rakka

Last month, director Neill Blomkamp officially revealed his Oats Studios project, a series of short films that would be released for free on YouTube and Steam (a wildly popular platform for PC games). The first of those shorts, titled Rakka, is online and you watch it right now.

As you’d expect from a film directed by the man behind District 9, Elysium, and Chappie, this short is about as NSFW as you can get…unless your workplace is perfectly fine with harsh language and extreme violence.

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oats studios trailer

The offerings from Neill Blomkamp‘s Oats Studios looks more bonkers by the minute.

The experimental short film studio from the director of District 9, Elysium and Chappie dropped a second teaser trailer Monday, and it’s chock full of new footage of creepy aliens, gory bodies, and Sigourney Weaver. Hey, since we’re not getting Blomkamp’s Alien 5, I’ll take it.

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neill blomkamp oats studios

Neill Blomkamp broke into the scene with shorts like Landfall and Alive in Joburg, a gritty sci-fi documentary that became the basis for his feature film debut and biggest hit to date, District 9.

After making the modestly-to-poorly received sci-fi films Elysium and Chappie, Blomkamp may be stepping away from trying to live up to early praise of him as the next exciting sci-fi director, and going back to his roots: short films. Blomkamp has been teasing his mysterious Oats Studios project for a while, but a new teaser reveals a hint of what the director’s experimental short film initiative will look like.

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Pixar Short Film Lou

During our visit to Pixar Animation’s campus in Emeryville, California to check out a bunch of footage from Cars 3 (read our reaction over here), the animation studio also took the time to show us their new short film that will be attached to the sequel when it hits theaters this summer.

In case you missed the first look Lou we featured previously, the story focuses on a monster who lives in a lost and found box at an elementary school. What’s cool about Lou, is that he’s actually made up of all the things found in that lost and found box. There’s a red hoodie, baseballs, buttons, a slinky, a handheld video game, a shoe and plenty of other misplaced items from the kids at the school.

After all the kids are done having recess on the school playground, Lou takes it upon himself to scour the playground for all the items that get left behind, and he secretly gives them back to the kids to enjoy over and over again. But one day, he notices a bully who has been stealing stuff from his classmates, and what happens next is hilarious and moving.

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Escape from Park City - Sundance Documentary Short

We’ve been covering the Sundance Film Festival for years, watching and reviewing dozens of independent films, most of which are playing for audiences for the first time anywhere. Personally, I’ve been to the annual cinematic showcase in Park City, Utah seven years in a row, and even though it’s always exhausting, it never gets old. But not everyone is as lucky in their experience at Sundance, as a new documentary short illustrates.

Filmmaker John Wilson (aka “Johns Movies”) was hired to “uncover some of the festival’s secrets” for Vimeo while crashing on their couch during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Titled Escape from Park City, this short is a truly unique look at the festival that takes away all the glitz and glamor and shows you what it’s really like to be at Sundance. Read More »

Dante's Lunch Pixar Easter Egg

It’s long been established that Pixar Animation loves inserting Easter eggs into their movies that reference the many other films they’ve made over the years. They even consistently tease future movies. And in the case of the recently released short film Dante’s Lunch, which is linked to Pixar’s upcoming feature Coco, there’s an Easter that’s both a reference to older movies and an upcoming one. But it’s so small and quick that you probably didn’t even notice.

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Dante's Lunch, Pixar short

While Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory didn’t make a splash at this year’s Academy Awards, the studio did take home a trophy for the short film attached that was attached to it, Alan Barillaro’s adorable Piper. Now the company has released its latest short, Dante’s Lunch, which serves as a nice introduction to the determined, long-tongued dog that will appear in Pixar’s Dìa de Muertos film Coco when it comes out later this fall. Read More »

pixar's lou

Of the 16 theatrical Pixar shorts released thus far, four have won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, while another eight films have been nominated. The short films are often as good as the features they accompany, which is why we are always excited to see what’s next.

Pixar will present their next animated short, Lou, in front of Cars 3 this summer. Disney has released an official poster to tease the short, which is about a monster who lives in a Lost and Found box. Check out the Lou poster below!

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20th Anniversary Stella Sketch

Though David Wain, Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black each have their own accomplished careers as comedians, filmmakers, writers and actors, they will always be known by their most dedicated fans as the comedy trio Stella. The group was formed in 1997, not long after they all debuted on the MTV comedy series The State, and went on to have an all too short series on Comedy Central in 2005, not to mention several of their own comedy specials, including Stella: Live in Boston.

Since this year marks the 20th anniversary of Stella, all three of the guys got back together to record a new sketch as part of the San Francisco Sketchfest. The only problem is, it appears that Stella has been asleep for 20 years, so they don’t understand things like widescreen televisions or a lack of the song “Semi-Charmed Life” on their transistor radio. Man, 1997 was such a different time!

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MIT Ironheart Short

In case you haven’t heard, the new Iron Man in the current run of Marvel Comics is a teenage black girl named Riri Williams. She’s taken on the mantle of the superhero since Tony Stark stepped down, and she goes by the name Ironheart.

Though we’ve wondered if Marvel Studios would ever take the same route with the character on the big screen once Robert Downey Jr. retires from the role of Iron Man, so far there has been no indication that we’ll see Ironheart get her own feature film in the near future. But some students at MIT (where the fictional character went to college) decided to give Riri Williams her due diligence in a cool short film that proves not all heroes wear capes.

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