Tuesday short film: Soft (2006)

A powerful and award-winning 14 min British short that stays with you. About a rough neighbourhood, violent gangs and a father-son relationship. SPOILERS: I don’t think it’s pro-violence, as some reviewers have suggested. Vengeful anger is a human reaction. He has shown more feistiness than his dad, but this was also a naïve decision to … Continue reading Tuesday short film: Soft (2006)

Tuesday short film: Bear Story (2014)

Won Oscar for Best Animated Short. The first ever Chilean winner of an Academy Award. A moving 10 min story-within-a-story short about a lonely bear who spends all night perfecting his mechanical diorama. The device tells a story about the bear’s past. The next day, he wanders the streets with his mobile theatre. A blue bear … Continue reading Tuesday short film: Bear Story (2014)

Tuesday short film: A Trip to the Moon (1902)

A Trip to the Moon (aka Le voyage dans la lune). The iconic 13 minute silent film by Georges Méliès. A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the moon. For its time, a landmark achievement for special effects. Be cautious of youtube, many videos don’t include the ending. A restored hand-tinted version was … Continue reading Tuesday short film: A Trip to the Moon (1902)

Tuesday short film: The Golf Specialist (1930)

20 min slapstick comedy short. My favorite of the W.C. Fields short films I have seen. The early scenes in the hotel lobby are amusing, especially his encounter with the little girl. The sheet of paper about the reward, where Mr Bellweather’s missteps are listed is a fun read. What really makes this great though … Continue reading Tuesday short film: The Golf Specialist (1930)