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Eggers' McSweeney's Sells Wholphin DVDs

TOH contributor Cameron Carlson explores McSweeney's innovative DVD experiment.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • May 5, 2010 1:26 AM
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Bahrani's Plastic Bag, Starring Herzog

Bahrani's Plastic Bag, Starring Herzog
The well-praised Ramin Bahrani Plastic Bag short has been making the festival rounds, most recently, at SXSW. It stars the word-perfect Werner Herzog as the voice of a plastic bag. More details here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2010 8:27 AM
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Spike Jonze's Absolut Short I'm Here

Spike Jonze's half-hour short I'm Here, backed by Absolut Vodka, which debuted at Sundance, is now online. Jonze encourages you to watch it with friends on Facebook. It's a strange lackadaisical little romance with robots.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 31, 2010 12:18 PM
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Oscar-Winning Animated Short: Logorama

I got all the shorts wrong. And I know why: I under-estimated the Academy, and second-guessed them. If I had voted for my favorite in each category, I'd have picked right. Except maybe for doc Music by Prudence. What I should have recognized in that case was that the movie haunted me after I saw it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 8, 2010 8:47 AM
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Oscar Backstage: Short Subjects

The three short films, animated, live action and doc, did not go the way I expected. I thought Logorama--a must-see clever short made up entirely of commercial logos-- would be too hip for the Academy, which would go for Nick Park for the second time, but they must have gotten tired of Wallace & Gromit being nominated five times before. The live action short The New Tenants was my favorite and I shouldn't have listened to the people telling me why it couldn't win! So much for winning any Oscar pools. The five films vying for doc short were all strong, but I admit that HBO's Music by Prudence, about a disabled South African singer, haunted me for days.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 8, 2010 2:28 AM
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