Animated Short: Logorama (2009) : I see what you did there

From: France

Director: H5

It’s creative, witty, and creative. It’s unconventional. It’s one huge I see what you did there. Very well thought of, extensively researched, and perfectly executed.

So creative. Oh and did I mention it won the Academy Award for best animated short film. A bit of an unorthodox choice, but why wouldn’t it? It’s overwhelmingly impressive.

 

What this film holds for me:

Who: I knew Ronald McDonald was an evil clown.

What: Just the magnitude of research and creative thinking is mind-blowing.

What: Reminded me of whenever I watch Shrek, and they inject contemporary brands into the fairytale Disney world. Witty.

 

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Animated Short: Hunger / La Faim (1974): Gluttony will eat you

From: Canada

Director:  Peter Foldes

I know I know I’ve been posting a lot of animated shorts lately, but I just love them. This one is disturbingly grotesque but hauntingly hypnotizing. It’s gluttony and greed and nausea and good beats all in one fluid color blocking. It makes you want to reach for that pizza, or not.

What this film holds for me:

What: love food, don’t waste

Who: the  linear drawings in pure fluidity 

Animated Short: Jojo in the Stars (2004) – Freaky hearts day

From: United Kingdom

Director: Marc Craste 

Just have to put this on here, being Valentine’s day and all. Love love films that trick me. It starts out as a nightmarish freak show with creepy versions of Dumb-Ways-To-Die-like creatures, but ends as a somber love story. It’s archaic black and white style is as much part of the narrative as the story itself.

Reminded me of the original Phantom of the Opera. But with Frankenstein and evil ringmaster as costars. Totally worth 13 minutes of my Valentine’s Day.

 

What this film holds for me:

Who: Madame Pica – star of the show in all honesty

What: There will be no comfort. Close the doors. 

Short: I’m Here (2010) – Intro to Mister Jonze

From: USA

Director: Spike Jonze

I'm here

This was my first appreciation of SJ. A new friend at that time found out about my penchant for films and sent me the link to this short. That started a rather favorable albeit short-lived film correspondence which I am grateful for to this day.

I’m Here is one of those shorts that fall in a different league altogether. It is beautiful. Its dimensions are contradicting and complementary at the same time. It’s real and not real. It’s futuristic fiction and primitive existentialism at the same time. And it works. Mister Jonze is the king of melancholic future; one that will make you urgently and constantly wanting to abandon innovation and embrace sorrow.

 

What this film holds for me:

What: The Giving Tree in animated live-action future mix

How: Seriously depressed and confused for having feelings for robots. Can’t believe link to the film’s website has been taken down

Who: Spike Jonze. Spike Jonze. 

Short: Umshini Wam (Bring Me My Machine Gun) (2011)

From: USA

Director: Harmony Korine

Since there are still left-over Halloween spirits lurking, thought I’d best join in and put out something for the still-celebratory lot. Now, I’m not much a fan of ghouls and gore, and also Halloween for me is mostly about the bizarre. So, here’s a film that’s brilliantly bizarre. I mean, I love me some Die Antwoord (fre$, futuristic, zed rap-rave krew from da dark dangerous depths of Afrika) BUT OH NO SIR, this is a Harmony Korine + Die Antwoord collaboration. WTF. Two of the world’s most unpredictable entities join forces for a short film about a wheelchair-bound duo. Well, Happy Halloween indeed.

What this film holds for me:

Who:  Ninja and Yolandi Vi$$er in onesies and wheelchairs

What: the song by the fire “I’m old enough to bleed, I’m old enough to breed, I’m old enough to crack a brick in your teeth while you sleep.” GETS STUCK IN YOUR FRICKIN HEAD

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Shorts for Dad

I could not help myself. It’s dad’s day and despite already posting a Father’s Day Festival line-up, I find myself queuing up another slew of films; this time of the short kind. I just love shorts, and I love dads, so it makes sense. To make this short list short, I just collected three of my most favorite ones, each of a different style.

 

Will  by Eusong Lee (Animation)

I’m all about to give up on the whole 9/11 theme, but Eusong Lee just needed four and a half minutes to pull me back in. Let me tell you, a telephone call and a yoyo could actually change your life. With stirring music and precise sound editing from the team including Julian Kleiss, it serves a whole plate of emotions whether you lost your dad in 9/11 or not.

 

Father and Daughter by  Michael Dudok de Wit (Animation)

This won the 2000 Academy Award for Best Short. It’s beautifully illustrated and the shots are stunning in sepia, grey, and tinges of blue and green. A father says goodbye to his daughter and rows off into the sea. Every moment afterwhich, you feel a sense of longing, hope, then incremental sadness.

 

Last but not least is a recent favorite…

Cargo by Ben Howling & Yolanda Ramke

This one deserved a separate post when I first saw it, and everytime I watch it, it has the same effect on me. This one is closest to my heart. I could have been Rosie and my dad would have done exactly the same thing.

 

This seems like such a somber list. For a happier note to Father’s Day, here’s Gridlock – sarcastically funny. Enjoy!

Short: This is Vanity (2012)

From: United Kingdom

Director: Oliver Goodrum

Major crying happened. Seeing that the film is 20 minutes long, it could have been a challenge to watch online especially now that we have shorter attention spans and much shorter stolen in-between work breaks. But less than 2 minutes into the film, you know you’re hooked. I was. The literally explosive beginning just draws you right in and will not let you go.

It’s daunting and terrifying and pitiful and gut-wrenching all at the same time; your heart can only take too much. But you want to know how far a mother’s love can reach and how cruel society can become. You already know the ending but you want to find out how it got there. The narrative is utterly captivating and the direction and cinematography is hard-hitting. And to know that this is based on a true story is just beyond comprehension. My stone heart rarely wimpers, but like I said, in this case, major tear-shedding happened.

 

 

What this film holds for me:

What: major crying

Who: Angela, the priest

How (I felt): guts out, flood of tears