OSCAR SHORTS - Live Action


Meetup Time:  11:45 am for 12:00 pm viewing


Both the live action and animated shorts run for several days  -- if you can't make this and want us to post another date and time please let one of the organizers know and we will post  you as the host -- thanks! 

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  • Rosemary

    Thanks to all who attended. Well, its happened again -- a truly great set of films -- 5 little stories that move, challenge thought, bring tears and laughter -- thanks again to all who attended and can't wait to see the docs and animation.

    February 3, 2014

  • Dennis F.

    The academy strongly favors well-crafted and emotionally satisfying work that feels like preparation for award-winning features of the future. But the fact that dedicated committees of conscientious human beings who know a lot about how movies are made weeded through hundreds and hundreds of submissions and picked their favorites, even if they might not be your favorites or mine, is something to be grateful for.

    Furthermore, what I saw this week included a riveting family thriller I’m guessing will stick with me longer than 90 percent of the movies I watch this year, a one-note joke that’s exquisitely executed, a shattering documentary that doesn’t need to be a second longer than it is, a portrait of an irreplaceable American eccentric, and a study of healing and forgiveness that feels like the basis for a better, longer film.

    January 31, 2014

    • Dennis F.

      I suspect the one truly great film in the documentary category — and, along with “Just Before Losing Everything,” the 2013 short you shouldn’t miss — is Edgar Barens’ “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall,” which will also reach HBO on March 31. Hall was an 82-year-old convicted murderer, as well as a decorated World War II combat veteran and former POW, who allowed Barens to film his final illness in the hospice unit of the Iowa State Penitentiary. There’s no flinching away from the complicated and painful truth in this film, or in the haggard, haunted Hall himself. He’s a former violent drunk and racist, with eight ex-wives, who was turned in by his own son after committing murder, and ends up dying literally in the arms of an African-American fellow inmate, a volunteer who ministers to dying men in the hospice unit. A reverent and shattering experience, made with immense compassion and without an atom of dishonesty.

      January 31, 2014

    • Rosemary

      Just saw the live action and am with you re "everything you have to loose" -- there wasn't a shot lost in that film -- loved, loved, loved Voorman and can't wait to see the rest this coming week --

      February 3, 2014

  • Gaurav S.

    Hi Rosemary,
    This meetup is at 1130 night today?

    February 2, 2014

    • Rosemary

      Hi there and so sorry did not get your post earlier -- the shorts were Sunday with another round this coming Wed and the docs next Sunday -- hope you can join us!

      February 3, 2014

  • Lynn P.

    Mike and I really enjoyed meeting you all. This will be a lot of fun. We will see you Wed for the animation

    February 2, 2014

  • Pam

    Bummer, have a show.

    January 27, 2014

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