Review: Oscars Animated Shorts Program

This year’s Academy Awards shorts programs have been released on limited platforms, and these categories reflect an accomplished set of work from a cross-section of styles, nationalities, and subject matters as diverse as the Academy itself as an organization increasingly aspires to be.  The animated short nominees tend to represent the most varied nominees per …

Short Film Review – ‘Five Tiger’

A god-fearing woman finds herself in a transactional relationship as she tries to support her sick husband and daughter. ‘Five Tiger’ (refers to fifty rand – equal to 0.20 USD) takes place in present day South Africa, but transcends any sense of time or location. A woman bites through blood, sweet and tears, while working …

Short Film Review – ‘Wrath’

Co-directed by Meg Case and her partner Brad Porter, ‘Wrath’ takes you inside the mind of an artistic young woman on the brink of a mental breakdown, while COVID-19 hits her home Michigan, USA and the rest of the world. Amidst a mandatory quarantine, a young woman living in isolation battles against her growing paranoia …

Short Film Review – ‘Oleander’

Kate Hackett, who most recently won an Emmy for her editing work on the Netflix documentary series ‘Cheers’, has made a short film that centers around the 17-year old titular character, Oleander. The sex-positive YouTuber’s parents make her attend a local abstinence program, called “The Institute of Transformation”, or as Oleander (Emily Robinson – ‘Eighth …

LAAPFF Short Film Review – ‘The Quiet’ & ‘The Other Side’

The 36th edition of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has some incredible short film programs, all grouped into themes. This time we choose to explore “WWYD (What Would You Do?) 2020”, where emerging filmmakers reflect on difficult decisions in life and dare to ask the question “What Would You Do?” ‘The Quiet’ Just when …

LAAPFF Short Film Review – ‘QUẬN 13’ & ‘Yai Nin’

The 36th edition of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has lots of short programs to choose from. After exploring “Pacific Cinewaves” earlier, we now look at two short films shown in LAAPFF’s “Across the Dinner Table” program. ‘QUẬN 13’ Paris is home to one of the largest and oldest Vietnamese communities in the world; …

LAAPFF Short Film Review – ‘Hinekura’ & ‘Liliu’

The 36th edition of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has kicked off and we decided to dive into some short films. The short films are selected and grouped in themes. Our first duo is part of “Pacific Cinewaves” – cinematic love letters to the living culture of the Pacific. ‘Hinekura’ On the day she …

Fantasia International Film Festival Short Film Review – ‘Who Goes There?’

Astrid Thorvaldsen’s graduation film from the National Film & Television School in the UK, western/horror ‘Who Goes There?’, was shortlisted for this year’s Student BAFTAs and had its world premiere at Indy Shorts International Film Festival this July, where it won both the Heartland Horror Award and the Heartland Horror Audience Choice award – and …

Short Film Review – ‘We Die Alone’

In Marc Cartwright’s latest short film ‘We Die Alone’, a quiet young man finds it hard to connect with the opposite sex. As much as he wants to, his anxiety and fear of making a complete fool of himself always get in the way, resulting in ghosting his online dates. His co-worker Elaine is always …

Fantasia International Film Festival Review – ‘Dinner In America’ & Short Film ‘You Wouldn’t Understand’

‘Dinner In America’ Fantasia International Film Festival has a killer line up this year. ‘Dinner In America’ is by far one of the best films on their 2020 program and will definitely end up in my top 10 films of the year. This is for the misfits! Simon (Kyle Gallner – ‘Ghosts of War’) and …