Reviews: 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts (2019)

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  • [New] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews
    • Excerpt: Ranging in time from a mere seven minutes to a lengthy forty, the Documentary Short Oscar nominees are almost all well-crafted with fascinating stories to tell but all but one leaving you in deep existential crisis.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The 2019 Oscar nominated live action shorts hail from Spain, the UK, Canada and U.S., but while they take on many genres – true crime, mystery, coming of age adventure and drama – they all have one thing in common, death.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews [Animated]
    • Excerpt: Interestingly 4 of the 5 shorts this year explore the very the same theme: child/parent relationships.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews [Documentary]
    • Excerpt: 3 of this year’s finalists [End Game, Lifeboat, and Period. End of Sentence] touch upon humanitarian groups dealing with imperative issues. The other two concern hate groups.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews [Live Action]
    • Excerpt: The unintended theme this year is “boys in peril” and you’re likely to need a therapist after watching all five of these bleak nominees.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com [Animated]
    • Excerpt: My pick: The animated short of the year surely must be Domee Shi’s “Bao,” a bittersweet reverie on motherhood that features one of the most hilariously shocking moments onscreen this year.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com [Documentary]
    • Excerpt: My pick: Marshall Curry’s “A Night at the Garden,” presenting footage from a 1939 “pro-America” rally in New York City, a chilling reminder of the unpleasant cycles of American history.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com [Live Action]
    • Excerpt: My pick: Vincent Lambe’s controversial and profoundly harrowing “Detainment,” a dramatization of the real-life police interrogations of the 10-year-old boys who killed a toddler in England in 1993.
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Taken on the whole, this year’s short film nominees were a rather depressing affair. Apart form Animal Behavior, there was no humor to be found among the ten fiction short films. That doesn’t necessarily mean they were not good, they were just a little bit challenging to sit through at times.
  • Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage [Animation]
  • Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage [Documentary]
  • Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage [Live Action]