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[s] Louchebem (Laprade, Masson, Grard, Girettes, 2012)

Louchebem is a short about a grieving butcher who escapes his memories in a dance when he sees a fly.

It’s more of an artwork, than a movie, and as such it’s pretty well-done – at least, I find the animation quite curious. But, instead of a story there’s a lot of blues, which may be poetic but doesn’t make it interesting to watch. In other words, there is something in this for the eye, but almost nothing – for the mind.

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[s] The Wes Anderson Anthology

In addition to Hotel Chevalier Wes Anderson created several more short films (adjacent to one of his features, as a rule), and also a bunch of commercials. Works from the latter category are all lively, bright, funny and generally elevating; most of them are so short they do not require further description – suffice it to say, it would not be a waste of time if you watch it.

Prada Candy (parts I-III)

Time: ~4m
Released in: 2015
Co-directed by: Roman Coppola
Performed by: Peter Gadiot, Rodolphe Pauly, Léa Seydoux
Entertaining quality4+ out of 5
Art quality:  5 out of 5

IMDB page: link


Stella Atrois

Time: ~1m
Released in: 2010
Written by: Wes Anderson
Entertaining quality5 out of 5
Art quality:  5 out of 5


American Express “My Life, My Card”

Time: ~2m
Released in: 2006
Written by: Wes Anderson
Performed by: Waris Ahluwalia, Wes Anderson, Jason Schwartzman
Entertaining quality5 out of 5
Art quality:  5 out of 5

IMDB page: link


Softbank

Time: <1m
Released in: 2008
Written by: Wes Anderson
Performed by: Brad Pitt
Entertaining quality5 out of 5
Art quality:  4+ out of 5


H&M – Come Together

Probably the most recent Anderson’s commercial that, frankly, is more like a short film than a commercial, and also bears some sort of resemblance with his earlier movie The Darjeeling Limited – at least they are connected through trains. Anyway, Come Together is also themed – it’s about Christmas. Like always, this film is quite fascinating.

Time: ~4m
Released in: 2016
Written by: Wes Anderson
Performed by: Yasmin Kaur Barn, Adrien Brody, Leo Hatton, Garth Jennings
Entertaining quality5 out of 5
Art quality:  5+ out of 5

IMDB page: link


Castello Cavalcanti

Castello Cavalcanti is a short story about a driver whose car broke down during a race, which unfortunate incident happened in the town of Cavalcanti in Italy. The driver finds out that this is the place where his ancestors originated from a long time ago, a place he had never been to before that night.

The film is produced by Prada, and it has some product placement in it, but rest assured, it’s in great taste and not intrusive at all – though still catches the eye. Everything else is pretty much what’s to be expected of Anderson: good story, simple but deep, not to mention all the way consistent; great acting; amazing director’s work (especially all the interactions between the characters); and, of course, the art direction (expressed through visual style of the picture) is absolute.

This is probably the best Wes Anderson short film so far.

Time: ~8m
Released in: 2013
Written by: Wes Anderson
Performed by: Jason Schwartzman, Giada Colagrande, Giorgio Zancolla,  Paolo Coluccio, Silvano Broglia, Francesco Bonaccorso, Michele de Paolo, Igino Angelini, Livia La Terza, Giampolo Pietraforte,  Andrea Troiani, Massimiliano Ubaldi, Francesco Zippel, Riccardo Rango, Niccolo Riso
Entertaining quality5 out of 5
Art quality:  5+ out of 5

IMDB page: link


Cousin Ben Troop Screening with Jason Schwartzman

This is an introductory piece to Moonrise Kingdom; while perfectly done on all levels, it doesn’t seem to have its own value due to lack of actual story. It’s still pretty entertaining.

Time: ~2m
Released in: 2012
Written by: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Performed by: Jason Schwartzman, Aidan Foley, L.J. Foley, Liam Foley, Charlie Kilgore, Gabriel Rush, Jake Ryan
Entertaining quality5 out of 5
IMDB page: link

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[s] The Cut (Kirill Ermichev, 2015)

The Cut is a short film that pretends to be a horror. It’s not that bad on a technical level – the light is okay, as well as the sound and the acting, – but story-wise it’s sheer mockery, which, frankly, is a little insulting. The build-up was quite enticing, and so the expectations rose high; however, instead of delivering, the director chose to fail, instead of showing everyone his potency, he demonstrated a limp dick. I bet Ermichev doesn’t even understand what’s wrong with this little movie of his. Anyway, just for form’s sake, you can watch it here:

