This Oscar winning animated short from 1950 was the introduction of… MoreThis Oscar winning animated short from 1950 was the introduction of the character Gerald McBoing-Boing. He would star in a couple more shorts and then in his own tv series. Dr. Seuss wrote the rhyming story. Gerald can only make sounds. A tale of onomatopoeia. The animation style is a great example of its era.
This was my favorite of the Oscar nominated live-action shorts, and it… MoreThis was my favorite of the Oscar nominated live-action shorts, and it ended up winning. A terminally ill little boy name Alfred (Pelle Falk Krusbæk) admits he doesn't really believe in the heaven that his family tells him about. The hospital's new janitor, Enzo (Casper Crump), forms a connection with the boy. The man has overlooked skills as a storyteller and spins the tale of a different fantasy land called Helium where Alfred will go when he dies. There are several dream sequences with imaginative effects as Alfred is given joy and hope in his final days. Thanks to a kind-hearted nurse Enzo is able to finish his description of Helium. A touching alternative to accepted religious views of an afterlife from Denmark.
Léa Drucker stars in this high-tension Oscar nominated live-action… MoreLéa Drucker stars in this high-tension Oscar nominated live-action short. It takes awhile to realize what is going on, why is this woman and her children on the run. You have to read between the lines. The relationship between the two kids and the mom's grocery store co-workers eventually reveals the high stakes of their escape from an abusive husband/father.
Oscar nominated live-action short. Spanish aid workers, children… MoreOscar nominated live-action short. Spanish aid workers, children soldiers, explosions, gun play, rape- dark themes. Well made, but where is the emotional connection?
British stars Martin Freeman and Tom Hollander star in this Oscar… MoreBritish stars Martin Freeman and Tom Hollander star in this Oscar nominated live-action short. What can happen when a psychiatrist is called to investigate the sanity of a prisoner who claims to be God? Nothing good. This sardonic short is pretty funny.
Joanna Haartti stars in this Oscar nominated live-action short. She… MoreJoanna Haartti stars in this Oscar nominated live-action short. She wakes up panicking about getting her family to a friend's wedding on time. Her husband and two daughters add to the chaos, but she is a bit of a klutz too. Very funny!
After the original Star Wars in 1977 (which I am also interested in… MoreAfter the original Star Wars in 1977 (which I am also interested in watching with RiffTrax), Mark Hamill played Luke Skywalker on a Bob Hope Christmas Comedy Special and an episode of The Muppet Show, as well as on this never re-aired televised Holiday Special. Can you imagine if this had been the extent of the Star Wars franchise??
A friend's parents recorded this on VHS along with all the commercial breaks. The guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000 recorded RiffTrax with the prime time commercials included, as well. I watched this with RiffTrax, which made it slightly better, however it was the old 70s commercials that had the most entertainment value. Several of the central cast members from the movie make appearances for the celebration of Life Day, the Wookie X-Mas holiday that Chewie's family celebrates. Even with comedians Bea Arthur, Art Carney, and Harvey Korman, and a batch of comic writers, the humor is all unintentional. The original cast tries to maintain a level of seriousness, but the script is just plain awful.