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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.
This impressive showcase of cinematic treasures all have in common the amazing way that a complete story arc comes to fruition in a brief amount of time. My pick to win is "Wish 143" from the United Kingdom.
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.