KUSP Film Reviewers David Anthony and Dennis Morton
The short films up for Oscars show all the artistry and craft of the feature films and you can view them in 30 minutes or less usually. KUSP’s film reviewers gave a couple looks at the animated and live action short film categories. Above, hear David Anthony’s review of Oscar nominated short animation films. And here is Dennis Morton’s review of the live action shorts.
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Oscar Nominated Short Animation – Review by David Anthony
In the run-up to the 86th 2014 Academy Awards, the category of short film subjects includes two subdivisions, live action and animation. Last week my colleague Dennis Morton discussed the live action nominees. Today I will focus on animated offerings.
Listen to David H. Anthony’s review, above.
As December brought an end to 2013, Justin Chadwick’s long awaited homage to the now late Madiba, Nelson Mandela, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom was released in theaters. The link between Mandela and Long Walk To Freedom was by no means automatic, or even generally known. When I informed the cashier at the ticket counter that I wished to see Long Walk to Freedom, she responded with a quizzical look, until I added, Mandela.
Listen to the review by Dennis Morton, above.
Inside Llewyn Davis is the Coen Brothers latest film. Because it’s more or less plotless, and primarily a long character study, it’s been a challenge to write about. As the title suggests, the character under scrutiny is Llewyn Davis.
Llewyn is a folk singer, in his early thirties. Like his father, he’s a veteran of the merchant marines, but his dream is to make it in the burgeoning folk music scene of the early 60s. Much of the film is set in Greenwich Village, and in particular, the Gaslight Café, a coffee house that was located in the basement of an address on MacDougall Street.
Review by David H. Anthony (Audio above /read text below)
As we approach the holiday season, several cinematic blockbusters are making their debut. One of these is the widely touted Saving Mr. Banks starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, a version of the untold story behind the filming of Mary Poppins.
With Hanks as Walt Disney and Thompson as author P. L. Travers, director John Lee Hancock is attempting to capture a moment in time, the year 1961 when Disney and Travers, having communicated for two decades, are close to a deal granting Disney screen rights to Mary Poppins, a series equally dear to its London-based creator and the Midwestern-born mogul.
Review by Dennis Morton (audio above / see text below)
The Great Beauty, an Italian film, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, is almost two and a half hours long, and, on my initial viewing, it took me almost thirty minutes to begin to enjoy it. For the first fifteen minutes or so, the camera is mostly focused on a wild party that takes place on the huge balcony of a posh apartment overlooking the ancient Roman Coliseum.
Was the point to skewer the ostentatious opulence of the party-goers and their host, or what? Upon reflection, I realized there was a touch of skewering in the scene, but that it was primarily a flamboyant way to introduce viewers to most of the major characters in the film.