I just got back from seeing ‘Terminator 2: 3D’, but since we have a thread for I’ll restrict my comments to here to, “it holds up”. I enjoyed it. More detail elsewhere.
Monday I was at Frightfest (again, more detial elsewhere) but I saw a selection of short films that will be on the festival circuit and you may get a chance to check them out.
‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’ is a one joke premise. The writer/director is a professional illustrator and this is his first film. It shows unfortunately, but I wish him well in exploring his approach to moving images and storytelling.
‘MAB’ is a more developed story, but still feels like a pint in a half-pint pot. The director, Katie Bonham, is making a name for herself with her shorts, but this is something that needed more room to breathe and a bit more development.
‘An Eldritch Place’ is fun, but very european (from Belgium), in that it doesn’t quite connect it’s dots and probably doesn’t care. It’s a Lovecraft-inspired bit of fun with some cool moments and the cast are really good, even to me and I don’t speak their language. There’s more than a little Carpenter about it as well, which I liked.
‘Hum’ is scifi, and like ‘MAB’ feels like a feature crammed into a short. Solid cast again, and it looks good, but there’s a rushed quality to it that doesn’t help it’s emotional delivery.
‘Drip Drop’ is cool, beautifully shot and leaves you wanting more. It’s a Swedish “cabin in the wood” story, but a scifi, IKEA cabin in the woods. Or in this case, on the edge of lake.
‘Judgement’ is a black comedy, and again the casting delivers on the premise. It has a simple goal and achieves it. I take my hat off to this one for it’s focus and delivery.
‘Creswick’ is one you should probably see without an introduction. It’s a bit of a haunted house story but in a very human sort of a way. We were told a little too much about it. It works very well, solid and professional work, quite moving in places, but try to see it without too much preparation.
‘Held Down by a Shadow’ is a graduation film and well made. More haunted house… maybe… could be… is it…?sort of a thing. You can feel how hard everyone involved worked and wanted it to be “special”. I think it’s good, but like a lot of ideas, even at 18 minutes, it feels like there should be more. I would watch the 90 minute film if they ever made it.
‘Smear’ the short comedy I did some VFX for. I’m biased, so no review, but the audience enjoyed it so I hope you catch it at a screening sometime. The director Kate Herron, is already doing some TV in the UK, for BBC3 etc. so her career is already going places. I’m glad to say I think she really deserves it.