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No need at all
"Need" is a Canadian live action short film in the English language from 2008, so this one is already over a decade old now. It runs for over half an hour and is from many perspectives a one-person project, at least when it comes to key fields like acting, diredting and writing. The one in charge here was Tijuana Layne and she is still making movies today, also acting in films, but apparently only because she keeps casting herself. But I shall not judge. Let us focus on this one here instead. Well, I thought it was really bad and I can see why some of her other projects have really low scores. This one here does not have a rating at all because so far it has not reached the amount of five voters, but I am sure things would not look differently otherwise. It does look really amateurish. this is the story of a woman who is a sex addict and about half of the film is basically her having intercourse. The rest is talking and car driving and pretty bad dialogues. Woth "bad" I mean the way they were written and how the lines are delivered. It is not just Layne who struggles, also the other actors. It feels really wooden most of the time. Cannot come up with anything positive here at all. The film's perhaps biggest problem is that despite being so disappointing, it still takes itself seriously from beginning to end and it feels as if all the people working on this project really thought they came up with something of high quality, something that was touching and made a difference from a creative perspective. The film does no such thing. I have seen many student films and the majority of these is certainly superior to this one here. If I could at least say it was all rookies working on this one here, but this is not the case. They are just void of talent I suppose. The consequence is that this film at only slightly over half an hour feels like it has the lengths of a 2-hour movie. But it does not have the rewarding moments. It's failure from beginning to end. Highly not recommended.
Mostly for the kids
Here we have the "Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2014" and the title already tells you the occasion and year of this annual awards show. For the Teen Choice Awards, it is surfboards and for the Kids Choice awards here it is still slime. And a lot of slime actually. I have seen some of these and it feels like it was more slime than ever. But first things first: Here on imdb it says the show runs for 90 minutes, but the truth is slightly over 70 and the difference is caused by commercials I guess. Anyway, the host is Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg mentioning another Oscar nomination by a presenter at some point, but Marky Mark's running gag this time is rubbing into our faces that he can't be slimed in the most arrogant manner possible. Of course, it is all about the comedy and everybody knew he will get slimed eventually, just not that it is his own kids bringing it on him. It was a bit cringeworthy though how he called Kevin Hart who was sitting with the the funniest guy on the planet or so before it happened. If I had to pick anybody from the show for that title, I'd probably go with Chris Rock. He's awesome. Other than that, we see the usual people from this event who have shown up many times already: LL Cool J, Ariana Grande, John Cena, Robert Downey Jr., Adam Sandler and Shaun White (no clue why he is always there and present because he has like zero connection to the entertainment industry). Kristen Bell was also there because of her involvement with Frozen, but yeah like with RDJ I don't like her really. What she's done on House of Lies somehow makes her not qualified to show up on a kids show. Other than that, there was some music, okay song in the middle, boring song at the end. We get many film references and promotions too, such as Transformers as we see Optimus Prime making sure Wahlberg won't be slimed too early. A few others had to get it first, such as Kaley Cuoco, at that point still married to tennis pro Ryan Sweeting. Not the only BBT cast member who was there that night, but Jim Parsons managed to go unslimed. What else? Oh yeah, Lea Michele from Glee was there and it was less than a year at that point since the untimely death of her fellow Gleek Cory Monteith who was of course also her boyfriend. I read she was destroyed and heartbroken for a long time, but she showed up here for this fun event mhm. Also this show from five years struggled a bit with the concept of an award show. i never like it when they just rush categories quickly in with the brodcaster naming the winners and not announcing them officiall on stage, even if it is weak acts like One Direction. And they honestly excluded half of the winners looking at the list now. Unreal stuff. While including categories like "Favorite Male Buttkicker"??? That is low, even too low for the Kids Choice Awards.. What I like though is that they say "Favorite" in front of basically all categories and not "Best" because well I guess you can understand what I mean. Most of what would be called "best" is not even "good". Besides, it felt often as if the winners already knew in advance they'd win and I never like it. Smug Downey was the best example. They did some acts here like deciding between two young men I have never heard about which of them shall be slimed or of course the big rodeo thingey. I mean they would not have prepared that without going through with it right? Kinda strange they packed it in a poll. A bit surprised they got somebody like Wahlberg to host here, but I still think he was among the better aspects this time. All in all, not a failure, but not good enough for an award show. I do like that they kept it short though.
Above-average perfume commercial
"Gabrielle Chanel Essence" is a pretty telling title for this short film because it really makes obvious what we have here. This does not try to be a film with a story really, but it is more about the immediate artistic impact and that one is there I would say. Of course, in my very subjective case it also helps that I think that Halo is one of Beyoncé's very best songs and she was pretty much at her peak at that point and sadly went south quickly at some point afterwards. So audibly it is a feast already. The visual side is not much worse. i am not the greatest Margot Robbie fan and I must say I really really disliked her on Wolf of Wall Street, but what she has done since then (Harley Quinn, Tonya Harding, Sharon Tate) was really respectable and partially impressive even, so she somehow won me over I guess. Here she is not really doing anything except slightly dancing moving around and letting the drapery flow you could say. Somehow this reminded me of these very very old short films from way over 100 years ago that had similar motives and ideas. And that sometimes were also equally short because this one here runs for 30 seconds only. I think that this running time is fine and also it would have been more boring to watch this for 2 minutes or even longer, but the argument "nothing happens" is not really too valid with this duration. I can still see why some see it as vain and shallow all in all, but I felt the artistic component. So good job to Robbie, who also looks pretty stunning here and if i say that as somebody who is usually not into blondes, it means something. So of course she is really beautiful after her rather physically ugly transformations into Quinn and Harding that i mentioned earlier already. One of the most beautiful and probably also most talented actresses from her age group now. She is still in her 20s, maybe not anymore when you read this. Okay the director here of this French production is Nick Knight. You don't have to recognize the name, but he worked a lot with Björk, Lady Gaga and Kanye West, with the latter also on his most recent big project, so certainly a big name. And he has also directed fashion shows already during his long career, so his involvement here with a commercial that focuses on beauty mostly is not surprising at all. A good watch for everybody who likes Robbie and I give this one a thumbs-up. Go check it out.
