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By Michelle McCue and Gary Salem
Welcome to Oscar Week!
From Tuesday through Saturday, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences invites movie geeks each night to get an up close look at the various categories and nominees.
Kicking off the week was the “Oscar Celebrates: Shorts” event on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
Actor Kevin Pollack hosted the evening with screenings of all the 2013 Oscar-nominated films in the Animated and Live Action Short Film categories, plus onstage discussions with the filmmakers.
So what exactly qualifies a film into these categories? According to AMPAS rule 19, “a short film is defined as an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits.” It goes on to say, “An animated film is created by using a frame-by-frame technique, and usually falls into one of the two general fields of animation: character or abstract. »
- Movie Geeks
To be fair, the sorta-raunchy rom-com "Someone Marry Barry" is shamelessly and unapologetically up front about how much it owes and rips off from the Judd Apatow oeuvre. And we're not just talking about the four-bros-with-women-and-life-problems premise. Whether it's nodding to the speed dating sequence from "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," or even the detail that the titular character lives off money he earned after falling into an open manhole (not unlike Seth Rogen's Ben from "Knocked Up" who received a settlement after his foot was run over by a mail truck), it's clear writer/director Rob Pearlstein—Oscar nominated for his 2004 short "Our Time Is Up"—has spent some time watching a very selective batch of movies. And as we saw last month with "That Awkward Moment," if you don't understand what makes Apatow's films work, the results can disastrous. And while "Someone Marry Barry" is missing some key ingredients, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
We've all had that one friend; the kind that's loved, socially awkward warts and all, within your own group, but who just doesn't really seem to fit in with the rest of the world. Someone Marry Barry is about that guy. It stars Damon Wayans Jr. and Hayes MacArthur as two friends who are trying to find someone to marry their dear, but weird, friend Barry (Tyler Labine). Enter Lucy Punch, who ends up being perfect for Barry, only she's no better off socially than he is. Someone Marry Barry marks the feature debut of Rob Pearlstein, whose first short film, Our Time Is Up, was actually nominated for an Oscar a few years back. It opens in select theaters on February 7, and will then be available on VOD platforms everywhere (iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, cable Movies On...
- Peter Hall
3 items from 2014
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