Rio I Love You trailer

It’s not uncommon for films to be described as “love letters” to whatever city they’re set in. Just look at the way critics and cinephiles describe the New York-set works of Spike Lee or Martin Scorsese or Woody Allen, for example. But the “Cities of Love” film series make the connection more explicit. First Paris je t’aime travelled all through the city’s various arrondissements with narrative filmmakers ranging from Alfonso Cuarón to Wes Craven to Alexander Payne, then New York, I Love You did the same with Mira Nair, Brett Ratner, and Natalie Portman.

Now the franchise has traveled south of the equator to bring us Rio, I Love You (or Rio, Eu Te Amo). The film features ten short vignettes by Fernando Meirelles (City of God), José Padilha (Elite Squad), Paolo Sorrentino (Youth), and more, starring actors like Rodrigo Santoro, Wagner Moura, Emily MortimerJohn Turturro, Vincent Cassel, and Harvey Keitel. Check out the first Rio, I Love You trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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Darby Forever

Ugh, Mondays, right? It doesn’t matter if you actually love your job — the start of the work week can be rough. Here you are, coming off of two glorious days of fun and relaxation and freedom, and now it’s time to put all that out of your head and get back to the grind. It’s so tempting to sit back in that cubicle and just let your mind wander, trying to hold on to that warm weekend feeling just a little while longer.

All of which makes Monday morning kind of the perfect time to check out the delightful short film Darby ForeverSaturday Night Live‘s Aidy Bryant plays the title character, an unassuming fabric store employee who passes time by escaping into colorful fantasies. It’s the perfect antidote to your workday blues, and it runs about 20 minutes long which means it’ll bring you about 20 minutes closer to the end of your day. RettaNatasha Lyonne, and Luka Jones also star.  Read More »

LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises Poe To The Rescue

Disney has released the first in a new series of Star Wars animated short films titled LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises a prequel to Episode VIII featuring characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The first short in the series, titled Poe to the Rescue, originally premiered on Monday, February 15th at 8pm ET on DisneyXD, but is now online for everyone to enjoy. Watch LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises Poe To The Rescue now after the jump.
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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 »