A Morning Stroll claims to be based on a true story, as unlikely as that seems! Nominated for an Academy Award as well as winning a BAFTA, it is a clever and enjoyable romp through the decades and different styles of animation starting off in the 1950s. It seems there has been a chicken living and going about his business in New York for many years. Orchard mainly works on television spots, which is perhaps why he can turn his hand to various styles.
After winning a disgustingly large number of awards, Denis put his film Next Floor on vimeo in late 2013. Being a vegetarian, my take on it may differ from others but in Next Floor we find eleven pampered guests gorging on all manner of beasts while a host of waiters stand by. Their gluttony has a consequence, captured in brilliant visual effects and defying the laws of physics. Denis has since since made the feature films Incendies and Prisoners.
Written and directed by American cinematographer Po Chan, The Last 3 Minutes is an unashamedly tear-jerking flashback through a dying man's life. Every shot is lovingly crafted and there are some beautiful landscapes - as one might expect from a DoP. Made in 2010, Chan also shows the possibilities of the new class of video-capable DSLR cameras (in this case a Canon 5D). It is truly filmic.
Kubrick is of course best known for his fiction feature films, such as The Shining, but he started out with two short documentary films, including Day Of The Fight. Day Of The Fight displays much of the mastery Kubrick would use during his later career and is perhaps most reminiscent of his hard-boiled, 1956 feature film, The Killing, which would in turn help mould directors such as Quentin Tarantino.