Hello ladies and gentlemen, your pal Muldoon here with this week's selection of fun films from incredible filmmakers, films I think you folks might enjoy as much as I do. We've got horror-comedies, incredible science fiction, and a little pinch of "WTF?" Now while I certainly hope the bulk of you get to head outside, hit the beach/lake, and flip a few burgers, I hope you're in the mood to sit down and watch a few shorts with me here in the heart of AICN. Monday's holiday is a great way to catch up on the craziness of our own lives, but it's important to take a moment and remember "Hey, men and women gave their lives so I can enjoy a life without fear - so I can do what I'm passionate about and have the time to enjoy a few made up stories." I know... I know... "Muldoon, don't be preachy man - we came here for shorts!" Understood, but with my little tiny corner of the internet and even though I spent the bulk of my day working on a make believe TV show - I'm grateful for all of our folks in uniform and simply want to throw that out there. So enough from me, let's check out these fantastic shorts, eh?
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:
BAD GUY #2
Our first film of the day is an incredibly well done comedy that's full of practical gore effects that will leave you no longer in the mood to eat. You might remember a write up I did back in September from Austin's Fantastic Fest on one of their shorts programs, SHORT FUSE, where I first caught this film from Chris McInroy. Chris has just recently made the film available online and is in the middle of raising funds for his next project, DEATH METAL. So if you like what you see here, then head on over to the man's Kickstarter page and see what his next project is about. I'm not telling you to give it money, but I am telling you he's putting together an incredible team and personally I'm excited to see it, so if you do to - then think about tossing a few bucks his way or sharing a link. "This outrageously gory Austin-based crime comedy follows a struggling hitman whose upward mobility lands him at the dreaded position of Bad Guy #2–a prominent but ultimately expendable character in the bad guy pantheon–leaving him no choice but to up his game or die violently at the hands of his emotionally erratic boss. Full of over-the-top practical FX and dazzling comedic performances."
I caught this film only yesterday and while it wasn't submitted directly, I think it's simply incredible and wanted to share it with you folks. "In the near future, the capital of Sweden has turned into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. We join four soldiers on a routine mission in ‘Zone 3’, with the assignment to investigate an old surveillance tower that just went offline." This is Andrée Wallin's (director) first film, but you can't possibly tell... It's one that will stick with you for sure. "In the near future, the capital of Sweden has turned into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. We join four soldiers on a routine mission in ‘Zone 3’, with the assignment to investigate an old surveillance tower that just went offline."
Our next film has a charm to it that I find endearing. From Caleb Quinn we get a pretty fun thriller that feels straight out of the early nineties.
ATTACK OF THE BRAINSUCKERS
Next up is a pretty fun b-movie horror flick from Sid Zanforlin. It beautifully dips into the imagination of a kiddo and reminds us that life is not always at it seems. There's vibes of THEY LIVE and INVADERS FROM MARS here. I definitely want to see more of Sid's work. "Samantha, a little girl growing up in the sixties, loves classic b-movies and monsters. That is, until they start to invade her bedroom and her obsession compels her parents to seek help from the latest scientific breakthrough."
SUPER MARIO TAKEN (Parody)
There's been quite a bit of genre love this week, so how about another little stroll into nostalgia mixed of course with one of the better thrillers in the past few years, TAKEN. From Brian Rosenthal and the folks at WTFLOL, we have our last short of the day - a trailer parody that ought to bust a chuckle out of you.
That's all for this week, ladies and gents. I'll catch you fine folks a week from now with more short films I think you might dig. Have a great rest of your weekend and enjoy Memorial Day while at the same time keeping in mind the sacrifices men and women have made so you have a better life.
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. The more info you send my way, the more info there is to put with your short.
Please don’t feel the need to submit multiple times.
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?
BY THE WAY: If you've had a short featured here, that means that I personally am a fan of your work, so feel free to shoot me any kind of news on new projects/films/whatever. I can't say I'll be able to help or in what capacity, but I'm interested in your work and am always down to see more! (Keep making cool stuff, everyone!)
- Mike McCutchen