February 20th, 2018


Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary

As I had mentioned in an earlier post, we decided to bypass the theater this year to see the nominees in the Short Documentary subject since we were able to find them all either through Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, or HBO On Demand. We caught the one on HBO last night so now the list is complete.

"Edith and Eddie" - A couple finds love in their 90's and struggle to live on their own with greedy relatives taking over their house. They sell the movie as "the oldest inter-racial couple" but really that has nothing to do with anything. It's more about how the elderly are disrespected and how it's easier to warehouse them. Sad, but not really great film. Some scenes were just black as the camera secretly recorded dialogue between family members.

"Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405" - A mentally challenged woman becomes an artist. I'm not sure what to make of this film. She reminded me of a lot of furs I have met over the years. You're never quite sure if she was abused as a child. Pretty meh.

"Heroin(e)" - The story of the people who are on the front lines of the opioid crisis. Very timely. Well put together. A possible winner. (available on Netflix)

"Knife Skills" - Ex-cons are given an opportunity to work in a gourmet restaurant. Probably my favorite since it was the most uplifting story. The restaurant provides an opportunity for people to really turn around their lives. Unfortunately many don't take that opportunity (or piss it away).

"Traffic Stop" - A black woman gets pulled over and is roughed up by a white officer, all caught on camera. It would be a powerful story if the woman wasn't such a fuck up. Yes, the cops probably over-reacted (it's what cops do) but she was also in the wrong. Then there was lots of bullshit about how hard it is to be a black woman. Blah blah blah. Hated it.