Review of: The Valentine 1955 

reviewed by jtfine on 10/21/2004
jtfine
Nicely Done
This is a great example of a short film which finds it's success in simplicity. The story is simple, the message is simple, the techniques are simple, and the message is clear. Everything fits together, and compliments everything else. The very basic animation manages to convey a sense of time and place, and allows the viewer to create their own images. I think the premise could go much further in an extended version...

Other Reviews by jtfine 22

  • A review of In Absentia
    by jtfine on 11/04/2004
    In absentia successfully tells its story through techniques which add to, rather than negate the filmmakers' visions. This is definatley one of the few short suicide/love tragedies I have seen which doesn't loose its meaning in melodrama and cliched direction. This might be even more meaningful attached to the end (or opening?) of a broader story. It feels like a sequence from... read
  • A review of Virtual vs. Real
    by jtfine on 11/04/2004
    I was impressed by the modeling and cg integration in this short, but it's not enough to carry a thin storyline. The film sets up a good premise, but doesn't expand on it. If you replaced the cg characters with live actors, it would simply loose all interest. The filmmakers are obviously technically skilled, but need to take their creativity another step.
  • A review of Psalm 51
    by jtfine on 10/28/2004
    This film will either inspire you, or make you laugh out loud at it. If you're in the right mood, you can appreciate metric montage-quality of the editing which compliments the rhythm. And if you're not, you'll still appreciate the formal beauty of the cinematography. But as for despair, hope, and forgiveness...they apply more to the filmmakers than to the film. But the artistic... read
+ more reviews