Three Short Films You Should Probably Watch

butterfly circus

Bottle Rocket

Bottle Rocket is a short film directed by Wes Anderson in 1992 (and released in 1994) on which the 1996 feature-length film was based. As a huge Wes Anderson fan, it’s a special experience to watch this short film that pre-dates his directorial debut. It’s great on its own as the story of 3 naive, young wannabe- professional criminals as well as an accompaniment to the feature length film. The black and white may seem very unlike the rest of his films, but his signature style of dialogue and his perfect timing is there.


“MORE tells the story of an old, tired inventor as he struggles through joyless life in a drab and passionless society, leading the same cold and colorless existence accepted by the identical drones around him. At once tortured and inspired by his dreaming of and yearning for his younger carefree days, he struggles to finish the invention he hopes will give his life meaning and worth. His world, and the world of those around him, is transformed when his secret invention is completed. However, his subsequent success does not come without sacrifice. The inventor realizes that the true essence of his inspiration cannot be manufactured.”

The Butterfly Circus

This is one of the most beautiful, uplifting stories I’ve ever watched. “At the height of the Great Depression, the showman of a renowned circus discovers a man without limbs being exploited at a carnival sideshow, but after an intriguing encounter with the showman he becomes driven to hope against everything he has ever believed.”

What are your favorite short films? Have any recommendations for me? Share them in the comments.


2 thoughts on “Three Short Films You Should Probably Watch

  1. My top 3 (all found via Wholphin, a now-defunct short film DVD subscription):
    “The Delicious”
    Werner Herzog’s “Plastic Bag”
    “I Love Sarah Jane”
    Also if you ever return to the DC area, highly recommend the annual DC Shorts film fest in the fall.

    • Ahh I´m so glad you brought up Wholphin! I was wracking my brain trying to remember what it was called. Thanks for the recommendations. I love the DC international film fest, but I´ve never checked out the Shorts. I´ll keep it in mind for when I make it back to the most beautiful city in the US.

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