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What you need to know about the 2020 Documentary Oscar Shorts

'Tis the season--to be awarded! With the 2020 Academy Awards coming this Sunday (I realized this two nights ago and could have sworn they were, like, several weeks from now) it's time to make yourself acquainted with the nominees, big and t...

 
 
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What You Need to Know About the 2020 Animated Oscar Shorts

With less than a week until the Academy Awards, it's time to take a look at the categories that you may not have ever heard of. Sure, the Best Picture and acting categories may be all that people are talking about leading up to the awards, ...

 
 
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Review: Away

While the definition of film will vary from person to person, no one can deny it is a visual medium. Despite featuring stories with spoken dialogue, it's entirely possible to convey emotion and drama through visuals alone. This was accompli...

 
 
 
 
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What you need to know about the 2019 Animated Oscar Shorts

The art of animation is something truly spectacular. Through dedication and passion, any artist can create a world of limitless possibilities through a variety of techniques and art styles. While it's very easy to honor the big budget anima...

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Love Actually short film full of everyone and love

When we all heard there was a Love Actually short film sequel coming I think we got a little too excited. The film is here now, and while it is fun to see all these characters again, it's mostly just a promotional tool for Red Nose Day...

 
 
 
 
 
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles done Invader Zim style

Fans of the cult classic Invader Zim can attest to how ridiculous (re: genius) Jhonen Vasquez is. While we might still be lamenting the series that left us too soon (as can be said for a multitude of Nicktoons over the years), we can find s...

 
 
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Live-action short film does the first board of Donkey Kong

The first board of Donkey Kong is easily recognizable. It may be on the same iconic level as the Pac-Man maze and 1-1 from Super Mario Bros. It's the stuff of playgrounds, construction sites, and obstacle courses, and Banks has made a short...

 
 
 
 
 
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Watch The Chickening, a NSFW and WTF parody of The Shining

Nick DenBoer and Davy Force's The Chickening is a poultry-centric parody of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. I want you to pause a moment, read that sentence again, and then just watch the NSFW video below. That was the Citizen Kane of poult...

 
 
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New Pixar Short Brings Us Superpowered Hindu Heroes

One of the best parts of any new Pixar film (or most animated films these days) is the little short films before the feature. Usually these will showcase unsung animators, student works, or something the new guy was tasked to do. Of course,...

 
 
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Flix for (Not So) Short: Wrestling Isn't Wrestling

Regardless of your feelings toward Max Landis' work (last seen in Chronicle), the guy can put together an interesting, and informative pop culture video. The last time we saw one of his videos, he took on the famous Death of Superman arc f...

 
 
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Flix for Short: Power/Rangers, a super gritty MMPR fan film

Last year, around the time Saban and Lionsgate announced they were working on a new Power Rangers movie, I wrote up a few ways to do it properly. One of those suggestions is to keep the grimdark stuff as far away as possible. I don't under...

 
 
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Flix for Short: The Missing Scarf

The Missing Scarf by Eoin Duffy was my favorite short from this past year's Oscar nominated animated short films - and I'm excited to say everybody can finally watch it online! Narrated by George Takei, The Missing Scarf follows Albert the...

 
 
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More Twilight films in the works...sort of

With all of the Young Adult properties out there now trying to fill the void Twilight left behind, you figure we'd never hear about the series again. Well, someone out there really wants to explore those films again. Luckily, not in the way...

 
 
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Flix for Short: Space Cat Hob

In Space Cat Hob, we meet Hob, an anthropomorphic cat with a fancy space suit who has crash landed on a dangerous planet. Despite just wanting to do the right thing, Hob finds himself in trouble after trouble as he navigates his way throug...

 
 
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Flix for Short: The Shift

The Shift, written and directed by Francesco Calabrese, is a short film set in the 60s with a neat twist on science fiction films like The Stepford Wives and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. As a husband comes home from work one day, he fin...

 
 
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Flix for Short: The Planets

The Planets, by Andy Martin, is a wonderful short film "told in twelve parts." The short features 12 mini-stories, each on its own planet and each with its own brilliantly unique animation style. Towards the end the larger story comes toge...

 
 
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Flix for Short: Manly

Adventure Time writer and storyboard artist Jesse Moynihan teamed up with his brother Justin Moynihan to create this awesome Cartoon Hangover short film; Manly. In the short we meet Manly, the daughter of the emperor god of the universe an...

 
 
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Watch this stop motion Usagi Yojimbo short, The Last Request

While Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is currently overturtlepowering the box office, let's not forget another anthropomorphic comic book hero, Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo. Usagi, a rabbit samurai, once hung out with the turtles during a coupl...

 
 
 
 
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Flix for Short: Butter Ya'Self (NSFW)

Presenting: Butter Ya'Self, a stop-motion animation of food rapping about food. You're welcome. Butter Ya'Self was created by a bunch of people at CalArts, but specifically by Julian Petschek. The characters are all voiced by real musician...

 
 
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Flix for Short: Big Bang Dog

"Is it possible that it happened yesterday? He disappeared right before my eyes and everything remains just as different? Why do they multiply and divide? Only the dogs take this as a natural fact. Please don't go into the wrong door. The...

 
 
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Flix for Short: O Futebol Classico, a Mickey Mouse short

To celebrate the FIFA World Cup kicking off in Brazil, Disney has crafted a new Mickey Mouse short entirely in Portuguese, O Futebol Classico. It's short, sweet, and funny. You don't even need to know Portuguese to like it!  JOSE CARI...

 
 
 
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You should watch Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist

So apparently Ultra Street Fighter IV Supreme Deluxe Pizza Extra Mushrooms with a Side of Cheesy Sticks released on Xbox and PS3 recently. In celebration of that, Machinima released a line of short films much like that kickass MK Lega...

 
 
 
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Flix for Short: Phantom Limb

Phantom Limb is a wonderful animated short by animator Alex Grigg about a couple's struggles physically and psychologically after a motorcycle accident. The animation and design of the characters and settings is simple but superb. Phantom ...

 
 
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Flix for Short: Birder Dash

Birder Dash is the first animated short from Russian illustrator and artist Max Litvinov. It's a pretty cool little short, the animation style is full of repetitive yet somehow fresh movement - it feels more like a comic brought to life, b...

 
 




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Slay the Dragon"A powerful piece on political activism and the impact an individual can have"

 

The Platform"As above, so below"

 

SXSW Critical Thinking"What's your next move?"

 

Bloodshot"A bloody mess (not the good kind)"

 

SXSW Drunk Bus"Going round in circles"

 

The Hunt"Not even the third most talked about movie of the year"

 

Never Rarely Sometimes Always"Necessary for our time"

 

Jurassic Thunder"Somehow worse than it looks"

 

Castlevania (Season 3)"WHERE'S GRANT???"

 

The Booksellers"The moment he croaks I'm on the phone with Sotheby's"

 

The Wild Goose Lake"Goose on the loose."

 

The Way Back"Can't find its way"

 

The Dark Red"Kidnapping babies and wasting time"

 

The Invisible Man"Nothing to see here"

 

Burden"Love conquers all...except boredom"

 

Verotika"'Your teets are looking at me!'"

 

Blood on Her Name"'That don't put the skin back on the cat'"

 

Dragon Quest: Your Story"Butchering a beloved classic"

 

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising"Yet I'm falling asleep"

 

Beanpole"Plant a seed and hope for the best"

 

Ride Your Wave"Love and water"

 

We"A deadly serious sex comedy"

 
 
 
 
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