Theaters in Houston
Reviews and Information on Movies
- Imagination by PermaGrin Films.
- Stealing Time by Alex Calleros
and Michael Tucker. A science fiction story about the perils of time travel.
- Alone Time by Rod Blackhurst. A story
that unfolds slowly, with a dramatic twist at the end that will cause you sleepless
by Kurt Kuenne
- 23 Degrees 5 Minutes
by Darragh O'Connell
- How to be Alone
by Andrea Dorfman
- Look Up
by Gary Turk
- Mr. Selfie by the Weareseventeen Studio.
- This is Water a video
of David Foster Wallace's commencement speech at Kenyon College
This Day by Shayne Koyczan
- The Seven Most Important Things
I Learned in Seven Years of Reading, Writing, and Living by Maria Popova
- Pigs is Pigs. Anyone
who has dealt with UH bureaucracy
(or bureaucracy of any kind) can relate to this Disney cartoon
in which two guinea pigs at the Westcote railroad station create countless problems
for administrative bureaucrats,
including by-the-book agent Flannery, when their owner refuses to pay the rate for
- The Dot and the Line: A
Romance in Lower Mathematics. Based on the book written and illustrated by Norton Juster,
this animated version was created by famed animator Chuck Jones and nominated for an Oscar in 1965.
- The Weird Number. Created
in 1970 by Xerox Films, this animated film tells the story of the first visit
of a rational number to a community of natural numbers.
- Pale Blue Dot.
An animated adaptation of Carl Sagan's
iconic Pale Blue Dot monologue, which is based on the seminal photograph of Earth taken
by the Voyager 1 spacecraft in 1990.
Importance of Kindness from a speech by George Saunders and
illustrated by Tim Bierbaum
Social Media Generation.
An animated adaptation of a Marc Maron quotation using images
from the Zen Pencils comic.
- A Public Service Announcement aired on television
in Ireland. I was completely shocked the first time I saw this. Apparently, the
Irish do not pull any punches in their safety videos.
- What if the Earth
Suddenly Stopped Spinning?
An informative and thought provoking short film, which also teaches a bit of physics.
- Short Films by Famous Directors From Before They Were Famous
(1991) by Robert Rodriguez
Robert Rodriguez is largely known for the story behind his first movie,
El Mariachi, but prior to his breakout movie he created a number of
short comedies featuring his family, who provided s cheap and available
source of actors. Bedhead follows his daughter, Rebecca,
who endures a head injury from a
scuffle that occurs after her brother, David, vandalizes her doll. The
bump to the head gives her psychic powers that she uses to torture him, but
soon things become even weirder.
- Vincent (1982)
by Tim Burton
Tim Burton and his collaborator Rick Heinrichs created this
creepy story about Vincent Malloy, a young boy who wants to be more
like his hero, Vincent Price. In a remarkable piece of cinematic
serendipity, Burton was able to get Vincent Price to narrate the film.
This is a wonderful piece of imaginative cinema, and the animated poem
provides a wonderful homage to Vincent Price that is both respectful and lighthearted.
- Doodlebug (1997)
by Christopher Nolan
Long before thrusting us into the fragmented memory of Leonard in Memento,
taking us to a dream within a dream within another dream in Inception, or
resurrecting the Batman franchise, Christopher Nolan made this disturbing
short about a man who hunts an unknown pest in an attempt to squash it with his shoe,
only to discover in the end he has been pursuing something completely unexpected.
- How They Get There (1997)
by Spike Jonze
Created during the days when Spike Jonze worked primarily on music videos and
advertisements, this short video tell the story of a man and woman who begin a
wordless flirtation that ends with a surprise.
- Smarienberg (1997) by
Long before winning an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay as one of
the writers of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Michel Gondry
made a number of award winning advertisements. Although not a short film,
this Vodka ad contains come incredible special effects, including the use of a
version of "bullet time" long before it was popularized by The Matrix.
- Geometria (1987)
by Guillermo del Toro
(There is also a
version with better
image and audio quality, but no English subtitles.)
This short is the second-ever filmed project of Guillermo del Toro, the
director of such movies as Pan's Labyrinth, The Devil's Backbone, and
the Hellboy franchise. In this movie a young man with an overbearing mother
is failing geometry at school. He seeks some otherworldly help, with
unintended consequences. Like much of del Toro's work, this story contains
combines elements common to both fairy tales and horror stories.
- Business, Business (1968) by
Prior to The Muppets and Sesame Street, Jim Henson's work appeared in
numerous commercials and on variety shows and talk shows. In 1968, Jim Henson
performed a skit on The Ed Sullivan Show called "Business, Business", which he
cowrote with Jerry Juhl.