The live-action entries are a diverse mix. The clear winner of the pack is writer/director/star Luke Matheny's God of Love, a nicely modulated deadpan charmer about a singing darts champion trying to woo the girl of his dreams. Among the animated shorts, Pixar's Day & Night boasts a comparatively low-key aesthetic to dramatize the unlikely friendship that develops between Daytime and Nighttime. A deceptively simple remembrance of a boy's encounter with a bizarre orphaned creature, Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing elevates a familiar storyline into something exceptionally moving that touches on friendship, loneliness, and the tragedy of how getting older numbs us to the wonders of the small oddities around us.
The thing in The Lost Thing.
Runs at Varsity, Fri., Feb. 11–Thurs., Feb. 17. Not rated.