Short Movie Roundup 13 September 2020

Jonah

A beautiful short by Kibwe Tavares starring Daniel Kaluuya who most will know from Get Out. In this tantalizing short he’s a street kid who accidentally discovers a giant fish while out trying to make his fortune with his best friend. A simple lucky shot on their camera with the amazing giant jumping fish cements his fame and fortune and his small town transforms form the increased tourism, turning his little fishing town into a Neo Africa.

The film follows the rise and fall of both man and town, as the fish had never been seen again, now aged our young hero, now along and long forgotten as the man who spotted the biggest catch, shuffled through the ruins he heads out to sea and that’s when the storytelling begins to overtake the dramatic visuals.

There’s a meld of time and success, love and regret all mixed into the ending, the fish seems to be more of a symbol than a fine catch, but I think it’s fluid enough to allow viewers to make up their own minds about what it represents for them.

Post Mortem Mary

A young girl and her poorly mother travel around doing their best for the dead by making them up to take their final photograph. While on their latest job, everything is left up to tiny Mary to make the most of a bad situation and overcome her fear of the dead as she has to pose a young girl her age for her photo, but strange things happen in the shed while she’s alone with the dead.

Joshua Long‘s movie is beautifully set and has a haunting soundtrack and sly effects really help edge the fear along step by step through a truly harrowing misadventure. Definitely enough to put anyone off postpartum photography in a skeleton key styled short.

Smiling Woman

This movie got me from the preview alone, it reminded me of a episode of Yami Shibai. A traveller is alone at a train station when she’s terrorised by a strange smiling woman. Fair warning that the audio is over the top and will deafen you if you’re using headphones.

Alex Magaña, really made the most of Ariel Fullinwider big wide smile in this short and a few camera tricks to give her jerky walk to add in that extra layer of Japanese Horror girl.

The Stylist

Body horror is rife in this short horror, not so strangely about a stylist who takes on a last minute job at the end of the day, a prominent woman wants to make a good impression and look beautiful for a lavish dinner. Her stylist has other ideas after the wine is poured, things take a sinister turn.

Camera work and sound are really pushed to the limits, every scene is perfectly lit and the camera swoons around it’s characters, in the key bloodiest scene the sounds make it seem to much more alive and … moist. A super cool effort from Jill Gervargizian, as she tells this morbin tale of a stylist who just wants to look as good as her customers.

The ending sees a pretty broken woman, not someone who is merely psychotic but someone who just wants to be pretty…. chilling stuff.

The Neighbors’ Window

Award winning short movie from Marshall Curry. A couple can’t but help notice their neighbours through their brightly lit window, nigth and day the estranged couple across the road seem to live the ultimate life, dance parties and lots of naked sex with the lights on. Soon they are arguing about how their lives are so much less exciting and attractive but soon come together over their shared obsession and over time begin to re live their younger years through their voyeurism.

After noticing things slowly change with the couple there’s a sudden change which affects both couples and prompt them to talk for the first time.

It’s incredibly moving and a really beautiful movie which will make you realise that everyone is going through their own battles and we are all only human.

I’m attempting to split the Youtube and Short movies stuff up, so the next few items are YouTube pieces rather than creative arts per say.

SCP1459 – The Volgun

Another brilliant SCP from the Volgum, possibly a few to catch up on this week, not getting notifications doesn’t help 😦 This SCP is about a claw machine with a cruel sense of humor and it insists on producing puppies and demanding that users give a method of killing the pup to get a cookie.. It’s similar to the Ice Cream van from the early days, but as always produced with lots of attention and a bit of dark humor!

SCP1498 – The Volgun

Another lively piece from the Volgun, this SCP reminds me a lot of the Ice Cream van as well, it features a bunch of “synthetic”sheep which you can use to dial in a dream, it sounds great until things get out of the hand of the user..

The Chilling rim of the Ripper Crew – Chicago’s Satanic Cannibal Cult – The Shrouded Hand

I’ve done a lot of study into true crime over the years but I had someone missed this group of sadistic weirdos, they have a tendency to cut open women’s breast and masturbate in the wound before getting really twisted (if that wasn’t twisted enough) Check out this brilliant informative insight

Ten Creepy Cursed and Haunted Paintings – The Shrouded Hand

I seem to be doing everything in pairs today but this came up and highlighted a few new paintings that I wasn’t aware were haunted including the work of my all time favourite painter.. his work is creepy but I’ve NEVER heard of it being haunted before… maybe something they would have mentioned in the very detailed move of his life and death The Last Family…

Dreams of Dali 360 Video

There isn’t much to say about this gem, jump into the surreal landscape generated from some of Dali’s more popular paintings.. I wonder when we’ll get a feature length movie in this 360 style.. The next frontier..

Thank me later..

Hopefully you enjoyed this weeks list, if there are any short movies that you can recommend please let me know.

To view my list of favourite short movies check out this link and to view the archive of all short movie roundups check the link here.

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