It’s hard to belive it but yes I still have a blog and occasionally do post stuff on here. It’s just I have been very very busy these last few months putting up more content for Cinema Recall podcast, Getting drum tracks laid down for one of my buddy’s solo project. Not to mention work and doing adulting things like bills and snow removal. While I did watch some great movies at theaters and at home. I want to share some great short films I watched as well.
This feature is about a couple(played by real husband and wife duo Asta Paredes and Clay Von Carlowitz) as they make their way to a secluded cabin after the woman was bitten by a zombie. The way it was filmed by director McKegg Collins was very cool. It has a very vague approach to it and I love that the focus is not just on the undead but only on these two lovers who have a very difficult choice to make. Both Paredes and Von Carlowitz do an amazing job with their performances and I love the way the narrative flashes back from more happier times to the tragic present. This is more in common with movies like A Ghost Story than your usual zombie films. You can find out more about this short by visiting the Facebook Page or watching the whole short below.
This short features a really good performance by Maddy Murphy as Carly. The story is about an escort and her various clients. Men pay Carly not just for sex but for companionship as well. She tells her long term boyfriend (Timothy J. Cox) that she gets more satisfaction from the men who pay her than any time she has spent with him. In Carly’s mind she feels valued because these men are spending their entire paychecks for her to fulfill their fantasies. But she soon realizes with her last client seen that these men are never focused on her. It’s always what they want and nothing more. Mathew Kyle Levine wrote directed and edited this short and it’s really effective. It reminded me of Stephen Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience or Ken Russell’s Whore but with a lead character who is more realistic and doesn’t have the usual tropes associated with it. It would be cool to see this expanded into a feature. Watch the full short below
From writer director Tristan Risk comes this really fun short about three greedy siblings(Shawna Mauchline, Mandy Mauchline and Tyler James Nicol) who hire a psychic(Sean Covernton) to help contact their poor departed Aunt Esther to find out who she left her money too. The end result is nothing super shocking but it was a very nice fun short movie. Shot in beautiful black and white. Parlour Tricks looks like the kind of gorgeous production you find in the late 40’s through the 50’s. It’s the perfect length and you can watch it below and judge for yourselves