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Most moviegoers don’t pay short films any attention, except perhaps when filling out their Oscar ballots, which surely explains why ShortsHD seizes the opportunity of its annual theatrical Academy-nominated shorts programs to tubthump so heavily for the format itself, interjecting soundbites from brevity-inclined storytellers like Matthew Modine and 2013 winner Shawn Christensen (“Curfew”) between the live-action contenders. But such self-promotion can’t disguise the fact that, with one exception — Xavier LeGrand’s “Just Before Losing Everything” — this global sampling indicates a middling crop this year, representing the promise of what these filmmakers might do in the future over excellence in the present.
After sitting through a handful of polite remarks from filmmakers who have either made shorts or simply agreed to be interviewed (“12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen shares thoughts on the artistic process), audiences start their journey with Danish nominee “Helium,” a terminal-illness fable directed by Anders Walter, »
- Peter Debruge
Odd List Ivan Radford 7 Jan 2014 - 06:37
Last year may only be a memory, but its film themes linger in the mind. Here's Ivan's pick of 2013's best soundtracks...
Just a quick scan down the list below reveals an extraordinary breadth of genres and subject matters, from imposing, expensive science fiction films to quiet, intimate stories about men at sea on boats or outlaws breaking out of prison to be with their wives. Disparate though the films are, they're all linked by at least one common motif: their music is utterly brilliant.
So with 2014 already well underway, and an entire new wave of films with great music in them beckoning, join us as we look back to the movies of last year, their finest soundtracks, and the must-listen pieces of music you can dig out on each one.
Must-listen track: Don't Let Go
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2 items from 2014
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