Monster Roll

Best Short Films of 2012

There are exactly 12,458 short films made every year. That number is a grossly inaccurate estimation, but the point is, there’s a hell of a lot of short films out there. The classic calling card for would-be career directors, the mistress keeping a feature filmmaker’s attention, the proof that a left field concept can work.  These brief motion pictures can pack an incredible punch, and in the world of the internet, they are everyday finding their place among the throne room of distraction entertainment that can be safely smuggled into a cubicle or a school desk. After watching close to 3,000 shorts this year, roughly 260 were chosen for our Short Film of the Day feature, so the idea of culling that list down to 12 seems both staggering and like something that violates the Eighth Amendment. The whole “Everyone’s a winner” schtick is something we all know isn’t true, but if you made it onto the site at all, you’ve got something that thousands of other movies don’t. With that in mind, here are the shorts that shined above and beyond those that survived the final cut. You’ll find a security team overwhelmed by monsters and sarcasm, two robots with immense humanity, a bit of comic book ultra-violence and a whole lot more.

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The Best Short Films

Why Watch? Clearly a sequel to Jiro Dreams of Sushi, this ingenious proof of concept short from Dan Blank features an ancient promise broken, giant sea creatures exacting revenge and brave sushi chefs taking the big knife to them in order to save mankind. It’s construction is flawless, using well-timed editing and great visuals to deliver the first act of what they hope will be a feature film to come. Plus, the massive CGI monsters are thoroughly impressive. Beyond the crazy concept and execution lies a great new take on the Japanese monster movie. Where Godzilla represented a nuclear reality, Monster Roll pivots off the over-fishing problem currently burdening the island country. It’s a creature feature that retains its social context, which is commendable. It’s also commendable that the short is hugely ridiculous fun even without soy sauce on it. They’re starting a Kickstarter page soon, and you can track it, but it seems inevitable that the finished feature will be playing at Fantastic Fest as soon as its done. They definitely proved their concept. What will it cost you? Only 5 minutes. Skip work. Watch more short films.

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