I really liked Short Term 12, but more importantly, I hope it is seen by more people. Larson is particularly strong when she stands up to the bureaucracy when she feels they are making a huge mistake. It is even more astounding when many of them are appearing in their first acting role and sometimes find themselves upstaging their seasoned, adult counterparts. As Grace tries to help these kids get through some of the most troubling times of their lives, she too is having trouble in her own life as well. As far as filmmaking goes, I have already suggested that Destin Cretton managed to practically make the film feel like a docu-drama, but it comes down to how authentic it all feels. Dialogue is very cleanly presented, though that said, there are several moments in the film where hysteria reins and it's at least a bit difficult to make out what's being said. Is that task any different than Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, walking the thin line between depicting but not endorsing? She can be patient, stern, fun, or whatever is required of a staff member doing her best to care for these kids.
There are many moments between her and Gloria where you can see the understanding between them even if it is not verbalized. The Blu-Ray Not that Short Term 12 is depressing or anything, but it seems like someone instituted a mandatory smiling quota for the Blu-Ray artwork, which features numerous pictures of almost every main character grinning, laughing, or smirking, complete with a Vanity Fair quote about how the movie will give viewers the warm-and-fuzzies. Its reproduction of familiar racial dynamics is accompanied by a superfluous late-film emphasis on the guilty conscience of prosecutor John H. The course of their investigation sees them entangled in an underground Pokémon battle, interrogating an unlikely Pokémon called Mr. Marcus is bitter and angry on the surface, but Stanfield's eyes are a well of sensitivity, and his voice contains a hint of terror, both of which say more about Marcus than his attitude.
Yes, I mean, Guinevere described him as a charismatic loser. Aniara certainly communicates a sense of entrapment, as its deliberate industrialized drabness comes to stifle the audience. I know this from personal experience—my father and his siblings were placed into foster care when they were rather young, after their mother died in childbirth and their father decided he couldn't handle six children under the age of eight or so. We're committed to keeping our content free and accessible—meaning no paywalls or subscription fees—so if you like what we do, please consider becoming a Slant patron: You can also make a donation via. With an unsentimental eye, the director, Destin Cretton, creates scene after scene of believable situations that leave an indelible mark.
Video: Short Term 12 arrives on Blu-ray with a 1080p widescreen transfer. It constructs an alternate reality whose politics and ethics are shaped by the co-existence with semi-sentient cartoon animals. Until then, he uses his conceit mostly as an excuse to allow his star actor to freely express his impulses. The black levels stand up to the task for the most part. Cast: Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr. Though it has a promising setting, Aniara is ultimately an inhuman object, fashioned by artists who wear their lack of imagination as an aesthetic badge of honor.
Making the Music Featurette — A look at crafting the score for the film. Kind of feral, you know. The late master filmmaker Raúl Ruiz shot a collection of sequences in his native Chile way back in 1990 before abandoning the project. Many films that take place in such a socially important theme are too wrapped up in character development or interesting events, so it is a relief that Short Term 12 follows the lives of the children who live in the facility. We knew we wanted to answer a specific question: How did he get them to do these things? You can also get an instant mobile notification with our iPhone- or Android app. What decade you were born in really affected how your life might go in the 20th century, even the 21st century.
Having weathered the storms which abound in the moving but sometimes difficult to watch Short Term 12, I now perhaps have a bit more perspective on my long ago girlfriend's reactions, though the film also brought home to bear the horrible emotional toll being placed in a facility like the one depicted takes on the kids who have to stay there. And he did that kind of giving people attention and then switching it off with both men and women to keep them off balance and maintain control over them. Short Term 12 follows Grace, the leader of the care home and her boyfriend, Mason. Given how much I want to support this film, it helps that there is a very solid technical presentation here. Is the decade a unit in which you often view history? Cretton shows as much care and kindness with the minutiae of the daily routine—the doling out of meds, searches for contraband and forced recreational activities like Wiffle ball games—as he does with the larger issues that plague these lives in flux. Grace has a disheveled but lovable coworker named Mason John Gallagher, Jr.
This is a rather poignant and fitting note for the film to end on. A fluke knocks Aniara off course, causing it to drift into space for what proves to be an endless amount of time, at which point one presumes that the film will follow a debauched narrative trajectory along the lines of Lord of the Flies or. There is also a small spot regarding foster care information. Marcus overlaps briefly with the surly and withdrawn new girl, Jayden , who insists her father is coming to get her soon so she refuses to make friends. Image from: Life of Pi 2012 Deals Reviews Releases Top lists Database Community By genre 75570 59078 16179 12353 8615 55397 13266 4248 36018 7954 8909 88467 9189 2923 22343 35619 2365 20418 3010 10768 2525 30778 1613 6756 4190 26725 6975 22322 2406 914 14190 6128 29449 40213 921 5142 10114 3162 6742 61940 10072 4732 By studio About Short Term 12 2013 Short Term 12 Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release A 20-something supervising staff member of a foster care facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend. At the film's start, Grace seems to have achieved a comfortable balance between her professional and personal lives. Extras: I bemoan this a lot, but oh how I do love getting commentary tracks and become especially saddened when they are not present.
Is there at all an element of correcting the record here? The real star of this disc is the sound. Detective Pikachu portrays Tim as a destined Pokémon Trainer, with inherent gifts for managing Pokémon in battles, which it views as an unambiguously positive quality. When Jayden Kaitlyn Dever , a particularly troubled young lady joins the group, it sets in motion a series of events that answers all of the questions that Mason and the audience have about Grace. I think the strangest aspect and the more enduring fascination is why these very young, seemingly nice girls did these terrible things. The World and 21 Jump Street, but Short Term 12 is a real showcase for her talent as a performer. These are fascinating, if not entirely original, details; indeed, one might assume that Mima belongs to the same galaxy as the planet Solaris. Later, in a trial stacked against Willingham by police and prosecutors who lead and bribe witnesses as a matter of course, Margaret testifies that Willingham did nothing to save his children until the fire department arrived, implying his efforts to break back into the house were for show.
In Aniara, an entire society is sentenced to a floating death sentence, and Kagerman and Lilja communicate no sense of chaos, struggle, or of the signs of life that might ironically crop up in a sphere where the stakes of living have been reimagined. While this Red Epic shot feature has excellent detail and a reasonably sharp looking image, the overall look of this film is rather soft, with often low contrast. At Short Term 12, Grace can always be seen reacting on three levels: responsible supervisor, Mason's significant other, and a person who keeps most of herself beneath the surface. English captions for the deaf and hard of hearing and Spanish and French subtitles are also included. The children in the home are presented as troubled but worth saving. She also has a loving, playful relationship with her longtime live-in boyfriend, the shaggy, foulmouthed Mason played amiably by John Gallagher Jr.
Both are bright and care deeply for the kids they are tasked with preparing for the real world. She can be patient, stern, fun, or whatever is required of a staff member doing her best to care for these kids. Films like Mud and The Kings of Summer featured fine work by their young leads that often rivaled the adults in the ensemble. Although the film only runs 96 minutes, ten deleted scenes 22:37 are included. The central character is Grace, and she genuinely feels like a complete person. This couple is like the mother and father hens of the group.