The 2012 Shorts

I have been traveling for well over one week now, but I loaded my iPad with the 2012 shorts to watch on the plane.

A Morning Stroll (2011)
Started off cute, but ended up nothing more than the average online flash animation. There are so many times that totally mediocre animated shorts get nominated. This is one of them.
Nominated for Best Short Film-Animated in 2012.

Sunday (2011)
I liked the bear…
Nominated for Best Short Film-Animated in 2012.

God is the Bigger Elvis (2012)
A fun and interesting subject to make a film about. I became really calm watching this. Maybe becoming a nun is the path for me too.
Nominated for Best Documentary-Short Subjects in 2012.

Incident in New Baghdad (2011)
This makes me loose hope in humanity at the same time as it manages restores the faith to some degree.
Nominated for Best Documentary-Short Subjects in 2012.

Pentecost (2011)
Cute, but pretty forgettable.
Nominated for Best Short Film-Live Action in 2012.

Raju (2011)
By the books heavy drama based on real life scenarios. It seems that the filmmakers think the subject matter is enough to make an impactful film, but it gets formulaic and stale. There is at least one of these nominated each year.
Nominated for Best Short Film-Live Action in 2012.

Saving Face (2012)
Can we just get rid of all humans already. What a shitty bunch! Great documentary, but get ready to be pissed off and extremely frustrated. Deservedly the winner.
Winner of Best Documentary-Short Subjects in 2012.

The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement (2011)
Insightful and interesting with the point of view of a very charming old foot soldier. Kind of messy structured, but entertaining none the less.
Nominated for Best Documentary-Short Subjects in 2012.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore (2011)
Didn’t like this at all. Too glossy, too cutesy. You can almost feel the¬†self-satisfied smugness¬†of the filmmaker shining through this film. Okay, that is taking it a step too far, I’m sorry. (Not really)
Winner of Best Short Film-Animated in 2012.

The Shore (2011)
Good, good. I was expecting a generic overly dramatic film, but it is nice and balanced. I’m kind of surprised this was the winner being such a “simple” film, but the competition wasn’t all that, so it makes sense, I guess.
Winner of Best Short Film-Live Action in 2012.

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2011)
Really nice documentary. Stories and pictures of the horrors of the Tsunami, combined with the contrast of the joy of Japanese tradition worked like a charm, showcasing the human spirit at it’s best when the surroundings is at its most hopeless.
Nominated for Best Documentary-Short Subjects in 2012.

Time Freak (2011)
A fun and charming short. Cute.
Nominated for Best Short Film-Live Action in 2012.

Wild Life (2011)
This is the animated film that stuck with me for a while after I had watched it. The other in this category kind of faded away rather quickly. It has great atmosphere and is told in a way that always keeps you intrigued all the way through.
Nominated for Best Short Film-Animated in 2012.

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