Sunday Shorts

In a world of sound bites, dwindling attention spans, and one hundred and forty character conversations, we here at FSR feel inclined to remind our readers that entertainment is best enjoyed at an easier pace, slowly and with deliberate consideration — except on Sunday. On the seventh day of each week we’ll feed your inner ADD monkey with the highest quality short films available to sate your appetite for instant gratification.

Updates Every: Sunday, duh.

Sunday Shorts

Today’s short is a spot-on parody of wildlife programs that would make the creators of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom tear up and applaud. Beyond its humor, the animation is clever and crisply done, and the educational value is immense. If you find yourself stranded in the desert, this video could save your life. Why Watch? It’s funny, yeah, of course. But it also uses an iconic movie monster as its scientific specimen. I would love to say which one, but the impact of that oh-so-British narrator’s voice saying it for the first time is far too good to ruin. What Will It Cost? Just five minutes of your time. Does it get better any better than that? Only if we gave you an ice cream sandwich to eat while you watched. So check out Monstrous Wildlife for yourself:

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Sunday Shorts

While most of my partners in crime ( we collectively have more unpaid parking tickets as a site than Aint it Cool News and CHUD combined) are busy Fantastic Festing in Austin, I’m holding down the fort in Southern California, and bringing you good folks another Sunday Shorts. You know what I like about my job? Sometimes — someone else sort of does it for me, and what’s life if you can’t pass your responsibilities on to someone else? Even better if they’re willing to do it without your prodding. Last week FSR’s very own Cole Abaius shot me a suggestion for this week’s Sunday Shorts, a fantastically done and perfectly paced short called Forever’s Not So Long.

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Sunday Shorts

With both Catfish and The Social Network, we’re thinking more and more about how the internet has affected our physical lives. This is not some grand revelation or big surprise considering how embedded in the culture our binary personae are – in fact, it was suggested decades ago and not seen as some sort of crazy prognostication by mad men. It was accepted as what would eventually happen as more and more people plugged in. One such prognostication came in the form of a short film from 2001 called The Parlor. It’s now more relevant and more entertaining than it was back then. And, in the interest of being mysterious (since that’s what sells films these days), I’ll rhetorically ask in big bold letters: WHAT IS THE PARLOR?

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Sunday Shorts

I had a plan for this Sunday’s short film; something I had watched and enjoyed last weekend right after posting the latest entry to Sunday Shorts. That said, I feel inclined to temporarily abandon the other short in favor of this one, but not because I prefer it. On the contrary — it doesn’t do anything for me at all; in fact, I think it’s sort of awful. A part of doing what we do here at FSR is reviewing feature films we’ve never seen before. It’s part and parcel to our job that we’ll run into films that leave a bad impression, and we report on this, to you. While I have the benefit of moving through a fair number of short films very quickly to find something I appreciate, I thought it would be interesting to turn my Sunday Shorts column on its ear today and present something that, for me at least, sort of misses the mark.

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Sunday Shorts

I’ve been sort of going on a love story bender here at Sunday Shorts; be it related to lost love, getting your heart broken, relationship dynamics, and silent longing. That said, I’m retiring the genre here for a bit to move on to different subject matter — but not before I slap one last one on ya just because. Writer, director, editor, and artist Lev Yilmaz started the Tales of Mere Existence series in ’03, and kept in the vein of simply-designed animation to get across his thoughts on everyday life, through the prism of a cynic. He has released books, DVDs featuring his animated work, has a pretty substantial following on Youtube, and a snazzy website to dig around in for fun stuff. Tales of Mere Existence was a series, and all of the related shorts can be found easily online, if you’d like to follow along and get better acquainted with Lev’s work. Today’s short gives us the play-by-play to the sixty four steps it takes to extricate yourself form a relationship that’s just not working. Feel free to take notes.

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Sunday Shorts

Unspoken love is a tough thing to deal with, but throwing in a zombie apocalypse while secretly pining for a lovely lady has got to be double complicated. Should I do the yawn-arm-over-shoulder bit, or keep that hand free to grab a machete? Should I tell her how I feel, or concentrate on the itchy bite on my ankle? Decisions…

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Sunday Shorts

I’m a big fan of live action shorts, but I’ll readily admit that I have a tendency to lean toward the animated variety. I love Pixar, not only for the incredible animation, but for the writing that gives their films so much heart. A really strong animated short can give you that in perfect doses. Full-length is great, but I truly believe it takes some incredible skill to lend fifteen minutes or less of film enough heart and gravity to make the viewer want to watch again and share what they found with all of their friends. Today, I’m sharing one such video with all of you.

