It is sort of a film buffs treat to see a collection of shorter films by some of the greatest directors of our time. I mean, i wish this would happen more often the only problem is that they are inevitably almost always uneven to your average viewer.
The one that kicks off the film Scorsese's "Life Lesson" is a really great short film. Nolte and Arquette are convincing as the artist and the pupil. It develves deep into the psyche exploring sexual obession, art, and jeasously. I know Scorsese has been down this road before with his masterpiece 'Raging Bull', but in this one working on a smaller scale I think
we get a better idea of where Scorsese may be coming from as person. Of course this is only specualtion and the film is fascinting by it self nevertheless.
The next one is, Francis Ford Coppolia 'Life with Zoe' a short film that really isn't as bad as everyone makes it out to be. Coppolia as an Operatic-Epic filmaker The Godfather, Apcolypse Now is just about par none. When he makes smaller more people oriented pictures One From the Heart, Peggy Sue Got Married, Rumble Fish he's usually good and at the same time almost a completly different filmaker. I'm not claiming one route is better than the other. I just think he has two different styles and this short is defintely in the second more gentler vain. That said it kind of falls short in that category, it has that Disney Movie feel but all in all i like the way its from the young girl's perspective and it is kind of likable.
Lastly we have Woody's film "Oedius Rex" a real funny little movie. This is Woody doing situational comedy, and he's damn good at it, a mother dissapears and ends up in the New York Sky. It's not the funniest film ever or even one of Allen's best, but its a throwback to his earlier lighter days.
I really like this idea of having multiple directors show and make shorter works, its a testament to the directors as artists and craftsmans to make these movies, its just its probaly not as well paying as a bigger movie.
If you like this or just the idea you might also wanna check out
ROPAG- Godard, Pasolini, Roselini all make good shorts films here
Four Rooms-Rodriguez in top form, Tarantino short is good-Anders and Rockwell's shorts were cut-and it shows because they are not so good
Eros-Antononi,Soderberg, Wong Kar Wai (Almodovar does the spin around) need i say more
Two Evil Eyes-Argento's Black Cat is as great as his Suspiria-I worship the films of George A. Romero but his is just good
Spirts of the Dead-Fellini's Toby Dammit wow-wow-wow-also decent films by Malle and Vadim
Kurosawa, Bergman, and Fellini were supposed to make one of these
together but never did, what a loss maybe in the next life.