Killer Skin (2019)
"Killer Skin" is an American live action short film from 2019, well to be really precide, it is a commercial for skin cream manufacturer Olay. I only know Oil of Olaz (if that is not them), so I cannot say how effective their products are, but I kinda doubt they perform miracles the way they are telling us in this clip we got here. The extended version runs for 60 seconds exactly, so this is very short. Actually, it was shown furing the 2019 Super Bowl, so millions (if not billions) watched it. I wonder if it helped the company's figures. Well no, actually I don't really care. Anyway, given the occasion it was shown the needed of course a famous actress in here. And they got Sarah Michelle Gellar. Well, even with the days of Buffy long gone, she is one you will recognize immediately and for her early 40s she does look pretty attractive. No denying. They turned this into a little horror movie with her and her husband running away from a masked killer and upstairs they find a mirror and SMG admires her flawless skin there. The killer joins in on the admiration a little later. Oh well, a bit embarrassing. Not a good script, not even funny. The masked killer by the way is palyed by Freddie Prinze jr. (according to imdb) and he is the real husband of Sarah Michelle Gellar. Kinda nice to see their relationship still holds to this day and I hope it stays that way being an avid Buffy watched back in the day. Still their creative effort here did not result in something good sadly, which is probably rather due to the the script than the acting. But the final moment about how she could be a movie star with this skin is still a big miss because she was never a movie star, at best a television star, so actually poking fun this way at her movie career and trying to convince us she really is a renowned movie star did go all kinds of wrong. Just like this project as a whole. The high rating here on imdb is a joke. I give it a major thumbs-down and I am glad it was this short. Don't watch, not even if you love Gellar. If you are a neutral and fair observer, then there is only one verdict here. Skip at all costs.
She may be a woman, but she is definitely not a talented singer
"Jennifer Love Hewitt: I'm a Woman" is a title that includes the name of the singer as well as the title, basically all the lyrics as there aren't really many in these under 2 minutes. The director is Matthew Rolston, in fact a prolific and experienced music video director, so it is a bit disappointing how forgettable and generic this one turned out eventually. But I guess no director can turn Jennifer Love Hewitt into a great singer. The song fits her well though. She is doing more talking than singing really and the moments when she actually sings it is not challenging at all. I guess this was done not only because she does not have a good singing voice, but they clearly used the female power message here at the center of it all instead of a great vocal performance. Still the latter would have been nice too. But it is just simply not there. I cannot really say too much positive about Hewitt. She was a pretty famous actress already before her 20th anniversary and really stunning back then. No denying. When she made this one here, she was in her mid-30s and now she is 40. This song we got here was used to promote her show The Client List that was greenlit after she scored a Golden Globe nomination for the television movie that has the same name. No idea though why her name is different in the series. But this shall not be a subject now. You see already that it is pretty difficult to say something positive about this music video. It is shallow, generic, maybe a bit on the sexist side even as I am sure if a man had made a music video called "I am a Man" that featured exclusively female dancers rubbing themselves at his legs wearing not more than necessary to cover the crucial parts, then female rights associations would not be amused. And maybe rightfully so. So we should not be amused about this one here either. Luckily, it is so bad that not too many (but still too many in fact) have seen it. I myself was glad anyway that it ran for under 2 minutes because 4 minutes of this garbage would have been really difficult to stomach. Void of all creativity and quality approach to making music really. It's a mess. Highly not recommended and everybody working on it over five years ago should still be ashamed today. Big thumbs-down.
All you can hope for in a fan film
"Michael vs Jason: Evil Emerges" is a title that makes it obvious for everybody with just a little ounce of interest in horror films that this one features the iconic Mike Myers and Jason Voorhees. It is a really new movie released back in April 2019 and it scored about 10 million views in 6 months and now stands at over 12. Really impressive. It is an Australian movie in the English language, although thanks to the muteness of the two characters there is hardly no speaking in here, only we hear voices every time when the duo runs into humans and also at the very end the voice in Jason's head. The name of the production company is "Radical Talent" and this sound accurate to me. The outcome here is definitely showing some nice talent. Still I don't like it when filmmakers keep rambling on Youtube that they had no money really doing this already looking for an early excuse. We know of course this is not a 20th Century Fox film and if you already use some really famous characters to propel the popularity of your film, then don't put yourself down right from the start. You owe it these characters to deliver quality. And this film here did, so there is really no reason for apologizing whatsoever. The writer and director is Luke Pedder and looking at how often the name Pedder shows up here, it is clearly a family affair and they did not cast too many other actors. For example the two central characters are also played by Pedders and the director is not one of them. Would have been difficult to direct anyway with such heavy make-up/costume. Okay as for the story, it is not too much for almost half an hour, but that is okay. Early on we have a scene when Myers is in custody, but quickly gets away of course and kills everybody. Except one and when he follows that one, their leader, he meets Jason for the first time because Jason is the one who ends up killing him. In the second half at some point a family of hillbilly property owners show up too and they are not exactly in the right place at the right time gently-speaking. Then the fight between Mike and Jason continues. It's a lot of fighting as both seem almost immortal looking at the damage done and how they stand up each and every time again. And this also includes the very end when you think it is over, but nope. The last shot indicates there could be a sequel and looking at the film's popularity it is bound to happen rather sooner than later. I just wonder what they will do. They cannot basically make another half hour that is two thirds fighting between the duo, but real side stories also would not fit. So surprise me guys. I liked this first here, the fight sequences were entertaining thanks to the different locations, different gadgets and the changing in terms of who has the upper hand. I am rather Team Mike Myers, so I did not like the outcome too much, but yeah like I said. Even with one hand gone, this is apparently far from over. I just wonder how they could live through all that, especially Myers, because there is blood circulation going on. And as a consequence lots of bloodshed and also very violent sequences in the sense of we see throats being cut, so not a film for your kids. But hey what to expect, it is horror of course and if you have seen any of the big blockbuster movies these characters are from, then you will not being your 10yo. But you should watch it. I am not a huge fan of the franchises featured in here, but I still liked it overall. Thumbs up. Definitely one of the best fan films of the 2010s and actually better than many big budget movies.
Peaky Blinders - Remake (2017)
Tolerable for a fan movie
The title "Peaky Blinders - Remake" here should be telling enough for you to know what to expect. Even I who has not seen the show Peaky Blinders (yet?) has heard of it and here they play a scene that thematically could have been taken right out of said television series. I cannot say if said scene really existed in this show, but it is not important anyway as this effort here should be evaluated as an individual project anyway. It is a French production despite being in the English language and runs for six minutes and like the show it is clearly set many decades in the past. We have a trio of men who take another guy away from civilization into the green. The bleeding wound at his head indicates thatg tehy knocked him out and now they are ready to execute him as the whole that is gonna be his grave has already been dug. But there is a twist at the end. No need to go into detail. If there was anything exciting about this little movie, then said twist. The lead actor is okay, although slightly in danger of going over the top, especially during his screaming moment. The guy who fires at the end was good I felt, although one before that (not sure it was the same actor) was not so good with his line delivery. Despite what happens at the very end, the three feel basically interchangable to me, not only because of their clothes. I did like that there was a little epilogue after the plot twist to close the movie. Nonetheless probably I'd say this is only worth seeing for those who are related to the actors in here because it did not impress me much and did not really make me curious about the original show either, probably because I am not the biggest Cillian Murphy fan. But yeah, this one shall not be the subject now as I explained earlier already. All in all, for a fan film it is okay, by general standards it is weak, so two stars out of five and I don't recommend checking it out.
