Audio Guide (2020) Short Film Review

Director: Chris Elena

Writer: Lee Zachariah (Screenplay)

Starring: Emma Wright, Nyx Calder

Plot: A young woman is told the secrets of the world through an art gallery issued audio guide.

Runtime: 14 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Thought Provoking

Story: Audio Guide starts as Audrey Walker (Wright) is attending an art gallery, along with an audio guide that gives the information on each piece of art, only to learn the guide has the ability to tell people’s life stories, leaving her to want to know more about people and even question the bigger questions in life.

Thoughts on Audio Guide

Final Thoughts Audio Guide brings us one of the most thought provoking films you will see, if you could learn somebody’s life story of somebody, the truth about history and even willing to learn your own future. When it comes to short films, the biggest question, is always going to be, could this become a full-feature, the answer here would be yes, easily and become one of the more fascinating movies of the year. The movie does do something clever, by having everything, but the audio being in silent in how Audrey goes about her day, letting actress Emma Wright use her reaction visualize her feelings to each story she learns. Audio Guide is one of the best ideas in a movie you will see this year, one that offers a deeper discussion about life.

Overall: Must Watch Short Film.

The Tell Tale Heart (2020) Short Movie Review

Director: McClain Lindquist

Writer: McClain Lindquist (Screenplay) Edgar Allan Poe (Story)

Starring: Sonny Grimsley, James C Morris, Mikah Olsen, Teren Turner

Plot: Adapted from Edgar Allen Poe’s original text, this Original psychological thriller Story has been re-imagined in this mind-bending, pulse-pounding, bloody-disgusting short film.

Tagline – Descend Into Madness

Runtime: 22 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Excellent Twist on a Classic Tale

Story: The Tell Tale Heart starts as Detective Tucker (Turner) and Officer Sharpe (Olsen) arrive at the mansion, greeted by the Narrator (Grimsley) who is being questions about the noises that occurred in the mansion the night before, as he tries to explain the noise, he dives into his own story that drove him to want to get rid of his master the Old Man (Morris) and his evil eye.

Thoughts on The Tell Tale Heart

Final Thoughts Edgar Allan Poe gave us some of the greatest short stories, The Tell Tale Heart is one of the most famous, With this version we do mix modern investigation of what might have happened with the classic narration to show the descent into madness the narrator goes through due to his guilt coming through. We have four characters that are flushed out to feel realistic and to let the actors give us strong performances throughout. The camerawork and settings help increase the descent of the Narrator too, which makes this one of the strongest versions of Poe’s work.

Overall: Must Watch Poe adaptation.

Stuck (2019) Short Movie Review

Director: Steve Blackwood

Writer: Steve Blackwood (Screenplay) David Susman (Story)

Starring: Steve Blackwood, Sandy Bainum, Max Schochet

Plot: George and Helen Simon are a NY advertising couple who buy a sex machine to spice up their lives but it comes with a crazed delivery boy who gets stuck in it on the night of their dinner with George’s clients

Runtime: 14 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Fun Short

Story: Stuck starts when George (Blackwood) gets the sex machine for him and his wife Hellen (Bainum) only the delivery boy Finn (Schochet) to get over eager wanting to set the machine up, only to get stuck in it, just before a business dinner the couple are looking to host, what follows is the pair trying to figure out what to do before the guests arrive.

Thoughts on Stuck

Final Thoughts When it comes to comedy you need to grab the audience quickly when it comes to something in the short form, this situation the couple find themselves in, does feel like we are watching an idea from Frasier, where we have two people that are trying to cover up something that would become embarrassing towards them if their friends found out. The reaction does get the laughs and you could only ask yourself, what you would do if you were left in this situation, we could also see this grow into something bigger, becoming a full feature with even more comedy along the way.

Overall: Comedy Begging to Give You More.

Well Water (2017) Short Movie Review

Director: Sharisse Zeroonian

Writer: Sharisse Zeroonian (Screenplay)

Starring: Kathy-Ann Hart, Marcus McDermott, Kevin O Peterson, Maureen Vlaco, Katraya Wier

Plot: Ben and Cora, two teenagers in love, learn to slow down and embrace their youth instead of being in a hurry to grow up.

Runtime: 37 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Fun Relationship Start Drama

Story: Well Water starts as we meet young couple Ben (McDermott) and Cora (Wier) who have just started dating, while having different ideas of life, we follow how the two look to a future they may never have, a future they could both enjoy together, having certain ideas of what could make them happy.

Thoughts on Well Water

Characters – Ben seems to be the more laid back about his future, while being very much planned and keeping everything calm for his own life choices for now, while Cora is a free spirit that wants to have fun, trying to get Ben to break out of his shell. The two are discovering more about each other, the more time they spend together, which does show them both opening up like any relationship.

PerformancesMarcus McDermott & Katraya Wier are both strong in the film, they show how comfortable, while sometimes unease that can come from just starting to get to know somebody.

StoryThe story here follows a young couple as they continue to get to know each other, plan their future together and just become even more comfortable around each other, we don’t get the drama of how friends feel, just two people that are falling in love, which does make this a much more interesting version of what falling in love can be. It is also nice not to learn more about the character’s lives away from this relationship because it is only about getting to know each other.

Final Thoughts This is a nice look at how love can start, the getting to know each other stage of it, which is the most enjoyable part of any relationship.

Overall: Sparks Can Fly.

Blitz Spirit (2019) Short Movie Review

Director: Sean Ramsden

Writer: Sean Ramsden (Screenplay)

Starring: Ellie Jeffreys, Marie Wilson, Amelia Donovan, Mitchell Sullivan, Sam Casse, Maximillian Davey

Plot: At the dawn of the Blitz, a tender young bar pianist struggles to justify his war efforts to his stubborn Mother.

Runtime: 19 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Nice Spotlight on War

Story: Blitz Spirit starts in 1940 England, World War II is underway and the people of London are struggling through their days, waiting for a potential air raid, Pianist MG (Davey) entertains the crowds in the bar, not going into battle, when an air raid strikes the city, joining his Mother (Wilson) and sister Myra (Donovan) they look at his position in the war.

Thoughts on Blitz Spirit

Final Thoughts This is a nice short that is shot like it would have been on the same film that news reports for the era would have been presented, it does show how not every person would have been for the conflict of war and the taboo that was left forced upon the young men, despite the love in a family only wants people to be safe. We do get strong performances, we get ideas of how much more to life they have from their characters and we get to see just how conflicted families could be. This could easily be an extended story, dealing with more emotional impact that MG must go through, which we only get early glimpses at through the short.

Overall: Beautifully Shot.