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    Short Starts: Watch the Charming and Trippy "Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day"

    It’s hard not to think fondly of Winnie the Pooh. The honey-loving bear has touched generations of children, all over the world, from the 1920s England of A. A. Milne’s original books to Soviet Russia. Yet no one has taken advantage of Winnie and his friends more thoroughly than Disney. Since the original 1966 featurette, the company has produced four short films, eight direct-to-video movies, four television series, five TV specials, seven video games and five theatrically released feature films, including this week’s “Winnie the Pooh.” It’s been quite the moneymaker for Walt’s heirs, but the originality and creativity that made Winnie a cla...

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    Short Starts: Watch "Room 10" - Directed by "Horrible Bosses" Star Jennifer Aniston

    In an art form so built around the image, filmmakers often seem to forget that withholding from the audience can be even more potent than showing a complete narrative. I cannot count the number of times I’ve sat through films with unnecessary flashbacks, endings that feel far too long, and other wastes of cinematic time that leave nothing to the imagination. The problem is even more pronounced in the realm of shorts, where there’s absolutely no flexibility. Every unnecessary minute should be shaved, so that things remain compact and effective; there’s nothing worse than a short that feels too long. Jennifer Aniston and Andrea Buchanan underst...

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    Short Starts: A Look Back at Pixar's "Red's Dream" and "Tin Toy"

    There are an awful lot of reasons to love Pixar, and most of them are pointed out pretty regularly. They make wonderful, original movies that send you into peals of laughter, bring you to tears, and put a huge smile on your face. Et cetera. Yet in spite of all the praise, I think there’s one thing f...

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    Watch: "Green Lantern" Meets "Duck Dodgers"

    “Duck Dodgers,” for those of you unfamiliar, is the best kind of meta-television cartoon entertainment. Starring Daffy Duck and his eternal sidekick Porky Pig, the show aired on Cartoon Network from 2003 to 2006. Spun from an original 1953 Looney Toons short entitled “Duck Dodgers in the 24th ½ Cent...

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    Short Starts: "The Trip" Star Rob Brydon Brings His Voice to "Body Beautiful"

    Rob Brydon is, to say the least, a man of many voices. His formidable talent for accents and impressions has been a major part of his success, notably with the voiceover work that kicked off his career. It is therefore no surprise that even in “The Trip,” a film so jam-packed with little eccentricit...

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    Short Starts: Watch "X-Men: First Class" Star Michael Fassbender in "Blind Pilots"

    A music video is essentially a short film, though we don’t usually think of them as such. We watch them a lot more regularly than theatrically-released shorts, and they’re even more popular than those novelty cute cats/babies videos on YouTube. Nine out of the top ten videos of all time on the site ...

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    Short Starts: "The Hangover Part II" Star Ed Helms in "Zombie-American"

    I’d venture to say that there are two highly anticipated films coming out this coming weekend. The first, of course, is Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life,” newly anointed by Robert De Niro and the Cannes Festival Jury with a Palme d’Or. Then there’s “The Hangover Part II,” the excitement for which is ...

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    The Other Palme d'Or: 6 Marvelous Cannes-Winning Shorts from Years Past

    On Sunday, the Cannes Film Festival Jury, headed by Robert De Niro, will be announcing this year’s Palme d’Or. And while that’s certainly exciting, it's easy to overlook its twin award, the Palme d’Or for short film. The honor has existed for almost as long as the festival itself and over the years has jump-started quite a few careers, from Norman McLaren and Albert Lamorisse to Jane Campion and Nuri Bilge Ceylan. One can even trace the origins of the Romanian New Wave to 2004 and the victory of Cătălin Mitulescu’s “Trafic,” a year before his compatriots’ features started raising eyes on the Croisette. So in honor of the award (and because no...

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    Short Starts: "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" Inspires a Look Back to Donald Duck

    As I’m sure everyone is almost excessively aware, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (aka "POTC4") is opening this weekend. This time around Johnny Depp will be sailing around with Penélope Cruz and Ian McShane looking for the Fountain of Youth, perhaps in an attempt to restore the vitali...

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    TrendSpouting: Suggestions for Scorsese and Lars von Trier's "Five Obstructions" Redo

    At Cannes late last night (or early this morning? the time difference confuses me) an official announcement was made that Lars von Trier would make another "The Five Obstructions" documentary, this time with Martin Scorsese. We all heard something like this before, little more than a year ago, when it was rumored-then-denied that the two filmmakers would unite for a "Taxi Driver" redo. I responded at the time (elsewhere) with a list of other suggested -- yet unlikely -- directorial collaborations (also see Film School Rejects' excellent year-old list of 10 Films (and Directors) That Lars Von Trier Should Obstruct). I named the original "Five ...

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