Oscar Nominated Live Action Short 5/5
I had a few issues with this one.
First, with its short 7 minute run-time, the film never really explores anything the audience can take away from it. Even The Voorman Problem which was another nominee (having a 13 minute run-time) managed to pull off a well rounded story and leave the audience thinking. Here, I got neither.
My second issue is the overly simplistic delivery, cinematography, directing and acting. This is something I…
Oscar Nominated Live Action Short 4/5
Simple story, well presented, and my favourite part: not overly dramatic. Just before Losing Everything is a fantastic example of suspense with no drama. Not only that, but the film depicts such real circumstances that it's easy to get lost in it all. With some shorts, it's common to get caught up in the idea of fantasy and fiction. Instead, Xavier Legrand keeps this film down to earth, and in turn, creates a very strong and powerful short film.
Very well done.
Oscar Nominated Live Action Short 3/5
Repulsive, completely gratuitous and utterly infuriating.
How the fuck did this get nominated?
There was no care AT ALL. Everything was so formulaic. The film pretended to create this sympathy for the characters that was never really there because even the filmmakers didn't have it. An annoyingly stupid war film that tries to explore the idea of children in war, and unjustified violence.
Of course the female character was only written in so she could get raped. Of course.
Fuck this film. Fuck it.
Never has a short film pissed me off this much.
Oscar Nominated Live Action Short 2/5
On to my favourite nominated live action of this year, Mark Gill's, The Voorman Problem. Based around a prisoner who believes himself to be a god, this 13 minute short displays the perfect example of a well rounded and fantastically executed story.
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Oscar Nominated Live Action Short 1/5
Although Helium was well executed, it's visual style could not make up for the fact that Anders Walter's bit off a bit more than he could chew. The story was as well presented as it could have been, especially in the time-frame of a short film, however, the more complicated the subject, the harder it is to make the film feel whole.
Helium ended up being one of the most ambitious projects of all the live action nominees, and although that's admirable in itself, it also ended up being its downfall.
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