Inseparable by Nick White (Archive)

29 08 2013

 

 

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Successful Alcoholics by Jordan Vogt-Roberts

19 08 2013

After a few weeks of deep beats and dark bars, I felt the Chive needed a bit of perking up. This little bit of light relief has manifested itself in the form of Jordan Vogt-Roberts’, Successful Alcoholics. This film is truly hilarious! The two leads played by TJ Miller and Lizzy Caplan really shine and as an audience you not only side with them but almost too believe that alcoholism could in the right circumstances, be a viable way of living. Eccentric and jocular, bizarre but brilliant, crack open a nice cold alcoholic beverage and enjoy this convivial cinematic experience.

KB.

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Apricot by Ben Briand

13 08 2013

A touching trip into the whimsical, wondrous alcoves of a lover’s memory. Do you remember your first relationship? Do you remember your first kiss? Do you remember your first love? Apricot subtly hauls its audience into the realms of thought. The brilliant lofty dream-like cinematography allows the viewer to meander and slide into their own peaceful, contemplative abyss. Watching, but simultaneously searching, focused, yet distracted. The style and finesse in which this short is shot is truly breathtaking. Each frame could be a still, capturing the beauty and delicacy of each memorable moment. This is what this short is trying to express. It is our memories that are the keys to our past. They are little jewels that should be nurtured and cared for carefully collected in our own intrinsic vaults. It’s about who we “share moments with” and how interactions are “rare and out of the ordinary.” Apricot asks us to think, but to think for no reason. To think for the sake of remembering, to drift carelessly through our mind, to wander and find and to romantically entangle with our long lost thoughts.

KB.

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“Tell-Tale” by Greg Williams (Archive)

7 08 2013

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Voice Over by Martin Rosete

6 08 2013

A triumphant tripartite, that moves the heart, stimulates the mind and searches the soul. Winner of 44 awards and selected for 80 festivals, Voice Over explores the art of how a good script can dictate and shape. The voice over is almost lyrical, it is hypnotic and when combined with inventive and despairing life-threatening instances, as a viewer you cannot help but be entranced. The cinematography is magnificent, the astronaut-cave scene with its ominous redness, the elevated birds-eye view of the soldier crawling and the extreme long-shot that reveals the teetering, tipping boat that holds the fisherman’s perilous predicament. Then there is the twist. I shan’t give it away… This film showcases how a good script can really produce a fantastic film. Yet, for me there is another meaning to this film. I’m not sure if it’s the French-ness. The bleak scenarios that seem irreversible seemed to have a bit of the existentialist about it and I began to think of the work of Sartre and Camus. Or maybe it is the authorial, tyrannical, god-like narrator that rolls the dice always knowing the outcome. For me this film is about humanity’s infinite battle with its old time foe, life. It’s about the obstacles, challenges, problems, but it’s about how you deal with them. Do you allow your oxygen to expire, do you allow your issues affect your helping of others, do you allow yourself to be swept out to sea by the tide, to be held under to drown like so many others. Or, do you prevail, do you succeed, do you hold life with two hands and kiss her on the lips.

KB.

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A Family Portrait by Joseph Pierce

29 07 2013

This short attracted me firstly because of its quality but also because of its content. The family we are presented reminded me of many families at my school. Happy in exterior, yet lonely in interior.  A family portrait that unravels and reveals the murky troubles that riddles many families. Pierce’s exaggerated grotesque animation severs the cloak that all families must wear when placed under the scrutiny of the social spotlight. The idea of a family portrait is to emit a safety, to create a façade, a character that delivers, much like a fairytale or cheery musical. However, this is not reality, we see the truth, we see a portrait that is already cracked, we see a family that is fractured and split.

Pierce is a fantastic film-maker, his other shorts “The Pub” and “Stand up” too are outstanding. More analysis of his work in the not too distant future.

KB.

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Extranjero by The Queen

19 07 2013

Interesting, beautiful and captivating. Extranjero ask the viewer more questions than it gives answers. Shot in just in just over two days, the London Sundance winning short provides a visually spectacular, strong cinematic storytelling short. It’s poignancy in current affairs and thought provoking nature presents social issues in relation to the ostracising and exclusion of immigrants in a foreign environment. Directed by London based Dan Lumb and Crinan Campbell, this film will not let you down.

Write any interpretations in the comments below.

KB.

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