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[s] Praetoria (Neill Blomkamp, 2017)

Praetoria is a really tiny movie, an introduction to a greater story, basically. That’s what Blomkamp does these days – he tries out the waters with something relatively small, and if it’s a success with the public, there probably would follow a much more significant continuation. What appears to be clear in this particular case, is that it’s about a man who sacrificed his human essence to achieve greatness of some sort. It can be interesting, I guess (even though this short is a down-right teaser, with very little actual story), and the special effects are magnificent, as came to be expected of Oats Studios, so it is definitely worth working on. In the meantime, here’s that short:

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[s] Kapture: Fluke (Neill Blomkamp, 2017)

Kapture: Fluke is yet another short movie by Neill Blomkamp and his OATS Studios; it depicts a firing ground in an episode of a newly developed weaponry testing.

Besides the technical quality, which is superb (that has pretty much become what is expected by default from Oats), it is worth mentioning that the story, albeit very simple and short, is comprehensive enough to create its own mould of reality – one that is realistic and cruel. Presented progress of weaponry seems to be more or less consistent with the science: on the one hand, it’s a stretch of technology, on the other – it doesn’t go very far, i.e. the weapon is pretty cool, but works crudely and leaves quite a lot of room for development. The acting is okay: it works well for the overall result, but it’s not that bright in particular.

All in all, it’s a great film – smart, subtle and strong. A wonderful addition to the cycle, which has already gained more significance than any of Blomkamp’s earlier works.

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[s] Sam (Emmanuel Aurengo, Mickael Bonfill and Romain Protet, 2014)

Sam is an animated short about an office worker who gets himself into some sort of science fiction drama when attending an expo about future technology, and is trying to handle the consequences since then.

First thing that arrests attention here is the animation, which is extremely poor in quality and elaboration of details. The story at first seems quite boring; the development with the expo was pretty good, but then it turned out it’s only to justify at least somehow all the subsequent science-fictional bullshit like the gun that restructures the matter. And then there was open finale, i.e. the film was basically suggested as a prologue to a full-length feature story, which was so obviously speculative and groundless, it really pissed me off. It’s not really worth it, but you have the choice anyway:

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[s] Alike (Rafa Cano Méndez, Daniel Martínez Lara, 2015)

Alike is an animated short about the resemblance children and their parents bear on so many levels, with a clear message that everyday routine, however tiresome, must not become the reason to allow indifference into the family relationships, because it would probably destroy it altogether. The characters are schematic, there are almost no individual traits in any of them, everything about them screams “placeholder”. Which, I guess, makes it not a story, but rather a parable – one that strives against didacticism and tries to be entertaining instead. And it sort of is; the animation, notwithstanding the crudeness of people representation, is pretty subtle, which can be seen in small details, plus there is certain humor intrinsic to the narrative – it’s not much, but still. All in all, it’s nothing really special, nor original, but it may briefly elevate your mood, so here goes:

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Black Tape (Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot, 2014)

Black Tape is a tiny little animation with no particular plot, but a far-reaching concept. Swift-passing characters here are broken down into pairs who are engaged in a sort-of dance, a tango of oppression. Everything happening is in absolute harmony with the music, and looks absolutely stunning. There are probably some elevated ideas this movie should (and surely can) awaken in a person’s mind, but me – I just enjoy the precision and the beauty. Here, you try it:

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Chumbak / Magnet [A House Wife’s Dilemma] (Prabhakar Meena Bhaskar Pant, 2017)

Chumbak is a short story that was apparently inspired by real-life drama of one Indian family. An adopted boy wakes up one night because of horrible mortal groans and sees that his foster-father is murdered by the wife… Or is he?

This movie is a little strange. It tells about a collision inside a dysfunctional family, and their attempt to find a way out, but not only that attempt is weird as hell, it also doesn’t work. This is a pretty interesting work, but it lacks information; at the end, like it often happens, there are notes about subsequent development in the characters’ lives, and even though they do clarify the picture a little bit, too much is still left unsaid. The film leaves a feeling of incompleteness, which is probably the biggest problem with it. Everything else, however, is pretty good, including acting and the overall directorial style. You may wanna check it out:

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White Shirt (Sumit Arora, 2017)

White Shirt is a story of a relationship that has come to an end. A white shirt that he can’t bring himself to get from her house for a long time becomes a symbol of that relationship, and when she finally returns it, it means that she got over him.

