One category that always seems to get a bit of ‘short’ shrift at the Oscars is, well, the Short Film category. It always comes early in the broadcast, the unknown creator has to walk all the way from the back only to have the orchestra start swelling the ‘get off the stage’ music earlier than it does for the Pacinos and McConaugheys of the world.
One problem is that the average person has no idea what these films are or how they would have had a chance to see them. Luckily for us, this year the nominees are being shown in about 400 theaters and our own The Nickelodeon happens to be one. You’ll be able to see the live action shorts on February 10 at 5:30 and the following day on the the 11th they’re showing the documentary shorts.
If you go to both showings, you’ll be treated to 10 different films that exhibit a range from serious to light-hearted. The documentaries are especially gut-wrenching, so just be prepeared. Here are a few of the highlights to look forward to.
1. Boogaloo and Graham (Live Action)
This is a sweet film from Ireland about two brother who come into possession of a couple of chickens.
2. Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 (Documentary)
I’ll be honest I couldn’t watch all of this but this film about a crisis hotline for military veterans from HBO Films is very good and very sad.
This film, about a woman who decides to become an airport driver on the spur of the moment, really feels like it should be feature-length.
This is a biopic focusing on Stephen Hawking’s early life and relationship with his first wife. It’s currently at 81% on Rotten Tomatoes and I’m sure you’ll be hearing about this movie more come Oscar season based on the performance of Eddie Redmayne as Hawking.
I thought this was a sequel to another movie, but it turns out this is based on a TV series. I think that just goes to show how a lot of these Dreamworks zoo/animal animated features tend to blur together. At any rate, I’m sure this will be an entertaining family film.
The fact that immigrants with advanced degrees have trouble getting work in their fields and as a result have to take jobs like driving taxis is a real issue. Using that as a setup for a comedy is unique. In Dr. Cabbie, the main character is a doctor from India, who is unable to get a job in the US as a doctor, and through a chain of events ends up using a taxi as a mobile doctors office. Yep.
If you haven’t heard yet, the Oscars are coming up soon. You have approximately 23 days left to go see all the films nominated in every category…
Ok, so maybe that’s a little too ambitious.
I’m going to try my best to at least see the films nominated for best picture. I think it makes for a more interesting Oscar viewing. (Besides rating what the stars are wearing on the red carpet, of course.) You should try and get out to see them too.
One of my most anticipated movies coming out this year looks to be moved to 2009. I’m disappointed but from what i’ve read around the internet it might be because they are re-working a few parts of the movie.