Boogaloo and Graham, My Pick

I mentioned my new found attraction to short films last week, and made a point to watch all five of the films nominated for an Oscar this year. The easiest viewing method turned out to be through my Amazon Prime account as it offered all of them for sale at $4.99. The five nominated were:

  • Aya. Two strangers meet at an airport. She gives him a ride and as she drops him off, he says she's "remarkable". Is that it? Aya was the Israeli Academy Award winner for Best Short Film. Trailer.
  • Boogaloo and Graham. Two young brothers in Belfast are each given a chick to raise. When their mum gets pregnant, the chickens must go, she says. BAFTA (British Academy) short film award winner. Trailer (above).
  • Butter Lamp. This is a movie about groups of Tibetan people having their pictures taken in front of background scenery that a photographer and his assistant unroll. I was fascinated by facial features, that was it. Trailer
  • Parvaneh. Swiss film about a young immigrant from Afghanistan, looking for a way to send money home to her ailing father. Trailer.
  • The Phone Call. Can a crisis center phone call from a suicidal man have a happy ending? Great acting and story line, won the film its Oscar. Trailer

Here's how I rated them:

  1. Boogaloo and Graham. It's heartwarming and funny. I found the little boys, their furrowed brows and their take on sex, adorable.
  2. Aya. I thought the acting was stunning, especially during moments of silence. The end surprised me and made me like the film even more.
  3. Parvaneh. I liked the acting, story, and scenery.
  4. The Phone Call. Great acting by Sally Hawkins but it felt like the longest 20 minutes I've ever experienced.
  5. Butter Lamp. I may have to watch it again, just to see those faces.

If you ever get a chance to see any of these, let me know what you think.  I'm on the hunt for more short, live action movies.

Weekly Wish List

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This is part of an experiment I'm doing. At the start of each week, I make a list of things to do that have no prior commitments or appointments tied to them. They're usually items that get pushed aside because they seem self-indulgent or trite. 

Yesterday, my internet service was down for maintenance so I took care of one item on my wish list (pictured above).

1. Make a kokedama, or string garden.

2. Fill a wall with drawings of 101 Faces. I purchased the course several months ago and still, it sits. :(

3. Make a couple of air plant holders from a broken rice bowl. Note: This post is late but the plant holder's done (above).

I'm keeping a short list this week as I'd really like to get 101 Faces drawn. We'll see how far I get by Friday.

End of Week Links

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When you throw it away, Think. There is no away.
— Sustainable Human

Here are some of my favorite quick and short reads from the week:

1. This is a perfect example of a skeuomorph. It's recyclable too.

2. An artist recreates his childhood drawings. Adorable and creative.

3. A positive police story to go around.

4. What a genius travel concept.

5. An endangered sea turtle has learned to photobomb.

6. I love this form of yoga posing.

7. This coach must be doing something incredibly novel:  "...the kids were so happy getting off the bus that their parents thought we’d won the game."

8. Watch her Photoshop her body in real time.

9. 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do: watch a 9 minute TED Talk video or read the transcript. I let my son do all 5, now that he's of legal age. 

 

Quote source: Sustainable Human