I’ve tended to use the Featured Video space for music videos and the occasional trailer lately, but highlighting quality short films and stuff like that was my initial thought when I created it. I need to work on getting back to that (by, like, watching more short films online), and this is a great place to start. I found Apricot while killing time on Vimeo this morning, and fell in love with it – really strong acting, gorgeous cinematography, and a subtle story all contributing. Director Ben Briand has several Australian commercials and short films in his portfolio; hopefully we’ll see some features before too long. Because this is simply a fantastic short.
Thanks to Bob over at Row Three for bringing this little gem of a video to my attention. Film noir is a particular favorite subgenre of mine, and Serena Bramble has done a great job of collecting some of the most definitely noir clips into a single compulsively watchable montage. Click through to YouTube to see the list of films included, but have fun guessing before you do!
Only five more days until Mass Effect 2 is released! Bioware’s hotly-anticipated second game in the proposed Mass Effect trilogy looks to be even more epic than the first one, and based on interviews and articles, sounds like it will fix most of the problems I had with the first game (my review is here). I’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time, and the advance buzz is really good. Guessing I won’t be disappointed.
One of the most intense and memorable cartoons of all time, adapted from Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Tell-Tale Heart”. UPA studios produced this gem in 1953, utilizing an extremely abstract and completely unique style. There’s very little actual movement in the film, which centers on a man who kills his landlord mostly for the heck of it and then believes he hears the dead man’s heart beating. Instead, a sense of urgency and madness is conveyed almost solely through editing, chaotic stills, and James Mason’s frantic voiceover.
From the very old yesterday to the pretty new today – but stop-motion film The Old Man and the Goblins has a very vintage look to it while remaining fresh and innovative. The title is basically the story: A weird old man is kidnapped by goblins and taken down into their lair. The cool thing is the visuals, many of which are absolutely stunning. From Screen Novelties, who also did a really entertaining stop-motion/puppet animation called Graveyard Jamboree with Mysterious Mose. And probably other stuff I don’t know about yet.