ByAntonio Bouchard, writer at
The art of film pales in comparison to celebrity gossip culture, right?
Antonio Bouchard

Recently Robert Downey Jr. was announced as the highest paid actor in the world for the 3rd year in a row. Which is really funny considering what the A-Lister has gone through. Being a teen actor and son of small time actor Robert Downey, RDJ had a pretty rough start to his career. Heroin being a big part of his downfall, Downey ended up in rehab a few times. But nowadays the actor is the biggest name either side of the Mississippi. That all being said, here are a few really good short films.

Kung Fury


This Kickstarter baby written, starring, and directed by David Sandberg was a smash hit when it was dropped on the internet. Although intended to be a feature length film, it was still able to have an original song by David Hasslehoff, and co-star Jorma Taccone (from Lonely Island fame) as the Kung Führer.

The only thing missing from this film is any mention of the Iron Man himself. Not saying it would have made the film any better or worse. Just that there's none of that here, if that's what you were looking for.

Ellie Heart


This clever little short about a kid who finds a magical room with one enchanting resident from the creator of The Lazer Collection, Dom Fera, spent a short amount of time in the festival circuit and gained a pretty sizable life on YouTube. But, why would you ever associate this with the actor who plays Tony Stark? I don't know. You probably didn't.


When well-known music video director Joseph Kahn put out this little fan film featuring a few recognizable faces (like Dawson Creek's James Van Der Beek who also co-wrote the film), the internet wasn't slow in giving it all the fan cred it deserved.

One of the most notable things about this short may be the fact that at no point in it would you ever think of Robert Downey Jr. Crazy, eh?

Umshini Wam


This short film by Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers, Gummo) is really what Chappie should have been. Putting the two Zef Side celebutons in wheelchairs and... well... that's about it. Ninja and Yolandi are entertaining enough, who needs a half-handed version of the plot of District 9?

If you're a fan of Die Antwoord at all, it's a must see. And if you have no clue who they are, well... I Fink U Freaky. (Oh, also, I'm pretty sure this has nothing to do with Robert Downey Jr. I mean, you can't be certain, but I'm almost positive.)

Seen any other neat'o short films lately (Even if they have absolutely nothing to do with Robert Downey Jr.)? Just whisper really sneakily at your monitor. (Or post about it yourself)
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