The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Where feature films conform to the three-act structure of drama, movie short subjects are more like short stories.
Peter McDonald's "Pentecost'' is the standout here...
All but the most ardent 'toon fans are advised to skip the Animated program, which this year traffics in nothing but Pixarish whimsy .
Here's what's in the running - and which are my favorites.
Gone are the days of "selected shorts" on movie bills, but thank the gods of cinema for this annual release of Oscar nominees.
The nondocumentary live-action shorts are the weakest (of the oscar shorts series), most of them exercises in genre and attitude without much to say or show beyond an attempt at virtuosity or emotional impact.
2012's slate of Oscar-nominated live-action shorts are a diverse lot that uniformly focuses limited screen time on character. There's not a disingenuous moment in the bunch.
There are stand-outs in both programs including a new short by Pixar (that will play in front of Brave this summer) and a stellar drama starring Ciaran Hinds from director Terry George.
The Oscar nominees for Live Action Shorts come down to five conventional narratives.
The keeper of the bunch was the delightfully daffy "God of Love," in which a lovesick lounge singer (Luke Matheny, who wrote and directed) finds himself in possession of magical darts that make the victim fall in love for six hours.
It's hard to believe that these are the ten best shorts of the year but it's a case of a good program that is only disappointing if one hopes that the Oscar nominees would be great instead of just good.
Only "God of Love" seems a bit slight and amateurish for Academy Award contention.
A pretty good fix of shorts that spanned the range of comedy and drama. Thought Raju was the best but of course Oscar-baity The Shore won the Oscar.
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