This story is centered around the relationship exclusively, and there is absolutely nothing more to it, which means it’s a soap. Even though it might be a step forward for stereotypical indian cinema, it’s too small, and also – in the wrong direction. Not worth the time, but check it out if you’re into nonsensical tear-jerkers:

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Ouch (Neeraj Pandey, 2016)

Ouch is a short film about a man and a woman meeting in a hotel room. Both were supposed to inform their respective spouses about their affair, but only the man actually did it thus ruining his marriage. The woman, on the other hand, not only didn’t do the same, but came down to break up with the lover instead.

The subject itself seems like a decent one: story about an affair going the wrong way is subtle and significant at the same time, which is quite unusual for Indian cinema, so kudos for the attempt. However, the execution is terrible, even though the actors seem to be good professionals. Dialogs are poorly written and unbalanced. I’m guessing that the situation in the center was intended as an amusing one, but it just doesn’t work. Direction is like there is no director at all. This is downright bad. A childish imitation of real cinema. I wouldn’t waste the time if I were you, but I gotta give you the choice anyway:

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Wire Cutters (Jack Anderson, 2014)

Wire Cutters by Jack Anderson is an animated short about 2 autonomous robots extracting mineral resources on a distant planet. They worked each on their own at first, then they met and managed to form a sort of cooperation to enhance the outcome, but soon slithered into unhealthy competition, which led to both their demise.

Although this film was clearly inspired by Pixar’s Wall-E, its story still is pretty original, but most importantly – it’s really well-elaborated and consistent from beginning to end. There is nothing superfluous about the situation, individual robots’ operations, as well as their relationship, develops in a logical fashion and leads to a natural, albeit tragic, outcome. The animation is quite brilliant, too. All in all, this is a wonderful work of art, no doubt about that. But go on, see for yourself:

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Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear (Eric England, Nick Everhart, Emily Hagins, Jesse Holland, Miko Hughes, Andy Mitton, 2013)

Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear is a horror anthology consisting of 5 short movies and centered around the senses, with each film called after one of them. At first shorts seem to be unconnected, but later a semblance of a common plot emerges, which includes a mysterious corporation with unclear intentions and wicked methods. Signs connecting each particular film to that plot can be witnessed in every one of them, although most are overly subtle. Unfortunately, it would seem like that general story was a later idea specifically invented to tie the shorts closer together, and it doesn’t really work, first and foremost because the goals of the corporation remain vague and unintelligible even after the last of the films is over, and also because the shorts are quite different in terms of the story quality.

Smell. This one is about a looser who works in an office, and to whose house a woman comes one morning to give him a free sample of a pheromone-based perfume that is supposed to make people attracted to him and through that improve his life. And it does work, only with a really bad side-effect: it makes his body decompose in an extremely unpleasant fashion. Apart from the fact that pheromones are not applicable to human beings (which makes the idea preposterous), it’s not a bad movie as it shows quite naturally the behavioral development happening under the influence of changed circumstances.

See. An eye-doctor, who found a way to steal his patients recollections using some sort of equipment, once finds out that one of his favourite patients is a victim of domestic violence. He lures her husband into his office and applies some nightmare-like visions to him hoping that it would make him stop, but it only makes things worse and turns the guy into a clear-cut murderer. Seems like this story is based on a presumption that memories are stored in eyes and not the brain, which is ridiculous, of course, but aside from this it’s actually pretty good, because it’s about unpredictable (and horrible) consequences of good intentions.

Touch. This one is about a family of three (a mother, a father, and their blind son) who got into a trap when driving for a vacation place. The boy, who remains relatively unharmed in the accident, leaves to seek help and finds a lair of a serial killer (a further development of the husband from “See”). This story is probably the best of the collection, because there are no absurd stretches here, everything is rather realistic and plausible. Besides, the boy is really a great finding.

Taste is probably the most ludicrous of them all. A guy, who later is revealed to be a talented hacker, is brought to the corporation’s headquarters in a limo, and is suggested a job. He refuses, and instead of trying to change his mind, the girl interviewing him drugs him and mutilates and murders him in front of a lot of people, who simply watch it happen. It definitely looks gruesome, but what is the meaning of all it? Why this happens as it does? No explanation is provided, and none arises from the context.

