This isn’t terribly well animated, but it is well paced and is a delightful contrast to the usual ‘you don’t know how much time you have, so make the most of it.’. It says ‘you do know much time you have left; not much. So make the most of it.’ Makes me ache.
Another departure from the usual showcase of short films – however short snippets underline the value of good filmmaking also. Scenes like this are so easily drowned in an ocean of imagery and the value is lost, yet it’s the combination of scenes like these, and countless others, that compose the fabric of a feature-length film, and bring us the pleasure they do – even if we’re not aware of it.
Not quite a short fictional film, just a tiny film made about a tiny area of human habitation hovering above a tiny area of space, otherwise known as the International Space Station. Representing the very pinnacle of envy that can be inspired in me, this film shows some practical advise for getting some shut-eye in space.
Many zombie films pass through. Short films by bad bad film makers do the same. This is not one of them. An extremely simple theme, with an extremely simply idea, it makes you want to make re-watch them all, but with a totally different mindset. Brilliant.
An enlightening film about autism, specifically Aspergers, amongst other variants. The full complexity of these mental disorders are not yet known, but those ‘afflicted’ are specialized people, in that they experience the world in a specific way, such that ‘normal’ people might never understand. Imagination, affection, humor and the idiosyncrasies of existence are uniquely experienced and absorbed, in ways that non-autistic individuals can scarcely appreciate.
To say we have much to learn from autistic people is an understatement. The nature of the mind as a landscape, yet sometimes as a prison, is never more evident than when we see it in children. This playful, yet moving film shows us that standing apart and alone is not always a disease, but a challenge and process towards conscious and emotional evolution, no matter what hands we have been dealt.
“I am perfectly normal, everyone else is weird. The entire world is weird; I’m fine.”
Similar films of interest: Mary and Max (trailer below):
At first I thought this was about cities. I watched it again, and I think it’s about the diminishing city and the role we should play in reducing our impact on the environment, and therefore about integration with nature. It’s minimalist, peaceful and a little foreboding.
I’m hooked on films lately that represent the beautiful and surreal beneath the surface – and this short is a good addition. The acting isn’t great, and it has that rather tired DSLR creaminess which I’m seeing all over the place. I can’t place the genre either (I’m going sci-fi for categories sake). Saying that, I was won over, dramatically, and I’d like to see more work by this director.