Posts Tagged ‘dc shorts film festival’

D.C. Shorts, Showcase 11: Giant Mutant Chickens and Gérard Depardieu!

Short reviews of films from this year's DC Shorts Film Festival
A decadent platter of genre offerings from all over the globe, Showcase 11 is a mostly entertaining but somewhat morose collection. Though these showcases don't tend to have a discernible theme (apart from the family-themed showcases), it’s worth noting that three of the films are all centered [...]

D.C. Shorts, Showcase 10: Pity the Kitty

Short reviews of films from this year's DC Shorts Film Festival
In several of these films, characters struggle to reconcile where they are and where they want to be. About half of the time, I wanted to be there with them.
Negative: Photography as extended foreplay. Irit meets Noam in a park in this Israeli vignette, and she's [...]

D.C. Shorts, Showcase 9: Poppin’ Valium

Short reviews of films from this year's DC Shorts Film Festival
D.C. Shorts’ Showcase 9 is filled with despair. There’s one notable exception (Necking, which is as twee as it sounds) but largely these films draw out moments in which characters are most panicked, anxious, and fraught with feeling. Everybody wants something: revenge, the girl, power, success.
Angela [...]

D.C. Shorts, Showcase 8: The Dramatic Possibilities of Laundromats

Short reviews of films from this year's DC Shorts Film Festival
An eclectic selection broadly concerned with family, intimacy, and companionship, this showcase of foreign and domestic shorts ranges from works of wry humor to stone-faced violence. While there are few absolute missteps, Laundry Day and Water are the strongest of the bunch.
Score: A French couple fights [...]

DC Shorts, Showcase 7: Meatspin as a Plot Point

Short reviews of films from this year's DC Shorts Film Festival
Cobra: Perhaps the first short film to feature Meatspin (don't Google it) as a plot point. A father attends his estranged son's funeral, and connects with son's friends at a male burlesque. The funeral drags, but the nightclub scenes project an enjoyable mix of silliness [...]

DC Shorts, Showcase 6: At Least We Have Synchronized Swimming

A grab-bag of social commentary, dumb gags, irritating drama, and one powerful real-life tale, this showcase has its share of clunkers. Aquadettes alone might be worth the trip, but it’s hard to justify sitting through the 20-minute-long Naagahaan, Zinat.
Unremembered: A mildly suspenseful mystery about an unrecorded grave at a church cemetery turns out to be a [...]

D.C. Shorts, Showcase 5: Mostly Meh

Reality, oddities, stress, and seeming superhumanism coexist in Showcase 5, which offers a few pretty-goods among the mostly mehs. If animation’s your thing, you’ve got a couple of highly original works here; if you’d rather see confrontation, there’s that, too. And one winner actually profiles a winner.
A Morning Stroll: Nominated for a Best Animated Short [...]

DC Shorts, Showcase 4: The Freaky Side

Many of the shorts in this eclectic and worthwhile collection are portraits of the peculiar side of life. They range from conventional documentaries to animation, but the theme across the board is the desire to connect, be it through friendship, art, family dynamics, or in defiance of death and the passage of time. All of [...]

DC Shorts, Showcase 3: Judi Dench on Facebook

Short reviews of films from this year's DC Shorts Film Festival
There’s some serious star power in Showcase 3, but even without A-list elevation, most of these selections are top notch. You’ll laugh, get spooked, be touched, and the misfires are over quickly. How many features can offer that?
A Short Film About Ice Fishing: This short is [...]

DC Shorts, Showcase 2: Voodoo (and Good Acting) Cures Everything

Short reviews of films from this year's DC Shorts Film Festival
Apart from Happy Voodoo, the movies in Showcase 2 don’t revolve around the supernatural. Though all of them rely on the simple, tested formula of people and plot. The Lonely Pair and The Queen of My Dreams, in particular, embody the power of having two people on screen [...]