Animated shorts are `Slightly Bent'


November 09, 2001|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

Interested in warping your perspective a little bit?

Then drop everything and make your way to the Charles tonight for The Don and Bill Show: Slightly Bent, a collection of 10 shorts from animators Bill Plympton and Don Hertzfeldt that skew things in all manner of subversive ways.

Both men have had their work featured at the Maryland Film Festival (which is sponsoring the screening) and MicroCineFest, and have proven to be audience favorites. Their work is decidedly adult, sometimes grotesque and never what you expect. Especially in short doses (none of those featured here are longer than 10 minutes), they are works of anarchic genius.

Among the shorts are Plympton's Surprise Cinema, which imagines if Candid Camera were hosted by the Texas Chainsaw Massacre's killer; Hertzfeldt's Ah L'amour, in which his trademark stick figures attempt to figure out romance in the modern age, and Plympton's Your Face, a surreal music video in which a man's head morphs into a bunch of bizarre shapes. You get the idea.

The Don and Bill Show screens at 8:45 tonight, tomorrow, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Cinema Sundays

Innocence, director Paul Cox's tale of middle-aged former lovers who rekindle the passions they felt more than 40 years ago, is this weekend's Cinema Sundays at the Charles feature.

The film stars Julia Blake, Charles Tingwell and Terry Norris.

Showtime is at 10:30 a.m. Sunday; doors open at 9:45 a.m. Admission is $15; five film mini-memberships are available for $65.

For more information, go to

DiCaprio as Johnny Eck

Johnny Eck's story is moving closer to the silver screen.

Fox Searchlight pictures has agreed to finance and distribute Johnny Eck, the big-screen story of the Baltimore man born with only the upper half of his body who became a world-famous sideshow performer. He also starred in the Todd Browning film Freaks.

Leonardo DiCaprio is slated to play Eck and his twin brother, Robert, who became his manager (and did not suffer from the same deformity). Caroline Thompson, who wrote Edward Scissorhands, will write the screenplay.

Local angle

Baltimore native Bradley Thomas is the producer of the Farrelly Brothers' Shallow Hal, which opens in theaters today. So if you wanna help a local guy out. ...

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