Tech-Neurological

Tech-Neurological
Despite the crappy documentary about a potential Bulgarian Idol, this program of shorts is completely engaging from beginning to end, showing up those supposed comedy shorts by actually being funny and giving us something to think about while dishing out drama. Fun with computers, psychological confusion and children's animation about genital fungus and happy abortions keep this package alive and worth checking out.

"Rabbit Punch," the opening animated short, is a disturbing look at the impact of peer pressure on those weak of character, showing what harmless mischief can lead to, much like the titular Dominic in "My Name is Dominic." This short details a boy identified as antisocial via a standardized computer test, much to the surprise of his mother, whose perception of her son is altered by this news. Whether there is anything actually wrong with the child is secondary to the role of state and assimilation.

After a silent inkblot test called "Suspension" for the stoned members of the audience, musical animated short "Cutecutecute" tosses out a collection of politically incorrect statements in an effort to mock the many lies we tell our children and ourselves. It's jaw dropping and absolutely hilarious.

These brief amusements are fleeting, however, as "Sand" offers up a tragic tale of a father and daughter torn apart by divorce and court rulings. What is remarkable is how sincerely the bond between parent and child is established and portrayed, which makes the outcome that much more devastating.

The next couple of shorts focus on computer problems in a humorous and identifiable manner, with "The Yellow Smiley Face" showing the difficulty an older couple have in using their new computer the first time, and "The Website is Down: Sales Guy vs. Web Dude" showing the lighter side of IT work. From bizarre desktop configurations to interrupted games of Halo, this latter short, in particular, is very funny.

"Crap" features a deliberately quirky French-Canadian encounter with random violence and chaos in a kitchen, which is perfectly fine but forgettable, while "Tolibu Dibu Dauchyu" proves mainly that short films about Youtube and Facebook are lame.