A defining scene in “Gimme Danger,” Jim Jarmush’s (“The Dead Don’t Die”) documentary about the Stooges, is when a 1970s talk show host asks Iggy Pop, the band’s lead singer, if the Stooges influenced other artists.
Days after watching “Acasa, My Home,” I still think of a particular introductory shot with fondness. The camera focuses on a small shack in the middle of a flat plain, a rag-tag structure with peeling gray paint and wavering walls.
Going into “Downhill,” I was most intrigued not by the fact that it is a remake of a popular foreign film, or that it stars top-tier talents like Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) and Will Ferrell (“Anchorman”).
This year’s group of Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts are not lighthearted. There’s death, illness and abuse packed into their brief runtimes. Yet the ability to convey a moving story in a short amount of time is an achievement that should not be understated.
My attention span has always been questionable — hour-and-a-half lectures often send me scrolling through Twitter for a quick “break.” Even when I watch films at home, I have to be doing something to occupy myself for two hours.