14 videos from the Sundance Short Film Festival on YouTube movie review
The more I watch, the more I dig short films. Sure, it’s certainly a mixed bag in terms of quality, but it’s always fascinating. The Sundance Film Festival has pointed out 14 short films they’ve accepted that are also on YouTube, and we watched them all this past weekend. So, without further ado, let’s dig in!
You can see the complete playlist here.
NOTES ON BLINDNESS
by The New York Times
This short is a dramatic reenactment of audio cassette recordings a man made just after he’d gone blind… or maybe he started making them right after he went blind… it’s a visually stunning film, but it’s a long 12 minutes and 20 seconds. I didn’t love it, put it that way.
METUBE: AUGUST SINGS CARMEN ‘HABANERA’
by Daniel Moshel
This seems like a really good version of the standard YouTube music video. There’s some weird images in here, but it’s entertaining.
by Rock Candy
This, to me, is an average short film drama. It’s not much of a story, but it has some strong visuals and I feel like they dropped a moral in there, so it’s watchable. Good, not great.
by Andre Hyland
I liked this one a lot (it’s the video featured at the top of this page). It runs just a little long, but it has strong visuals and some good jokes and a satisfying ending, so this gets our highest recommendation.
CRUISING ELECTRIC (1980)
Oh my lord this is fantastic! I love the faces the dad makes. PRICELESS! Definitely check this one out.
ALLERGY TO ORIGINALITY
by The New York Times
There’s some funny stuff here in the New York Times’ second entry, but it feels longer than it is.
GREGORY GO BOOM
by Janicza Bravo
Michael Cera plays aparaplegic man that is unhappy with his situation and goes out into the world to try and change it. This one… this one is pretty damn good. I felt like we spent too much time at that lady’s house, but otherwise, I don’t have any complaints.
by Dean Fleischer-Camp
I don’t know about this one. I’ve actually seen other shorts like this; I don’t know if the goal is to just get the audience talking about the weirdness – in that, it’s certainly successful, but I can’t recommend it based on its weird factor alone. They’re playing everything straight and sincere… also, not much happens. The production values are great, but it has that high school film project vibe coming from its actors, which seems completely intentional… I don’t get it.
I thought this one had some good ideas, but it gets lost in its Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas-ness, if you will. It feels a lot longer than 13 minutes, too.
RAT PACK RAT
by Smits Brothers Partners Inc
There’s a lot of good things to say about Rat Pack Rat – it has some good performances, I like the bedroom set (I don’t think they went far enough in the living room), the cinematography is strong and the story is interesting, but… I dunno. It’s not great. It just lingers too long. Like a lot of short films, it just doesn’t know when to get out of Dodge and at a running time of 18:39, it’s just too long.
THE BIG HOUSE
by Musa Syeed
The Big House does everything you should do with this sort of film: it’s visually stimulating, well paced, features a quality performance, informs the audience (in this case, informs us about Yemen)… this is a really good film!
CRIME: THE ANIMATED SERIES – MARCUS MCGHEE – MOCAtv
And this is a really good film, too! It’s well paced, has fun visuals and plenty of jokes – a solid comedy all around.
by Louis Morton
Solid animation and sound design – it’s so fluid that you don’t get a break, but the running time is short, so it works out well. If you dig this kind of art, you’ll like this film – but give it a chance even if you don’t as it’s just fun.
TIM AND SUSAN HAVE MATCHING HANDGUNS
by Saddleback Leather
Yep, that’s what this one is about. It’s not quiet two minutes; it just delivers its point and gets the hell out of there. I can’t argue with that approach!
What did you think of these quick flicks? Drop a comment!