Oscars

Haus, Parsi, Specialk, and CLGJr LIVE BLOG the 2017 Oscars

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You know the drill. Another year, another trip around the sun, and it’s all for THIS. We here at The Parsing Haus are doing it again, shined and primed for a long and robust jaw-aching feed at the swollen teat of decadent celebrity culture.

Join us on Sunday, February 26 for live coverage of the 2017 Academy Awards; bury your hungry snout in our trough of cinephiliac num-nums and popcorn and snark-dumplings and perfect little starfucker sundaes topped with delicious bon mots. It’s a feast. You’re welcome.

  • Our live red carpet coverage starts ~2:30 pacific / ~5:30 eastern (TBA) (watch: ABC)
  • Our live Oscar coverage starts 4:00 pacific / 7:00 eastern (TBA) (watch: ABC)

So tune in right here. It’s going to be choice.*

* – and don’t forget to refresh the page. On some browsers, the live blog software we use doesn’t auto-update. We’ll fix this someday, probably. 

Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Documentary [Review by Parsi]

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Viewing documentary shorts individually can be a task (links embedded).  Access can be difficult and promotion essentially nonexistent.  But, this year’s films are best viewed together because they illuminate our shared humanity, something that appears lost on many these days. As a warning, these films can at times be difficult to watch, gut wrenching may be an understatement.  Three of the five also deal with elements of Syria and the refugee crisis, which at first glance may seem a bit redundant, but they each have a very different point of view that brings breadth and depth to the subject.  As a collection, this year’s crop of documentary shorts are a must watch.

Joe’s Violin

Joe’s Violin is perhaps the most traditional documentary in the group and by far the most uplifting.  That is saying a great deal given that the story revolves around a holocaust survivor.  Joe’s Violin is clumsy at first, with some unnecessary and somewhat old school pans of New York and a plodding build to the story.  But, the film is rich in connecting two very different lives with a shared love of the violin.  Joseph Feingold a Polish holocaust survivor who found refuge in the US after World War II and 12 year old Brianna Perez an immigrant from the Dominican Republic attending a Bronx all-girls school where every student is taught to play the violin.  The story follows Joe’s donation of the violin which ends up with Brianna.  We get a glimpse at each of their stories.  Joe’s survival of a More >

Parsi & Haus LIVE BLOG the 2015 Oscars

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Another year, another trip around the sun, and it’s all for THIS. Parsi and Haus are doing it again, shined and primed for a long and robust jaw-aching feed at the swollen teat of decadent celebrity culture.

Join us this Sunday, February 22 for live coverage of the 2015 Academy Awards; bury your hungry snout in our trough of cinephiliac num-nums and popcorn and snark-dumplings and perfect little starfucker sundaes topped with delicious bon mots. It’s a feast. You’re welcome.

  • Our live red carpet coverage starts ~2:30 pacific / ~5:30 eastern (watch: ABC)
  • Our live Oscar coverage starts 4:00 pacific / 7:00 eastern (watch: ABC)

So tune in right here. It’s going to be choice.   

 

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2015 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts [Review by Haus]

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It’s Oscar season! Which means two things around here. One, time to remind you that we will once again be LIVE BLOGGING the Oscars, so tune in right here for details. And two, it’s time to review those interesting shorts they only play once a year.

I saw the 2015 Academy Award nominated live action short films en masse. It’s a surprisingly substantial time commitment since some of them aren’t really that short. But it’s a decent way to spend a couple of hours — check your local listings, a theater near you may well be showing these soon. They’re mostly foreign, and mostly very good.

Short films get short reviews, and that’s happening right now. Here they are, in order of best to worst.

Boogaloo and Graham – 14 minutes. 

I totally dig this movie. It features two sugar-talking young brothers in 1970s Belfast who get chickens as a gift from their dad. The boys name the birds (you guessed it, Boogaloo and Graham), take them on walks and generally get pet-crazy, until mother decides it’s time to get rid of them. This is a weird little film with some seriously good cursing kids (strangely subtitled, though the parents are not), pooping birds, and a tangential nod to the late Irish unpleasantness that’s almost an afterthought. Maybe there’s more going on here than I’m seeing, but I just enjoyed it for what it is — it’s a lighthearted and cute little film, probably based on someone’s weird personal memory. Or at least I hope so.

 

Parveneh – 25 minutes. 

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Parsi & Haus LIVE BLOG the Oscars

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You may recall that in 2013 we made history. Parsi. Haus. Together. Live-tweeting the Oscars.

You may also recall that our bone-chilling and near-constant jet stream of cine-snark got us banned from twitter within an hour and we ended up sour and alone, slinging our bon mots in a Zuckerbergian comment thread like a pair of codependent preteens.

Well, not this time. We have leveraged the mighty biceps of the Internet to bring you our very own Parsinghaus live blog.

  • Our live red carpet coverage starts 2:30 pacific / 5:30 eastern (watch: E!)
  • Our live Oscar coverage starts 4:00 pacific / 7:00 eastern (watch: ABC)

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