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 theContinue reading “Short Film: “Scarecrow” by Jake Viramontez”

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 youContinue 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 meContinue 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: “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 theContinue 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 likeContinue reading “Short Film: “Super Soaker: The Thin Wet Line””

Short Film: “Night Light”

I promise, an actual Post of Original Content will come before too long. I’ve got the Meme to finish and a bunch of other overdue stuff as well. But first, another pretty animated short film. I had to watch it twice to understand what was going on, because it flies by so quickly, but it’sContinue reading “Short Film: “Night Light””

Short Film: “Crayon Dragon”

I’m back! My visit with the exceedingly lovely ladies Melpomene and Urania was a blast, and included a very productive visit to a very large Half Price Books (and Records and MGZNs). I may report on my book finds later. The Meme shall also be taken up again, although upon returning home I was immediatelyContinue reading “Short Film: “Crayon Dragon””

Short Film: “The Raven”

No, it’s not about Edgar Allen Poe. (Although apparently there is a movie about him called The Raven coming out soon, starring John Cusack and Brendan Gleeson.) No, instead, this short sci-fi film is sort of like a simplified Minority Report. Or a sci-fi Bourne Identity. Or…well, look, it’s pretty simple. A young guy whoContinue reading “Short Film: “The Raven””