie ticket.
— Steve Warren
Opens Feb, 20 at the Angelika Film Center at
The Oscars air on ABC Sunday night, but before that,
Dallas Voice arts critic Arnold Wayne Jones will be the
guest on KNON's Lambda Weekly Sunday at noon.
Visual effects: "Button," by a mile.
Animated feature: It had better be "Wall-E"
or there will be hell to pay.
Foreign language film: "The Class" was bet-
ter than "Waltz with Bashir."
Documentary feature: "Man on Wire" left
Animated short: The simplicity of
"Lavatory/Lovestory" might pull a surprise
win over Pixar's "Presto."
Live action short: "Manon on the Asphalt"
was more touching than the Holocaust-themed
"Toyland," but never count out the Nazis.
Documentary short: "The Witness" sounds
like a winner to me.
The Academy Awards air on ABC Feb. 22 at 7
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