I thought it was truly brilliant
"Iris" is an American live action short film from 2012, so also 7 years old now already, maybe more depending on when you read this review. At under 6 minutes, it really isn't a long watch at all, but this one is really a perfect example of how you can get in quality entertainment and a compelling story no matter how many minutes you have to do so. Writer and director Justin S. Lee succeeded here without a doubt. Can't say too much about the actors, but it surprised me a bit to see that the lead actress is German, even if her name sure sounds like that. Anyway, she still has a prolific acting career nowadays many years after this movie and she is not the only cast member that fits this description luckily. It's maybe equally surprising that a male actor here is from Iceland or even more. A wild mixture of nationalities in this one you can say, also with the director's roots perhaps. In terms of the cast, the talent is definitely there. But the best thing is the story. This plays in the future and scientific progress has been huge. So when a man and woman meet and show an interest into one another they touch with their hands and see where the other made his degree and what their current profession is. Really the coldest unemotional thing that could be when two people touch. So cold and sterile. Nonetheless the two fall for each other or at least the female falls for the guy. And at the end, we also find out that it is the other way around. But the focus is on the female because her depiction of professional/study career is a lie and she bought this "boost" from a shady salesman. However, she is scared of losing her love interest because he really seems to be well-off, so she has to think of a way how she can succeed in a way that he stays with her. The answer is make the lie about her profession and studies permanent. This is going to take a big prize though, one she finds pretty repulsive because the salesman accepts flesh when she cannot pay the big sum of money. In the end, there is a (not so) small plot twist involving the female's love interest that basically turned this from 3 stars out of 5 into 4 for me. Really good and actually this film can make you think a lot if you let it to. I am writing this as somebody who really could not care less about what my significant other does on a professional basis as long as it makes her somewhat happy. But many many people think today already the way it is common in the society we have here. The two are actually peers (even if they admittedly look rich no denying), but are too scared of exposing oneself to each other, which could have avoided a lot of conflict. And yes well the only thing missing for many people today who think this way too that it is all about money, career, social status etc. is really the technology with these really cool-looking but despicable special effect technologies. Oh well, I watched this movie a little while after it came out back then already and now I watched it again and I think it is as good and as relevant and should really be seen by many more people. But the slightly over 30 who gave it a rating ov above 8 out of 10 got it right. It's a definite contender for best short film from 2012 and criminally underseen. I suggest you move on to Youtube now and change that because Lee and everybody els eworking on it deserve it. Highly highly recommended.
How it needs to be done
"Krokodile - Das wahre Leben der Urzeitechsen" is a German nature documentary from 2011, so this one is almost a decade ols now already and I watched it for the first time briefly after its release back then I believe and now again and I think it is still a pretty impressive outcome. The director is Reinhard Radke, a fairly experienced nature documentary filmmaker who I am sure has worked on a lot more than listed here on imdb. Anyway, this one here was made for the small screen and it runs for only 43 minutes, so it is still a short film by imdb standards. The title is fairly telling and non-German speakers will also understand it at least partially (the first word) I am sure. It is all about crocociles, the breeding, the fight for food, the struggling with the sun etc.I think Radke here really found the right measure of scenes focusing completely on crocodiles and scenes that involve the animals that in one way or another have an impact on the species' life. This includes all kinds. Be it gnus (wildebeests) who are in constant danger around crocodiles or birds who actually live somewhat under the (unintentional) protection of crocodiles. Or be it those animals who are greedy and and want to eat the crocodiles' eggs, such as monkeys and monitors, interesting name for this certain lizard species, amybe because they stand so still but still see everything that happens around them and are ready to attack immediately being way faster and stronger too than they actually look perhaps. Anyway, it was an insightful documentary and really informative about crocodiles and I learned quite a bit from this one, also about what can go wrong when it comes to their own offspring as we find out at the very end. As for Radke, this is not the first film from him I found really good. He made a full feature documentary called Serengeti the exact same year and the outcome is something that Bernhard Grzimek would be proud of. But we shall talk about that one on another occasion. Finally, this one here gets a big thumbs-up from me. A definite contender for best short film and best documentary from 2011. It's a shame it is criminally underseen to this day as you can see from the amount of votes this one has here on imdb. but you can change that. Go to Youtube where it is available to watch at this point if you want to. You certainly won't regret it unless nature documentaries are really not your genre at all. Big thumbs up from me. Highly recommended.
Salinui chueok (2003)
Okay crime movie, but nothing extraordinary
"Salinui chueok" or "Memories of Murder" is a South Korean movie from 2003 that runs for over 2 hours and it is the second full feature film by Bong Joon Ho and it catapulted him into the elite of Asian filmmakers where he has stayed to this day. Of course BJH is getting a lot of recognition for his very recent movie "Parasite" and now he is 50 years old and back then he was in his early-/mid-30s and also his talent was pretty visible. I am actually curious to see Parasite at some point in the next weeks, but today I watched this one here and I was not disappointed. Okay, the imdb Top250 inclusion is definitely too extremey, but I had a fun time all in all. Well, "fun time" may not be the best description for this one in terms of the subject, but there were always slight comedic inclusions as well, most of them involving the incompetence of the police there. With this I am of course talking about the police officer pretty much at the center of the story who thinks the killer who sexually abused and murdered several women must be a monk because there was not a single hair to be found at the crime scenes. Or when he gets that sheet and liquid and says the image will be the looks of the perpetrator. Oh well, he seemed to be serious with that and that made it somewhat funny. In general, you could say that the foolishness and cluelessness of the police was a big factor here really. But also in a more critical way because really some suspects are attacked really violently by some brute also working for the police and there is uproar in the media because of that too. I am mostly talking about the disabled guy, but also the exhbitionist they find later on and they are both innocent. As for the mentally disabled guy, it all ends in a tragic way sadly too and you could only feel bad for him. But there karma strikes too becase the aforementioned brute eventually loses his leg, the one that has been doing the harm through a freak accident and again there the stupidity of the police shows because the doctor says that they should have taken him to a hospital right away to keep tetanus from happening right away. And also the bigger chubbier police officer (the one who sings on one occasion) is not exactly too competent, even if he does not see it like that and thinks he is really smart and gifted when he complains about a farm vehicle destroying footprints. But he is also the one who beats up the police inspector from Seoul who comes to assist the team and boy they really need him. But yeah, very strange he gets beaten up by the central character because the latter out of nowhere suspected that he was molesting women. And finally, their boss. Oh well, he is a fruitcake too. The brief scene with his wife was still harmless, but he does not have his team under control one bit really, not even when he beats up one of his officers. Violence sure was more of a thing back then in the police it seemed compared to today. Or let's say compared to today here in the western world. No idea what the state of things is in Asia these days. At least in North Korea things probably won't look too differently still. As for the South no idea, but admittedly it made for some solid comedy value in here, so I won't complain.
