Blinky

Over the course of the year, curating the Short Film of the Day feature has given me a deep and affecting appreciation of the art form. Before, I hadn’t given much thought to the little bastards, but the truth is that they are incredibly versatile and representative of the boundaries that film can break. They can be jokes told well or human dramas driven home. They can be a perfect bite or demand to be expanded into a full meal. They can feel classic or break out into the long, strange realm of experimentation. They are so much more than movies with short runtimes. There’s one difficulty in judging them, though. With such variation, pinpointing how one can be better than another gets to be tricky. So, no matter the order, the one constant is that all the movies listed here are outstanding at what they do. The other (small) problem is that sometimes short films spend a long time touring festivals and otherwise being unavailable online. Thus, eligibility here is based solely on when a movie hit the web for us to digest. In that way, it’s the best short films from 2010-2011, but I have a feeling that that trivia won’t matter once you sit glued to the screen at the talent on display here.

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Why Watch? Starring Max Records from Where The Wild Things Are, this effects-heavy, absolutely brilliant short features a young boy getting a robot helper that he hopes will help by fixing his family. Then, of course, it has no problem going on an adorable rampage with one hell of an ending. The kind of ending that makes you stand up and applaud even though you’re sitting alone at your computer. The people demand more Blinky. What Will It Cost? Just 13 lucky minutes of your time. Does it get better any better than that? Check out Blinky™ for yourself:

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