Friday, March 5, 2010

Short Shorts! Day 5: Instead of Abracadabra

Chimay!... The delightful Swedish short, Instead of Abracadabra, should be the favorite for the Oscar Live Action Short on Sunday. See the excerpted scene and trailer below for why. The characters, especially the supporting ones, are well developed, the narrative arc is familiar yet suspenseful, and it even introduces a new catch phrase that more people need to adopt right now. Imagine Steve Levin introducing himself at your next community board meeting by awkwardly putting his hand over his face and putting Rami Metal in a magic box before inserting a couple of swords. This should happen in every meeting from now on.


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