Short Film Review: MOVING

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You know those multi-media art installations that that require complex mission statements to understand? “Moving” is one of those. Director Marc Horowitz and friend took advantage of an art gallery remodel by donning abstract pink costumes (one looks like a roll of pink shag carpet and the other, a pile of insulation) and slowly chipping away at a marble-ish monolith inside a white room…

moving

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Short Film Review: MOTHER CORN

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“Mother Corn” is the story of an orphaned teenage girl who lives with her grandmother among the Triqui Indians in Mexico. The girl loves her grandmother and wants to make her happy by upholding Triqui tradition. She wears the traditional clothing and helps her grandmother make and sell cornhusk dolls. But she refuses to speak the native language because it isn’t considered cool amongst her peers. That’s just the beginning of her attempt to distinguish herself from the old woman who raised her. But with every step she takes away from Triqui culture, she breaks her grandmother’s heart a little bit more…

mother corn

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Short Film Review: MEET MY RAPIST

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“Meet My Rapist” is, as the title suggests, not a light film. There are some “jokes” in it, but they’re more smiles through gritted teeth than they are belly laughs. It can sometimes feel satirical to the point of mocking. But it also transcends satire…

meet my rapist

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Short Film Review: GRAND MORELOS

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A Bleeding Gums Murphy type receives word from his doctor that he has come down with an O. Henry of a condition whereby should he continue with his life’s passion of playing the jazz saxophone, he will go blind. “It’s that simple, I’m afraid,” says the doctor, as if his diagnosis makes perfect sense and no further inquiry is necessary. It brings to mind the “brain cloud” from “Joe vs. the Volcano.” But while the “brain cloud” is made-up even in the context of the film, this jazz blindness is completely legit for Grand Morelos. It’s hard for me to say if our protagonist is meant to be talented because I don’t much care for jazz. But it is absolutely certain that music is the most important thing in the world to this guy…

grand morelos

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Short Film Review: DAYBREAK

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One hallmark of aging is a shift in generational empathy in media. For instance, even if you grew up watching “My So-Called Life,” you may now find yourself siding with Angela Chase’s parents upon repeat viewings. It’s not so much that we forget what it was like to be young as it is that we now have more information and life experience…

daybreak

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Short Film Review: THE GREGGS

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“The Greggs” is an insane fever dream that hypothesizes about the people who create standardized tests. In this universe, the test scribes live together in relative seclusion, inspired by a cult-like figurehead, The Gregg, represented by an old timey oil painting…

the greggs

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Short Film Review: THE WALK

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I’m still not sure how I feel about “The Walk,” but I’m certain that’s what director Mihaeka Popescu was going for. The third act takes a very unexpected left turn and it happens so suddenly that you don’t really have time to process it before the credits roll…

the walk

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