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The 2010 Oscar-Nominated Short Subjects

The 2010 Oscar-Nominated Short Subjects
Rated Various
Now Showing at: Cincinnati World Cinema at the Redmoor on Mt. Lookout Square, April 11, 13 and 14
Review by: Larry Thomas

One of the things that Cincinnati World Cinema does best is bring to our area several annual programs of international short films. It’s time for the ninth annual Oscar Nominated Shorts programs. But wait… there’s more! This year there’s a smattering of six bonus films plus funny commercials from around the world added to the mix.

The shorts are divided into two different programs, and arranged so you don’t get all live action or all animated in one showing. Program A has the Animated Oscar Winner Logorama, and Program B features The New Tenants, the live action winner. But don’t let the winners sway your decision. As has been written in many places, both winners were surprise upsets, and you may not find them the best of show at all.

In the animation category, Logorama is a spoof on commercialism, in that every thing in the film is a recognizable corporate logo. It’s already a cult favorite with design and ad agency folks. But for me, my favorite is the tried and true Wallace and Gromit in A Matter of Loaf and Death. Granted, some of the latest outing of dingy Wallace and silent Gromit is reminiscent of its predecessors. However, it’s still charming and funny, and its more than passing homage to Hitchcock makes for great fun.

The live action winner, The New Tenants, is an abstract, baffling work that seems to be stopped in its tracks by an overacted appearance by Vincent D’Onfrio. My vote would have gone to Kavi in which a family of three is enslaved in a sort of debtors prison in order to work off what’s owed to a loan shark. Kavi is the young boy of the family. He dreams of playing cricket with the regular kids, and of going to school. Not only is he defiant and freethinking, but also the young actor gives a winning performance.

A couple of others worth noting are French Roast, an animated French tale of the social classes which is quite funny, and the Australian drama Miracle Fish. Miracle Fish starts off like it might be another tale of young boy with an unhappy home life who’s picked on at school. However, when he sneaks off for a short nap in the school’s sickbay, the world around him drastically changes. The filmmaker leads the audience in a couple of possible directions, but you may be quite surprised by the conclusion.

Oscar Shorts and More is showing at the Redmoor in Mt. Lookout Square, in what was originally the Mt. Lookout Theatre. The Redmoor offers you a selection of food and beverages available at your table while enjoying the films. The two programs have their first showings later today, but both are already sold out. Program A will screen again on Tuesday at 7:30, and Program B will be shown on Wednesday at 7:30. You may buy a combo ticket for both programs, or single tickets for either, but you may want to act fast, as these shows are expected to sell out as well.

Don’t miss this opportunity to treat yourself to a wide variety of talent and entertainment by filmmakers who may be offered the opportunity to expand feature films in the near future.


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