Robert Redford Kills It in New York Times Magazine Short

For this weekend’s movie issue, Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski teamed with a veritable who’s who of Hollywood to create 11 micro-shorts.

And since Robert Redford is the king this fall movie season of the minimal-dialogue game thanks to All is Lost, we couldn’t help but start with his “Making a Scene” short. You see, each actor is given just a short line (or two) of dialogue to deliver against majestic, orchestral backdrops provided by 14th Street Music.

We’re not going to spoil the surprise, but Redford gets an absolutely hilarious punchline from the tandem of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and nails it. Think of this Thanksgiving side dish as All is Cooked.

Other folks participating in the exceedingly handsome Kaminski-NYT shorts parade include Cate Blanchett (line by Andrew Bujalski), Oprah Winfrey (line by Sarah Polley), Forest Whitaker (line by Greta Gerwig) and more. A tremendous piece of interactive content.

These shorts are also something The Academy would do well to study. Each one is more entertaining and celebratory than just about any of those tiresome Dolby Theatre introductions of the year’s Best Picture nominees.