If you're craving a movie fix but can't seem to make the two-hour commitment, we've got the solution: short films. Ranging anywhere from one to 30 minutes, these concise flicks pack just as much story and emotion as their full-length counterparts, if not more.
We're also fans of Film Festival in a Box ($15). Each of these carefully curated DVDs contains four shorts, organized by theme--we recommend the "Fantastic" collection for its whimsical short, The Windfisherman. Watch it with friends, then vote for your favorite online (directors with the most votes win funding, so it's a great way to support burgeoning filmmakers).
The best part of your newfound short-film knowledge? Your considerable edge in that upcoming Oscar pool.