This Week's SATURDAY SHORTS Are All Over The Place! Genres Galore!
Hello ladies and gentlemen, your pal Muldoon here with this week's edition of kickass shorts for your viewing pleasures, created and submitted by fellow AICN readers. Here on SATURDAY SHORTS I tend to lump shorts into genres, so we have a block of horror or comedy or drama or... well this week's going to be a bit different - this week we're going all over the place with shorts that span all across the categorical board. Regardless of whatever you're in the mood for, here's hoping we've got it and on top of that here's hoping you find a gem you didn't even know you were looking for. So bam, let's get this whole shebang underway, shall we?
So go grab yourself some popcorn, lock your kids in a closet, kill the lights, relax and check out this little weekly film fest we've got ourselves here:
KILL YOUR TELEVISION
First up we have a rather beautiful film from director Hank Devos. "Lingering in the final moments of his Theo wakes ups in a dirt field to discover his only companion is a strange 1970's era TV. The further he investigates peculiar surroundings the more he realizes what he needs to do. There is a dissociative power to television that sometimes disconnects from the reality of our situation"
Here we have Christopher Stapleton's slightly messed up little story full of psyhcopaths. Curtis (Christopher Stapleton), a gleefully sadistic serial killer who preys on young women, follows Leslie (Mimi Michaels) home one night and terrorizes her only to discover he may have bitten off more than he can chew. An unexpected game of cat and mouse ensues, culminating in a violent conclusion. However, the situation takes an even more sinister turn when Special Agent Randolph (Treva Etienne) and Special Agent Blake (William Walton) show up and assume jurisdiction from the local authorities to preserve their own hidden agenda.
THE END - A ZOMBIE SURVIVOR'S STORY
(Horror - Zombies)
Here we have Jeremy Brown's first foray into the zombieverse that feels authentic. Call me a jaded movie watcher (an incredibly handsome movie watcher while you're at it), but zombies... Zombie movies haven't really held a place in my heart at all minus a few of the biggies. They don't really do anything for me, now zombie-werewolves and we're talking, but I digress. I dug the hell out of this flick, even with my own personal "zombies are lame" pretentiousness. This is a quality film that feels like a complete meal for your movie watching eyes, not just candy. And the incredibly attractive young lady who drives the story seems to have some clean acting chops, so yeah - Mr. Brown - I'm a fan man, keep 'em coming.
This independent film/series follows a young woman, Katherine Brooks, as she finds herself thrown into the apocalypse. As she realizes that the dead don't stay dead, she begins running through a fast deteriorating world. Alone, afraid and armed only with a camera, she must cling to her sanity as she struggles through a perilous new terrain.
Striving to bring depth back to the horror genre, this series utilizes the intimacy of a webcam alongside the cinematic shots that have become the industry standard, in a never-before-seen attempt at realism in zombie film.
GOLD OF THE LOST BANDITO
(SUPERNATURAL PUPPET WESTERN TRAGEDY)
(TRT: Roughly 19 minutes total)
So when I saw "Supernatural-puppet-western-tragedy" I couldn't help but scratch my head (figuratively) for a second before clicking a few links and discovering Jacob Snyder's redliculously fun and insanely "out there" three part story of a kickass puppet. I get sent more puppet videos than I ever knew existed and while most just aren't up to snuff(leupagus), this one sure as hell is.
His name was Fast Draw Edgar. He was the baddest bandito of the old old west. He never got out of that wilderness, but people say his ghost still wanders there, guarding his bag of gold. And any man fool enough to try and steal it plays a risky game of poker with Death.
ENTER THE BEARD
Matt Lawrence, along with Scott Ballard, and Charles Parker Newton, have done the impossible - built a damn good documentary about beards. Not much more to it than that - it certainly held my attention on something I never thought I'd find myself batting an eye at.
And oh no, the house lights are starting to come on and I've got so many more badass shorts! I guess that means I'll be back next week with some more crazy fun films, but hey check out some of the past SATURDAY SHORTS:
If you have a short and think it belongs here or are on the fence about whether to send it in, please do send it in - I'd love to see what you've put together. I've already seen hundreds of fresh new filmmakers' shorts and like any good addict, I need more!
Shoot me an email at "Mike@aintitcool.com"
In the subject line include:
“SHORTS” + “Your film’s name” + “The film’s genre”
Then, in the body of the email, please include a synopsis of the film and any contact information you might think I need or would want published.
Please don’t feel the need to submit multiple times. I swear to each of you I truly check every email I get, and sending the same short a few times just makes it a bit messier.
