Short Film Review: Removed

This film by Nathanael Matanick was created as a teaching tool for foster parents. It does a good job of portraying the life of a child that is placed in foster care. It does not pull punches, but at the same time it doesn’t wallow in depravity. It’s not always easy to watch, but it does get its point across.

Beautiful child. Happy ending. Considering the circumstances.

Nice effort.

Here’s a comment from the Facebook post: “Sorry, but no. Appreciate what he was trying to do, but having worked in the system, it doesn’t quite get it. And the monologue is irritating.”

Short Film Review: Genesis

Here’s a short science fiction film starring an acquaintance from Stage 32, West Ramsey. I actually saw the end coming, being familiar with this type of Philip K. Dick-like twist.

Hard to do sf on a budget and in a short time span. You really need a good amount of time to do these big subjects justice. Takes a while to get the future world established and all that. Still this story is not so weird that they needed a lot of set up. I still feel more time would have given us some sort of resolution. As it is, I’m left wondering what’s going to happen to this replicant.




Short Film Review: Oh Willy


No idea what this one is about, but I loved watching it. This was screened at Sundance. Fantastic animation using wool and fuzzy stuff. At time funny, but also poignant. Really a beautiful little movie. But I don’t know what it means. That’s not a bad thing.




Short Film Review: Actresses

I really like this little film by Jeremy Hersh that made it into the 2015 Sundance festival. I have no idea why it’s considered a comedy. I guess because it has a happy ending. Sort of excruciating to watch the process until we get to the happy ending, though.

On the other hand, there’s more going on here than jokes and pokes. Definitely worth a watch.

Short Film Review: re-:belief

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According to the log line this film is “a stunning 3-D printed, hand-crafted, zoetropic short film that asks if recalling memories can break a cycle.”

“Stunning,” sure. “3-D printed,” well, that explains it. “Hand-crafted,” okay, I’ll buy it. “Zoetropic,” what the…?

This all points to film school pretension, which is fine by me. Pretension is what film school is for. Where else can you get away with it? I certainly didn’t get the premise, but I didn’t really care. It’s wonderful to watch. I loved trying to figure out how they got the tiling so seamless.

Someday I’m going to go to film school and figure it out.

Meantime, my favorite part was the scene with the twizzler-like apparati. Made me hungry.

Not crazy about the music. I don’t think I could dance to it.

I give it a B. Keep up the good work.

Short Film Review — To Scale: The Solar System


The title says it all. This film from Alex Gorosh and Wylie Overstreet is about a model of the solar system built to scale. Sounds dry and plotless, but believe it or not, it made me cry. It’s so beautiful.

If you like stories about science, watch this for a new take on a familiar subject. If you usually shy away from Nova or New Scientist, watch this and be stunned. And, and, you will learn something. I promise.

I give this science project an A.