Top Ten Short Films of 2004
I watch a lot of shorts. A whole lot. Between June and December,
I watch a few hundred. Between March and April, I see about
a hundred and fifty more. I catch them on iFilm and at conventions.
I love short films, and 2004 featured more great shorts than
any other year I can think of. So here, my gentle readers,
is my personal Top Ten (note: There are a few that would make
this list, but will appear on my “Best SciFi You Didn’t
See" list next week)
we'll be at Cinequest 2005.
D.E.B.S. by Angela Robinson-
Trust me, if you are a guy, you’ll love D.E.B.S..
Featuring Claire Kramer from Bring It On and Buffy Season
5, D.E.B.S. is about a paramilitary force that constantly
has one its members captured by their arch-nemesis for the
sweetest kind of torture. Hilarious. You can see the short
film at Cinequest in March 2005 -- (Angela Robinson
has also remade it into a feature with a different cast
the Legal Labrador by David Blumenstein- An
Australian animation about a Dog Lawyer. Funny, funny stuff
that will also be in Cinequest. There are some great gags
in this one, especially when you have whore lovin’
Me Who Ruby Was by Carolyn Coal- A great short
I saw at the Sonoma Valley Film Festival and is available
on iFilms. This is an experiment in improv acting and filmmaking.
The direction is flawless and the characters rich and interesting.
I would love to see more shorts like this on the market.
- 2004 was the year of the documentary (and I’ll be
doing a list of Best Docs of 2004) but Freestyle was a doc
that crossed the line into pure entertainment. A Best of
Lounge favorite at Sonoma Valley this year, Freestyle features
dogs and owners dancing and just having a great time. Really
Junction 7 by Ben Gregor- If you liked the
1970s British Sci-Fi hit Blake’s 7, you’ll
love this story of the crew, minus Blake, and their adventures
at an M1 truck stop. It’s silly, it’s smart,
and it has that guy from The Office. Well worth
searching out and it will be in Cinequest in March.
good sci-fi goes bad...
Years by James Sereno- Man oh man, this is
a tough short. A young Hawaiian girl has the roughest possible
adolescence. It’s done in Hawaiian Pidgin and it’s
torturous to see what this girl goes through.
to Eat a Banana by Mary Szmagaj- The best
film I saw that wasn’t in a festival. It is exactly
what they say it is. Some folks could hate this, but I loved
it for its silent film exactitude. Great little movie.
by Sean Ellis- OK, I admit it, the reason I first caught
onto this one is the serious amount of hot female flesh
featured. On the second viewing, I realized that there was
a whole lot more to like about this story of the world that
works on the over-night shift at a British Supermarket.
Starring Sean Biggerstaff, aka Oliver Wood from
the Harry Potter movies, Cashback is all about how people
deal with the time they are supposed to be using to actually
work. Kinda like me and all these articles…
films...not just for cineastes anymore.
by Kurt Kuenne- You take Angelina Jolie’s brother,
make him into a bathroom attendant and put him in a musical.
Easily the most entertaining film at Cinequest this year,
Rent-A-Person killed me every time I watched it. Absolutely
‘em In by Neal Sopata- The best animated
short in a year that featured a huge number of great animated
shorts. Sopata did a two minute film that hits harder than
anything with its music by Oscar Brown Jr. and the beautiful
animation that is gorgeous as well as heartbreaking in its
story of a slave auction. In a perfect world, Bid ‘Em
In would win best animated short at the Oscars.