The shorts nominated for an Academy Award in the animation, live action, and documentary categories will be screened at the Bijou (4522 Fredericksburg) starting on Friday, February 10. As I'm writing this, the screenings begin at noon, but check your listings to make sure.
I will give you my take on some of the films I've already seen, and I've seen enough to recommend everyone to see them all.
A Morning Stroll Dir. Grant Orchard **** In 1959, a two men bump each other while walking on the sidewalk, and apologize. A chicken goes by, knocks on a door with its beak, and enters an apartment. One of the men looks on, amazed. The same scene is shown in its 2009 and 2059 versions. A funny, entertaining, inventive and visually stunning work.The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore Dir. William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg ****1/2 This is my horse. A moving, sweet homage to the rejuvenating power of books. The main character resembles Buster Keaton, and the movie even borrows from Keaton's own gags in Steamboat Bill, Jr., even reproducing some of Keaton's dance steps and the unique way in which he used to fall on his head. Yet, this magic movie is a truly original work I instantly fell in love with. The following two I liked but were they were dwarfed after seeing what you just saw. Dimanche/Sunday Dir. Patrick Doyon ***1/2
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