Tibor Szakalys Nougat
started the show off right. Funny, sadistic, and dark, Nougat
will have you laughing and cheering.
Matthew Ehlers Lunch
has one joke, kind of funny, but not really, and made me want
to gag when he drank love butter.
Terry Riettas Crank
Calls made a 10-minute short from a 5-minute idea. Funny
in a sadistic way, but the unlikable hero soured the payoff
Morto, The Magician, written by Steve Martin
and directed by Conrad Vernon, continues the sadism
theme with an animated (and silent) Martin in the incompetent
title role. Cruel, bloody, funny.
Brett Froomers A
Stoners Life: Huh? What? Oh, forget it.
Glaadiator, by Luka Pecel, valiantly threatens
to be hilarious, with great locations, props, and costumes,
but fails to be wacky or campy enough to more than tease the
I was warned to walk out of Todd Rohals
Hillbilly Robot and stay out for all of its 20 minutes
to prevent mental anguish from ruining the rest of my night.
I saw the last five minutes and wished I hadnt.
Jonah Kaplans Interview
With Spike Jonze didnt work either way for me. If
real, then pathetically depressing. If mock, then utterly
pointless. Foibles with celebrities do not humor make.
Wayne Coynes Christmas
on Mars seems to be a behind-the-scenes look at a truly
terrible upcoming sci-fi film by The Flaming Lips.
Neither inspiring nor funny, it fails to get by on weirdness
Woman throws fits while boyfriend copes incompetently. Ladies
and gentlemen, I give you David Baers
Never Date an Actress: A bit predictable, but otherwise
And finally, Bryant Jacksons
Jackie Pepper. Funny and flashy, yet it left me wanting
more, especially a more satisfying ending. Even a mockumentary
short needs a story arc.
Disappointingly weak program, remarkable only for three programs:
Profiles In Science, Wes Kims
wickedly funny film about a pioneer in stop-motion photography,
and The Hunger Artist, a long, beautifully melancholy
presentation of a Kafka story.
The third worthy short was Vessel Wrestling, a story
of food and sex rendered in clay. Here, as in Jan Svankmajers
Dialogue, the man and woman melt into each others
embrace. One of the best movie titles ever, I think was Eat
Drink Man Woman. It covers all the basics (well, for 90
percent of us), and those were the words running through my
mind during Lisa Yus
highly erotic 13-minute animation.