TIFF Short Film “NOAH” [last day to view]

Just because you weren’t in Toronto the last couple of weeks doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a little of what TIFF has to offer. For example, I stumbled across this short film entitled Noah which takes place entirely on a computer screen (including the closing credits). It’s an interesting look at relationships in the digital age....

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Shorts Programme: The Cub

“Hello Wolves, this is my daughter. She is five years old but reads at the level of an eight year old…” Riley Stearns’ delightfully deadpan short film on bad parenting has a couple literally let their child be raised for a decade by a pack of wolves. The final shot has one hell of a closing beat. The Cub originally premiered at the...

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Shorts Program: Paperman

Who would’ve guessed that in 2012, Disney Animation’s films would arguably beat out Pixar’s contributions? Many found Wreck-It Ralph‘s retro gamer charm superior to Brave‘s Scottish princess story, and I can certainly say that as charming as I found the Brave-preceding short La Luna, I was much more blown away (pun intended) by...

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Shorts Program: Happy Birthday, Buster Keaton!

As my classic film buddies on Twitter were so kind to remind me, today would have been Buster Keaton’s 117th birthday, and what better time to break out a classic Keaton short than that? Not that you ever really need an excuse, but hey, when one presents itself… You might expect the still above, with Buster riding toward the camera on a...

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Shorts Programme: La Jetée @50

Chris Marker’s iconic science fiction short, the direct inspiration for Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys but the indirect inspiration for countless other films – with time travel as the subject matter, and far beyond that simple box – turns 50 today. We are on the edge of the release of Rian Johnson’s Looper (Kurt’s Review), and...

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RowThree Shorts Program: One Day

No it’s not a short version of the Lone Scherfig film with Anne Hathaway. But because the description is in French, I don’t know a whole lot about it – it’s just something I stumbled upon that I think is very well done, creative and touching. Seems like the submitter has done many other short animations. Just thought I’d share this...

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Shorts Program: Ridley Scott Edition

As we mentioned in our Ridley Scott Retrospective earlier this week, Scott started out as a designer and producer/director of commercials before entering the world of cinema with 1977′s The Duellists and cementing his place as a feature film director with 1979′s Alien. And he didn’t stop after he became a big-time film director, but continued...

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Shorts Programme: Jay Cheel’s The Politics of Competitive Board Gaming Amongst Friends

Having played literally hundreds (if not thousands) of hours of The Settlers of Catan, the gate-way drug for German-style boardgames, over the years and foolishly turning down invites from the filmjunk crowd on their gaming nights, I was surprised and delighted that Jay Cheel decided to make a short documentary on the subject. Since this thing stars Reed...

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Shorts Programme: CAINE’S ARCADE

  Want to weep unabashedly? Watch this short film about a boy who transforms a portion of his Dad’s auto-parts shop into a card-board arcade. After sitting around waiting for someone to play, the boy’s efforts seem to yield only a single customer. But that single customer does the little boy a service of absolute joy. Oh, this is why the...

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Shorts Program: Can We Kiss?

Maybe this would be better saved for Valentine’s day, but as someone recently pointed it out to me, I feel compelled to offer this to you. One of Jandy’s first Finite Focus posts involved Ms. Naomi Watts auditioning for a soapy-TV role within the nightmare that is Mulholland Dr. That scene is pretty special because it is so multi-layered in terms of...

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