Short Film of the Week: Out of the Village

Out of the Village contrives a masterful short film, with its superior filmmaking and impactful subject line.

Set in West Africa during the Ebola epidemic, this narrative begins with a young boy named Mebro, portrayed by Abraham Attah (Beasts of no Nation), pouring a drink for himself, as well as all of his relatives. It’s quite clear he has lost his mother and father, but it is not certain yet as to how. I instantly felt a connection with the young boy, even though I hadn’t a clue what it felt like to be in his position. People were engulfed with …

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Short Film of the Week: Move Me

Uncategorized ‐ June 05, 2016

Move Me uses spectacular film making, along with quality acting to acquaint us to an interesting concept with loads of substance.

This short narrative begins with Steve(Danny Jacobs) and Taryn(Catherine Parker) walking in a state park, having a mundane conversation, which seems to be the theme of their relationship. The stumble across Joshua(Aidan Bristow), who is seemingly frozen in time. Joshua has had a curse put on him, preventing him from moving without the aid of human touch. This idea carries the film, as it proves to be a truly intriguing watch to see how it all plays out. While Taryn was fascinated with him, …

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Short Film of the Week: Wander

Wander pulls you in with its magnificent beauty, and takes you through an emotional and stunning experience like no other short film I’ve seen.

This short narrative throws us into a post-apocalyptic world. One in which a man named Noah(Alex Lincoln)  is forced to repeat a patter daily, to remain safe. We’re told humans are hunted, and it has been three months since he’s seen another person. Day after day he explores for food, water, and anything he can use to survive. Noah lives a terrifying life as it is, however to make matters worse he is haunted by the memory of …

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Film Review: The Finest Hours

Film Review: The Finest Hours

The Finest Hours provokes emotion much in the same way that any war movie based on a true story would, with its use of a group of men accomplishing an unbelievable feat, all the while recognizing their personal life and what is at risk. The one exception in this film is that instead of man fighting man,  the war is against the sea.

This narrative begins by introducing us to Bernie Webber(Chris Pine), a timid member of the coast guard, getting mentally prepared to meet a woman he’s been talking to over the phone for weeks.  The writing emphasizes this climatic moment, illustrating Bernie’s …

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Short Film of the Week: Cherokee

Short Film of the Week: Cherokee

Cherokee uses an off beat tone to create an intriguing narrative with a spectacular, and somewhat hilarious conclusion.

This short narrative runs ten minutes in length, but provides a powerful story. From the early seconds of this short film, you can surmise that one thing is true:  This film is about a troubled woman with a combative nature, and her young daughter, who, simply by the look in her eyes, you can tell is desperately lost. There is no real flow to this film. It begins at a point in the fray and ends as such. This caused a lot of confusion …

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Film Review: The Man Who Knew Infinity

Reviews, Top Stories ‐ ‐ May 16, 2016
Film Review: The Man Who Knew Infinity

Back in the ‘90s, Mattel got in trouble for a speaking Barbie that declared “math is hard.” While I don’t encourage a doll that tells girls to avoid math, I knew what that doll felt like – math is hard. And, quite often, boring. So why did I want to see a movie about a math genius? Because it’s awesome.

The story contained in The Man Who Knew Infinity goes beyond simple math. It’s about fighting for what you know is right and proving that, even without an education, some people can still be brilliant. The movie follows Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar, portrayed by Dev Patel, from the …

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Short Film of the Week: El Pugil (The Boxer)

Short Film of the Week: El Pugil (The Boxer)

El Pugil is a beautifully shot, emotionally impactful short documentary film about a promising boxer out of Puerto Rico.

This film follows Angel “Tito” Acosta, a talented boxer from the slums of Puerto Rico. His career, while still young, has comprised of many accomplishments. His biggest accomplishment may be simply being who he is. Tito is a symbol of success for many of the people living in poverty in Puerto Rico, a true rags to riches story. Almost as impressive as Tito himself is the execution of this short doc. With only 17 minutes, director Angel Manuel Soto is able to depict the …

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Film Review: The Meddler

Reviews, Top Stories ‐ ‐ May 09, 2016

The Meddler opens with Marnie Minvervini, played by the always amazing Susan Sarandon, narrating what’s been happening in her life. After a few moments of the seeming voice-over, we realize that she is actually talking to someone – well, something. She’s leaving a super-long and super-detailed message for her daughter. Like the shift in the opening that appears to be one thing before changing to another, the movie itself begins as trite and sentimental, but turns out to be funny, meaningful, and worth seeing.

It is the very definition of dramedy. In interview with BUST, director Lorene Scafaria said, “…the idea of the film…to peel back the …

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