What begun as a Vahalla Rising ripoff set to a background of Norse barren lands equipped with extreme violence. It quickly became dull and nonsensical.
The mysterious direction the film turns which would spoil its appeal unfortunately cannot be discussed for anyone who has interest in seeing the film. However I can say I was let down. The film was beautifully shot in HD lens across gorgeous geography and landscapes. However the cinematography was not of best quality when it came to camera movement appearing more of a handheld type. The costumes and tone of the viking warriors in the beginning all seem to flow well with authenticity. And according to the synopsis, I personally was hoping for this unknown force that ascends upon them to be of a more darker supernatural nature. Instead the film immediately turns into low brow comedy completely destroying the image the film contained prior. Tumult remains disappointing for me although I still agree it is well made on a technical scale.
Minimalist animation at its most effective. Along with the brutal sound effects, Sisyphus becomes nearly unbearable to watch conveying his suffering to a realistic degree.
Sisyphus is based on the Greek mythology of King Sisyphus who was punished to eternal torment of rolling a boulder up hill only to have to repeat the action over and over again. Director Marcell Jankovics molds this depiction brilliantly with the stark and bare animation. Its bold brush strokes accentuating the movement of the doomed figure, his muscular agony rolling the once seemingly small rock until it grows to a level of enormity. I admired this short for its effectiveness it had on me. All components seemed to fire on the mark and I think I will have to revisit this one again soon to see how lasting the impact is.
A well crafted piece of animation. The water colored paint illuminates the background and gives the film an authentic classical art style look. Also the music was probably its greatest attribute, a well synchronized and fitted tune to accompany the images.
For the most part I enjoyed this small short film but what was perhaps suppose to provide the most entertainment did not deliver. I'm sorry but the jumping monks did not work for me nor his labored antics in the numerous failed attempts to capture the elusive fish. As well with this short film containing comedic elements there was suppose to be a spiritual realization in the film's climax. Like a sort of focal point of change in the monk's mentality towards the fish and thus his overall attitude in the nature of things. This as well did not work properly. The sudden spiritual passage arose from nowhere with no build or reason as to why therefore putting the ending completely out of place and disconnected with the rest of the film.
The Employment is a filmed metaphor, an observation to detail in symbolic form what is not actually shown (in representative of a higher meaning). To use the animation medium to make this film was remarkably intelligent as it provided more possibilities in fully envisioning the film's core theme.
This is a type of film that can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Obviously it deals with job creation in a surreal future. But no ordinary creation of work, it is depicted to its maximum lunacy in the idea. One could also interpret it as being the cause of a ultra-Capitalistic environment of this imaginary world which is a valid opinion. The only crack in that logic (albeit tiny) is the way the film ends. There is no clear cut superior in the mundane and absurd tasks these people perform. No class distinction just unanimous oddity.
I really liked this short film and most of all admired its use of sound, very distinct in a almost unnerving way. It really leaves one to ponder more.
A animated short that is deviously hiding something beneath its surface.
Alma is a well constructed piece of animation with visuals nearly on par with Pixar's computer generated oeuvre. Very detailed and meticulous. Alma teases its viewer with playful music and a young girl joyously roaming the snow covered streets. This carefree tone it sets leaves the viewer vulnerable for a dramatic shift which occurs. The titular girl finds herself in an uncanny predicament and the audience is manipulated into fearing for her safety. In this aspect the short is very effective. I'm just not sure how memorable or lasting of a impression it will leave.
Happy Harvey Milk Day! Many have condoned May 22nd, Milk's birthday as the unofficial holiday of remembrance to his iconic humanist figure. I feel that this day should come with significant importance and should be more widely celebrated. The world is always in dire need of the hope that Harvey preached about. That hope that can spark positive change and unite us as people and as human beings rather than segregated masses.
This film being the central document to the struggle and fight that Harvey fought for human rights during an era still immersed in the shadows of prejudice. I think when one views this documentary, they have to take into account of what the title literally reads The Times of Harvey Milk, with the key word "times" and not the "life" of Harvey Milk. And for that purpose alone I think director Rob Epstein truly does capture the period of time in 1970's San Francisco with a genuine fervency.
It documents the feelings and vibes of the time and place, transporting its audience right into the heat and jubilance of Castro St. While the film does not always reflect on Milk himself, it does keep a consistent eye on the conflict and the opinions of the people who were there experiencing the time firsthand. Epstein puts together this documentary with talking head interviews,archive footage along with stills and recorded archived speeches. He rarely relied on the use of narration although it was prominent early on in the film. So with lack of narration the film was left to speak for itself, something I guess Epstein figured out in the editing process because it sure did wind up having alot to say.
Nothing else really needs to be said regarding the film, Epstein created a documentary that is widely considered one of the foremost materials regarding Harvey Milk. His legacy will live on like so many humanist martyrs as a man who gave up his life fighting for the rights and equality for all human beings. He is one of the few saints whose words still give me and many more hope for the future.
Is being heterosexual a fetish too? In a substance as this there should not be any majority or minority as is with race. We are who we are, these things are apart of the building blocks of our individual nature. To say homosexuality is nothing more than a mere fetish…
Looking through your reviews, you seem to really know your horror and there were a few I have never even heard of that you praised. May I ask if you consider making a list dedicated to your personal favorite horror films sometime. I would love to see a fully comprised list to get suggestions from someone who really knows the genre.