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Third Time's the Charm

A review of the Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films

I did try to see all of these BEFORE the Oscars, but life got in the way. And also the only theater showing them is a solid 16 mile drive from my apartment, which could take as little as 30 minutes when there's no traffic, or over an hour during traffic times. It took me 45 minutes to get there yesterday from Westwood, which is closer than my apartment is.
At any rate, these are lovely little movies, and I really enjoyed all of them. They're quirky and interesting and heart-warming in unexpected ways.
I'm not going to go through each of the films, except to say that I understand why The Phone Call won, although it probably wouldn't have been my choice. I think I would have voted for Aya just because it really captures this beautiful awkwardness between the two characters. They spend the majority of the film in a car and there's no edits to cut the tension. They don't switch scenes too quickly, the director really lets the questions hang in the air without answering them. 
Boogaloo and Graham was probably the most heartfelt of the lot and I loved the way the two boys cared for those chickens. It was really adorable. 
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