gareth evans short film

Gareth Evans is one of the most gifted action directors working today. I cannot imagine what it would be like to shrug off The Raid or The Raid 2, but I feel sorry for anyone who can muster that reaction. Here is a filmmaker whose bravery behind the camera is matched only by the fearlessness of the actors, martial artists and stuntmen he places in front of it.

Anyway, Evans got bored and decided to make a short film. Okay, that’s a serious simplification of Gareth’s latest piece of action mayhem, but the Welsh director did just throw together an action packed short about three dueling warriors with a legit skeleton crew that’s more impressive than most big budget action movies.

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Sanjay's Super Team

No one is better than Pixar at making grown-ups cry. They’re so good at it, in fact, that they don’t even necessarily need dialogue or a feature-length running time to bring on the sniffles. Sometimes, a few minutes of brightly colored animation is all it takes to get the eyes stinging with tears.

That was definitely the case for me with Sanjay’s Super Team, which premiered last fall in front of The Good Dinosaur. The seven-minute animation follows a boy whose Saturday morning cartoon-watching is interrupted when his father insists he join him in meditation. The boy is initially annoyed and bored, but some superpowered friends help him come to a better understanding of his father.

The premise is a simple one, but it sets up an intensely personal piece of work — it’s based on the real experiences of its director, Sanjay Patel — and it feels like one. In a new Sanjay’s Super Team featurette, Patel explains what the movie means to him, and shows us his father’s emotional reaction to the film. Watch it after the jump.  Read More »

pixar short film festival

When Captain EO returned to Disney theme parks around the world in 2010, everyone assumed it was a temporary thing, a quick buffer to capitalize on renewed interest in star Michael Jackson following his death. And then the bombastic, not-especially-good 3D musical short film (originally introduced into the parks in 1986) stuck around for five and half years like some kind of horrible rash for which there was no ointment.

Until now. It has been revealed that Captain EO is officially on its way out at Disney World’s Epcot park, where it will be replaced by a “Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival.” That’s not as exciting as an actual, proper new attraction, but as far as desperate stop-gaps go, it’s solid one… and it certainly beats more of Michael Jackson battling evil with the power of dance. If programmed well, this is a show that could play very well.

More on Epcot’s new Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival after the jump.

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Ice Age Short

If you headed out to theaters this weekend to see The Peanuts Movie, then you got to see the latest Ice Age animated short Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe. The prehistoric squirrel Scrat has been chasing that acorn all over the place, but sooner or later he was going to run out of places to go on Earth, and that’s why he’s gone to space to chase his prize this time.

For those of you who happen to be Ice Age fans but don’t feel compelled to see The Peanuts Movie (or maybe you have kids who just love watching squirrels chase acorns), the full Ice Age short is now available online for your viewing pleasure. Read More »

Metroid Short Film

Ever since the disaster that was the Super Mario Bros. movie hit the big screen back in the 90s, video game pioneers Nintendo were completely turned off from having any of their properties turned into movies again. That means potentially cool film versions of The Legend of Zelda, StarFox and Metroid have been impossible.

However, Nintendo recently revealed plans to get back in the feature film business, though we don’t know if there are any solid plans on the table for movies from them in the immediate future. But while you wait, we advise you to watch this spectacular Metroid short film that takes cues from classic sci-fi films such as Alien, Solaris and 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s genuinely one of the most impressive projects of this kind that I’ve ever seen. Read More »

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While Dimension Films continues to try and figure out what they want to do with the Hellraiser franchise, a Hellraiser movie that never was is making its way to screens tonight. Mike Le Han will screen his short film Hellraiser: Origins, originally conceived as a pitch to reboot the film series, as part of the ongoing HollyShorts monthly screening series.

Hellraiser: Origins ultimately didn’t get picked up by Dimension Films. But it did catch the attention of the internet, thanks to its artfully creepy vibe. After the jump, watch the Hellraiser Origins teaser, eyeball some eerie concept art, and find out how you can actually watch the short.  Read More »

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divers music video

Music has always been a vital component in the films of Paul Thomas Anderson, and he has a habit of returning the favor to the musicians and artists who so frequently lend his films so much power. Avant-garde folk artist Joanna Newsom played Sortilège in Anderson’s 2014 stoner-noir-comic-mystery Inherent Vice, and her offbeat voiceover narration gives the film much of its flavor. So of course the music video for Newsom’s new single is directed by Anderson, and of course both the song and the video itself are totally lovely and mesmerizing affairs.

Watch Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Divers” music video after the jump.

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You may not know Carlos Baena by name, but you’re definitely familiar with his work. As an animator at Pixar, he was involved with classics like Finding NemoRatatouilleWall-E, and Toy Story 3, and at ILM he worked on films including Star Wars Episode II and Men in Black II. Now he’s striking out on his own as the writer and director of La Noria, a gorgeous animated horror short. Find out how you can help him get it made after the jump.  Read More »

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Director Xavier Dolan should make most 20-somethings feel unaccomplished. Dolan, who’s only 26 years old, has made five feature films. On top of that, he’s working on two projects at the moment — one starring Vincent Cassel (Black Swan) and Marion Cotillard (Macbeth), the other featuring Jessica Chastain (The Martian) and Susan Sarandon (The Meddler). To add another accomplishment to his resumé, he’s directed a video for Adele.

Watch the Xavier Dolan music video after the jump.

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