2002 Oscar Shorts | Chicago Reader

2002 Oscar Shorts

If I thought these Oscar-nominated shorts were the best made in 2002, I'd probably want to give up reviewing movies. Three of the four live-action items—Dirk Belien's Belgian Gridlock, Philippe Orreindy's French I'll Wait for the Next One, and Steve Pasvolsky's Australian Dog—combine cuteness and cruelty in a way I find particularly repellent, so the cuteness without cruelty of Martin Strange-Hansen's The Charming Man, the Danish romantic farce that won the Oscar, seems downright virtuous by comparison. Among the animated shorts, neither Eric Armstrong's Oscar-winning The Chubbchubbs! nor Roger Gould's Mike's New Car, both American, was available for preview; the other three—Tomek Baginski's Polish The Cathedral, Chris Stenner and Heidi Wittlinger's German Rocks, and Koji Yamamura's Japanese Mt. Head—held my interest without being especially attractive. 91 min.


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