Shorts III Quick Film Review Sundance 2014

Here are my quick reviews of “Shorts Program III” at The 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

The Films:

2 Girls, 1 Cake2 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?

Immaculate ReceptionThe 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.

MeTubeMeTube: 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.

SyndrobedaSyndromeda 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.


Film #3 at 2014 Sundance – Shorts Program III

The third film we have tickets to is “Shorts Program III” at The 2014 Sundance Film Festival.


2 Girls, 1 Cake


2 Girls 1 Cake Two girls reunite after a traumatic near-death experience, which occurs in 10 central minutes of 24-year-old Julie’s life. She stands face to face with unbearable injustice.

Best With his wedding only moments away, a man and his best friend confront their future.

Here Come the Girls An examination of the life of Joe Truman, an aspiring musician, father, and drug user. This unsettling paradocumentary investigates Joe’s private life through invasive snapshots of his environment and relationships and is a painful pleasure to watch.

The Immaculate Reception It’s 1972 in the hardworking steel town of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Sixteen-year-old Joey has the chance to prove himself when his crush ends up at his house to watch the infamous football game between the Steelers and the Raiders.

Jonathan’s Chest Everything changes one night for Alex, a troubled teenager, when he is visited by a boy claiming to be his brother—who disappeared years earlier.

MeTube: August Sings Carmen “Habanera” George Bizet`s “Habanera” from Carmen has been reinterpreted and enhanced with electronic sounds for MeTube, a homage to thousands of ambitious YouTube users and video bloggers, and gifted and less gifted self-promoters on the Internet.

Syndromeda Leif wakes up on the road—naked and bloody—with no memory of what has happened. No one believes him when he claims he was abducted by aliens.

Verbatim A jaded lawyer wastes an afternoon trying to figure out if a dim-witted government employee has ever used a photocopier. All the dialogue in this short comes from an actual deposition filed with the Supreme Court of Ohio.