Bonus: 2021 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Live Action

https://youtu.be/IPlNiZMp7g4 The Present 6/10 An extremely simple premise, “The Present” follows a man and his daughter as they set out in the West Bank to buy his wife an anniversary present. Many aspects work, particularly the acting. The short is well shot and you connect emotionally with the characters. My only real problem is that … Continue reading Bonus: 2021 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Live Action

Bonus: 2021 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Documentary

https://youtu.be/IPlNiZMp7g4 A Love Song for Latasha 5.5/10 The true story of a 15-year-old black girl who was murdered by an Asian woman that helped spark the 1992 LA riots, “A Love Song for Latasha” interviews her cousin and best friend decades later. The content in this short documentary isn’t the problem here; the film making … Continue reading Bonus: 2021 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Documentary

Bonus: 2021 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Animation

https://youtu.be/IPlNiZMp7g4 Burrow 9/10 The shortest but cutest and most wholesome/appropriate, “Burrow” follows a young rabbit trying to build the home of her dreams. While only six minutes long, “Burrow” is extremely delightful, entertaining, well animated and is able to communicate its story using no words. It’s an adorable little tale/tail and while its short running … Continue reading Bonus: 2021 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Animation

Oscar Predictions for the Films of 2020

BEST PICTUREWhat will win: NomadlandWhat should win: Sound of MetalWhat should have been nominated: Bad Education BEST DIRECTORWho will win: Chloe ZhaoWho should win: Emerald FennellWho should have been nominated: Darius MarderBEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYWhat will win: Promising Young WomanWhat should win: Promising Young WomanWhat should have been nominated: SoulBEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAYWhat will win: The FatherWhat … Continue reading Oscar Predictions for the Films of 2020

Bonus: 2020 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Documentary

https://youtu.be/FA66NNzBK8Q Life Overtakes Me 8/10 Short documentaries like this I always enjoy, despite the rather depressing subject matter, due to the fact that I learn something along the way that I previously was unaware of. Resignation Syndrome, a rather new diagnosed illness, is the center of this short documentary and the heart breaking consequences that … Continue reading Bonus: 2020 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Documentary

Bonus: 2020 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Animation

https://youtu.be/FA66NNzBK8Q Hair Love 6/10 “Hair Love” has some things going for it. An emotional ending, beautifully rendered animation and using an absence of dialogue very effectively. However, the story itself is too overly simple and unengaging that I felt no connection to it whatsoever. The short film is literally a girl trying to do her … Continue reading Bonus: 2020 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Animation

Bonus: 2020 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Live Action

https://youtu.be/FA66NNzBK8Q A Sister 7/10 The shortest of all the live action shorts, “A Sister” excels over the rest in terms of building tension. After a minute of confusion, we finally grasp the situation at hand and are thrust to the edge of our seats. The acting communicates the danger going on and I enjoyed that … Continue reading Bonus: 2020 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Live Action

Oscar Predictions for the Films of 2019

BEST PICTURE What will win: 1917 What should win: Marriage Story What should have been nominated: Waves BEST DIRECTOR Who will win: Sam Mendes Who should win: Bong Joon Ho Who should have been nominated: James Mangold BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY What will win: Parasite What should win: Marriage Story What should have been nominated: Waves … Continue reading Oscar Predictions for the Films of 2019

Bonus: 2019 Oscar Nominated Animation Shorts

Bao 6.5/10 Easily the most well-known of the nominated shorts here due to it coming from Pixar and playing before “The Incredibles 2”, “Bao” does have some well-crafted animation, emotional elements and a beautiful score that we have come to expect from Pixar. Also being able to tell a story without dialogue is impressive but … Continue reading Bonus: 2019 Oscar Nominated Animation Shorts

Bonus: 2019 Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts

Black Sheep 6.5/10 I found this to be the most well made out of all of these documentary shorts. Cutting back and forth between our main talking head for the documentary portion and then to dramatic reenactments worked really well and the editing was cleverly done with some of the overlapping dialogue. The big problem … Continue reading Bonus: 2019 Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts