The biggest streaming platform had been known for terms like ‘binge-watching series’ that ask subscribers to watch hundreds of hours of their content. Obviously for most, nobody had the energy to do that, founding it to be a waste of time. So here’s some gems of content in Netflix for you who’s looking for spending a small amount in front of the screen or watching it for a grub.
If Anything Happens I Love You
Directed by: Will McCormack, Michael Govier
Written by: Will McCormack, Michael Govier
2020 | USA | 12 min.
To actually reveal the main message of the film would be a huge spoiler that ruins the outcome. But this short from Will McCormack and Michael Govier is able to touch on this sensitive issue without making it controversial. On the contrary, the outcome is incredibly emotional and haunting. Telling the story of a couple who lost their pre-teen daugther, the directors convey the story through visual simplicity.
It’s safe to say that the animation will engage you within minutes. With mundane and melancholy visuals, the directors communicate the emotions of characters through shadows. Atmospheric soundtrack also helps to accompany our emotion in this no-dialogue animation. And suddenly, the reveal is hard-hitting as well as tragic that contains a humane message that discusses this unique American crisis. That’s all that the piece had to say. Go watch this short on Netflix and you’ll be touched as well. (4.5/5)
Cops and Robbers
Directed by: Arnon Manor, Timothy Ware-Hill
Written by: Timothy Ware-Hill
2020 | USA | 6 min.
Cops and Robbers is a short on Netflix as a response to the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. It’s not necessary to know details about the murder since the short covers every action of America prejudice towards black as well as police brutality. The film opens with a black man (Timothy Ware-Hill) jogging in the hood, narrating his feeling of racial injustice.
This isn’t any random rant. The narration is filled with poetry, comparing the lives of the past and present where children do need to worry suddenly getting shot by the police. With a surprisingly relatable content that could touch the heart of any race, Timothy keeps his word flowing through his poetry narration. Indeed, the animation does also help to engage our screen with its mixed, stylized animation. And this is also not any random animation. Animators, amateurs or professionals submit their work for this project and combine it into the finished product that could be found in Netflix. It does hold a deeper meaning with the style, reminding of how dissimilarity could unite together in harmony. If various artwork could do it, so do we. (4/5)