Posts Tagged ‘DC Shorts’

D.C. Shorts, Showcase 12: Zombromance

Short reviews of films from this year's DC Shorts Film Festival
Though it's a hodgepodge of different tones and genres, Showcase 12 mostly focuses on relationships between two characters. Whether the pairs are boyfriend/girlfriend (Try a Little Harder), father/daughter (The Christmas Tree) or dude/zombie (What's Life Got To Do With It), Showcase 12 isn't lacking in dynamic [...]

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 [...]

ToDo ToDay: Leonard Bernstein’s “Kaddish” Symphony

Leonard Bernstein—the conductor, composer, and American musical impresario—was descended from a long line of Russian Jewish rabbis. That Talmudic chain was broken when his father emigrated from Russia and went into the beauty-supply business. Or maybe the Rabbinic gene just skipped a generation. Bernstein may be best known for the mambos of West Side Story, but [...]

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 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 [...]

D.C. Shorts, Showcase 1: The Best Mixtape

Short reviews of films from this year's D.C. Shorts Film Festival
This dinner sampler of foreign starches and spicy veggies is like the best kinds of mixtapes. You get South American gun play, dead pets, women of dreams, carnivorous existentialism, two-timing loose limbs, dong shots, and evil cats, while an autistic Malaysian steals the show.
Thinking Inside The [...]

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