The Candy Shop

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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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we celebrate the end of an era, talk to a first-time writer/director, discuss the fine art of short film creation with a seasoned hand, and hear from movie icon Wings Hauser. Wings Hauser, people. Max Winkler hit the festivals hard with Ceremony, his coming of age story starring Michael Angarano and Uma Thurman. Now it’s seeing a limited release, and he’s stopped by to discuss the benefits of getting your heart broken and the wrong way to crash a party. We featured the short film The Candy Shop on the site recently, and director Brandon McCormick was nice enough to share his production methods, talk about working with Doug Jones, and tell listeners how they can help fight sex trafficking in their own backyard. As if that weren’t enough, Wings Hauser joins us moments before a special screening of the 80s classic Vice Squad at the Alamo Drafthouse to talk about the confusing, wonderful nature of his latest co-starring role in Rubber and to generally be a badass. Plus, Erik Davis of Movies.com and Eric Snider from Film.com fight to the pain in our Movie News Pop Quiz (and join Scott Weinberg to talk about the end of Cinematical (as we know it) and what happened with HuffPo/Aol). Loosen up your tie and stay a while. Listen Here: Download This Episode

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Why Watch? Doug Jones has played some beloved characters from his turn in the Hellboy movies to the freaky monsters of Pan’s Labyrinth. However, this might be his creepiest role ever (and the most you ever get to see his face). This beautifully shot short film tells the story of a candy shop owner (played by Jones) who looks like the Gene Wilder Willy Wonka and Jigsaw had a love child that was born with lupus. He’s ghoulish, and he has a machine that turns little girls into candy. But it’s okay, right? Because there’s a market for it. One young man is lured into working for him and must choose between making the money to keep food on his family’s table and keeping his soul. The whole fantasy is a parable about child sex trafficking. It’s a haunting movie, and it was made to help raise awareness and money to help stop sex slavery. A great cause, and a great piece of art. What Will It Cost? Just 30 minutes of your time. Does it get better any better than that? Check out The Candy Shop for yourself:

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published: 11.19.2014
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