Still hammering though the final days of MostlyFilm - we've published four more pieces since the one I was plugging two days ago - and this one, it has to be said, was the most stressful to get though the editorial process.
It shouldn't have been, really. We always knew that the big climax of the week was going to be the Oscars. Just before the weekend of the award ceremony - that is, today, Friday March 2nd - I wanted Indy Datta and myself to do what we've done in previous years, and publish reviews of the nominees for Best Live Action Short and Best Animated Short. Luckily, as in previous years, Shorts HD were releasing them as downloadable videos across all the major digital platforms - iTunes, Amazon and Google to name the main ones in the UK. "The films will be available on February 27th," it said on the Shorts HD site, which gave us three days to watch them and write the reviews. On February 27th, that was changed to "The films are coming soon." Apparently, co-ordinating the release of the shorts packages across all platforms had proved more troublesome than they thought. That wasn't good.
The site still says 'coming soon' at the time of writing, but in fact the shorts crawled out without fanfare on Thursday morning, two days late. Lucky for them: at one point, when it looked like we wouldn't be able to see them in time, I was planning for us to watch all their trailers on YouTube, and make snap judgments on the films based on those. You may think it's massively unfair on the filmmakers: we thought it was exactly the sort of professional discourtesy that a movie review site should try to pull off in the final week of its existence. What were they going to do, throw us out of future advance screenings? Exactly.
But we didn't need to do that, so you can read proper informed reviews now on Shortly Oscars 2018. And if you fancy seeing those trailers for yourself, they're right here.
- DeKalb Elementary (live action)
- The Eleven O'Clock (live action)
- My Nephew Emmett (live action)
- The Silent Child (live action)
- Watu Wote (live action)
- Dear Basketball (animated)
- Garden Party (animated)
- Lou (animated)
- Negative Space (animated)
- Revolting Rhymes (animated)
Just to let you know the MostlyFilm timetable from this point onwards: on Saturday, Laura Morgan will be presenting her predictions for the Oscar winners in all categories (yes, including the two categories that Indy and I have written about here). On Sunday night/Monday morning, she'll be leading her team of insomniacs into a liveblog of the awards ceremony itself. And that just leaves Tuesday. So I'll see you back here on Tuesday.