“House of Straw” is a short that seems to be a pretty typical relationship drama—except there are a lot of clues that the married couple’s problems have a rather unusual source.
If you missed Todd Rohal’s M.O.P.Z. when it aired on Adult Swim, here it is for your brain-exploding pleasure. Put very simply, it’s about a lovelorn school janitor who (tries to) invent a robot helper—and it would be weird enough even without being shown entirely in fast-forward, “because we know you’re busy.”
Why do we throw coins into fountains and pretend that a wish will come true? Oh that’s right, there’s a wish granting man underneath every fountain that can totally make it happen. Or at least that’s what happens in this very cute short animation, The Wishgranter.
Aisha Madu’s animated short Bodily Dysfunctions starts off with an awkward meeting between two men who can’t figure out how to shake hands—and quickly becomes a very surreal (and NSFW) exploration of the title. The simple animation style is absolutely perfect vehicle for all the glorious ickiness.
Stranger Things might have made creators Ross and Matt Duffer household names, but the twin writer/directors have been working in speculative fiction for over a decade. Take, for instance, their short film Eater.
The previous episode of Mr. Robot finally gave us an origin story for the F Society, specifically where the group got its weird, Monopoly Man-inspired mask that has become its symbol—it comes from a fake 1980s horror film that you can watch online.
In short scifi film Les Spectateurs, woman realizes a safe and boring life aboard a mega-satellite, which resembles a depressingly beige suburban neighborhood, is not what she truly desires. But the satellite is about to leave Earth’s orbit forever—so is it too late for her to change her mind?
Like how some soldiers never stop fighting a war well after it’s ended, this short film Call of the Empire, by Trevor Kerr, imagines a world where remnants of the defeated Empire are still waging war against the Rebels after the Battle of Endor. It’s like seeing a glimpse of what might have happened in a galaxy far,…
Does this zombie short have a fair amount of gore and violence? Yes. It also has the incredible image of a lone zombie doing some amazing dancing in the middle of all the carnage.
This homage to nature films from director Tomer Eshed is titled Our Wonderful Nature: The Common Chameleon. The animated faux-doc takes a particular interest in the lizard’s eating habits, which amount to astonishing gluttony even though it never leaves its perch. Bonus points for the perfectly droll narration.
What’s worse than being alone on a post-apocalyptic Earth? Being stuck with someone you absolutely can’t stand. This short animation, After the End from Sam Southward, shows what happens when the last two men on Earth battle it out for a sex doll, all while doing a bunch of drugs, drinking a bunch of alcohol, and…
There are hobbies, and then there are lifelong obsessions. Andrew Wilcox’s short documentary Some Kind of Quest introduces us to Northlandz, an astonishingly detailed model-train installation that sprawls across 52,000 square feet—and to Bruce Zaccagnino, the man who dreamed it into reality.
In a dystopian future, a group of robot prisoners break free and are allowed to venture into the unknown, where they meet a strange duo who help them reset their identities. Or... something. There’s not too much of a story here, but damn, this short scifi film looks exceptional.
Two kids wearing cheerful footie pajamas with matching helmets undergo an odd education in Children of the Null, a strange, visually striking short that combines animation, science fiction, and some inspiringly bizarre props. An unseen narrator provides the lesson plans, which are thoroughly dystopian:
Mattis Dovier’s short film Inside begins with a scene of “savage distress” that invades the dreams of his narrator, who then develops a mysterious illness that begins to overtake his body. And he soon realizes he’s not alone—he’s part of an epidemic plaguing all of civilization.
Virtual, or La Caja de Pandora (translation: Pandora’s Box), packs an awful lot of video-game theatrics, grimy real-world atmospherics, and fiery special effects into 15 minutes—no wonder creator Daniel Hernández Torrado, an avowed lover of science fiction and video games, had dreams of making it into a feature film.
Short film Accidents, Blunders, and Calamities reworks Edward Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies for a family of possums. It’s an ABCs of accidental animal expirations, with great animation.
Launched in 1977, the Voyager 1 and 2 are still exploring interstellar space today. Both probes have flown by Jupiter and Saturn while the Voyager 2 has made its way to Uranus and Neptune too. The Voyager space program has traveled further in space than anything ever has and serves as a wonderful reminder of how much…
Fred Rowson’s Pauline begins like something out of The Conjuring 2—we meet a woman (the wonderfully droll Joanne Brookes) who is convinced her London house is haunted by “pure and total evil.” Specifically... the oven part of her house. Is the ghost a nuisance, or a figment of the lonely woman’s imagination?
I’m not sure what I love most about foley artists: is it their wildly creative ways to recreate sound? The totally locked-in concentration they have to follow a scene? The all-around goofiness of the gig?