Altman learned the language and practice of cinema not in film school or Hollywood, but making industrial films in Kansas City, which led to a successful career in television; he was already 45 when "MASH" won the Palme D'Or at Cannes, sold a lot of tickets and made him, for the moment, bankable. Mann's film is not an attempt to wring juice from the life, or to make the work the secret autobiography of the person, but to celebrate the man and the maker, in body and spirit, and to trace the literal ins and outs of his filmmaking career. (Altman was in, he was out, he was in, out, in, out, and back and forth across the decades.) He hits all the bases, if at times only barely touching the bag.
The famous talking heads who appear -- including
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"Manly" and "Chainsaw Richard" (Cartoon Hangover). Cartoon Hangover, the Frederator Studios-run, YouTube-based online network that's home to "Bravest Warriors," runs a showcase of "shorts" (pilots, really), along the lines of honcho Fred Seibert's
Two new Hangover shorts have recently been posted. Each has a somewhat pensive, leisurely air, in the influential "Adventure Time" mode. In the psychedelic and melancholy "Manly," created by brothers Jesse and Justin Moynihan, the daughter of the Emperor God of the Universe -- named Manly, because he wanted a boy -- works as a kind of enforcer for her father. "You know this is my thing, right," she tells Nimbus, the Jiminy Cricket figure at her shoulder, "doing nasty stuff for Dad, so I can be like Dad, you know, great." ("How about being a super-good poet, or a badass drawer, like you are?" Nimbus asks. She has just left in literal pieces the army of a "rival god planet thing" called Eyes No Eyes.) While the performances adopt the ironic "Oh hey man" deadpan tone of much current comedy, and cartooning, there is something felt and even spiritual here. The characters become quickly compelling; you can sense transition just around the corner. You want to know them better.
The palette is unusually acidic, in the hot and stinging sense.
In "Chainsaw Richard," from Christopher Reineman (of the Web comic "Feel Afraid"), Ramses (a little boy) and his pal Tiny Ghost (a tiny ghost, in a town casually full of ghosts), can't afford to see the movie from which this cartoon takes its name. So they sneak in, Ramses with more difficulty than his incorporeal friend, through an air vent full of deadly traps and challenges. Ramses is a little reminiscent of Danny on "Bravest Warriors," but with googly eyes, but the resemblance ends there; the production as a whole has the painterly feel of a Little Golden Book. Unlike "Manly," "Chainsaw Richard" reaches the end of its story arc, with a little