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[Review] The 2012 Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts

17 February 2012 11:52 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The Oscar Nominated Shorts, at least in the live action category, are as problematic as the Oscars themselves: all professionally made, and all without the profound emotional impact of a great film to touch, inspire and move. To say the least, there is a formula here, and the films play it safe. It also underscores the lack of state-sponsored film production. Unless you have rich parents its hard to compete at these levels. The plight of the American independent filmmaker.

Speaking of the American independent filmmaker, we have our token representation in the form of Tim Bowler’s Time Freak, a slick, well made high-concept time travel comedy that is innovative but hardly the best of the bunch (and difficult to believe the best American short film of the year). Staring John Conor Brooke and Michael Nathanson as two twenty-something roommates that discover the ability to travel back in time, »

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