Laugh Your Ass Off With This Week's SATURDAY SHORTS!
Hello ladies and gentlemen, your pal Muldoon here with this week's edition of SATURDAY SHORTS - a theater of kickbutt short films nestled in the heart of Ain't It Cool where every week we screen interesting shorts created and submitted by you, the film loving readers of AICN. Last week was a toss up of genres from all over the place, but this week we're getting our funny on with a slew of comedy flicks. What you'll find are funnies ranging from dark/black humor to possibly a fart joke or two (perhaps even in the same short). And while I'm a fan of every short I get to screen here, feel free to shoot out your thoughts in the Talkbacks below. I don't expect you to 100% agree with all my choices all of the time, but I'm sure the filmmakers lurking around might just be curious as far as some feedback, good or bad (just don't be an asshole.) So that's enough jibber jabber from me, let's get this funny fest underway. Prep your laugh muscles and get ready to bust a gut.
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:
Because nothing is as funny as suicide (horribly just kidding...), let's start this off with a bang. That's exactly what director Cam McHarg delivers with his off beat dark comedy.
Ever get a tattoo and then immediately die? Obviously not, but hey Even Pease made a fun little short that pretty much takes it from there and quite humorously. Pease and Co. put this short together as part of the Greensboro 48 Hour Film Project. Chuck panics when a train-wreck of a pop star dies in his tattoo parlor.
THE DUEL AT BLOOD CREEK
Up next is Leo Burton's period comedy about a fashionable duelling ground which gets a bit overcrowded at dawn. It's incredibly well acted and full of funny characters that feel multidemsional. Damn good job!
SPACE CAPTAIN DAN
I don't know what the hell is going on with this next short, but I like it. Seriously - it's all over the place, but fun. Rob Kerkovich takes the cake this week with "WTF-ness."
"A little background: every year a buddy of mine hosts something called "Smokescreen" in which all of our filmmaker friends come over with a short that's 10 minutes or less, with the express purpose of showing it to a room full of people who are baked out of their minds. You'd be amazed at what people turn out when they know their audience will be stoned immaculate. Anyway, this was my entry this year, and it was fueled mostly by my burning desire to make a movie starring my pets."
Here's a tiny summary:
And that's all folks, I'll see you all next weekend with another batch of fun shorts. But hey, before I get gone - congrats to the ever tenacious Mr. Kenneth Barker on completing his film ON THE SHOULDER OF GIANTS. Ken's been toiling away at the film for a good while and has kept me up to speed on it at various stages. I haven't seen it yet, so can't comment too much on it or even give an opinion, but as everyone here knows - completeling a film, short or long, is a beast and deserves at least a thumbs up.
I know movie blog sites are primarily driven on reviews, but quite honestly it's all too common to see reviewers almost trying to top the competition with who can talk the most smack about a movie or be the snarkiest of snarks. I know it "ain't" easy making videos/films/things in general, but if you have an idea for a short or a feature that you're sitting on - go out and make it (then send it in!). At any rate, I hope you enjoyed some or all of the shorts this week and I'll do my damndest to bring you lot a cool crop of great films next week.
If you're in the mood for more SATURDAY SHORTS, click any of the links below and have a ball:
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. 8, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST
by ajit maholtra
That means to laugh so hard that our bum falls off. Heheheheheeheheheheheheheheh.
Sept. 8, 2012, 9:41 p.m. CST
Sept. 9, 2012, 3:19 a.m. CST
THE END Opening sequence of 'something' (an asteroid coined *J-5U5*, maybe?) approaching Earth would have been better intercut with the suicide attempt narrative, as VFX-heavy bookends leave the project feeling unbalanced in scale. That the length of the film was a third credits also suggests project as a whole in need of some tightening. Lead actor was fine; natural lighting direction, sky replacements and fully CG shots display technically confidence. Alas, we've seen this *suicidus interruptus* plot before. Funny meter = 2/5. *STAR Engages zero-privacy, paparazzi + Internet media coverage as satire, rather than for outright laughs. Despite 48-hour production, actors quite casual in knowing exact placement of *familiar* props. Starlet's fame should have been established with a proper scene of media hounding before she arrived on camera, as DMZ/TMZ commentary seems oddly divorced from story action. Lead actor a major asset, thinking aloud without seeming hammy. Funny meter = 3/5. THE DUEL AT BLOOD CREEK Knowing BARRY LYNDON/THE DUELISTS influences right off the bat, eventually going full Kubrick with classical music-accompanied fighting. Enjoyed the *duel grounds booking conflict* situation, and resulting mêlée of pride, class mannerism and furor. Rivals Altman in group dialog management. Editing violates 180-degree rule at 1m53s and 5m04s. Casting strong and ornate script quite finessed = impressed! Costumes look stock, befitting a comedy sketch. Funny meter = 3/5. SPACE CAPTAIN DAN Taken as a home movie featuring lead thesp's pets — fine — but reads as inaccessible outside the intended stoner party screening. Still, this has a pleasant, *I'm making this up as I go along* factor, defying classification without being a bitter pill. Homemade special effects and *ripping mo-fo's face off* the highlight. Cute animals and no worries over music clearances: a pet project. Funny meter = 2/5. OLDTIMERS More revenge drama than comedy. Great opening slo-mo montage, but *badass geriatric garage exit* montage completely unnecessary, and all music cues too heavy in sound mix. Some dialog creaks with soft delivery, but piece as a whole remains captivating due to gritty script and performers seeming like non-actors. Image quality ranges from *cinematic* to *prosumer*, as evidenced by the use of two different camera systems. Final entrapment and shootout expertly handled. Credits certainly have a lot of Della's! Funny meter = n/a. Overall this week = Funny meter @ 50%, enjoyment level = better next time!
Sept. 9, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST
I did like the END even if it wasn't the most original story. Tone and visual look was good. Star - played mainly on the shoulders of the lead actor. Duel... - went on too long. The audio and grading was off. Did like the handling of the large cast and excessive dialogue. Oldtimers - wasn't funny. Liked some of the acting. At times the camera work and music was rather good.
Sept. 9, 2012, 2:52 p.m. CST
by Mel Garga
That's the only one I watched. Sorry. What? Screw you, too! I'm at work. I don't have time to dick around on the internets all day.
Sept. 10, 2012, 9:33 a.m. CST
by Industrious Angel
Thanks again - the title this week was a bit misleading since there were few lough-out-loud moments. "The End" was ok with a good actor, "Star" had the funniest moments but should be a bit raunchier. "The Duel at Blood Creek" was really good in all aspects - lots of production value for a bit of a thin sketch - this would have been a nice Monty Python scene. "Space Captain Dan" was my favourite this week, it had few laughs but lots of charm. "Oldtimers" was ok, but no comedy; Bubba Ho-Tep had much more comedy.
Sept. 10, 2012, 12:52 p.m. CST
by I am the most horrible
If multiple submissions are making things messy you should respond to them. Let people know if and why their submission isn't acceptable. If nothing else a reply saying "got it" should curtail those who feel they may have fallen through the cracks.
Sept. 10, 2012, 1 p.m. CST
Just a simple "got it" Don't have to explain if it'll be used or not.
Sept. 10, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST
Fair enough, from here out - Got It.
Sept. 10, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST
...was really damn good. Very funny, well shot, well acted... no complaints. Great little film. A toast to the cast and crew and I hope they go on to do large projects.
Sept. 10, 2012, 10:25 p.m. CST
by I am the most horrible
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