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A Catalog of Anticipations2008

  • 3.7
A woman drifts back to childhood memories of rural Texas where her discovery of the jawbone of a horse in a field leads to a fascination with, in her own words, "dead things." Her natural history collection of insects and bones takes on a supernatural quality when she finds the corpse of a strange creature that she believes must be a faery. Using still photographs, found objects and unsettling creations that briefly come to life via stop-motion animation (which evokes the work of the Brothers Quay and gives them an even more unreal presence), filmmaker David Lowery tells a phantasmagorical story, part fantastical mystery and part nightmare, as a primal memory. A CATALOG OF ANTICIPATIONS weaves imagination and experience into a haunting tale recalled in snapshots of recollection, a dark fantasy with a tactile texture that grounds it in the physical world and narration that frames it as a coming-of-age moment. - Sean Axmaker

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I liked this short. It's an interesting exploration of the desire to collect things and the power a collection can have over you. A collection started for pleasure as a hobby can morph into something compulsive or obsessional, and even if it doesn't get that far, a collection can be a source of stress and pressure.

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I liked this short. It's an interesting exploration of the desire to collect things and the power a collection can have over you. A collection started for pleasure as a hobby can morph into something compulsive or obsessional, and even if it doesn't get that far, a collection can be a source of stress and pressure.

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This is a wonderful flash of some other world around the corner and completely different from here, now, there and then. Spend 5 minutes here!

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Wonder full.

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childhood's end

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The implication of things not known, and thus not told, but one is left with the sense that there is much to tell. Almost more slice of life. Hints of the Quay brothers, but not as grotesque. Not bad. Sticks in the mind a while.

Beautiful. Brothers Quay meet Chris Marker.

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zilch

Tired subject, flat delivery.