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  • Save Ralph

    Save Ralph

    ★★★½

    So short, yet so effective. Lasting less than 4 minutes, this perfect blend of the lighthearted and the disturbing made me squirm in a way I definitely did not expect (if you've seen it, you know exactly what scene I'm talking about).

    I have the feeling there's an abundance of shabby PETA videos and extremely cheesy films dealing with this topic, only to inadvertently do disservice to the topics they tackle and the art of cinema, ultimately disrespecting the intelligence…

  • My Last Day

    My Last Day

    ★★½

    flashbacks to my 11-year old self in Sunday school shielding my eyes in terror from the second half of this 9-minute short

    At the time I was growing tired of many inane and clichéd Bible YouTube videos, this came like a lightning in a bottle. And I think this still holds up in some aspects.

    Revisiting this 6-7 years later, it is a pleasant surprise for an animated faith-based short like this to not shy away from the blood-soaked agony…

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  • Everything Will Be OK

    Everything Will Be OK

    ★★★½

    Hertzfeldt delivers a singularly disquieting and unflichingly powerful portrait of mental illness told in a bleak, surreal urban yet dreamlike setting. This marks the first chapter of a trilogy, preceding I Am So Proud Of You (2008) and It's Such A Beautiful Day (2011).

    We see introduced to our protagonist Bill, an ordinary man in the form of a stick figure leading an ostensibly mundane life with anecdotes told through constantly nonchalant narration, as increasingly disturbing hallucinations and dreams manifest…

  • Alteration

    Alteration

    ★★★½

    The breathtakingly trippy visuals, unnerving soundtrack and compelling scenes make for a tense, one-of-a-kind ride that you will have to see to believe.

    I experienced Alteration right after On/Off, which is another VR film in the We Are One film festival. This sucks you in right from the very start and doesn't let go. The sequence from the 14-minute mark in particular made such a lasting impression on me that... I penned my first Letterboxd review.

    Unlike On/Off, the VR…