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Entries Tagged as 'Short'

Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts

March 1st, 2010 · No Comments

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Tags: Animation · Comedy · Drama · Foreign Language · Rating · Romance · Sci-Fi/Fantasy · Short

The Response

June 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

Actor/producer-turned-attorney Sig Libowitz, and director Adam Rodgers have shown a keen understanding of the one element missing from most courtroom dramas: restraint. While courtroom scenes in movies and television shows often have glaring factual inaccuracies, there is nothing more cringeworthy than when the filmmakers indulge in high-pitched drama in a forum which is governed by [...]

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Tags: Biographical · Capsule · Drama · Short · War

Girls, Tricky

May 13th, 2009 · No Comments

This week marks the opening of the beautiful new Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago, a multifaceted feast for the eyes that delivers on its high expectations as the new jewel of both the museum and Millennium/Grant Park. While the modern and contemporary galleries are lovely, the most exciting part of the new space [...]

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Tags: Documentary · Review · Short

A Decade of Love

May 1st, 2009 · No Comments

As the mother-credited saying goes, if you don’t have anything good to say, then say nothing at all. Of course that would eliminate a great deal of film criticism. Taking a favorite form of mine, the short film thematic anthology, and making me scratch my head and grit my teeth, A Decade of Love was an [...]

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Tags: Capsule · Comedy · Drama · Ensemble · Foreign Language · Romance · Short

The Youth In Us

December 8th, 2006 · No Comments

Every once in while on WTTW’s Image Union (the long-running half-hour short film showcase) you come across a real gem. In this case, the jewel is The Youth In Us, and the good news is, you don’t have to TIVO Image Union (which I recommend) to see it, since director Joshua Leonard has constructed a [...]

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Tags: Drama · Romance · Short

Eros

May 3rd, 2006 · 1 Comment

Wong Kar-wai is cheating, folks. It really isn’t fair how effective his filmmaking is at capturing a certain mood, often evocative of longing and long-suffering. He has found a recognizable formula for his elliptical storytelling: Christopher Doyle’s deft touch for lighting and camera placement; a lush score; beautiful period costumes; and otherwordly, dank settings. [...]

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Tags: Director · Foreign Language · Romance · Short

Three… Extremes (Saam gaang yi)

March 22nd, 2006 · No Comments

Episodic film collaborations, in which a number of directors each contribute a short segment, can be great entertainment, especially if the collection allows the viewer to compare and contrast how each director’s distinct style is applied to the common theme, be it love (Eros), disaster (September 11), change (Visions of Europe), a place (the upcoming [...]

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Tags: Director · Drama · Foreign Language · Horror · Short