Lent: Part 4

Oscar-Nominated Short Films – Animated (2009)

  • French Roast – Hey, be nice to poor people, y’all, ’cause they might be secretly rich or something.
  • The Lady and the Reaper (La dama y la muerte) – Sad old ladies who want to die are so hilarious.
  • Wallace and Gromit in ‘A Matter of Loaf and Death’ – It’s always good to see Wallace and Gromit. This may be their best yet.
  • Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty – This is my pick to win, though I’m sad and afraid that it might not win. Is there some way I could just hug all of Ireland? Someone set that up for me, please.
  • Partly Cloudy* – Another perfectly charming Pixar contribution. This isn’t nominated, but it’s okay, since Pixar is going to win Best Animated Feature.
  • Runaway* – Canadians are second only to Russians when it comes to disorienting, vaguely sad animation.
  • The Kinematograph* – Pretty, but insubstantial. I rather resent blatant manipulation like this, especially when it isn’t actually backed up with a story.
  • Logorama – This is either a poignant critique of western culture, or a one-note joke. Either way, it made its point in the first couple of seconds and went on and on from there. 16 minutes, but it feels like a lifetime.

3 thoughts on “Lent: Part 4

  1. volus

    My Two Cents, Year 5: Part 4

    French Roast – An odd example of French film. Usually, things go terribly for everyone, good and bad alike. Here, even the utterly contemptible main character gets off scott free.

    La dama y la muerte – Easily the most adorable case for euthanasia I’ve ever seen. Also, the only adorable case for euthanasia I’ve ever seen.

    Wallace and Gromit – I’ve never really fallen in love with these characters. Inoffensively amusing, though.

    Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty – Absolutely brilliant. My favorite of the bunch by a wide margin.

    Partly Cloudy – At this point, reviewing Pixar feels like reviewing Looney Tunes. It’s all great, and judging levels of great feels odd. I do enjoy the thought that every dark cloud in the sky is torturing a stork to death, though.

    Runaway – Thank you, French Canada, for explaining to France how French film works. Here we have a love story resulting in the deaths of dozens of innocents, culminating with the lovers themselves.

    The Kinematograph – If not for tuberculosis, Battleship Potemkin would have been made in full color with Dolby Surround Sound. It would still have been tedious, though, so no loss. I can’t believe I never noticed that Cinema was bastardized from the Latin for “movement” though.

    Logorama – Here, Ryan and I disagree a bit on interpretation. Whatever it was, it sure wasn’t poignant. Personally, I saw a pretentious French criticism of Hollywood filmmaking. Perhaps I’m over-sensitive, but on the assumption that I’m right…Listen up, France! In my lifetime, you’ve managed to spit out a whopping 3 movies worth seeing: The City of Lost Children and Amélie are both from Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who also directed Alien: Resurrection, and Léon was Luc Besson, who helmed the Transporter series and the attrocious Hitman adaptation. So, fuck off.

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      1. volus

        Re: My Two Cents, Year 5: Part 4

        Well, the spoken language was English, kinda…

        But it did first play in France, and southern Manitoba is arguably a francophone region…

        …okay, fine. I screwed up. Bite me!

        However, in researching it, I learned two things: a) the creator is the same guy who did The Cat Came Back back in 1988, and b) It took him 6 years to make Runaway. One of those facts is awesome, the other is plain depressing. I bet you can guess which is which.

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