Review of: " Be Prepared...You Never Know " 

reviewed by rkw74 on 04/12/2005
Where's Trojan Man when you need him?
Well, this piece LOOKED nice - decent lighting and compositions and the cross-process sort of works as an aesthetic here (then again, its kind of hard to screw up 35mm). Your leading lady is smoking & running time is short (which has garnered you a lot of looks). That's the good news. The "acting" is wooden and totally overdone - all those head nods and eye rolls are very reminiscent of a junior highschool play. The re-use of the dolly moves in on our "hero" at the start didn't work for me, either - feels like a jump cut. And what'd he do that warranted a quickie w/ the hottest chick in the place? I didn't see anything transpire - he never earned my confidence or support with anything he did. The pay-off was weak. I think its a better twist if the guy who ends up with the girl is a schlub - not a cheesy goatee'd musclehead (as per usual). Perhaps the weirdo at the sink - he knows how to use the "fonzie" trick to get a condom from the machine & so he scores the girl instead of the guy we assume will win out. I think you did yourself a disservice by extending this piece WELL beyond its intended length. I think it can still be a successful "short" at :60 or even :30, but there's way too much fat here as it is in its current form. Personally, i prefer wearing Durex.

Other Reviews by rkw74 91

  • A review of Encounter
    by rkw74 on 02/05/2005
    There's nothing technically wrong w/ this film - in fact, its fairly well executed. Some nice compositions, well-lit interiors (w/ 'candlelight'), and the editing - for the most part - works. Performances are OK - although a little over the top in places. My main issues w/ this film are its subject matter & the way in which it was handled. To me, its really easy to get... read
  • A review of Kerst
    by rkw74 on 01/25/2005
    Solid, polished, well-executed film. Technically very well done. Nice cinematography (liked the opening zoom out from the mirror): well-chosen shots with a good variance of angles. Lighting was solid. Like the "desaturated" look of the exteriors. Editing was also strong - good pace & rhythm to the shots (clearly very specific storyboards being followed here). Esp. liked... read
  • A review of sunrise
    by rkw74 on 08/10/2004
    I like the look of your super-8: some good shots - nice compositions. Good transitions - cutting in middle of whip pans. Some of your slower pans are little stop-and-go, but its nice that you keep your camera moving. Main problem I had with this was that the acting of VO/ actor doesn't convey drama or tension that might add some much-needed uumph. Your sound could use some... read
+ more reviews