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:-
I will probably watch this film literally a couple thousand times before I die, and it will never stop putting my jaw on the floor. It's hilarious and astonishingly creative and, as I put it in a piece that I wrote for a friend, "The last image in the film is so potent an expression of desperate frustration in the face of helplessness that I got it tattooed on my right shoulder blade." 190-proof brilliance, this.
Also: I showed this to the woman who would eventually become my wife the first night we met, sandwiched in between DEAD ALIVE and VIDEODROME. Somehow, she still ended up being the woman who would eventually become my wife.
Oh my god, what a fantastic short.
My Anus is Bleeding . Damn. Truer words may have been never spoken.
I need to check out Don Herzfeldt's other stuff, asap.
I am a banana. .
That is all.
Pocos placeres son tan tangibles como ponerle esta maravilla de corto a tus amigas y que se te queden mirando con cara de póquer mientras tú no puedes evitar reírte a carcajadas.
This is so dark and absurd... Absolutely love it!
Reminded me alot of ASDF on youtube, but in a much more old school way.
Besides it's from the early 2000 so a kid falling down the stairs is completely ok.
Though I've scene many of these clips around the internet over the past decade, I never realized how they were connected to this much grander "narrative". It really is a greater whole than the sum of its parts, and is a deep question on the meaning of creative work.
Also: Listening to Paul Dolden's "L'ivresse de la Vitesse" is almost like a 2.5-hour postscript to the ending. So surreal.
The implicit world that is sold to us by a consumer culture is innately absurd, yet so anestheticizng and perpetual throughout our culture that this absurdity goes almost unnoticed. Don Hertzfeldt revels in this, and exposes this absurdity by revelling in the bare corporate cynacism and manipulated fears and insecurities which dog this commercial landscape. Granted, in a post-MySpace LOL-SO-RANDUM world, a lot of the shock of Don's seemingly non-sequiturial imagery loses some of its impact, and may almost seem to some viewers to be a part of that very same juvenile practice - but the beauty of Rejected's truly great sequence, Don's dissolution of his animated world in the face of creative Armageddon, is something which I believe will resist saturation with age.
Amazingly surreal and fantastic. Watched it again with the text commentary by Don Hertzfeldt -- totally awesome.
I certainly would never reject this riotous collection of vignettes.
"My anus is bleeding"
Maybe it's just because I don't get the humour.
Maybe it's just because I grew up watching YouTube's "ASDF" series.
Whatever it maybe, I did not like this.
Though it's not his masterpiece, Rejected is still Don Hertzfeldt's signature work, and though I wish more people knew It's Such a Beautiful Day, Rejected is a fantastic primer for Hertzfeldt's mind, and his second-greatest achievement. Who else could claim to be responsible for perhaps some of the DNA of "internet humor"? (There's some deep irony in the fact that Hertzfeldt's work is very internet-friendly and the fact that his opinion of content distribution on the internet seems to be "meh".) "My spoon is too big", "I am a banana", "I am a consumer whore", "My anus is bleeding", just about every line from Rejected lives on through quotes, re-appropriation, and pop culture. Perfectly paced, perfectly voiced, and of course perfectly animated, Rejected is a small landmark in comedy animation.
This is cinema.
This is art.
This is life.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- The King and the Mockingbird
- When the Wind Blows
- The Hand
- The Cat With Hands
- Mind Game
Week three of the Underrated Series and we get to the animation category. At least there shouldn't be any debate…
- The Cat With Hands
- The Black Hole
- Sebastian's Voodoo
- I'll Wait for the Next One...
Expanded and tweaked version of my recommended short film list...