Cube Critic: 2016 Oscar Shorts

Mr. Hublot
One of this season's Oscar-nominated shorts is Mr. Hublot, a French-language animated film about a reclusive man who must learn to adapt to a new housemate -- a robot dog. (Zeilt Productions, via NPR)
Cube Critic: 2016 Oscar Shorts
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MPR Cube Critic Stephanie Curtis joins Jade and Sean McPherson to talk about the 2016 Oscar-nominated short films.

"Don't read anything about them," Stephanie advises. "It's one of the few times you can see a movie and not know anything that's about to happen."

The animated shorts, especially, are funny, creative and touching, Stephanie says. "The World of Tomorrow" features two women where one is the future version of the other. "It is about our society and computers and what makes us who we are," Stephanie says. Stephanie calls the film one of her favorite movies of the year.

The live action shorts, Stephanie says, are largely about war. "I get it, I'm spoiled in my Western world," Stephanie says. "But they're really well-done this year and none of them are too heavy-handed."

"Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)" is particularly heart-breaking, Stephanie says, and stars a talented young actor.

Up for Best Short Film (Animated):

Bear Story
Sanjay's Super Team
We Can't Live without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

Up for Best Short Film (Live Action):

Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)

Both live action and animated shorts will be at the Uptown Theater in Minneapolis this weekend.


Short Films (Animated)
Short Films (Live Action)

MPR's Cube Critics, Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr, join The Current's Morning Show to talk about films every Friday at 8:30 a.m.

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