LIVE ACTION SHORTS 2014

We went to a screening of all the Oscar nominated live action short films. Here they are:

HELIUM – 2014

Helium

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATION

  • Best Live Action Short Film (Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson)

Elizabeth

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis mooooooooooooooooooovie. It’s about a dying kid. COOL! Now, Helium was not poorly made or poorly acted or anything. In fact, it was well-made and well-acted. But why does this story need to be told? It doesn’t. It’s about a kid dying of a terminal illness and the hospital worker who tells him the story of Helium, a place that is like heaven, but not, somehow. Yeah, I was weeping by the end of this. But I wasn’t happy about it. This movie is too easy, because of course you’re going to get emotion when you have a cute kid dying. Ugh. HATED THIS.

Christopher

Boring and cheap. It’s about a kid dying and a guy just telling him about Helium, which is basically heaven.

THE VOORMAN PROBLEM – 2012

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ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATION

  • Best Live Action Short Film (Mark Gill and Baldwin Li)

Elizabeth

I liked the idea behind The Voorman Problem but I think it actually suffered from being a short film rather than feature length. It reminded me a bit of La Moustache but less depressing. I feel like this short would make a good TV series, but it definitely ended with me feeling like I didn’t get everything out of it that I should.

Christopher

This was really really interesting but I don’t think it pulled it off. To spoil it; It’s about a psychiatrist going to a prison to declare that a specific prisoner is insane. You are told that the inmate is a god and that the inmates are his followers. So what basically happens is that the inmate is God, he proves this by erasing some country from ever existing. But at the very end God switches roles with the psychiatrist. He says, I will be you and walk out of here free, and you will be me, controller of everything. And he does this. But wouldn’t that mean that the psychiatrist/protagonist can do whatever the fuck he wants? Cause he’s GOD? It was cool but the end just didn’t really make sense.

AVANT QUE DE TOUT PERDRE [JUST BEFORE LOSING EVERYTHING] – 2013

Avant-que-de-tout-perdre

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATION

  • Best Live Action Short Film (Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras)

Elizabeth

This one was definitely one of my favorites. At first I wasn’t sure how I liked it because it sort of took me a while to get a handle on what was going on, which isn’t usually a great thing for a short film. But it’s really just because Just Before Losing Everything gets right into it, doesn’t bother with intros, just sort of has you figure it out as it happens. And because it’s about a mother trying to escape her abusive husband with their children, the way the story is told makes it all the more pressing. Léa Drucker, as the mother/wife, was really awesome and seemed so realistic in her reactions. This short is definitely worth seeing.

Christopher

I really enjoyed this short. I would say it was my second favorite. The subject, a mom/wife and her two kids are trying to escape her abusive husband, was interesting and I was invested and engaged the whole thirty minutes. I would not be upset if this won. Check this out if you get the chance!

AQUEL NO ERA YO [THAT WASN’T ME] – 2012

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ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATION

  • Best Live Action Short Film (Esteban Crespo)

Elizabeth

Yeah, fuck this movie, too. Child soldiers, murder, rape. NO. THANKS.

Christopher

This was similar to Helium where it just felt like it was made just to be edgy. But everything that happens is obvious, it’s just scary and gross. Asad from last year took this kind of world and created a short that was far more effective.

PITÄÄKÖ MUN KAIKKI HOITAA? [DO I HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING?] – 2012

PITÄÄKÖ-MUN-KAIKKI-HOITAA

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATION

  • Best Live Action Short Film (Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari)

Elizabeth

Do I Have To Take Care of Everything? is sort of everything I want in a short film. It fits its length perfectly, it’s funny, it’s sweet, and fun to watch. The very opening is so funny, just seeing this couple sort of messily sleep next to each other. It reminded me of Chris and me. Out of all of the shorts, this is definitely the one that I would recommend to pretty much anyone.

Christopher

I think this was the best short. It was short. It was super funny. It made me feel good and I remembered it the most the next day. Watch this now!

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