I’m a big fan of SMITH Magazine’s 6-Word Memoirs. So much so, I often find myself encapsulating everyday events both large and small into six-word sound bytes without even being aware of it.

For those of you in the dark about 6WMs, Ernest Hemingway once wrote a story in six words (For Sale. Baby Shoes. Never Worn.) and is said to have called it his best work. SMITH has taken this idea and marathoned with it.

With the Oscars just two weeks away (Feb 22nd), some of you may be finding it difficult, in these trying economic times, to fork out the $12.50 on a single movie ticket.  So I present, for your consideration, a condensed review of each of the major* nominees.

All in just six simple words.


“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
The title’s conveniently six words long.

Interview that should have failed, succeeded.

Got to 40, but not 50.

“The Reader”
May-December romance: Audiobook coming soon.

“Slumdog Millionaire”
Survives shit creek without a paddle.



Richard Jenkins in “The Visitor
Never approve sublettors without proper documentation.

Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon
His response to Italian loafers?Effeminate.

Sean Penn in “Milk
Tagline: I’m here to recruit you.

Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Shouldn’t CGI guy be nominated instead?

Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler
Not quite sure he was acting.



Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married
‘Becoming Jane’s Addiction is more apt.

Angelina Jolie in “Changeling
She looked great in that hat.

Melissa Leo in “Frozen River
All that junk inside her trunk.

Meryl Streep in “Doubt
14 Nominations.  2 Wins.  Mamma Mia!

Kate Winslet in “The Reader
Ricky Gervais told her so.(Extras.)



Josh Brolin in “Milk
‘The Goonies’: still his best work.

Robert Downey Jr. in “Tropic Thunder
Whatchoo talkin’ ‘bout, Mr. Academy Award?

Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Doubt
He knows not that he sins.

Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight
Only one posthumous Oscar previously given.

Michael Shannon in “Revolutionary Road
Sorry.  Didn’t see it. Too depressing.



Amy Adams in “Doubt
Sister Christian, your time has come.

Penélope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Since she didn’t win for ‘Volver’…

Viola Davis in “Doubt
Mother of Altar Boyz-II-Men

Taraji P. Henson in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Guardian of geriatric godchild.  Good grief!

Marisa Tomei in “The Wrestler
This movie’s a whole ‘Different World‘.



David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
‘Seven’?Yes. Fight Club’?  Absolutely.Button?

Ron Howard , “Frost/Nixon
So much better than ‘DaVinci Code’.

Gus Van Sant , “Milk
Milking it for all it’s worth.

Stephen Daldry , “The Reader
See it and weep.  I did.

Danny Boyle , “Slumdog Millionaire
The feel-good ‘Trainspotting’ of 2009.



John Travolta and Miley Cyrus.Seriously?

Kung Fu Panda
Merely a P.C. Hong Kong Phooey.

Future’s plight: you oughta wear shades.



The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” Screenplay by Eric Roth, Screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord
F. Scott’s spinning in his grave.

Doubt” Written by John Patrick Shanley
I gave up Catholicism for Lent.

Frost/Nixon” Screenplay by Peter Morgan
Watergate was least of his worries.

The Reader” Screenplay by David Hare
Illiteracy is not a Jewish problem.

Slumdog Millionaire” Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy
Is that your final answer, chaiwala?


Frozen River” Written by Courtney Hunt
Baby In Duffle Bag: On Ice!

Happy-Go-Lucky” Written by Mike Leigh
Enraha. ENraha. EnRAha. EnraHA. ENraHA!  ENRAHA!!!!!!!!

In Bruges” Written by Martin McDonagh
More fun than wafles and dinges.

Milk” Written by Dustin Lance Black
Just another day at the biopic.

WALL-E” Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter
Should have been nominated: Best Feature.

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*All apologies to the short filmmakers, documentarians, make-up artists, costume, production and sound designers and editors and all the rest of my fellow BTL homies.Seriously and from the bottom of my heart, I promise, I DO stay for every single last credit and I KNOW how major the role is that you play in the process.xo ~k

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KIMBERLY M. WETHERELL Kimberly's many and varied lives have included actor, stage manager, opera and film director, producer, writer, and restaurateur. She only has three lives left and she's not going to waste a single one of them. The first Arts & Culture Editor for TNB and creator of the TNB Literary Experience, Kimberly has been published by Rizzoli in the book Brooklyn Bar Bites, CRAFT Magazine, The Mighty, and SMITH Magazine, among others. She co-founded the food and drink reading and storytelling series DISH at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in New York City and she's working on multiple projects including her debut novel, several screenplays, and a documentary about female film editors. She thanks you for stopping by and sitting a spell.

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