Tuesday, February 25, 2014
See the Oscar Shorts (but No Passes Accepted)
There are five shorts ranging in length from seven minutes to 30 minutes and they're all over the board: comedy, intense drama, great special effects, wonderful storytelling, movies that moved me. The storytelling in this short form is simply outstanding and there are even some special special effects in a couple of the briefs.
The range was wide: child soldiers in Africa; a mother and children escaping an abusive dad; a small child dying and his new friend who helps make it a joy; a mother getting her tribe ready for a wedding; and the guy who thinks he's god (and is). Here's a trailer that will give you some of the flavor of these movies in the three categories (animated, live, documentary).
Animated and live action are showing at the Grandin and I strongly recommend the live. Didn't see the animated, but my guess is that it's special.
NOTE: Let me throw out a quick warning to anybody who wants to use Grandin passes (which are purchased and given as gifts) or Star Passes (which cost $1,000 and helped re-open the theater a few years ago): They are no good during the first week of any movie's run, which, from the schedule I saw, means they are no good for these movies at all, since they'll be gone Thursday. It's always a little disconcerting to hear, "We don't accept passes the first week ...," especially when the the passes have been paid for. Is the money no good? Really a pisser.
Jason Garnett, who used to manage the theater before being fired in a dustup with manager Kathy Chittum, responded thusly: "You can also see the Oscar Shorts in Whitman Theater at Virginia Western Community College this Friday. Screenings all day and they are free. Sidenote: Magnolia Pictures distributes the Oscar Shorts and they don't put pass restrictions on theaters."