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Sunday Shorts

Today I turn thirty, and on this milestone date I figured it was time for some reflection, some thanks for my health — and an opportunity to exorcise some of my redneck demons. I’d like to think I’m reasonably well cultured at this point; I’ve seen the world, learned (and forgotten) another language, and have a dining palate that reflects my travels. Still, I was born in West Texas. This dictates that, no matter how far I’ve traveled from cowboy boots and questionable haircuts — I’ve still made some choices that are decidedly ‘hick’. So, it’s time to purge myself of a secret shame I’ve carried for years — my former love of the culinary delight known as the “bologna bowl”. To spool you up on exactly what this delicious nightmare consists of, is Raymond McAnally of Daily Fiber Films. Enjoy, be horrified, and finally — resist the urge to visit the packaged meats section of your local grocer today. Resiiiiiiist…

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Sunday Shorts

You might have spent the weekend with an end of the world action marathon or just hit up the box office for some comedy. One was exhausting. The other was also exhausting. So, either way, today’s offering is sweet and satisfying. A Quoi Ca Sert L’amour? (To what end is love?) is the animated story of a young man and woman, and the perils of falling in love. The animation is simple, neat, and a fun mix of 2D and 3D that cleanly interact on the screen. Coming in at a super lean four minutes, this is an example of a short stuffing a lot of fun into a very small package.

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Sunday Shorts

Most know Don Hertzfeldt for his bizarre and surreal animated short film, Rejected. An Academy Award nominated, highly recognized animator, Hertzfeldt has developed what I would submit is more than just a cult following since breaking onto the animation scene in early 2000. Today’s Sunday Shorts offering is a glimpse back at the work Hertzfeldt created as a UC Santa Barbara film student that prefaced his bursting into the public consciousness with the likes of talking bananas and dancing clouds with bleeding…er…yeah.

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Sunday Shorts

I’d be lying if I said that John Lennon didn’t impact my life a lot later than perhaps he did others. I bloomed into a Beatles fan in my mid-twenties, with a sudden an unexplained appreciation for music that didn’t completely click with me upon previous listens. The same goes for Lennon as a solo artist, and I think upon reflection — I love a lot of what he did alone more than as a part of a collective.

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Sunday Shorts: The Cat with Hands

Last week, I teased a great interview for this Sunday, but last minute logistical issues have sadly pushed that back a bit. Not to worry, however — as I have an excellent short to share in The Cat With Hands, an excellent live-action/animated horror jaunt. It will leave you with something I’ve known all along — cats are not to be trusted; particularly those with, you know… hands.

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A Love Story Short

Love, it’ll rip your heart out. Blue-Tongue Films has a habit of showcasing quirky, interesting, well shot short films. 2005’s A Love Story is no exception.

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Last week I featured a fourteen year old animated short from Oscar winning animator Aleksandr Petrov. Petrov used a rare and decidedly old-school version of animating via oil paint on panels of glass. This week, I’m going the other direction.

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While I really dig finding new short films that impress with their pushing of technological boundaries from up-and-coming filmmakers, there is something to be said for the old school. This rings particularly true for our featured short today, Mermaid; a film that is as beautifully rare and unique now as it was upon its release fourteen years ago.

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Friday I came across a short film I had yet to see that was released last year. It’s the story of an amateur scientist on the verge of an incredible breakthrough; time travel.

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Yes — a movie with a three minute and twelve second run time was a rewarding game-t0-screen experience. It gave me hope anew, and I’m sharing it with you. I’m a poet.

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Hey folks, the shorts are back! After a not so lengthy absence from the site, Sunday Shorts will again become a regular part of your Sunday viewing pleasure. Rejoice, yo.

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Plastic Bag

This week, Sunday Shorts is back with something very special. Have you ever wondered what the life of a plastic bag is like? From its birth in a grocery store to its late life in a landfill? Have you also wondered what the existential thoughts of said bag would sound like? Yes, they would sound like Werner Herzog. That was my first thought, as well.

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If you love beer, maybe you shouldn’t work in a brewery.

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