Watching this I was reminded of the short film work of Roman Polański. The use of special effects, music, text titles, and (of course) french to evoke foreign film techniques of days past is simply superb. The acting was effective, as was some of the framing. My only qualm is that film doesn't go as far is it might. It feels more like the set-up for an amazing piece then like something complete in-and-of-itself.
As a result of the film's brevity, it is hard for me to say that any characters were at all developed in it, and, therefore, that the conflict of the piece (that is, the angel and the nuns reaction to the man without a shirt) is any more than the punch line of a joke (rather than, say, the conclusion of a story). Perhaps if the nun or angel interacts with the man on the beach...?
However, I must admit, even as a joke (vomiting is always fun!) I was truly and totally entertained. I think the creative technique of this film alone warrants it's inclusion in any short film festival anywhere...
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A review of Dogmanby midnightcat on 07/16/2004A solid story with a mysterious death at the get-go make Dogman a good read.Certain purely visual moments - the magnificent tree house, Christopher running the animal shelter, the father/son banter - have a lot of potential. If, perhaps, the script were tightened a bit, with crucial sequences (such as Christopher's meeting/dating Sheila, Walt's failure to use the law against... read
A review of Pandora's Box - 3 minby midnightcat on 08/12/2003So far this is the best short film I've watched on Triggerstreet. Each and every scene advances the plot and no shots are wasted. I particularly liked the surreal lighting technique during the heist, the use of slow-mo and montage when the thieves are split, and clever cutting between shots (tied to doors closing, a falling body, etc.). If I had any reservations about Pandora,... read
A review of Mental Distortionby midnightcat on 07/26/2003I was impressed by the complexity of the plot. This is a combination of a character study (specifically mental instability) and a horror/thriller piece involving a psychologist who suggests just enough to destroy his patients. While I thought some of the dialogue was weak (slowed the film), I enjoyed the use of visual effects to evoke insanity. If, perhaps, even more were... read