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Lets meetup and see the Oscar Nominated Shorts- Animated program.

Let's meet up in the lobby of the fabulous Sun-Ray Cinema by 2:55 pm, or find us in the theatre. There is also a showing of Live Action Shorts, later on Saturday at 7 pm, for those who get hooked on the short format. After the showing we can adjourn for coffee or pizza in the 5 Points district to discuss what we've seen. A $2 donation to cover web site expenses would be appreciated.

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  • Lisa A.

    I agree with Rob. Both animated and live action short selections this year were very good -- or at least, quite creative. I voted for "Curfew" also, tho' "Henry" really got to me emotionally. BTW, I saw "The Impossible" yesterday -- great film and an emotional ride. Not sure of Watt's performance worthy of an Oscar nod though when considering she'd be joining the legendary winners of the past who DO seem to have the capability of playing anything sent their way with flair.

    1 · February 5, 2013

  • Rob S.

    I had a great time too. The films were all very interesting to see and the conversation added a lot to the experience. My pick for the animated short would be Head over Heels but I tend to be somewhat sentimental when it comes to film. For live action short, which is an even harder category to pick between, I have to go with Curfew but I think that it is possible that a number of the other films could win the award. I wish that they would start showing shorts again before main features, it would add a lot to the experience. I hope the documentary shorts will also be shown locally from what I have read this years nominees are particularly compelling.

    1 · February 4, 2013

  • Cherrie M.

    My pick is "The Dripper" the Jackson Pollack tribute. It was theater of the absurd in a very visual and fun way that I found engaging. The entire time it was showing I kept thinking Kafka. Kafka, Kafka...

    2 · February 4, 2013

  • Michael C.

    Awesome time!!

    February 4, 2013

  • Joni B.

    I find it difficult to choose a BEST. They are so different. Some excelled at color, some in story line, some in an emotion pull. All were so imaginative! I did find myself liking the tribute to Jackson Pollock and the lede film about Lisa Simpson is just precious.
    Sorry I had a prior commitment after so I missed the discussion.

    February 4, 2013

  • Curtis W.

    Head Over Heels

    February 4, 2013

  • Curtis W.

    Oops. Lisa, you are right. The Graffalo's Child is not a nominee. I still go with Head Over Heads.

    February 4, 2013

  • Curtis W.

    I liked Head Over Heels the best, but I have a feeling that The Gruffalo's Child will win the Oscar. Sorry that I could not stay to meet everyone.

    February 3, 2013

    • Lisa A.

      I think Gruffalo's Child is just an honorable mention, not a nomination because of the starpower involved -- it wouldn't be fair. I voted for Paperman (?) because of how creative they got with well...just paper. I liked Head over Heels too, but thought the claymation a little poor maybe...altho' I liked the storyline better. Liked Adam and Dog too...it's a tossup for me, but I think I went with PaperMan (or well...whatever it's called .. Paper Something) just because of the ability to create so much out of paper. As for the Live Action Shorts -- am leaning towards Curfew, altho Buzhasi Boys and Asad were great -- but left me w/sorta a 'hangin' feeling. Loved the discussion at the Derby & Starbucks later -- lots of fun listening to all the shop talk.

      February 3, 2013

  • Cherrie M.

    The group exceeded my expectations in that I had a chance to see some more than interesting short films and the discussion afterwards provided even more interesting perspectives on the films than I as an individual would have considered. Thanks guys!

    February 3, 2013

  • Chris

    We had a great turnout yesterday. Five of us adjourned to the Derby on Park afterwards and had a splendid meal and conversation on the nominated animated shorts, as well as on the Oscars in general. Other topics included "Lincoln" as a civil war and non-civil war movie, Morgan Freeman and Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained and The Shawshank Redemption, "guy" movies and Hurt Locker. We may have even inadvertently recruited our waiter as a new member as he kept finding our conversations fascinating. Four of us returned to Sun-Ray @ 7 pm to see the Live Action shorts; they are not to be missed -- all of them are worthy choices. I was particularly taken with Curfew, Buzkashi Boys and Asad. Thanks to all who participated.

    1 · February 3, 2013

  • Rainni

    Up to the moment I had to leave I saw The Gruffallo's Child and enjoyed the previous nominees. I was glad I shared them with friends in Amelia Island.

    1 · February 3, 2013

  • Lisa A.

    Had SO MUCH Fun!

    1 · February 2, 2013

  • Lisa A.

    http://www.sunraycinema.com/menu/ Here's the website for the Cinema information. :) Tickets for adults are $9 or $7 for students or Sr. Citizens. Not sure about the parking -- a little wondering about that, but I always get 'the shakes" when have to drive in Jax! :) Lisa

    February 1, 2013

    • Rob S.

      generally there are spots out front to park at that are free for a few hours. The theater also has its own lot in back. To reach it you just need to go around the block.

      February 1, 2013

  • Chris

    The most direct way is to take I-95 North to the Park St exit just past downtown. Turn left on Park St and you will see it on the right after the 2nd traffic light.

    January 31, 2013

  • Lisa A.

    Thanks for the clarification. Will try and look up the costs issue tomorrow for the showings. Anyone live in S/Augustine want to carpool & split gas costs? I would be planning on going to both the 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. events. I'm rather dicey about driving in Jacksonville -- seem to always get twisted around .. is this location on the south end of Jax or Orange area?

    January 31, 2013

  • Chris

    Thanks for providing the clarification, Cherrie. My thinking was to go with animated shorts showing at 3 pm. Afterwards we could adjourn for our discussion at a 5 points bistro or whatever while Groundhog Day is playing @ 5 pm. Then those who want to catch the live action shorts can do so at 7 pm.

    January 30, 2013

  • Cherrie M.

    Lisa,
    I think it is this year's nominations. There is an animation showing at 3pm and it would appear another showing of live action shorts at 7pm. the group is meeting at 3pm. For more details you can also google "Sun Ray Cinema" and that should provide you with more details on the offerings. Hope that helps.

    January 30, 2013

  • Lisa A.

    Answer anyone to my question yet? I live in St. Augustine so of course, before driving 45 miles need a few more details! :) Or a carpool buddy! LOL.

    January 30, 2013

  • Cherrie M.

    I am soooo glad I found this group. My only regret is that I did not find you sooner so I would have known that "Beasts of the southern Wild" was showing here! But, it is good to know there are others interested in indie films.

    January 30, 2013

  • Lisa A.

    This sounds really great. A little confused though ... 1) Do the showings start at 3 p.m. or at 7 p.m.? 2) Are these this year's nominees? 3) What is the cost of the showings (altogether)?

    January 30, 2013

  • Sonja R.

    That sounds like a fantastic time, but I am out of town this weekend. Please keep me in the loop for future events. Have fun!!!

    January 29, 2013

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