Mi nina mi vida

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 #2 at 2014 Sundance – Shorts Program II

Got tickets to “Shorts Program II” at The 2014 Sundance Film Festival.



The films are:

The Bravest, the Boldest Two army casualty-notification officers arrive at the Harlem projects to deliver some news to Sayeeda Porter about her son serving in the war overseas. But whatever it is they have to say, Sayeeda ain’t willing to hear it.

Chapel Perilous Levi Gold is paid an unexpected visit by Robin, a door-to-door salesman with nothing to sell. The ensuing encounter forces Levi to confront his true mystical calling, and the nature of reality itself. A metaphysical comedy trip-out with Sun Araw.

I’m a Mitzvah A young American man spends one last night with his deceased friend while stranded in rural Mexico.

Mi nina mi vida Jack and his giant stuffed bear move through the bustling crowds and noisy rides at an amusement park. In this strange world he can no longer relate to, he searches for a reason to smile.

More Than Two Hours It’s 3:00 a.m., and a boy and girl are wandering in the city, looking for a hospital to cure the girl, but it’s much harder to find one than they thought.

Pleasure Behind the scenes of a porn shoot, the actors practice various positions. The rumor is that one of the girls is doing an advanced routine that requires someone extremely tough. Pleasure is a startling film about workplace intrigue.

Tim and Susan Have Matching Handguns Love is swapping clips with your spouse in the middle of a three-gun problem.