Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
An animator's commissioned works, rejected because of their increasingly absurd and violent tone (reflecting the animator's own progressive breakdown)
I noticed that basically everyone on this site was watching this and I decided to check it out for myself and see what all the hoopla was about. Now, I have this to say...
What the fuck...
What in the fuck...
Why did you people make me watch this?
Why is that thing's anus bleeding?
What's up with the banana?
Is that baby gonna be okay (I don't care)?
Why is that spoon so big?
Where can I get Johnson and Mills Fish Sticks?
What the fuck is going on?
Why did I love this so much?
Why did I find this so hilarious?
I don't know, but discovering weird shit like this is one of the many reasons why I just adore this site.
"My anus is bleeding!"
I swear to God, this is a fucking masterpiece.
And all at once, the collective mind of the Letterboxd community decided that this was the funniest shit they'd ever seen.
I really love these trends that occasionally pop up on Letterboxd where so many people suddenly end up watching the same thing, as has happened with Rejected in the last 24 hours. I particularly like it when said trend surrounds a short film as I'd love to see more short films get a lot more support in general.
Rejected is superb and exactly in the vein of completely loopy humour that I do love from time to time. It doesn't all work but no gag is overdone and Don Hertzfeldt's animation, especially during the last couple of minutes, is genuinely amazing.
Watch this on YouTube and enjoy - it's only 9 minutes long:-
Yes. Yes to all of this. Forever.
So every Thanksgiving, my cousins come in, stay for a few days, and eat together. They always want to watch Rejected.
They're 7 and 9 now.
It lasts 9 minutes, so just cut the crap and watch it. Just don't expect anyone to describe it or tell you what its about because IT CAN'T BE DOOOOOOOONE!!!!!!
Seeing this and all of us laughing our heads off was one of the highlights of my college student film association (SFA) experience.
IM THE BANANA!
For the record, this is the version I watched: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSb-nV8l2QY
asdf wishes it could be this, yet there is more wit, invention, and utter insanity than all of it put together. A trenchant satire of corporations and of the creative process, an animated short that truly feels tactile and physical, and surrealism done right.
I had seen a couple segments of this back when they were floating around on the internet in the early 2000s, most memorably the "my spoon is too big" one and the "my anus is bleeding" one, and while they are fun on their own just for the sheer surrealism, the added context that this film gives them adds a whole new level of appreciation for me as a critique of consumerism and its relation to art.
Decided to get more familiar with Hertzfeldt's stuff before the bluray came... holy fuck I'm waiting to watch everything else on bluray goddamn
I have developed a relationship with this film. It washes over me like a familiar breeze.
Oh how I love it.
I think more certainly that Don Hertzfeldt is less about being 'understood' than he is just about discovered. I sense that the more I rewatch these, the more I will discover.
Like finding an ear where once I encountered an eye.
And I'll put my own ear to this ear now found, a Hertzfeldtian seashell, and I'll hear waves greater than mere aquatic ones; I'll hear cosmic ones, and amidst the deep wooshing garble of the space-sea a voice will again cry out "my spoon is too big", and other assorted conundrums.
There isn't a translation, like some alien language un-codified, but I'll nod my head in continued amusement and a deeper satisfaction, feeling more certain than ever that his spoon is in fact, too big.
This is too much. Don Hertzfeldt is the man... the crazy/mad man.
"For the love of God, and all that is holy, MY ANUS IS BLEEDING!"
Week three of the Underrated Series and we get to the animation category. At least there shouldn't be any debate…
Only the first fifty or so are in order.