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A Hopeless Romantic

 

The video and sound quality of A Hopeless Romantic aren’t exactly up to par. But while they do leave much to be desired, they’re not bad enough to hide the quality of good filming.

The narrative is fast paced and the style of film making suits it. The film features plenty of short sequences which visually provide the energy needed to keep up with the writing. Also the entire film is narrated, which is rare in shorts. Though not necessary here, the narration doesn’t fail and it arguably makes the film better.

The downside is that the tale and message is one we’ve all heard before, and can predict a mile away.

 

3.5/5

Run With Me

Run With Me has the unique distinction of being a short film based on a true story. It’s the classic underdog story, this one about a high school kid with cerebral palsy trying to do what the other kids do. The most standout thing about this short is definitely the acting of the lead. He played the part very well, and made his character believable.

Run With Me tries to tug on your emotions, and it does just that. Though in a cheesy and kind of cliche way.

3/5

Same Place, Same Time, Tomorrow

 

The narrative of this film floats like a feather in the breeze. Everything is gentle and light, and the score compliments it. The story is pushed along through narration that is both written and delivered well. The lack of real time dialogue, the narration, and the simple piano score all work together to give this short film an anime like feel.

 

4/5

A Lonely Silence

 

A Lonely Silence doesn’t have much of a plot or story, it’s instead a mood piece. It’s goal is to draw you into the world, feelings, and emotions of the protagonist and to care about her. Even though there’s nothing waiting on the other side, the small journey you’re supposed to take with this character is a successful one.

Visually the film is impressive, particularly a really nice shot of the character sitting on her bed.

 

3.5/5

First Come First Serve

First Come First Serve is a colorful vibrant dark comedy-esque film that’s definitely Quentin Tarantino inspired. The acting can be distracting, in particular one character who is really over the top. The characters aren’t the most believable in the world but the situation they get themselves into, and the fact that everything is so unpredictable makes up for it. It gets really close to crossing the line and being too silly, but it manages to hold on long enough from doing so.

 

 

4/5

Apocalypse

 

Apocalypse immediately jumps from 0 to 60 and doesn’t let off the gas until the end. It’s entertaining and works on all levels. The characters may be a bit over the top and odd, but they’re fully fleshed out and work perfectly for this story, so there’s no room for complains. While most of these shorts rely on visual shots to tell the story. The characters in Apocalypse are talking throughout the entire thing and the dialogue never drags the story down despite the fact that there’s plenty of room for it to do so.

The tone slightly changes a few times in this. Making it hard to predict if it’s gonna end up as a comedy or tragedy. Which of course is a good thing…

Shot using nothing fancy and entirely in one room, Apocalypse is the ideal kind of film for someone working with a really small budget. A small crew and small pocket doesn’t hold this film back one bit.

5/5