Kelvin Says Hats Off:
“2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts (Animation): Lost in Animation.” Conclusion: I’ll review each individually below.
“Borrowed Time: A Million Ways to Cry in the West.” Conclusion: 3/10. I found this to be a rather dreary take on how to live with regrets and confront past mistakes. However, I don’t think it was particularly provocative and I can’t say it really contributed any fresh thoughts. Very forgettable. #YoursMineAndHours #GutShot #WatchOut #CliffHanger
“Pearl: Silence of the Bands.” Conclusion: 4/10. Pretty straightforward time-passage story of a girl and her dad. It’s cute and the centering around the nostalgia of the things we pass down to future generations works fine. However, again, it’s not really a story told in an interesting way and it feels rather familiar. A bit uninspired. #FatherDaughterGlance #SongOfSoloMan#SaturdayNightDrive #PearlJams
“Blind Vaysha: Days of Future or Past.” Conclusion: 10/10. If I had to pick which one would get my Oscars vote, it would be this one by a hair. This short poses an interesting juxtaposition to the audience – only being able to see life in the past and only being able to see life in the future. It speaks to society on a multitude of levels, but more than anything, it emphasizes the importance of the present. #NoTimeLikeThePresent #BlindedByTheSight#OldenEye #NotSeeingEyeToEye
“Piper: Life’s a Beach.” Conclusion: 9/10. I reviewed this back in my Finding Dory review, but I’ll reiterate my thoughts here. It held up pretty well the second time. The animation is finely detailed and thoroughly impressive. Cute story and a solid score. #FoamIsWhereTheHeartIs #EnterSandman#TheBirds #DontGetCrabby #PiperNoSwiping
“Pear Cider and Cigarettes: Technobabble.” Conclusion: 10/10. The longest of the shorts – by far – though arguably the best. Simply put, it’s a portrait of friendship with tremendous empathy shown towards people who in a sense, are their own worst enemies. The pulpiness of the subject matter and the comic-book-like animation complement each other perfectly. It all flowed together very well. #Ghina #CiderHouseFools#UpInThePear #SmokeAlarmed