FILM THREAT’S BEST OF 2004: SHORTS THAT KNOCKED OUR SOCKS OFF

1. OH MY GOD
To say anything about this film is saying too much. If you’re in Park City this January, you’d be wise to check it out at Sundance.

2. WHY THE ANDERSON CHILDREN DIDN’T COME TO DINNER
This is the kind of film Tim Burton wishes he could make. Kind of touching, kind of morbid and totally original. And to give the answer to the movie’s “Jeopardy”-like title: “Because mom’s a psycho.”

3. CLOWN
Not to be enjoyed with a stiff drink, Karl T. Hirsch’s “Clown” delivers some major chills.

4. VIRGINAL YOUNG BLONDES
“Virginal Young Blondes” is a tight work where everything is never what it seems.

5. TACKLE BOX
What sets “Tackle Box” far apart from any other shorts is the complete lack of dialogue. It’s not filmed in the style of a silent film, but is blessed with astounding cinematography by Robert Newcomb. This is true cinematic poetry.

6. MISSING SOCK
“Missing Sock” is absurd and that’s where its charm lies.

7. BEASTER
Watch Jesus rise from the grave and chow down on everyone in his path. It’s also fun for the kids.

8. WHY NEAL
“Why Neal” is a consistently entertaining profile of one man trying to live life on his own terms.

9. MOST WONDERFUL PEOPLE
“Most Wonderful People” is a great ode to the silent film era.

10. SO, WE KILLED OUR PARENTS
Shane Ryan’s “So, We Killed Our Parents” is a fairy tale for the modern world, as fractured as the tales before it.




Posted on January 6, 2005 in Features by

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