Listen explores a popular theme of a mysterious tune that would make anybody who listened to it in full immediately commit suicide in the most disturbing way possible. A couple of filmmakers come by a collection of VHS tapes (delivered to them from multiple sources), which, if put together in the right order, would become a sort of journal of a recording session for a song written by some composer admitted to an asylum. None of the test subjects is able to play the music from beginning to end, so the experimenters simply deprive some poor guy of his hearing entirely, and make him play the tune while several other people listen to him playing (all die dreadfully). After the complete song is recovered, it gets leaked to the web causing disastrous outcome. The film is quite consistent, and its style and professional implementation are superb, but the core idea is extremely dubious, so there’s that.

The execution quality for the whole anthology is pretty high. The actors are very good, every one of them is a strong professional, and there were no deflections from their part whatsoever. Special effects, including makeup, seem to be exactly the way they should be. So the weakest part of this project is the stories (which were based on outdated and ridiculous ideas), and especially the common plot (which was not thought-out very thoroughly). Still, it’s a decent entertainment – for a horror, that is.

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Alien׃ Covenant. Prologue׃ The Crossing

The title of this one speaks for itself. I’m not sure why they present it as a short when it’s more like a trailer. Doesn’t have any artistic value on its own.

Time: ~3m
Released in: 2017
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Entertaining quality4 out of 5
Art quality:  – out of 5


Big Catch

Big Catch is a really stupid story about a shark trying to get to a fisherman. Very crude animation style, too. I’m guessing it’s supposed to be funny, but really it’s just dumb.

Time: ~4m
Released in: 2010
Directed by: Moles Merlo
Entertaining quality3+ out of 5
Art quality2 out of 5


Dust Buddies

Dust Buddies is a CGI short about so-called dust rabbits (i.e. random lumps of dust) who are fighting with evil represented by a french-looking maid with a vacuum cleaner. Animation is fine, but the story is commonplace and ridiculous at the same time. Nothing really interesting.

Time: ~5m
Released in: 2016
Directed by: Beth Tomashek, Sam Wade
Entertaining quality:  3+ out of 5
Art quality:  4- out of 5
IMDB page: link


Oktapodi

Oktapodi is a short animation about a couple of octopuses who are fighting with a delivery driver for their life. It is a little bit funny, although mostly it’s ludicrous. Animation is okay, but hardly more than that.

Time: ~3m
Released in: 2007
Directed by: Julien Bocabeille, François-Xavier Chanioux, Olivier Delabarre, Thierry Marchand, Quentin Marmier, Emud Mokhberi
Written by: Julien Bocabeille, François-Xavier Chanioux, Olivier Delabarre, Thierry Marchand, Quentin Marmier, Emud Mokhberi
Entertaining quality:  3+ out of 5
Art quality:  4- out of 5
IMDB page: link


In a Heartbeat

In a Heartbeat is a short story about a boy who fell in love with another boy, and whose heart showed him the way. Literally: the heart here is a separate character and main driver of the story. All in all it’s pure, undiluted romance, without a hint of originality or significance. It’s so upbeat and romantic, there’s hardly any place for intelligence left there. I suppose, some brainless little girls would love it, but it doesn’t have any value whatsoever. Except, maybe, for animation, which is okay, but nothing special.

Time: ~4m
Released in: 2017
Directed by: Esteban Bravo, Beth David
Written by: Esteban Bravo, Beth David
Starred by: Nicholas J. Ainsworth, Kelly Donohue
Entertaining quality:  2 out of 5
Art quality:  1- out of 5
IMDB page: link


Launder Man

Launder Man is a horror short about a woman who went to do some laundry in a laundromat and got lured and attacked by a mysterious disguised man. Most of its frightening power (if it’s even a proper term here) comes from loud noises and weird makeup and props. There is no context to the story, and that makes it kind of empty, un-scary. It’s only 3 minutes, but still not worth the time.

Time: ~3m
Released in: 2017
Directed by: Landon Stahmer
Written by: Landon Stahmer
Performed by: Sean Brison, Belinda Gosbee
Entertaining quality:  3+ out of 5
Art quality:  2 out of 5
IMDB page: link


Winter’s Here / Zima prishla

Zima prishla is an animated short film about how the change of seasons. A boy dreams of the world turning all white as the winter takes over. There are characters in that play, which are traditional heroes of Russian fairy tales – the fox, the rabbit, the bear, – but no particular story outside the theme. The style of animation is exceptionally vivid and includes claymation and string art. The picture is strange and beautiful; the music is in great harmony with the image; and the overall result is quite impressive. It is sort of meditative, too. I believe, it’s worth checking out:

Time: ~6m
Released in: 2012
Directed by: Vassiliy Shlychkov
Written by: Vassiliy Shlychkov
Entertaining quality: 4 out of 5
Art quality:  4 out of 5
IMDB page: link

(v. 4.8)
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Good Business (Ray Sullivan, 2017)

Good Business is a sci-fi short about humanity’s presence on a new planet with intelligent life. A team of humans makes a deal with local population’s representative and sells them some weapons. With risks that any weapon deal traditionally implies.

