Our friend Todd Strauss-Schulson directed this awesome short film. He’s worked with us before on several Hardly Working episodes [Die Hardly Working: The CH Action Movie] AND directed Harold and Kumar 3 with Amir. This is his latest project and it looks awesome. Full bio.
Just read about this and watched it on FirstShowing. Very cool, dark, stylish and Cronenbergian short film. Definitely worth watching.
ADAM AND DOG
A film by Minkyu Lee
One of the nominees for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film 2013, and definitely my personal favourite (see all five nominated short films here).
“Watching director Minkyu Lee’s painterly vision of the dawn of man and first bond forged with man’s best friends puts you in a musing museum state of mind. Lee captures the unfettered joy of discovery and how that feeling changes and expands when you’re no longer alone.”
— Betsey Sharkey, LA Times
Shooting stop-motion straight down on the ground is such a great way to animate. Aardman Studio’s recently released Gulp, a sponsored short that was filmed on “the world’s largest stop-motion animation set.”
Sorry I’m Late, by Tomas Mankovsky in 2009 (above), is another fun (and more home-grown/tangible) endeavor. Shot in an auditorium in London — with a lot of tests, and trial and error — you can see just how they put it all together here: sorry-im-late.com.
The poster for the new Pixar short, ‘La Luna’
Simple and beautiful imagery as always. I love Pixar short films. (Actually I’m more excited about this short than about Cars 2, as Cars is the only Pixar movie I didn’t really like.)
Also—have you noticed the white of the boy’s eyes forming two little moons? [fyi: la luna (spanish): the moon]
The 1989 short film “I Just Want to Kiss You”, directed by Jamie Thraves and starring Stephen Fry, is a British homage to the French New Wave and a touching story of friendship and love.
The surrealist animated short comedy film “REJECTED”, by the brillant Don Hertzfeldt.
It got nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2000, received 27 awards from film festivals around the world, and garnered a large cult following.
Nonsensical, hilarious, philosophical, dark, twisted, genius. Just as much as his other animated short films:
Great dark+twisted short film ‘Blinky™’, directed by Ruairi Robinson, starring Max Records (Where The Wild Things Are). Perfect CGI and perfectly disturbing.
Maggie: What was your favorite movie in your entire life?
Pauline: In my entire life? Well, there’s a French movie that probably you’ve never heard of that I like best…
Maggie: And what was the French movie?
Pauline: ”Menilmontant,” a silent movie made in 1924 by Dmitri Kirsanov starring his beautiful Russian-born wife, Nadia Sibirskaya.
—From “Afterglow: A Last Conversation With Pauline Kael” by Francis Davis
Wow. This silent film is a punch in the face when it comes to editing (I read that it’s part of the Soviet Montage film movement afterwards, so I didn’t expect that—but even compared to other films from that movement it’s amazing). And Nadia Sibirskaia’s performance is astounding.
Jalmari Helander’s Rare Exports is a Finnish horror/comedy about Santa Claus, and it looks FUCKING AWESOME. The trailer just blew my mind so I highly recommend you see it here.
oh my fucking god.
Fuck yeah, originality in movies (yes, I’m sad this is not a standard in today’s movie industry anymore)! I love the tagline, and the trailer looks awesome, as well as the two short films that initiated this movie (like in District 9, where there was also a short film made before it was developed into a feature), and that you should watch right now (they’re under 10 mins) — The first, and main, short film: Rare Exports, Inc. (2003); and the second short film: Rare Exports: Official Safety Instructions (2005).
Don’t miss checking this out.