Also what I would like to mention because I am just talking about North and South was one reference I found interesting as we see at an all-girls school people being trained for the worst case scenario, a military attack and we have to keep in mind that even today the situation between these countries is not exactly promising, but back then it was even worse and definitely a possibility that there could be a war again. But let us not drift too far away from the film now. Like I said, I enjoyed it all in all. Sometimes it did feel a bit unrealistic, but maybe that is just me. Like for example, why did they take that long to ask the mentally challenged man about what he saw? Okay they thought the cop just made a story up for him, but this cop knew better. he should have stayed on him because he is an important eye witness and they should have known right away. Or near the end when we have the final suspect, it seemed a bit too easy that they just identify him from his name on the letters he wrote to the radio station. He does not seem this stupid honestly. This made very little sense to me regardless of what you may think about the whole music song idea that he always kills when this one plays in the radio and when it is a dark and rainy day. It's okay I guess, but could have been better. Same about the car not starting when the suspect leaves in the bus. A bit too much of a coincidence perhaps. Coincidence maybe is not the filmmaker's biggest strength and he should have included less of it. This also refers to the lady who has been crying so hard. I mean her dog could have died, but the fact that she was attacked by the killer too comes a bit out of nowhere really. There is also no further elaboration on how she survived. Not looking him in the eye is too vague of an explanation really. Perhaps he still wasn't too good at his craft at that point. Very simple explanation actually, but I wish they could have given this one or another. So yeah there are flaws with this movie and there are things wrong, but I still think that all in all the good here is more frequent than the bad. Like I said it flew by almost and that is always a good sign for a film with this running time. Overall, no hesitation for me in giving this one a thumbs-up, but a truly memorable movie it is not and I am baffled by the many people who call it a masterpiece or/and give it a perfect 10 out of 10 rating. That would be all then. As for the actors I cannot really say too much as that deep into Korean cinema I am not, but the awards recognition here speaks for itself I suppose. Go check this one out unless you really dislike Asian films. The open/unhappy ending also makes it really worth it. This is not made to please the audience, at least not on that occasion. It depicts reality, especially taking into account that the time is now pretty much over they had to find him and get to him prison because of the limitation period. That would be all. Thumbs up.
Adult Video News Awards 1993 (1993)
Not a good award show at all
The title "Adult Video News Awards 1993" summarizes pretty nicely what to expect here and I am sure this is not the first edition of the AVN Awards you have seen or come across if you landed on this title page here. The director of these approximately 100 minutes is S. Marco DiMercurio and I have never heard of him before I must admit. No surprise because this award show is now already over 25 years old and some of the people you see on here have sadly died already. This included a musician you see early on, but actually a relative of him became like the regular director of the AVN Awards later and was present basically every year. But now back to this one we got here. Well, the adult film industry was strong enough to have their own award show already back then and not just then, but already since 1984 if I am not mistaken, so this event was basically born the same year like myself. Not sure if I should be proud of that. Back to 1993, of course adult films and the industry were completely different compared to today. It's impossible to draw parallels. You got copies back then still from the dealer you trust as the internet did not exist yet and you could not simply open one of thousands of websites that provide millions of porn videos. As you can today. Now you see I am talking about other stuff again and it is pretty difficult for me to really comment on the actual show, but I will try my best. Definitely the people featured on here were really naughty and not less naughty than the winners today are from this award show that still exists now in 2019. In between we see pretty explicit gestures, but what is even more telling is the great amount of nudity and intercourse we see during these over 1.5 hours. The Oscars handle it in a way when they show us short clips from all the nominees (in terms of acting at least). The AVN Awards 1993 decided to take the path of us showing a really long segment from basically every acting winner, certainly also to promote the winners' films. Well I did not like the approach too much. I mean these clips were way longer than the actual announcement of the awards and alsothe acceptance speeches afterwards and that just doesn't feel right like similarly to how almost every music award show these days is a mess because it is more of a concert than an actual award show. Anyway, these long clips we have here of course also result in the show running a lot longer and dragging. Otherwise, they easily could have finished in 80 minutes. What else? Oh yeah, 90s AVN Awards were definitely much more rock music while today's feel more hip hop. I really cannot say anything about the winners because I have not seen their films and don't know them, except maybe it's kinda surprising to see for how long Randy Spears has been around now. Until a few years ago, he was still acting in adult films, but now he isn't anymore (according to imdb). Besides that, I wonder how the people we see in here perceive their work back then today, if they talk to their kids (maybe grandchildren) about what they did or if it is a bit of a taboo topic if they even know at all that is. I think it's probably a different approach for every actor. Some are open about it and for others, it is a closed chapter. Still, all in all I did not enjoy watching this one too much. Some of the girls were cute, also not all, not even close. It was also not too funny or at least not as funny as recent AVN Awards that were actually hosted by comedians. So the show certainly got better over the years. This edition here is still a big failure I would say, not only because they also messed-up awards-wise it seems. The aforementioned Spears was announced winner of a category while the AVN lists another actor (Silvera) officially as the winner in their documentation. A mess. Don't watch. Even an award show lover like myself cannot find anything positive here.
Brazzers Back to University (2017)
More bizarre than funny
"Brazzers Back to University" is an American live action short film, well in fact a commercial, from 2017 that runs for under 90 seconds and is primarily aimed at students. Brazzers is basically a network that consists of many adult websites and what they are telling us here is that the ywant to help struggling students to succeed with their exams? How so? well, the expected way of course for a an adult film network. They should get rid of their load. No further explanation needed here I am sure. So we see a bunch of students, a guy struggling with mathematics, a girl struggling with studying at the library (yep gender equality, also in this commercial, well sort of the guys are still more) and basically in order to help them a group of girls with very few clothes on arrive and help the students cope, be it by telling them something on-topic or just starting to give a massage. In the end, it is all good and the student get their diploma. And the helpers sit in the audience and applaud. This is supposed to metaphorically show us that Brazzers offers students up to four month of free access to their material. Let's call it that. At the same time we hear a meaningful soundtrack, almost opera-like in the background. Exaggeration is the key to comedy here, but it still feels slightly pseudo-important. Okay. I guess the idea here was not all bad and they did the most they could with the execution, but aside from those two students I mentioned, the other ones felt really pointless and uninteresting, so that this film managed the almost impossible to drag at way under 2 minutes. Thumbs-down from me and I suggest you skip the watch unless you are maybe a student yourself and want to make use of the offer.