Special effects are superior, although aside from unpleasant-looking local creatures there’s not much to look at. The story is simple (and rather predictable, too), but consistent and logical, which in my book matters more. The acting is good. All in all, the director is definitely an interesting craftsman, worth keeping an eye out for.

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Klementhro (Sue Dunham, 2015)

Klementhro is a very short animated film about a guy sailing on a float in the middle of the sea. It’s totally surreal, and as it often happens with surreal stories, there is no plot per se, but something large emerges from the separate events that constitute the narrative here. All in all, this is a simple, weird, and uplifting movie.

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Pigeon: Impossible (Lucas Martell, 2009)

Pigeon: Impossible is a short animated parody on Mission: Impossible film series and heavily equipped cinema spies in general. It is sort of fun to watch, but only sort of, because the story is basically an anecdote: it is completely improbable, it doesn’t have a grain of truth in it, it is based on ridiculous prerequisites, and develops in even more ridiculous way. The animation is a bit too smooth and a bit too bright. All in all, it is irritating and entertaining in more or less equal shares. Not recommended (waste of time, I call it), but check it out if you want:

Time: ~6m
Released in: 2009
Directed by: Lucas Martell
Written by: Lucas Martell, Austen Menges, Scott Rice, Gopal Bidari
Entertaining quality4 out of 5
Art quality:  3- out of 5

IMDB page: link


A Perfect Break-Up (Abhinav Pratiman, 2014)

A Perfect Break-Up is some kind of an ad; it explores movie stereotypes connected to the process of breaking-up a romantic relationship, and suggests some new ones. It’s pretty fun to watch, although there’s nothing here that could make it stick in memory for longer than 10 minutes after it’s over – no story, no characters, no real drama.

Time: ~1m
Released in: 2014
Directed by: Abhinav Pratiman
Entertaining quality4 out of 5
Art quality:  3 out of 5


A Single Life (Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins, Job Roggeveen, 2014)

A Single Life is an animated short about a girl who received a mysterious package with a record that can manipulate lifespan of a particular person when played. There is no actual story here, but the idea is bright and funny, and its implementation is quite befitting. It’s really short, but manages to elevate the mood nonetheless:

Time: ~3m
Released in: 2014
Directed by: Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins, Job Roggeveen
Written by: Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins, Job Roggeveen
Entertaining quality5+ out of 5
Art quality:  4 out of 5


(v. 4.8)
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My Home / Chez moi (Phuong Mai Nguyen, 2014)

Chez moi is a short animated film about a drastic change in the life of a little boy, whose mother brings home an alien person one time, brings him to stay, and that leads to certain estrangement between the mother and the son.

This is a delicate film about a very subtle story. The event in the center of it is not big, but it is significant, which is great to see appreciated – the finesse of this kind is a rare treat. Allegories constitute a large part of the implementation making the movie organically symbolical, but all the symbolism here is merely a means of storytelling and doesn’t have any value outside of this purpose. The animation style is quite notable, with colors dimmed and beautiful; one of Phuong Mai Nguyen’s strongest suits is delicate and precise re-creation of physics, especially that of movement. There are no dialogs, but all the necessary sounds are in place; the overall organization of the story makes the absence of the words seem pretty normal.

All in all, this is a sublime work of animation, totally worth checking out:

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Ahalya (Sujoy Ghosh, 2015)

Ahalya is a short film about a policeman who came to the house of a famous artist trying to investigate disappearance of a male model who was last seen there. At first nothing seemed out of the ordinary to him, except maybe for the dolls that kept falling off their shelf for no apparent reason, but then the host remembered that the guy was interested in the mysterious artifact that he owned, a stone that was supposedly possessing magic powers.

This is a rather ordinary mystical story implemented without any excesses usually characteristic of Indian cinema, meaning there are no singing, no dancing, nothing of the sort. It’s a normal work of cinema, rather professional on all levels, including acting, direction and cinematography. The story is based on Hindu mythology, and is relatively interesting, but doesn’t seem very original, because similar themes were explored by Hollywood for decades. All in all, it’s a nice intro into modern Indian cinema, curious and not at all repulsive. Bollywood seems to be outgrowing its childish reputation, and it’s a good thing.