Remember, the filmmakers might still be in the audience, so feel free to share your thoughts in Talkbacks below. (JUST DON'T BE AN ASSHOLE). I picked them, so you know I think highly of all of these, but how about you fine folks? How'd you like 'em?
- Mike McCutchen
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Sept. 1, 2012, 6:28 p.m. CST
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Although it does kinda make sense even for a reanimated corpse to require a basic functioning nervous system to be re-animatable
Sept. 1, 2012, 9:28 p.m. CST
Compultion - weak acting and and too long. Like the stuff they were going for though. The end - suffered from pacing and my lack of interest in the subject. Execution didn't win me over.
Sept. 2, 2012, 2:09 a.m. CST
Las time i heard somebody say "Enter the Beard" i was being reverse cowgirled by a grown man in womens undergarments.
by Balkin Flabgurter
Sept. 2, 2012, 3:03 a.m. CST
KILL YOUR TELEVISION Media crit piece touches on television showing us how to think or act when we're alone, living our life on something based on life, vapid entertainment = brain tumor, etc. Main character's *reality* level noticeably graded green à la THE MATRIX. Has some gnawing traits of a student film: mainly with overbearing descriptions to ensure the audience is *getting it*. Stock TV characters did a good job of acting bad, which is more difficult than you'd think. COMPULSION Some big issues with outré, stilted dialog and soft acting, though lead is fairly strong. Editorial assembly competent and brisk, however subliminal flicks are distracting, scoring feels overdone with tense strings, clashes and zingers, and lengthy opening cat-and-mouse segment saps energy. Tale of serial killer, bait, trap, manipulators and assassin requires enough restraint to yield at least one redeemable character and fulfill its promise. Lighting direction and sound design quite accomplished. THE END - A ZOMBIE SURVIVOR'S STORY Found/blogged footage of zombie apocalypse overlong, but watchable due to engaging lead. Digital cinematography aptly muted and crisp as required. This project in dire need of some type of subtext — perhaps the lead character regretted being a loner, never having a steady, not having an older brother to protect her...anything which could emotionally ground the zombie survivor situation. Fleeting cuts of outside world help this appear larger in scale. GOLD OF THE LOST BANDITO Strength here in selective focus and some layered compositions. Grimy patina on props and smoky environments also keep this from feeling like studio puppetry. Unfortunately, lead puppets frequently resemble feather dusters, and the thought of someone pissing into a cup comes to mind at one climactic moment. This basically transposes a pirate's booty plot into a Western motif — intriguing — but montage isn't enough to make the puppets come alive. Still, this web series demonstrates promise. ENTER THE BEARD Continuing with furry faces, this serves as a preview of Morgan Spurlock's MANSOME. Not much to analyze here: captures a niche beauty contest subculture in a lively manner, even if the featured contestant (and others) seemed unconcerned with anything beyond the competition —some *at home/at work* footage could have added depth. Overall this week = ¡Ay, caramba!
Sept. 2, 2012, 8:05 a.m. CST
by Balkin Flabgurter
Sept. 2, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST
by Industrious Angel
Already one week past ... always looking forward to this column! So, my thoughts: - "Kill Your Television" was a nice mix of 60's avant-garde, David Lynch and Monty Pythons. Didn't grip me though. The first two monologue lines were silly and distracting. - Compulsion: Good story; should maybe get edited a bit snappier. The dialogues wer not convincing and I didn't get a geographical sense of the house (what's where) which would have added tension. - "The End": Fun take on the zombie genre, spends a little too much time complaining about Zombie movies. Shows that your money is better invested in multiple takes than zombie makeup (or were those recorded at 1st shot? then she's remarkable indeed). - "Gold of the Lost Bandito" has charm but nothing much else (sound was good). I love stop motion and puppets but this didn't do much for me. I guess if you have puppets with all the facial malleability of Clint Eastwood then a Western is what you'll end up with :) Don't know if I'll watch the doc, little time atm
Sept. 2, 2012, 1:19 p.m. CST
Sept. 2, 2012, 3:04 p.m. CST
A SATURDAY SHORTS without Justmyluck's commentary just isn't SATURDAY SHORTS to me. Always manages to find the words that I can't. I'm a fan of EVERY short I've gotten to screen so "I dig it" sometimes is a bit repetitive and it's awesome to check out the guy/gal's thoughts. Fingers crossed, more folks will chime in, but either way - all is good.
Sept. 2, 2012, 4:11 p.m. CST
He's into it. His reviews are considerate and honest. He takes the time to watch and react. Makes it more fun. Love that.
Sept. 4, 2012, 8:35 a.m. CST
Or is it just that other people's TB comments are disappearing, like mine?
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