Short Film: “Scarecrow” by Jake Viramontez

I've shared the work of director Jake Viramontez before, with the minidoc "Killing the Rock". That beautiful documentary profiled a victim of the Syrian civil war who deals with his grief through sculpting. Now Jake Viramontez is back with a moody thriller called "Scarecrow." And I don't want to spoil anything, but unlike "Killing the … Continue reading Short Film: “Scarecrow” by Jake Viramontez

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“Killing the Rock” – Art in a time of crisis

Forgive me for this departure from my usual discussions of fiction and writing, but this is a film I want to share. It touches on a way that people can find meaning and release through art. I can't even imagine the horrors of the ongoing Syrian Civil War, but Abu Raja has had to watch … Continue reading “Killing the Rock” – Art in a time of crisis

Short Film: “Darklight” (2015)

One of the most important reasons I love fantasy fiction is the way it makes me look at things in the real world with new eyes. Reading of the beauty of Lothlórien in The Lord of the Rings only enhances my admiration for the redwood forests of California or the wet woodlands of Scotland. The … Continue reading Short Film: “Darklight” (2015)

Short Film: “Cloudrise”

Yeah, I know, as a blogger I'm becoming sort of like that uncle you used to like and spend a lot of time with, but who now is never around except when he pops in randomly with a treat or something and is always promising to continue taking you on awesome adventures just like you … Continue reading Short Film: “Cloudrise”

Short Film: “Oktapodi” (2007)

For some reason I never thought to share this one before. It was one of the very first animated shorts that I discovered on YouTube, and it's equally hilarious every time I watch it. My niece and nephews also get a kick out of it. There's a madcap, slapstick brilliance to it that reminds me … Continue reading Short Film: “Oktapodi” (2007)

Short Film: “The Girl and the Fox” (2011)

"The Girl and the Fox" Premise: A young girl who lives in the wilderness with her family takes it upon herself to hunt a fox that has been killing their livestock. I like short movies like this. It's a simple, sweet concept well-drawn and animated. The characters have bold, clear designs, uncluttered by unnecessary lines, … Continue reading Short Film: “The Girl and the Fox” (2011)

Short Film: “Paperman”

I was going to put a slightly-snarky-but-actually-pretty-sincere clever quip right here, but it contained a spoiler, and I don't feel like spoiling the sweet little surprise of such a short film. Disney itself, as separate from Pixar, hasn't been doing so well in the animated features department for a few years (with the possible exception … Continue reading Short Film: “Paperman”

Short Film: “Metro” and an update

Firstly, I apologize for the egregious lack of updating for the past two weeks. It was not what I had expected of myself. In fact, this whole year has been pretty bad as far as planned reviews go. I've been very busy with life stuff, but I've also gotten lazy. Fortunately, my reviews of the … Continue reading Short Film: “Metro” and an update

Short Film: “Super Soaker: The Thin Wet Line”

So it's not actually a fantasy story, as per my usual requirement. But it celebrates the glorious possibilities of kids' imagination, especially once school is out and epic battles begin to be waged beneath the summer sun. While I never had water fights quite this involved, I do remember many capture-the-flag games playing out like … Continue reading Short Film: “Super Soaker: The Thin Wet Line”