Intermission: Super Short Shorts
Since I’ve started with my Winter Shorts series, I’ve tried to keep the short films I’ve selected for review in the 12-25 minute range, at a minimum. That said, there have been a few extremely short films that I’ve also watched, but not reviewed here.
First, I suppose, is that I felt like its already something of a cheat for me to be reviewing short films in the first place, and reviewing something that’s under ten minutes in length really would be tough to justify as a whole day’s entry. Also, I don’t know if some of these films ever had a proper theatrical screening of any sort, which would be another knock against their eligibility to be reviewed here. (And yes, these are all just my own self-imposed rules, but without rules, we’d have chaos.)
Then I had to go and be sick today. After about 24 hours of some pretty severe discomfort, I woke up and realized I had about half an hour to post something here, so voila here we have the second OM|ED intermission. Wherein, I will be taking a quick look at some very short films I’ve watched.
A stop-motion film set in a modern office, where the little office nick-nack toys come to life and use Google street view to simulate a cross-country road trip. While the premise might sound somewhat familiar, this really is a beautiful film. More importantly, it somehow packs more heart into its three-minute running time, than many feature films I’ve seen.
Another visually fantastic three-minute short, Kiss presents some of the most fantastic animation I’ve seen, as it relates the story of…. well, honestly I’m not entirely what the story is. However, if I had to guess, I’d say that its the story of a romance between the Earth and the Moon.
The Dame Factory
A weird pseudo-titilating feminist film that is either supposed to be a critique of the exploitation of women’s sexuality, or a double-reverse, “who’s really doing the exploiting,” declaration of female empowerment, this movie has some striking visuals, but just isn’t very good, and at eight-minutes it still feels like its too long.
Honestly, my reaction to this film (which features a great deal of footage of raw meat,) might be because of the digestive pyrotechnics I’ve been dealing with today, but I don’t really think that’s it. This is a movie that’s supposed to impress us all with how provocative it is… but it just, isn’t.
I just want to mention that I discovered all of these films, as well as several others that I’ve reviewed as part of my Winter Shorts series, through Short of the Week a really fantastic site, if you enjoy short films. Certainly its worth checking out.