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The Imaginative Short Film that Inspired “Pixels”

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to my friend and fellow film critic Eddie Pasa for sharing this short film by Patrick Jean, the inspiration for this week’s “Pixels.”

DC Short Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

Next week, the DC Shorts Film Festival opens with eleven days of short films from around the world. The festival will be spread between three different venues in Washington, DC and at the new Angelika Film Center and Café Mosaic in Fairfax, […]

Teach Kids Logic With These Terrific Cartoons (Free)

posted by Nell Minow

Brain Pickings writes about a terrific series of cartoons for kids that explore logic and ideas.  Even adults can learn a few things — and they may need to, as watching these will make kids very good at arguing!   […]

Happy Flag Day!

posted by Nell Minow

Smile of the Week: Daniel López’s ‘El Cielo de Canarias’ (Canary Sky)

posted by Nell Minow

A Tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Space Flight — Filmed from Space

posted by Nell Minow

Fifty years ago today, the USSR’s Yuri Gagarin became the first person to orbit the earth.  First Orbit. has released a tribute film with archival audio and new footage showing us what he saw, filmed from the space station.  

Hardrock, Cocoa, and Joe and Suzy Snowflake

posted by Nell Minow

If you are of a certain age and grew up in Chicago, these will bring back a lot of memories, back from the days when children’s programming was local. I am always delighted when WGN runs it on Christmas for […]

The Gift Wrapper

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted that this charming film is available again this year. Enjoy!

You Can Watch A Century’s Most Inspirational Moments — on YouTube

posted by Nell Minow

Every family should share these ten moments of courage, dedication, awakening, and inspiration. Thanks to Mashable for putting this together.

Zachary Levi Loses His Soul in ‘Byron Phillips: Found’

posted by Nell Minow

The star of “Chuck” plays a man who loses his soul and finds it living much more happily with someone else in this short film written and directed by actor Joel Moore. Part 2 is below. Byron Phillips: Found Part […]

Smile of the Week: Professor and His Shadow

posted by Nell Minow

I love the gentle trick Biola math professor Matthew Weathers played on his class (with a little help from the University President at the end). If I can just be a movie nerd here for a moment, I’ll point out […]

Computer-Generated Short

posted by Nell Minow

I like the way this short film makes use of the latest technology (every bit of it is computer-animated with off-the-shelf software) and yet begins with some very old technology. But then, I love both computers and fountain pens. The […]

Shorts

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild action and some rude humor
Movie Release Date:August 21, 2009
DVD Release Date:November 24, 2009
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild action and some rude humor
Movie Release Date: August 21, 2009
DVD Release Date: November 24, 2009

A rainbow-colored wishing rock creates comic chaos in a film from Robert Rodriguez about bullies, family communication and being very, very careful what you wish for. It is also about an army of crocodiles, a telepathic super-genius baby, and a […]

What is That?

posted by Nell Minow

Take a moment to watch this brief film about love and patience. It is worth your time. Thanks to Jeffrey Seglin for bringing this to my attention.

Web Site Story

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Entertainment Weekly for recommending this very funny update of “West Side Story” for the age of the internet. ]

Buffy vs. Edward Cullen!

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Jezebel for finding this!

‘The Story of Stuff’

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Times reports that a short animated film called “The Story of Stuff” has become “a sleeper hit in classrooms across the nation.” What I like about the story is the way the unabashed advocacy of the film […]

The Onion: Trekkies on ‘Star Trek’

posted by Nell Minow

The satiric Onion site has a very funny clip about “reviews” of the new movie by the die-hard fans: Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As ‘Fun, Watchable’

Swingin’ Dreidel

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Hannukah!

Menorah Parades

posted by Nell Minow

I am charmed by this recent and fast-spreading Hannukah tradition, the menorah parade. Here’s one with firetrucks!

Stairway to Heaven — on the iPhone ‘Ocarina’

posted by Nell Minow

Star Trek ‘Training Film’ (and the Trailer for the new one!)

posted by Nell Minow

This adorable film was made on the Bryan O’Connell family’s visit to Universal Studios and posted on YouTube: And be sure to check out the new trailer for the J.J. Abrams 2009 “Star Trek” movie.

John Williams A Capella

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Jeannette Catsoulis for sending me this adorable salute to composer John Williams:

Charter for Compassion: Films to Change the World

posted by Nell Minow

Please take a moment to watch the short films from Charter for Compassion, a group founded on the golden rule that links all religions. And then add your thoughts on their list of the eight core elements of compassion.

Hanks, Tom Hanks

posted by Nell Minow

A funny faux trailer with Tom Hanks as James Bond:

Lip Dubs

posted by Nell Minow

As usual, I only find out about something after it has passed from cool and edgy to “so yesterday,” but I think lip dubs are adorable, my favorite viral video project since the complaints choirs. These are short videos made […]

The Candidates Atone (Fiction, of Course)

posted by Nell Minow

Kavanah Productions:

posted by Nell Minow

Kavanah is a documentary production company dedicated to creating films on Jewish themes to be used in educational settings. It was established by Lauren Shweder Biel, a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at New York University. The word “kavanah” means “intention,” […]

Indie films on YouTube

posted by Nell Minow

YouTube has set up a new site for independent film-makers, a curated collection of the very best films you are unlikely to find in theaters or on television, shown in an upgraded High Quality viewing system. Check it out to […]

J.J. Abrams: “Sometimes Mystery is More Important than Knowledge”

posted by Nell Minow

At Ted Talks, J.J. Abrams spoke about his lifelong love of mystery because of its “infinite possibility and a sense of potential” and how that passion influences his creation of stories like Lost and the upcoming movie “Cloverfield.” And here […]

Video: Straight No Chaser Rocks Christmas Carols

posted by Nell Minow

While the writers are on strike

posted by Nell Minow

John F. Kennedy once advised, “Never pick a fight with those who buy ink by the barrel.” He meant that you cannot win an argument with people who publish newspapers and have all the ink, paper, and readers to make […]

The Most Heartwarming and Inspiring Film of the Holiday Season

posted by Nell Minow

Filmmaker Jennifer Crandall has created a charming series of short autobiographical videos featuring everyday people talking about their lives, experiences, and lessons learned. Participants of all ages and backgrounds have spoken about friends, families, vocations and avocations. Participants have included […]

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Tribute: Wes Craven
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