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A Collection of 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films
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Other titles are Our Time Is Up, a cutesy thing with Kevin Pollack as a psychiatrist who radically changes his style; The Last Farm, a predictable Scandanavian tale of a man preparing for death in the countryside; Runaway, a German offering about a child and a man mysteriously drawn into each other's worlds; and Sean Ellis's Cashback, an 18-minute piece that earned the green light for feature expansion. Sean Biggerstaff stars as a daydreamer working the midnight shift at Sainsbury's supermarket, where he fantasizes about naked (and exclusively gorgeous) women. It's Guy Ritchie meets The Office, and a little too self-satisfied for its own good.
The winner for best animated short is the half-hour The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation, a very ambitious and emotionally raw work by John Canemaker, who recounts the difficult life of his Italian father. John Turturro and Eli Wallach provide the voices for son and father, as drawings illustrate the text. In another world is the Australian Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, a Jules Verne-ish half-hour fantasy about a Victorian who takes to an airship, searching for a plague cure. The characters are rendered as silhouettes, but there is rich detail--if not always sure-footed storytelling--elsewhere. Badgered is a standard cartoon with the appeal of brevity. Two nominated cartoons are not included: 9 and Pixar's One Man Band, but two bonus shorts, Imago and The Fan and the Flower, are on the disc. --Robert Horton
- 8 short films nominated for 2005 Academy Awards in 2005
- Bonus animated shorts "The Fan and the Flower" by Bill Plympton and "Imago" by Cedric Babooche
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There are two extra animated shorts, which were not nominated and were presumably included to flesh out and balance the comilation. They are The Fan and the Flower and Imago and they are two of the highlights of an exceptionally strong lineup. There were only two relatively weak shorts on here, one animated and one live-action and even those two are well worth watching.
The standouts, however, are clearly the two winning shorts, which both clearly stand out in fairly strong fields, though the second best animated short is a bit closer to The Son and the Moon. Since the full title is rather lengthy, I'll just refer to it as Jasper Morello, as the editorial review here gives the full title. Both animated shorts could have been the winner without a drop-off, as they're that good.
Six Shooter is exceptional and nothing else really comes all that close. All the shorts are enjoyable, but Six Shooter is incredible.
If you like good short films, then by all means, buy this DVD. I hope a similar DVD comes out next year.
Ausreisser (The Runaway) - Ulrike Grote (German)
Cashback - Sean Ellis
The Last Farm - Runar Runarsson (Icelandic)
Our Time is Up - Rob Pearlstein
Six Shooter - Martin McDonagh - ACAD AWARD WINNER
Badgered - Sharon Colman
The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation - John Canemaker - ACAD AWARD WINNER
The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello - Anthony Lucas
Bonus Short Features
The Fan and the Flower - Bill Plympton
Imago - Cedric Babouche (French)
OUR TIME IS UP--Kevin Pollack stars as a work at-home psychiatrist named Dr. Stern. When Dr. Stern is informed he has a terminal illness and only a few weeks to live, he begins giving his patients the one thing they need most in their lives: truth. Jorge Garcia (Hurley from LOST) has a small role as Dr. Stern's gardener.
THE RUNAWAY--a German film about a struggling architect who on the day of an important interview discovers that the young boy who suddenly appears outside of his apartment one morning is his son.
CASH BACK--a young Englishman works the night shift at a grocery store so that he can work on his art unhindered.
THE LAST FARM--an Icelandic picture about an old farmer and his wife who are leaving their isolated farm for a fancy retirement community in the city.
SIX SHOOTER--the winner of the 2005 Oscar for Best Live Action Short. This Irish movie is set largely on a train as a man returns home after the death of his wife. On the trip he sits next to an interesting young man who seems to say just the right thing to upset people, but is charming nonetheless.
BADGERED--an animated short about a badger who tries to get a peaceful rest in his hole in the middle of a hill, but is interrupted by two cawing black birds and later by some very unusual objects.
THE MOON AND THE SOON--the winner of the 20005 Academy Award for Best Animated Short. This dramatic cartoon is an imaginary conversation between the artist and his deceased father. John Turturro performs the voice of the animator.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I truly enjoy foreign short films, this is a good collectionPublished 23 months ago by Lori Lapinski
From the first film to the last--it was an enthralling and highly entertaining set of short films. If you like going to a buffet since it offers tastes of many different things,... Read morePublished on April 6, 2014 by L. Dobbins
This is something I borrowed from my library many times before buying it. These shorts are each well done, however two especially are just some of the finest in drama and comedy. Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by Richard Anderson
This collection is just great, I've been renting it for years from my local library, to share with anyone I can get to sit for a minute! Read morePublished on January 29, 2013 by Whit
This is a nice collection of short films. If you like shorts, you will like this set. Award nominated filmsPublished on November 23, 2012 by David W. Anderson
Six shooter was intense, funny, sad, and grim humor at it's best. and the others... well you wont be disappointed.Published on October 3, 2010 by tex
i've enjoy the 2005 - 2007 installments in these collections. however, the nudity in cashback was unfortunate. Read morePublished on August 30, 2010 by EugeSchu
These are artsy shorts, by and large, and though some are comedies, only a few are really funny. A couple high- and/or low-lights:
Cashback--deals with a grocery clerk and his... Read more