Beach Bunny 2018 Swim (2017)
What to wear at the beach in 2018
Okay the title here "Beach Bunny 2018 Swim" is faitly telling, even if I believe there is a "week" missing at the end. This is a fashion show that runs for 25 minutes approximately and it is about beach fashion. You see the (then) newest bikinis and most trendy sportswear from beginning to end presented by exclusively female models this time. I must say that judging from the names here on imdb and their looks I did not know a single one of these models. Same applies for me about designer Angela Crittenden. Never heard the name and this is also her only imdb credit, but judging from the event and all the people/photographers present, it must have been a prestigious honor to design for her. As you can see from the year here on imdb, this is from summer 2017 telling us what is le dernier cri in summer 2018 because obviously most of the pieces worn here do not exist many times and have to be produced before people can actually buy them, which is going to take a while. As for the models, it all comes down to your personal taste. I thought some looked gorgeous (especially a dark-haired girl in the middle of the show who was also not super thin), others did not do too much for me I must admit. You will probably see these things differently. Now it is a bit debatable if fashion shows like this exist on a movie database website, but I guess we are really down to moving pictures now in terms of definition, so everything is basically included as long as it has a director and camera work involved, be it theme park highlights, music video (so many!), Super Bowl Halftime Shows and also fashion shows. It's okay. If you have an interestg in fashion really, then probably you will enjoy this more than I did, even if it felt somewhat traditional with the occasion and how all models went on the stage at the end again before we see the designer. It's not a failure. Actually the music was really cool, perhaps the highlight. But all in all, my interest is just not high enough for a positive recommendation. Watch something else instead.
The kids are having fun, the audience not so much
"The Legend of Korra: A New Beginning" is an American live action short film in the English language (with some Asian music at the end) that was written and directed by Joey Min, who has really worked in every field imaginable when it comes to filmmaking. Here he is the one in charge and the title of course makes it obvious already that this is a fan movie closely connected to the successful animated series "The Legend of Korra". It runs for under 10 minutes and the budget was approximately $500, so yeah you really should not expect anything great here. And even if you don't, chances are this film will disappoint you overall. Nothing stands out really, except the cuteness of the girls perhaps. But the fight sequences that sure make up way too much here do not. Neither do the interactions between the characters, regardless if we are talking about friends or foes. Story-wise, if we look at the very basics, the idea is not too horrible. However, the attention to detail just isn't there to make this a solid watch. It's close to failure territory there is no denying, even if it does not reach this level yet either. Some of the actors are not good at all either. I could say this is only worth watching for big Legend of Korra fans, but honestly I think these are the ones who would hate this film the most I believe. So it's better if you just skip it and watch the animated series instead because every time when this film here shows some minor signs of creativity, it is really only because it refers to something from the animated series and this means it is neither an original nor a creative achievement. Thumbs-down.
Good addition all in all
I guess I don't have to explain what this is exactly because the title "The King of Comedy: Deleted and Extended Scenes" is really telling of what you can expect in these 38 minutes. This is included as an extra on the DVD for the BAFTA-winning Scorsese movie "The King of Comedy". Basically 75% of this one are three really long extended scenes that were cut short for the movie and finally there are some mostly brief deleted scenes and some of them are extremely short like the engagement ring sequence for example. The one scene with Liza Minnelli is a bit longer as otherwise I think she was pretty much cut out of the picture altogether. She plays herself basically here being a guest on Lewis' character's show who constantly gets interrupted by Robert De Niro's main character. The latter is in all that is included in these slightly under 40 minutes with the exception of the very beginning which is basically a stand-up routine that Lewis' character starts his show with. Afterwards it it all De Niro. Diahnne Abbott also gets a lot of screen time, which is not too surprising because she is also the central female character in the film being the protagonist's love interest while struggling with other suitors too. By the way, she was married to De Niro and they have two children. Okay, all in all I think this film (more than these add-ons) gets some attention now again too in the face of the recent success of Joaquin Phoenix' Joker movie because there are definitely parallels. I won't go too deep into detail, also because I haven't seen The King of Comedy yet, but even this way they are very obvious with a protagonist who may have an unhealthy obsession with a late night show host. And create fictitious situations in his mind about what happens when he is on the show. And of course, in Joker De Niro plays said late show host. Now back to this one here. Overall, I think it was a pretty entertaining watch and I think the scenes included in here also would have worked nicely in the movie. All in all, a thumbs-up for this one. I recommend checking it out. Maybe watch it after seeing the film it is taken from. Scorsese delivers once again. Just like he does over 35 years later as he has another De Niro blockbuster coming out, which is easily considered one of the big players this award season.
Hailee Steinfeld: Afterlife (2019)
Fairly generic pop music video
What we have here is the music video for the song "Afterlife" by Hailee Steinfeld. It runs for 3.5 minutes and was directed by Hannah Lux Davis and it feels as if she is really in charge of every female artist's music video these days. Anyway, lets focus on Steinfeld. I really like her a lot as an actress and it's been about a decade now since True Grit, almost 10 years, the film by the Coen Bros that gave her her big breakthrough. As an actress I should add and she was probably in second spot thatg year to win the Supporting Actress Academy Award behind Melissa Leo. But even with Pitch Perfect going on, The Edge of Seventeen and also Bumblebee it feels as if she has been focusing more on her music career for quite a while now than on her acting career, which I find a bit sad. It seems one new film with her is the maximum we are getting these days. But as acting careers usually last longer than music careers, who knows and maybe it is going to change in the next few years. Of course, I wish Hailee good luck in both fields. Now with "Afterlife" I am a bit confused by the spelling. It seems as if it should be written "after life" judging from the way it is used in the song. So yeah me saying this makes it obvious I guess I cannot really say too much about the song. It's okay, mildly catchy, but nothing about it stsnads really out and while Hailee's voice is okay, it makes clear once again that even if maybe she loves music more, her real strength is acting. Like with Jared Leto a bit maybe. Anyway, in this music vido I liked her white dress (the one you see on the photo here on imdb) definitely more than her red dress that was a bit too pompous for me. Also the video I watched had "Dickinson" added to the music video, a recent mini series Steinfeld is starring in, so not sure there is another music video out there. But with millions of views in only 1.5 months, it is certainly the most seen version out there. I don't think that commercially the song is a big hit though or maybe it is also already too early to say. So yeah, all in all I give this one here a thumbs-down, both song and music video are no failures, but still more on the forgettable side. Go for something else instead. I am a big Hailee fan and even for me this did not really make an impact.
