What the best short films lack in running time, they make up for in emotional impact and – especially in the animation category – stunning artistry. Take “The Present,” a four-minute, boy-and-his-dog vignette with a gut-punch of a finale (no, the dog doesn’t die!), or “The Missing Scarf,” a trippy, existential fable that clocks in at under seven minutes. This year’s Academy Award nominees for Best Animated Short Film push the boundaries even further, featuring a first-ever nomination for a Virtual Reality film (“Pearl”), and Pixar at both its lightest (“Piper”) and darkest (“Borrowed Time”).
Season 31 of American Masters premieres with the eye-opening and immersive documentary By Sidney Lumet. Directed by Nancy Buirski (The Loving Story), the feature takes an in-depth look at Lumet’s lifelong cinematic (and humanistic) passions. Culling from his extensive body of work and a 2008 interview conducted by Daniel Anker, Buirski crafts an illuminating look at one of cinema’s most prodigious storytellers. Our Q&A with Buirski is found after the jump.
I really dig space exploration movies, and usually when there is alien contact from Mars, the end result isn’t a good one. Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson (The Girl on the Train) star in the upcoming science fiction film Life, and the trailer and images are available after the jump.
Joe Anderson is an actor who’s been on my radar thanks to his work in Supremacy and, more recently, Abattoir. Both movies showcases his range, and it’ll be interesting to see it expand even further with My Father Die. More info after the jump.
Director Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg, whose successful collaborations include the non-fiction narratives Deepwater Horizon and Lone Survivor, cover the events surrounding 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. During this weekend’s press conference, co-star Michelle Monaghan (The Path, Fort Bliss) talked about collaborating with the pair.