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Movie(s) review - 2007 Oscar shorts & animated shorts

May 18, 2008

Two movies in one weekend! On Friday night it was Oscar’s Shorts 2007; five excellent short films.  My favorite was The Tonto Woman; it was also the best Western movie I have ever seen and only 38 minutes long to boot.  Yes, a cattle rustler might be capable of moral outrage.

The other films were about three women in a cancer ward, a crazy “substitute teacher”, an innovative matchmaker, and a pair of Hungarian pickpockets. Of them I only disliked the one about the cancer ward – the others were a hoot.

Tonight it was 2007 Oscar Animated Shorts.  I love animated films, though some of tonight’s selections were seriously weird – on the level of “be more careful who you buy your LSD from” weird. My favorite was Peter & The Wolf – an unusual retelling of Prokofiev’s tale. 

Finally, just because I was knocking around on YouTube looking for a clip from The Tonto Woman, I ran across this mad cool video morphing montage of modern paintings which has nothing whatever to do with the movies we saw…

How’s your art history knowledge?  How many of the paintings do you recognize?  My taste runs more to Vermeer or Homer than Picasso, so I’d like to see a montage of paintings from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.  Though I do like some 20th century painters around the likes of Edward Hopper.

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  1. May 19, 2008 at 08:33 | #1

    Another fascinating journey traveled thank to you George!

  2. May 19, 2008 at 18:54 | #2

    Our local theatre never shows anything as great as the award winning Oscar shorts or I would be the first in line.  Maybe, I can find a way to see them on cable someday.

    I loved the morphing montage. I was pretty confident that I would know most of the artists.  I found that I could name about 60 percent and there were a number where the painting was familiar and the artist’s name escaped me.

  3. May 19, 2008 at 19:05 | #3

    We’re really lucky to have The Normal Theater here.  It had been chopped up into two screens and reduced to third-run movies and was a condemned wreck 20 years ago, and someone organized restoring it to all its art deco glory.  It is truly beautiful inside, and they show classic, foreign, and independent films.  It is truly one of the best things about our community.

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