The 2018 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Documentary

The 2018 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Documentary

By Livia Peterson

The nearest city, Milwaukee, usually presents the Academy Award nominated live action and animation short films and therefore, it was such a significant surprise the Times Cinema would play the documentary short films prior to the broadcasted Academy Awards ceremony.

Compared to the live action short film nominees, the documetary films provide a lot more emotional oomph and resonance. With that said, let's briefly review the five documentary nominees. 

Thank you to Milwaukee for always remaining awesome in providing the best film and theater (live theatrical productions) culture. 

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405: The artist Mindy Alper suffers anxiety, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder and receives electroconvulsive therapy resulting her unable to speak for ten years. A powerful documentary that hits close to home as I endure anxiety and OCD as well. It's bound to be a favorite to folks who experience the same conditions as Mindy. Heaven would win the Academy Award in a perfect world and yet, AMPAS is always procuring to produce a political statement. A

Edith + Eddie: A bittersweet love story among the elderly couple Edith and Eddie. Despite the standardization in every regard, it is difficult not to fall in love with this narrative. Plenty of awws, but also heartbreak. A-

Knife Skills: The fomer convicts are instructed how to prepare French meals at the Edwin's restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio. A typical redemption narrative and yet, witnessing former criminals modifying themselves for the better is simply magical. B+

Heroin(e): Jan Rader, Patricia Keller, and Necia Freeman assist and lead heroine addicts to recovery in the overdose capital of America: Huntington, West Virginia. It is common sense drugs are terrible unless for medical use. Female empowerment is always welcome, but it is just a modest reminder to refuse drugs, regardless of the circumstances. B

Traffic Stop: The African American mathematics teacher Breaion King is pulled over for a speeding violation and eventually, intensifies into a unexpected arrest. Simply drive the speed limit, nothing less and nothing more. The cirumstance is a bit laughable and consequently, it's difficult to actually believe this occurred. C+

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