A Collection of 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films
An impressive collection of the Oscar-nominated short feature films of 2005, including Six Shooter, a dark tale by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, Our Time Is Up with Kevin Pollack as a psychiatrist, The Last Farm about death in rural Scandanavia, Runaway about a German child and man, Cashback, where a graveyard shift grocery store worker indulges in flights of fancy, plus 3 more and 2 cartoons.

DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 7.43 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English (Dolby AC3, 2 ch)
Subtitles: Espanol
Genre: Short

Live Action:

Our Time is Up
Rob Pearlstein's addition to this anthology is a funny, slick look at life and routine. Dr. Stern (Kevin Pollack, Hostage) is a well respected psychologist who has long since lost any passion in his life and his work. When he finds out that he is terminally ill, he makes some drastic changes to his practice. Those changes produce exciting and unexpected results. Our Time is Up has many typical moments, but the creativity of the filming and the quality of the performances make it feel completely fresh. Sometimes, it takes a crisis to turn things around for the better.

The Last Farm
The Last Farm is a fascinating, heartfelt, and crushingly sad exploration of old age and death. An elderly man in Iceland is being pushed by his children to move to a home with his wife, away from the coastal farm that he has called home his whole life. When his wife dies, he finds himself completely lost. The farmer has a plan, though—one he will need to execute quickly before his children arrive to take him away. While The Last Farm is impressive, it gives away some of the plot developments too early. It could have been even more touching and heartbreaking, though it remains a film that can stick in the mind for days.

A savage short set during a supermarket night shift, Cashback is a meandering examination of contemporary labor and the way we survive menial jobs. Ben (Sean Biggerstaff, Harry Potter) is an art student who works the night shift at a local supermarket in order to pay his way through college. Each of his fellow employees has a different way of coping with the boring work. Ben's coping mechanism is unconventional and, for some, quite unnerving.

The Runaway
A young German architect named Walter (Peter Jordan) has an important interview today, one that could kick off his career. His plans are ruined by a young boy, who keeps turning up and slowing him down. At first he tries to ignore the child, but his good heart gets the best of him, and he finds himself late for his interview. It's not long before he realizes that the child just might be his own.

Six Shooter
The Irish seem to like their comedies dark. Six Shooter is so dark that it can barely be classified as a comedy. Brendan Gleeson (Braveheart) stars as a man who just lost his wife. He sees the body in the hospital, then takes the train home. On the train, he meets a young couple that just lost a baby, as well as a foul-mouthed young man (Ruaidhri Conroy, Deathwatch) who seems enjoy the pain of the people around him.

Animated Films:

Badgered is a cute little environmental fable, simple and often quite funny. A badger trying to hibernate is annoyed by crows until some humans arrive and create a much larger distraction.

The Mysterious Geographic Expeditions of Jasper Morello
My favorite animated short in this collection didn't win. This gothic sci-fi horror tale is narrated by Jasper Morello, the captain of a flying ship, as he and his shipmates search for the cure to a strange plague that is killing off his flying city. The fascinating animation style places the characters in silhouette, creating the illusion of a Victorian picture book come to brilliant life. It is part adventure and part mystery.

The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation
The winning animated short last year was the most personal by far, as animator and director John Canemaker comes to terms with his father's life and death. It's a very personal work, and the animation touches one more deeply than any live-action recreation could.

Bonus Short Features:
• The Fan and The Flower by Bill Plympton
• Imago by Cedric Babouche

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