Lent: Part 3

Oscar-Nominated Short Films, Live-Action

  • Pentecost – This year’s Irish Children Have a Hard Life entry. It at least has the decency to be brief. Also, Ireland? I make the liturgical jokes around here, back off.
  • Raju – If you’ve ever watched a season (any season) of The Amazing Race, you’ve seen the episode where they go somewhere exceptionally poverty-stricken–usually India–and some privileged twit wanders around in a taxi crying about the plight of these poor people, swearing that they’ll do something for poor people as soon as they get home. Germany made a short film out of that episode.
  • The Shore – Although Pentecost was Irish, and some poor kid was very put-upon, it wasn’t depressing, so Northern Ireland gave us an uneven comedy that invoked The Troubles and a man with one arm. The lesson: don’t worry about people you’ve offended; they probably don’t remember the situation accurately anyway, and your daughter is being overbearing and whiny.
  • Time Freak – Cute, I guess, but I feel like I’ve seen this before. At a porn festival. The porn version was better.
  • Tuba Atlantic – This year’s Scandinavians With Daddy Issues. I didn’t think they were going to make it about daddy issues this year, seeing as it’s about a very old man with no children, but then he talked about his father! For all the shit I give Scandinavians for their Freudian issues, this one is my pick to win. As usual, I expect to be wrong.

4 thoughts on “Lent: Part 3

      1. Anonymous

        It’s Greg. [I deleted my LiveJournal account because I want to keep my future Salon of Shame entries under wraps.] Do you remember which year it was? I’ve missed the last couple for various reasons, including being lazy and moving out of state.


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