My Dead Dad's Porno Tapes

As you might guess from the title, it veers dangerously close to archness and irony. But Charlie Tyrell overachieves, packing his 15-minute short with naked honesty and elaborate stop-motion animation. I wasn't expecting cycles of abuse to figure so prominently; nor did I expect I'd see my own family mirrored in the filmmaker's...Tyrell is able to posthumously forgive his father's sins, but I doubt I'll be so lucky. In his story, patriarchy finds a way of making better men, and growth needn't be stopped by emotional barrenness. Which does seem to be true of his family. For me, though, the bitter will always overpower the sweet.