Noted shorts screening at Tampa Theatre
Here are some indie flicks to check out.
By STEVE PERSALL
Published March 23, 2006
Oscar Shorts (Not rated, probably PG-13 with comical nudity) - Why, oh why, can't we get the chance to see Academy Award-nominated short films before the statuettes are handed out? That might improve a lot of folks' averages picking Oscar winners.
Magnolia Films bundled the animated and live-action nominees into a double feature. Tampa Theatre will present both halves for one price with a 15-minute intermission for a program running nearly three hours.The winner among animated shorts, John Canemaker's The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation, created loud buzz at last year's Telluride Film Festival, essaying the filmmaker's difficult emotional relationship with his father. I missed it but saw another nominee twice: Shane Acker's 9 is a delightful story of a rag doll battling a soul-stealing monster. Another nominee, Pixar's One Man Band, features one of the cutest kids, live or animated, you'll hope to see.
The short film lineup also includes Badgered, about a grumpy critter needing a nap, and The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, a pilot fleeing a plague on his homeland.The Oscar for live-action short film went to Six Shooter, in which a widower meets an odd boy during a train ride. Others in the lineup include Kevin Pollak as a psychiatrist enduring a midlife crisis in Our Time Is Up; the German drama Ausreisser (The Runaway); Iceland's The Last Farm; and Cashback, a sexy Irish comedy about the graveyard shift at a convenience store.
- STEVE PERSALL, Times film critic
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