An addition to the addition
"The Road to El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie" is a pretty long title for this documentary short film that runs for over 13.5 minutes and the title is really telling what you got here. Not too long ago, Netflix released El Camino, the newest chapter in the Breaking Bad universe about half a decade after the series ended. It is definitely a contender for my favorite series of all time, so I am pretty curious about El Camino and I haven't seen it yet. This one here is a little appetizer. There are interviews with Gilligan, Paul, Banks, Ritter, Plemons and the recently deceased Oscar nominee Robert Forster too only to mention a few. We find out a bit about the backgrounds of the production, but I must say I did not like it as much as I hoped I would because really informative this was not apart from occasional remarks like the one about the director pf photography being a drone pilot. Instead, it is mostly the usual and everybody is talking about how great BB was, how memorable it ended, how nice it was to be back and add another chapter etc. I mean I love the show so much that I just cannot be truly disappointed here and I suck in everything BB-related, but I don't think with this documentary they really achieved something that was truly necessary to be made. I am not talking about El Camino itself, let me emphasize this again, as I haven't seen it yet. Still it was kinda nice to see all these actors and characters again. Also some whose characters died, so I guess from what we find out here, there will be many flashback scenes or lets say scenes that took place duing earlier Breakingb bad seasons. Many of the performers are doing pretty fine right now, be it on the spin-off Better Call Saul or just in other projects. Plemons for example has appeared in many big movies in recent years and Breaking Bad was a true breakthrough project for him. His career now looks maybe better than Paul's. As for him Jesse Pinkman will probably always be his career-defining role and hey things could be worse. Of course, Bryan Cranston you won't see in here and for him the breakthrough part is true as well obviously, even if was already having a long and successful career before the first time he showed up as Walter White. Okay, I guess that would be all then. It's an okay watch as a whole and if you are fan enough to buy the El Camino DVD at some point if there is one (I guess there will be), then you will probably enjoy this one. However, I don't really think it is gonna turn you into a fan. Then again why would you watch if you weren't one already. Thumbs-up overall.
Quality-wise this one here is not even close to heaven, more like deep down there in the gutter
Okay these slightly under 4 minutes we got here are the music video for the song "Don't Call Me Angel" by Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey. It was released about two months ago and since then has already managed over 100 million views on Youtube, some big charts success with reaching number 1 in some countries even. Of course, this one here is to promote the new take on Charlie's Angels that features Kristen Stewart as one of the title characters and also Elizabeth Banks (also the director) who has a little cameo at the end of this music video too to make sure we don't forget about the connection. The director of the music video is Hannah Lux Davis and it is really surprising to see how many music videos she already directed in recent years despite her relatively young age. She fits right in the age group of the three singers here pretty much being somewhere between Del Rey and Cyrus. Anyway, given her deal of experience I certainly would have expected a better outcome here. This was extremely disappointing. Admittedly the music video is not as much as a failure as the song (the lyrics are plain horrible honestly), but it's nothing to be proud of either. Remember when Destiny's Child wrote the song back in the day to promote angels Diaz, Liu and Barrymore I think? Now that was high-quality emancipation. This one here is really nothing but anti-male. You know you can support and encourage your gender without putting the other down. Because that is exactly what you complain about that many males do when they act in a derogatory way towards females. Well, this short film here is just a mirror in the most negative sense one could imagine. Miley Cyrus is truly wasted in the boxing ring and also sitting on a guy's lap while ranting about how he is just a guest in their lives, nothing more. In terms of lyrics, Del Rey probably has the best part that is at least slightly tolerable, but you forgetg about this quickly when you see her throw a knife at a target that is supposed to be a male and the knife lands right between his legs. How would women like it if we see that same scene only with a guy throwing it and the knife hitting a breast? It is just not acceptable. I am not talking about the violence. It is okay as long as it makes sense, but in terms of making a strong pro-female statement the music video is getting it wrong from beginning to end. Which is a pity because I like Miley, don't mind Del Rey and Ariana Grande is okay too, really beautiful I think, but how she performs the chorus feels so shallow and empty that I like her a little bit less right now. And by the way, even if it suits your cutiepie image: If you don't want to be called an angel, then maybe don't dress like one with these wings. So yeah, no matter which perspective you take, this one is a massive failure. Highly not recommended and I truly hope the movie which will come out very early in 2020 I think will be better than this mess.
Star Wars Stories left and right, not everyone is a winner
"Bucketheads: A Star Wars Story" is a Canadian live action short film from 2018 that runs for slightly under 14 minutes and was written and directed by Marco Bossow and Andy Brown. Both have been pretty prolific in the camera department on other projects, but as the ones in charge not so much. And the reason why their work combined effort here is not entirely unknown is not really their talent, but rather the connection to perhaps the biggest safa in film history as you also see from the title. Like I said in the title of my review these Star Wars stories have been coming out so frequently in recent years that it feels it is more about quantity than quality now because apparently to many, the connection is enough. They don't need quality filmmaking. I am one who does though and that is why despite costumes, effects and sets being okay here, I was not won over. The story was just too weak. It dragged too much for my liking and for a film that does not even run for a quarter of an hour that is of course a negative deal breaker. The story was simply not good enough and would have fit in under 10 minutes too. It is basically about a group of Stormtroopers who have a prisoner with them as they are moving through a forest that will turn their world upside down. Now sounds a bit like a horror movie with dumb teenagers being replaced by Stormtroopers, but this is not the case. It is also broad daylight, so no horror component or something. The latter would not have fit together with Star Wars anyway I guess. All in all, I am a bit surprised about the pretty good rating here on imdb and also about the massive deal of awards recognition this has achieved, even if admittedly it looks like this was really submitted everywhere which takes a bit away from that. The film scored over a million views on Youtube in under 12 months, which may not be much for a music video, but for a fan film it is, even if it is about Star Wars. Oh well, I think I made my point that I did not like this one. The story on mercy near the end also did not really get me emotionally involved. Perhaps you will like it more. It is by no means a failure, but in my opinion, it is not good enough for a positive recommendation. Thumbs-down. Watch something else instead.
Raising Dion (2015)
Don't see the appeal at all
"Raising Dion" is an American live action short film from 2015, so this one is almost half a decade old now and it was written and directed by Dennis A. Liu. So with him in charge behind the camera and the two protagonists in here being Black, there is a great deal of different ethnicities working on this project. Shame that while focusing on this, they apparently forgot to deliver quality. Well, I cannot really blame the actors because the material they were give was so weak that probably nobody could have made it work and turn it into an interesting film. This is the story of a young boy who has superpowers and we see the every day struggles by the mother in bringing him up. these struggles go beyond the usual because things keep explofding and it is probably not the best idea either to get Dion angry. Add to that, a statement that tells us that the son's father died, felt pseudo emotional to me, going for a cheap sob story, even if there are no further elaboration on what happened and when. Of course, the female protagonist is not a woman you'd divorce from because of how great she is. And still how flawed and authentic. Oh well, honestly I wasn't buying any of this. And I am surprised, if not shocked, to see that this film was apparently good enough to some (no clue what's going on with the rating) that Netflix picked it up and turned it into a series. Oh well, judging from the quality here, there is no way I am gonna check out this most recent project by Liu. Technically, it did not even look bad, the camera angles, the special effects etc., but story-wise it was just such a bummer. Highly dispapointing. I was tempted to give this two stars out of five actually, but I had to reduce it even further when the super pretentious final quote of the mother happened that really could not have been any more shallow before the closing credits roll in. This film was a big failure to everybody with an open mind who sees through the wrapping. Highly not recommended.
