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Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (89th Academy Awards) review

10 hours ago

MaryAnn’s quick take… My favorite of the nominees is “Sing” [pictured], a movie for right-now with its pushback against a bullying authority figure and its gently effective defiance. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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Moral dilemmas, standing up for friends old and new, navigating loneliness, and defying The Man and the systems that box us in: these are the motifs that wend their way through the five short live-action films nominated for the Oscar this year, to varying degrees of success.

My favorite of the bunch and the one I’d love to see win the Academy Award is the hugely engaging “Sing (Mindenki)” [IMDb|official site], from Hungarian filmmaker Kristóf Deák. Zsófi (Dóra Gáspárvalvi), around 10 years old, thinks she has found a place to belong in her new Budapest primary school, in its choir that sings so beautifully… »

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new and ongoing dvd & vod releases, Us/Can, from Feb 21

21 February 2017 6:16 AM, PST

A simple listing, duplicated from the dvd + vod Us and Canada page, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails (sign up here).

new dvd+vod Fences The Girl with All the Gifts Jackie Moana Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts (89th Academy Awards)    I’m planning to watch… Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (89th Academy Awards) Seasons

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recent releases Allied Antarctica: Ice and Sky (aka Ice and the Sky) Arrival Christine Denial The Eagle Huntress The Edge of Seventeen The Girl on the Train The Girl with All the Gifts Hacksaw Ridge London Road Loving Manchester by the Sea Moonlight Oddball (aka Oddball and the Penguins »

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new and ongoing dvd & vod releases, UK/Ire, from Feb 20

21 February 2017 5:23 AM, PST

A simple listing, duplicated from the dvd + vod UK and Ireland page, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails (sign up here).

new dvd+vod Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts (89th Academy Awards) Train to Busan (Busanhaeng) Doctor Strange Frank & Lola    I’m planning to watch… Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (89th Academy Awards) Through the Wall

2016’s films, ranked by maryann (still ongoing, now open to all readers)

2017’s films, ranked by maryann (subscribers only until the end of the year)

get all reviews since 1997 here

recent releases American Honey Best and Most Beautiful Things Blood Father Captain Fantastic Christine A Date for Mad Mary Deepwater Horizon Donnie Darko (4K restoration) Don’t Breathe The Family Fang The Girl on the Train The Girl with All the Gifts Hell or High Water I, »

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Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts (89th Academy Awards) review

20 February 2017 8:46 AM, PST

MaryAnn’s quick take… My pick: “Pearl” [pictured], blending new Vr tech with old-fashioned characters and emotions, demonstrating storytelling possibilities that are beginning to open up. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The lessons and legacies parents pass on to their children. The dangers of not living in the present… or living too much in the present. These are the motifs woven through the five short animated films nominated for the Oscar this year.

Pearl” is a lovely sketch of the creative bond between a father and daughter.

My favorite, and the one I’d like to see win, is “Pearl” [IMDb], from Disney animator Patrick Osborne (Big Hero 6), who won in this category two years ago with his delightful “Feast.” A lovely sketch of a relationship between a father and daughter from their rough early »

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