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  • Kickin' the Conga Round

    Kickin' the Conga Round

    ★★★

    So that is why I can’t dance, not enough spinach in my diet.


    P.S. I really liked the animation of the dance fight.

  • The Skull

    The Skull

    ★★★½

    The Skull is based on a true story, or rather the opening is. Well, really only the first minute.

    There was a man named Marquis de Sade, who was imprisoned, and who in death had his corpse beheaded for phrenological study. After that, little is known.

    Based on a short story by the author of Psycho, screenwriters Milton Subotsky and Robert Bloch begin with these few facts and turn out a rather effective horror film that now viewed in 2020…

  • Nix on Hypnotricks

    Nix on Hypnotricks

    ★★★

    Reason number 11 as to why Internet-connected phones are terrible: about a third of the way into this short I found myself suddenly pulling my phone out of my pocket almost randomly to check if I got any notifications.

    I ended up pausing the short due to how little I was paying attention. It was nearly ten minutes until I resumed the short, and by that point I was kind of over it. And.... before it was over I, naturally,…

  • The Wagoner

    The Wagoner

    ★★★★½

    This afternoon I learned that Criterion Channel has lifted the paywall on some films from Black filmmakers.

    I randomly found this short while going through their catalog and thought I'd give it a go.

    Frankly, short films are an odd thing for me. I even have a couple tags that make a joke of this.

    Short films are, when not experimental, tending to be commercials or pitches for the feature they wish to be. Borom sarret is that rare exception…

  • Flies Ain't Human

    Flies Ain't Human

    ★★★★

    So that's how Murder Hornets were born. A loose piece of spinach in an empty can.

  • Mental Poise

    Mental Poise

    ★★

    This ends with a shrug from Robert Benchley as he looks into the camera and it almost feels like Benchley going “eh, well that’s all folks.”

    Another of his comedy shorts that has produced a mild reaction from me.

    There’s a good comedic premise here and yet he can’t really get the jokes across the line or for the performance to sell the beats.

    We have a character come in to meet the therapist and he looks exactly like the…

  • Cock-a-Doodle Dog

    Cock-a-Doodle Dog

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A lot of great gags in this one.

    I especially like how the tables turn at the end; rarely if ever does that happen in one of theses animated shorts that focuses on the one animal/person going after another. Usually they are continually bothered with explosives blowing up in their faces, but here Spike gets to win at least once.

    There's karma for that pesky rooster!

  • Problem Pappy

    Problem Pappy

    ★★★

    That darn Pappy!

  • Hollywood Wonderland

    Hollywood Wonderland

    ★★½

    The opening part with the narration was nice. I’d like some more of that, with footage of the studio's sets or talk about the advancements made through the film industry in fashion and sound recording or something.

    Instead they show what I think were probably shot-for-this short scenes of people singing in different, wonderfully rich surroundings with each one split up by interstitials of two harmonizing tour guides taking people to some parts of a studio for some rather unconvincing…

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★

    I'm resigned to the fact that I won't be writing a "proper" review for 1917. So in lieu of that here's this stray thought I had when watching the 92nd Academy Awards:

    How livid do we think Joaquin Phoenix was when he saw George MacKay take that cow's milk?

  • Doing Impossikible Stunts

    Doing Impossikible Stunts

    ★★★

    So that's how bridges get made.

  • Long Shot

    Long Shot

    ★★★★

    Holy fuck this was a great movie that everyone has forgotten months later.

    Hope to add some more thoughts soon.