One, Two, Three (1961)
Good to watch, even if you have no connection with the German capital
"One, Two, Three" is an American movie (even if it is set in Berlin) that is mostly in the English language, but also includes parts in German and even Russian. This was released back in 1961, so it is almost 60 years old now and this makes it a black-and-white movie, even if there were also many color films already from before the early 1960s. The big name here is the director. Billy Wilder was in charge behind the camera and he is also credited as one of the writers who adapted this play into a screenplay. Originally, it is by a Hungarian writer, so one who comes from not too far away from Wilder's roots if you take a look at where he was born. Anyway, Wilder had already won many Oscars (and scored even more nominations) at that point and actually this came out in 1961 when the Man's The Apartment was also a big player and won Wilder even more. But this is not the place and time top talk about that one. Let us instead take a look at this 105-minute movie here. I already mentioned it is set in Berlin, so no surprise there are many German actors on board here too, not really at the center of the story where Horst Buchholz (somewhat the German answer to Marlon Brando in terms of bruteness back then) plays a major supporting character, but really most of all in the smaller roles. Hubert von Meyerinck has virtually no screen time, but he is one that German film buffs will always recognize. And Ralf Wolter of course before his Karl May sidekick days. Wolter is still alive today by the way, way into his 90s. So kinda nice to see him in young again. The main character is played by Oscar winner James Cagney though. He is a successful manager for Coca Cola in Berlin, but even if it is all about making his boss happy for him, the film is never really a lot about business matters. Much more about humans. MacNamara (Cagney) ends up takimng care of his boss' daughter when she spends more time in Berlin than initially expected. And as if that was not big enough a challenge already, he also has to take care of his struggling marriage, a fed-up secretary and his boss' daughter's new love. Spouse actually. But don't worry, she was already engaged four times before that.
Of course, the political element is not left out at all. These were tumultous times. 1961 was actually the year when the Wall was built, but this happened after the making of this film. Still the conflict between Eastg and West is omnipresent. It is a big issue that the girl falls for somebody from the GDR with her really capitalist dad and in addition, the young man is also a fiery communist. You can understant now why MacNamara is not happy about it at all. But with the help of his assistant (now that one was hilarious from beginning to end, the one with the glasses), he manages to come up with a plan to have the young man arrested because East German police think he is a Spy from the West. So far so good. So far so good? Not really. Because the girl is pregnant (I guess that's why they prolongued her stay) and the one thing worse than falling for an East German guy is being pregnant and becoming a mother without being married. So MacNamara does all he can with the help of Wolter's character and a few others to get back the young man and turn him into a role model husband. This is basically the major premise in the second half. However, I preferred the first half, the second just went too much over the top in my opinion I must say. I mean the comedy is still there and sometimes it is good, but it is really exaggerated here and there. Other than that, the film relies a lot on running gags. Be it moment where three people group up to decide on a matter and it is always 2 for and 1 against (not just the communists, also the family), or the trio being really interested in Cagney's character's assistant and there are more examples. By the way, the young woman is palyed by Pamela Tiffin who was really young back then and this is maybe today still her career-defining role because she scored a Golden Globe nomination for it. Interestinly enough something Cagney never managed. Maybe a bit much, especially as she was even nominated for a second Golden Globe that year. She was not that good in this film here and lost to Rita Moreno as it was the year that West Side Story was so dominant.
Okay, away from awards now and back to this film and the action. It is 99% comedy you can say. Even more serious references are depicted in a way where they won't feel dramatic to you, like the scene when we have one character who is tortured and not allowed to getg to sleep before he signs a confession. It's up to you to decide what to make of this approach whether you like it or not. What I did like, however, was that the film really not a propaganda movie that was against America or Russia, but stays as neutral as it can for an American production I should add. The best is if you don't look too much for realism here because it is really missing almost everywhere for comedy purposes. And also for happy ending purposes you could say. Cagney's character does not get the job because a different decision is made, but at least he gets his family back as they are moving back to America it seems. What else can I say here? Yeah like I mentioned already I preferred the first half, but that is probably just more personal. It seemed to be better structured and the second half is more all over the place and also kinda messy here and there. There is always a lot happening here thoughm characters talking fastg and wildly, entering the room out of nowhere like the assistant every time MacNamara is making out with his affair. That would be another running gag like the one I mentioned earlier. Affairs were still a way bigger taboo than they are in movies today and depicting something like that could actually destroy the film's reputation for a group of very conservative people maybe. And balloons, of course. You see them on the poster that actually looks much more colorful than I would have expected for a black-and-white movie. The messages written on these balloons int he movie also show that politically this film is in balance. I give it a thumbs-up overall. It has not aged superbly, but still good enough to be checked out. There are no failures in here, but also no true greatness. The script did not really offer room for truly memorable performance, so Tiffin's achievement is certainly quite surprising already. Go watch this film if you want. Here in Berlin, it has always been a crowd magnet and they were showing it on the big screen too today. Last week was even sold-out I think. So well, still do not overrate the quality because of this statement. It is an okay little fun movie, nothing beyond that. Oh and I allmost forgot: The music choices in here are sublime, many really catchy tunes included in this movie.
