Six Short Short Film Reviews

I went to the Cleveland Film Festival on Friday for a show­ing of six short films. Short re­views of each, and spoil­ers of course, past the jump.

Birth of Industry — Director: Gabriela Tollman

This film is a heavy-hand­ed al­le­go­ry about the Industrial Revolution and how it has raped the world and how the world will still be around even af­ter we kill our­selves. It had some good im­agery at the be­gin­ning, sort of blend­ing evo­lu­tion with the myth­i­cal birth of Aphrodite, but af­ter that it was just too preachy and pre­dictable. Das Rad does a bet­ter job of mak­ing the same point, and it us­es an­i­ma­tion and hu­mor along with the moral.

Parents of the Year — Director: James Scurlock

This was a short doc­u­men­tary about some Mexican im­mi­grant par­ents [main­ly a moth­er] who paid for their children’s col­lege ed­u­ca­tions by pick­ing glass bot­tles out of the trash. It was a pret­ty stan­dard doc­u­men­tary. Nothing re­al­ly stands out about it that de­serves men­tion­ing [good or bad].

L’HOMME SANS TÊTE — Director: Juan Solanas

This was my fa­vorite short film at the show­ing. It was gor­geous­ly shot, quirky, light­heart­ed and poignant. So, quite French. The ef­fects were good as well, and the mise-en-scene and pro­duc­tion val­ues were all top notch.

Convenience — Director: Ryan Kirkwood

This was an an­i­mat­ed stu­dent short about sub­stance abuse. Not the typ­i­cal kind though, but in a way… A kid is be­ing raised by tele­vi­sion, and when he gets dis­tract­ed away from The Glass Teat he is hy­per­ac­tive, un­til his parent’s dope him up and stick him in front of the T00b again, so they can get on with their life. It was good for a stu­dent, shows some promise. I liked the con­tent over the form.

The Carpenter and His Clumsy Wife — Director: Peter Foott

This is a black hor­ror-com­e­dy about a car­pen­ter who makes new parts for his wife since she is al­ways chop­ping them off. Then he gets the bright idea that he can make her bet­ter if just gets it over with and makes her all wood. Pretty good. I’m con­vinced it is based on an Irish folk­tale but I can’t find any in­for­ma­tion on­line.

Untitled: 003 – Embryo — Director: Mike Goedecke

This was a lit­tle sci-fi movie about the dan­ger of liv­ing too much in­ter­nal­ly. An ago­ra­phobe gets a dream­catcher giz­mo sent to him and he rais­es a dream crit­ter by steal­ing the dreams of peo­ple that stop by his place. The con­cept was neat, and the ef­fects were pret­ty good, but the end­ing left a bit to be de­sired. There is al­so a cat dream se­quence that to­tal­ly creeped me out. Picture an an­i­mat­ed cat with a cou­ple hun­dred teats, nurs­ing kit­tens and telling them to take over the world; yeah.

Altogether the pro­gram was worth the price of a tick­et, even if none of the shorts blew my mind. I wish they still showed short films and an­i­mat­ed shorts be­fore fea­tures at the movies.

2 thoughts on “Six Short Short Film Reviews

  1. I stum­bled on your short films re­views and I’ve peeked around your site, your a stand up guy and I ap­pre­ci­at­ed your opin­ion. Was won­der­ing if you’d con­sid­er re­view­ing my short. It’s styl­is­tic and well shot…I think it might be right up your al­ley.

    Marcus D. Russell
    Big Hit Productions
    “Sex, Love & Z-Parts”

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