Here are my quick reviews of “Shorts Program III” at The 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
2 Girls 1 Cake Julie makes a cake for her friend’s birthday. But since she hates this friend, she uses some questionable ingredients. It was funny, gross and heartwarming all at the same time.
Best A “quickie” short about the best man and the groom who meet before the wedding. Interesting film.
Here Come the Girls The film is labeled a “Paradocumemtary”. I think that is similar to a “Mockumemtary” except it isn’t funny. The film pretends to examine the life of asshole Joe Truman, an aspiring musician, father, and drug user. The interviewer is abusive to Joe and us, the audience. What’s the point?
The Immaculate Reception. A spot-on recreation of 1972 Pittsburgh. The big Steelers-Raiders game is on and sixteen-year-old Joey is psyched. His focus shifts when Gina’s sister shows up. They end up missing the big play, but don’t really mind. A lovely story that captures the decaying economic and family dynamics of the era.
Jonathan’s Chest Troubled Alex’s life changes one night when he is visited by a boy claiming to be his brother Jonathan who ran away years earlier. Or did he? A very interesting concept that draws us in. Look for this to be made into a feature.
MeTube: August Sings Carmen “Habanera” It’s not YouTube, it’s MeTube – A guy sings George Bizet`s “Habanera” from Carmen and then things get weird. A wild music video.
Syndromeda Leif wakes up naked on a remote dirt road. Was it an alien abduction? Is he crazy. Is his therapist? Is everyone? A odd, but interesting ride with nice black and white cinematography.
Verbatim A verbatim transcript from an actual deposition where a lawyer has to try to figure out if a dim-witted government employee has ever used a photocopier. A very funny film that shows how dumb people can be.