World of Tomorrow Episode 2 trailer

One of the best films of 2015 was only 17 minutes long. Don Hertzfeldt‘s brilliant, funny, heartbreaking animated short World of Tomorrow packed more nuance and emotion into its brief running time than most feature length films, and received an Oscar nomination in the process. Now Hertzfeldt is returning to the World of Tomorrow with World of Tomorrow Episode 2: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts, and there’s a new trailer to get you excited. Watch the World of Tomorrow Chapter 2 trailer below.

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now stream this world of tomorrow

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

I’m at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, seeing a plethora of fantastic films. If you’re unable to attend TIFF, don’t worry – there are plenty of great movies you can watch from the comfort of your own living room. Unlike me, you won’t have to board a rickety plane and grasp the armrests for dear life as you fly through turbulence! Instead, you can kick back on your couch and stream some of the best films available at the push of a button. In this edition of Now Stream This, we have an animated short film masterpiece; one of the best movies of the 21st century; a Stephen King classic; a horror anthology and more! So let’s get streaming.

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World of Tomorrow 2

Don Hertzfeldt‘s short film World of Tomorrow packs more ideas and genuine emotions into its 16-minute run time than many contemporary full-length feature films even attempt, so it’s no wonder the movie was nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Film at the 2016 Academy Awards. If you haven’t seen it, you can remedy that by checking it out on Netflix, because it’s streaming there right now for subscribers to watch. Unfortunately, the short didn’t win (the prize went to something called Bear Story that year that we haven’t seen), but Hertzfeldt just shared some good news: World of Tomorrow 2 is officially on the way.
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2015 top 25 video

It’s December, so you know that means: movie lists, and lots of ’em. As the final weeks of 2015 trickle by, the /Film team will be adding their voices to the chorus as we unveil our own personal top 10 lists recounting our favorite films from the past 365 days. No best of the year list is universal and no best of the year list is right, but every best of the year list is an opportunity for someone to share what they love with their fellow film fans, to summarize what has moved and excited them, and to give everyone a time capsule containing a snapshot of the great medium as it stands right now.

However, film critic David Ehrlich treats his annual list as an event. He never creates just a top 10, but a top 25. In video form. And edited with panache and passion. For those of us who love lists and video mash-ups and arguing about which films should outrank each other, his end-of-the-year videos are always a treat.

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World of Tomorrow trailer

One of the best films I’ve seen so far this year — and, indeed, in quite a while — is only seventeen minutes long and relies on stick figures to depict its characters. Don Hertzfeldt‘s short World of Tomorrow is dazzling, devastatingly effective science fiction which introduces the young Emily as she is confronted with her genetic descendent from the far future, who shows Emily how human existence has “evolved” over centuries of technological influence.  

Anyone who has seen Hertzfeldt’s other work, especially It’s Such a Beautiful Day, will be prepared for how this plays out. For those who haven’t, visualize sci-fi concepts about communication, memory and identity distilled into their purest form and brought to life with an emotional power that belies the simplicity of the film’s animation. Below, you can watch a World of Tomorrow trailer now, and you’ll be able to see the full film in March.

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