Only for fans of Beuys, won't turn you into one
"Beuys" is a German, mostly German-language documentary movie from 2017, so this one is not really brand new anymore, but still relatively new. It runs for 105 minutes approximately and was written and directed by Andres (not Andreas) Veiel. He is a truly prolific documentary filmmaker, even if his most known career effort at this point is a full feature live action movie starring August Diehl, but this is not the time and place to talk about that one. Instead, let us take a look at Beuys now. It received some really decent awrads recognition, not only won Best Documentary at the German Film Awards, but also took home the editing prize, which is a respectable achievement and does not happen too often for a documentary. But yeah, the objective is really almost the only positive I can say. I was not too impressed by this documentary and I felt as interesting and certainly also polarizing as Beuys was, the documentary did not really capture this and depict it to the audience in a way where the film really has them at the edge of their seats. At least not me. Beuys is of course still a big name artist, even if he died a long time ago. He was also famous in America as we learn here, but here in Germany even more. He actually died about a year after I was born. But that's just a little random snippet of information and now you know how old I am. I mean this documentary was not a failure or anything, but the somewhat most interesting aspect was maybe Beuys' physical appearance. He always looked a bit worn-out, maybe with his chiseled face almost like a concentration camp survivor, but this is never really a subject in this film as it is a lot more about what he did and what he did not achieve and go for in his lifetime. Conflicts and arguments are a frequent subject here. Beuys was not really one who was very easy to get along with, surely a pugnacious character as we find out here, even if looks-wise I also would not have been too surprised if he had been more of an introverted and reclusive character. But he really isn't. We also find out partially about that when we see Andy Warhol near the end for a brief moment as he is in the same location as Beuys, but the two could not be any more different because Warhol is what I just described in the previous sentence. Both do have that slightly tortured artist thingey going for them though. Anyway, I personall felt that this documentary was maybe slightly too long for my liking. It does not happen too long that German documentary run clearly for over 90 minutes and for this one here, it was maybe not the wisest choice. What was mostg interesting was probably all the old recordings when we see Beuys in person, even if the new scenes like interviews were not on failure territory either. Nothing about this film is a failure I'd say, but something is missing for me, maybe something that adds a special note to this film and makes a difference compared to the gigantic amount of other documentaries (on artists) out there. Perhaps it really would have been a better choice for Veiel to turn this into a full feature movie and have an actor play Beuys. So i would not say it is really worth watching. Like what stays a bit in the mind is his political involvement, but it is not really worth sitting through everything else because of that. If you know like pretty much everybody else that Beuys was working with felt and fat/lipids (not sure which is the right word), that is enough basic knowledge and you can skip this documentary I'd say. I give it a thumbs-down because regardless of how good it may be technically, it is not enough if it comes short in terms of script and general execution.
Occasionally fine, overall not really
"UA:LA" is an American live action mini-series from 2019, so pretty new still, but I am not so sure how accurate the term mini-series is here because episodes 2 and 3 are indeed previews of 2 minutes and 3 minutes that are as a whole also include in the pilot episode. So if these should be considered episodes, then they certainly come first and the order is incorrect. But that is just for the basics. Best would be if this maybe categorized as a simple short film. Looking at how it is really not too long ago that they released the entire 15-minute thing I wonder if perhaps there will be more like a sequel coming out at some point. The man in charge of pretty much everything here is director Christopher Clark Cowan and he already worked on some big blockbuster movies in the past, even if in less influential positions obviously. Might wanna ask him if this one continues. Anyway, we have a total of 5 key characters here. One character has stolen something and he is caught by the good guy and beaten up by him quickly. But then three other far stronger characters appear and they keep beating the good guy up. This is when the preview stops. When the show continues, we see that the initial bad guy may not be as weak and hopeless as we thought him to be initially and honestly how he at the same time takes on 2 of the super strong fellas was definitely exaggerated to me. And did not feel authentic given what we saw from him early. He reunites with the good guy and with the help of a flashback superpower they eventually are on par with the trio. This flashback sequence though I must say also felt really superficial to me and shallow and just for the sake of getting some emotions rushed-in. I was not buying it. Same about the bad guys eventually just leaving at the end after stating early that there was not really any other option than killing the good guy. So story-wise, this was not a good watch. Effects and fight sequences are definitely better and they were the biggest reason perhaps why I would consider giving this one a thumbs-up. The inclusion of these superhero superpowers is quite good and entertaining. The film is at its best when these are presented to us, the superheroes of the bad guys when they still dominate the 3v1 fight.. Afterwards, it gets worse quickly, so it is a really close call to decide if I should recommend checking this one out, but there were justg too many flaws eventually no matter how good this film looked, so I say skip it all in all. Go for something else instead.
Sisters of House Black (2019)
How to come up with a quality fan movie
"Sisters of House Black" is a British live action short film that runs for 42.5 minutes including credits and this is a duration that is always a bit critical because it is still not even half as long as a full feature film, but you somehow already build expectations like you do with long movies because if it basly-written, poorly-acted etc. then it is long enough to drag quite a bit. But this one here does not do such things. The two directors (one of them experienced, the other not so much) are doing a good job. The script is interesting enough too from different perspectives. This one is by Kelsey Ellison, who is also a producer and plays one of the three title characters we got here. Massive involvement by her for this one. Of course, it does take us into the world and universe of Joanne K. Rowling's Harry Potter franchise. However, it takes place several decades earlier, which can best be seen by how young Bellatrix Lestrange/Black is still in this one. She is the character you will immediately recognize, also because Ellison really looks a lot like Bonham Carter, just in young. I was really impressed by this. And they did not simply cast her because of that because obviously I mentioned her involvement in detail earlier. We find out about a group of sisters, how they face certain challenges that do not only require them to work together in order to become these obstacles, but eventually also cause major conflict within the trio, mostly between the two dark-haired girls. I think basically everything was done correct here. It's tough to find flaws. The connection to Potter is neither too vague nor too specific. The characters and their actions make sense. The atmosphere feels like taken out of a Potter film directly. Special effects, costumes and sets are nice too. So I would say it is really really good for a fan film and also quite okay for a film in general. It is of course a big challenge to make an addition to this franchise that is so adored by many now almost a decade after it ended (if we don't count the Redmayne films), but they managed nicely here. I am a bit impressed. And while I certainly do not dislike Potter, maybe the "real" fans will enjoy this one even more. For me no hesitation in giving this one a thumbs-up. It's well-deserved that this one has already scored 300k views in only a week since its release on Youtube. Go check it out unless you totally despite everything Potter-related. Fan film makers can really learn a lot from this one here.
Peter's To-Do List (2019)
"Peter's To-Do List" is an American 200-second live action short film from 2019 directed by Jon watts and this can be found as an extra on the DVD of the new Spider-Man movie. So of course at the center of it all is Tom Holland and we see him take care of some final things before a trip to Europe. This includes buying an adapter, selling some of his toys to get something nice for a girl, getting a passport and finally also helping the general public by arresting a mobster family. It's typical new Spider-Man I'd say. Which means I did not like it as much. The scene when he keeps this one action figure is still mildly funny, the pretty brief passport scene not too much really and also in general the comedy is just too weak and it's all about the action if you take a look at the cop near the end who wants something for his kid or niece or so. Also the brief introduction between Parker and his chubby nerdy friend early on did very little for me. Besides, I take Maguire over him any time when Peter was not in need of a bulletproof suit (spider's don't wear armor either) and also he did not feel the need to stay with the cops and show them his achievement. A call would have been enough. Oh well. So yeah I have no intention to buy the DVD or BluRay, but if I did I probably would not be impressed by this add-on either. You must be a really big Spidey/Holland fan in order to like this one, probably a bigger Holland fan as I like Spidey a lot, maybe he is even my favorite superhero. But not the way he is depicted here. 4 stars out of 10 is still on the genereous side. Glad it was this short. Watch something else instead.