Monday, October 3, 2011

MFF Film #25 - Shorts: Out of this World

Various Countries/Languages

A father tells an unusual bedtime story to his son.  This was beautifully filmed and intimate, with two endearing characters and an unbelievable story.  MFF Ballot Rating: 5 out of 5.

Time Freak
A man invents a time machine, but finds that he's not using it as he originally planned.  Clever, funny and entertaining - I really enjoyed this one.  MFF Ballot Rating: 4 out of 5.

Grandpa's Wet Dream
A Japanese grandfather's late in life obsession with porn leads him to become in actor in his favorite production company's films.  At first I thought the title was going to be a clever play on words, but nope, it was aptly named, This was a good short - funny and odd.  MFF Ballot Rating: 4 out of 5.

When the Wind Changes
After two annoying guys get on their friend's nerves one time too many, something happens and they receive their punishment in spades.  I loved this short and laughed really hard during most of it.  It was such a clever idea and really enjoyable - definitely an audience favorite.  MFF Ballot Rating: 5 out of 5.

While on vacation at a hotel with his family, a young boy finishes reading Charles Bukowski's book, Pleasure of the Damned.  He then takes on the persona of Bukowski and roams the hotel, encountering many of the hotel staff who are amazed when he introduces himself as Bukowski.  I absolutely LOVED this film and was both charmed and bowled over by it.  It was so clever and original, and I'm afraid that its nuances may have gone over the heads of anyone who doesn't know Bukowski or his work, but I thought it was absolutely brilliant.  MFF Ballot Rating: 5 out of 5.

West of the Moon
An old man narrates his life, which is full of fantasy, with a killer ending.  This short was creative, incredibly beautiful and so visually stunning.  Outstanding.  MFF Ballot Rating: 5 out of 5.

Yuri Lennon's Landing on Alpha 46
An astronaut is launched into space to explore and retrieve something for the space program, but ends up finding something completely unexpected.  This short was awesomely filmed and riveting from start to finish.  I thought the scenes in the rocket were cool, but once Yuri landed, the cinematography got even cooler.  MFF Ballot Rating: 5 out of 5.

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