Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Short films of the Tribeca Film Festival that you can now watch online.

It's sort of a shame that theater chains don't have short movies before the main feature.  This would be way more entertaining than sitting through a bunch of commercials we normally would fast forward through. Plus it's sort of fun to discover something that you haven't seen before.  Even if you dislike the short at least it was only ten minutes and not two hours wasted.  Youtube has put online four shorts from the Tribeca Film Festival that you can now watch.

Loose Change.

Cast:  Carmine Famiglietti, Graciela Lecube

Writer and Director: Philip Botti

***'s out of four

In this short a man has arguments with his landlord who can't seem to remember who he is.  She insults his girlfriends and chases them out because she believes they are not right for him.  This is a quality short with some terrific acting and a solid story.  Near the middle I thought this wasn't going anywhere but the ending ties everything together neatly. 

Mr. Stache

Cast: Rich Sommer, Amy Smart

Writers: Jack Schaeffer, John Nash

Director: Jack Schaeffer

** and 1/2 *'s out of four

Mr. Stache tells the story of a man who decides to grow a moustache, but  later decides to shave it off because he can't find acceptance.  That is until he meets a girl who thinks his moustache is perfect.  While the story is not all that original, the acting and the pacing of the plot makes this an ejoyable short.  It sort of reminded me of a short film you would watch on PBS between "Sesame Street" and "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood"  back in the early 80's.

The Ignorant Bliss of Sun and Moon

Cast: Scott Sowers

Writer: Bill Guilo

Director: John Hyams

* and 1/2 *'s out of four

A man goes through a life of ups and downs and seems to think it's in coordination to the moon and sun. At least that's what I got from it.  This is an art film and like all pieces of art it's up to the viewer to decide, but I will say this.  At just over five minutes this is a very long short with a character I found very uninteresting.  Most of the shorts here have a solid concise story or at least an interesting idea that audiences can attach to.  "The Ignorant Bliss of Sun and Moon" did not.


Cast: Justin Chatwin, Allison Huntington Chase

Writer and Director: Shawn Christensen

*** and 1/2 *'s out of four

Of all the shorts here this is the one that has really good visuals.  I would be interested in seeing other works  from this director based solely on the visuals alone.  "Brink" is the story of a young man who wants to confess his love to someone before he floats away.  And in this world everything is actually floating away.  At first it starts off with lighter things such as envelopes and books but than heavier things begin to fall up into the sky.  It looks like a really good music video without any music.

I hope you all get a chance to view these shorts because they won't be playing at theaters near you.  Movies are all ready too damn expensive anyways.  One would think theater chains would have shorts to go with their movies so that audiences would get more from their money.  But that may take away from commercials and there is no way to compete with the all mighty dollar of advertisment.