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Alone (Brock Torunski, 2013)

Alone is a short movie about the last man on Earth, who happened to survive humanity-wide epidemic, and now is living our whatever years he has left in relative comfort and absolute solitude.

Nothing really interesting here. An ordinary post-apocalyptic story designed to take minimal resources for execution: a single character (with fleeting glimpses of other people) in the middle of decaying civilization scenery – this combination is not hard to organize. A lot of off-screen commentary, which is a sign of weak writing. There is a semi-expected twist in the finale that doesn’t lead to plot thickening (although may have been conceived as a cliffhanger) but is supposed to inflate viewer’s imagination. All in all, a mediocre and unoriginal work. But it’s also a short one, so check it out if you want:

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Tommy Can’t Sleep (Yo-landi Visser, 2017)

Tommy Can’t Sleep is an experimental short film by the Die Antwoord band. It is about a little boy who cannot sleep because of the rats living in the walls. But his mother doesn’t believe him, and when the messenger from the rat world shows up at his bedstead and offers a trip there for just $12.99, he eagerly agrees.

The story is a whole bunch of madness tied into a relatively consistent narrative. There’s a lot of cursing, crazy imagery, and wild music and sounds. It’s all pretty fun, but should be avoided by minds too delicate for that kind of stuff. If you think you can handle it, there it is:

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God: Serengeti (Neill Blomkamp, 2017)

God: Serengeti is one of the Neill Blomkamp’s experimental short films made under the wing of the Oats Studios. It is much shorter than the others (Zygote, Firebase, Rakka), and it doesn’t have a story per se, but rather depicts a funny idea, which makes it basically an anecdote. The idea is about God who rules the development of humanity through his butler while sitting in a fancy living room. All in all, it is quite amusing, and the special effects are mind-boggling (which seems to be a persistent characteristic of the Oats Studios products), but there is no conflict anywhere, so it doesn’t really touch any nerve and therefore not that interesting. It is short, though, and, like I said, pretty funny, so there’s no harm in watching it:

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Zygote (Neill Blomkamp, 2017)

Zygote is a short sci-fi horror story by Neill Blomkamp created within the framework of the Oats Studios’ Volume 1 project. A drilling operation (presumably a non-terrestrial one) goes wrong, and almost entire crew gets slaughtered by some unknown being. The remaining 2 staff members, a security officer and a female worker, try to find their way to safety, albeit without much hope.

This is a simpler story in comparison with Rakka and Firebase, although if anything, this simplicity makes it stronger. Just 2 people trying to survive in the environment that changed drastically in a very short period of time. The story develops in a logical fashion, without any particular drawbacks. The drilling base looks authentic and complex enough, but the most interesting thing here is, of course, the creature, the embodiment of evil, and it’s absolutely fascinating. It is wonderfully frightening, with all the sounds it makes, and the way it assembles itself, – a truly beautiful ugliness.

I think, a relatively logical explanation as to its nature and behaviour really can be worked out, but that’s a job for a possible full-length movie. This short works really well on just implications, but don’t take my word for it and see for yourself:

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Firebase (Neill Blomkamp, 2017)

Firebase is a short story set in the times of the US war with Vietnam. American soldiers fighting the war at some point encounter something supernatural, a force acting against them. They find out soon enough that the entity is called the River God, that he is a direct consequence of the war, and that they have no weapon to match with his super powers.

The idea in the core of the story is not very original, but its specific circumstances are more or less interesting, and the execution is impeccable: the photography is amazing, and the special effects are absolutely stunning. The direction is pretty great, although to my taste, there’s too much scenery, and the amount of action is insufficient. But the overall result looks extremely impressive either way, which you can ascertain for yourself right here:

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The Gunfighter (Eric Kissack, 2014)

The Gunfighter by Eric Kissack is a parody ridiculing the genre of western and its stereotypes, as well as the offscreen narrator device. The idea is great, although narrator interacting with the characters (and therefore appearing as one of them, albeit a different kind) is not exactly original, – which doesn’t really matter, because the execution of it is absolutely brilliant. The quality of the production from the professional standpoint is very high, plus the acting is impeccable, – in combination with amazingly funny dialogs and the way the story develops, it all amounts to a highly enjoyable experience. It’s subtle, it’s hilarious, it’s simply good. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out:

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