2010 Academy Award Shorts @ Salem Cinema

Reviewed by Mister Critic

Mister Critic is proud to announce that, for the first time in his life, he has seen all of the Academy Award nominated live action short films and animation shorts before the actual awards show and it was all thanks to Salem Cinema. Given that I have trouble watching all the nominated feature length films before the big night, you can just imagine how difficult it is to find the time for these short films. Plus, I never know where to find where they are being shown. Usually the only thing I ever see about these nominees is the preview clip shown at the award ceremony, and I am always left wondering what makes these shorts Oscar worthy. Well, now I know.

Salem Cinema is playing the three categories of shorts, Live Action, Animation and Documentary. So nice to get them all in one setting. Although, I only had time to see the Live Action and Animation, I am hoping to get to the docs before Sunday. However just watching those two categories was a great time.  All of these films pack quite a bit of emotion, drama and humor into a short amount of time.

In the Live Action category, I highly recommend The God of Love, a very quriky little romantic film, and Wish 143, about a dying teenage boy’s very interesting last wish. Both of these films would be excellent expanded into feature length films. There is also The Cofession, a coming of age tale about two boy’s first confession, Na Wewe, an examination of prejudice in action, and The Crush, the story of a school boy’s love for his teacher.

As for the Animated shorts, there is Day & Night-a reminder to look at things from another’s perspective, Madagascar-a travel diary, Let’s Pollute- a 50’s style education film, The Lost Thing-hard to explain this one, you’ll just have to see it, and The Gruffalo-an adaptation of a children’s book. There are also two other short animated films as an extra added bonus: The Cow Who Wanted to be a Hamburger (which I like to call “I Cow Has Cheezburger?“) and URS. Each work is visually striking in its own way and a wonderful escape from reality.

There is still time to check out these shorts while they are in town. One show is $8.00, and you can get $2.00 off each of the other two shows if you keep your ticket. So you can see all three shorts categories for only $20.00. What a deal. Hurry while it lasts! I really enjoyed this experience, and I look forward to doing it again in the future.

Thank you again to Salem Cinema.

4 Comments on “2010 Academy Award Shorts @ Salem Cinema

  1. I only got a chance to see the animated shorts, but word on the street is the live actions were pretty awesome this year. So what are your picks? Let’s see what kind of skills you have. I thought Pixar’s Day/Night short was pretty weak. It’s hard to pick a winner when the movies are so different.

    • I will post my predictions tomorrow along with the other contributor’s picks.

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