Maturing Youth (2018)

Director: Divoni Simon

Writer: Isabel Kruse, Chase Michael Pallante, Divoni Simon (Screenplay)

Starring: Sean A Kaufman, Kim Paris, Terrence Keene, Rael Ba, Darleen Rae Fontaine, Albee Castro, Joshua St Leger

 

Plot: An under-achieving, unemployed 30-year-old man enjoys his freedom of non-responsibility through his vices. However, his life is thrown into a whirlwind when his ex-girlfriend interrupts his life with a surprise: their illegitimate toddler son. And when she disappears, it gives him the ultimatum to begrudgingly face fatherhood, or to continue living life void of responsibility.


Tagline – The puzzle of life is for ones self discovery.

Runtime: 34 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Wonderful Movie About Growing Up

 

Story: Maturing Youth starts as we meet unemployed Roger (Kaufman) who spends his days getting stoned with strangers and watching television all day long. During his latest day of laze, his ex-girlfriend Sadie (Paris) arrives with the news he is the father of their son Junior (St Leger) asking for help caring for him.

Tired of Roger not changing his ways, Sadie leaves Junior with Roger alone, forcing his to need to face growing up with the help of the guidance of Doctor Riccard (Keene) to help his son have the future he could have.

 

Thoughts on Maturing Youth

 

Characters – Roger is the typical early 30s slacker, never needing to face responsibility in his life, wasting his fays with drugs and time wasting, he will need to learn to grow up once he learns he is a father to give his son a chance for a future. In this 30-minute short movie we see a wonderful character arc for Roger. Sadie is the ex-girlfriend that arrives with the news of the child she just wants him to help with raise their son and is tired of the lack of help from Roger. Junior is the son Roger never knew he had and is the kid that will need to be there to help Roger ahead in life.

PerformancesSean A Kaufman is great in the leading role, he must take his character through the biggest development through the film. while the rest of the cast do a good job throughout they only appear in the odd scene.

StoryThe story here follows one man that needs to learn it is time to grow up when he is left to look after the son he never knew he had. The story shows us how one moment in life can help turn you around from a path which doesn’t have a successful future. Having the film tell the story in the short form we do get to see the impact of the events in the film and the idea of the ‘What If’ is always something that appeals.

ComedyThe comedy does mix with the drama nicely to make us feel when we need to and laugh at other times.

SettingsThe film does take place inside one house which shows the change the Roger’s personal life goes through and the changes he will need to bring to his family life.


Scene of the Movie –
The talk with the doctor.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not learning why Sadie left.

Final ThoughtsThis is a wonderful short film, it gives us a powerful character development for Roger sending a message to the audience about needing to grow up in life.

 

Overall: Short film that shows wonderful story telling.

Rating

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Before Christmas (2017) – Short Film

Director: Chuyao He

Writer: Chuyao He (Screenplay)

Starring: Jianchun Hao, Deyang Hou, Chengiang Li, Xianyuan Zhu

 

Plot: An 18-years-old Chinese teenager enters the merciless commercial world as a hard labor, where leads to the failure of his last struggle of innocence.

 

Runtime: 15 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Important Look Before the Curtain of Christmas

 

Story: Before Christmas starts as teenager Xiao (Hou) and his family father Lao (Zhu) & Mother (Hao) move to poor part of a big Chinese city where Xiao and Lao start working in a Christmas decoration factory, they must work long hours and reach the supply demand to get paid. Xiao dreams of being a singer and can’t remain focused in this job, but his family needs the money. At 18-years-old Xiao must make the decision to follow his dream or face the reality of his life in this factory.

 

Thoughts on Before Christmas

 

Characters – The characters show us the family and the change they must make, Lao has always worked and knows how the get and keep a job, the mother has always looked after the house, but Xiao must accept that he has dropped out of studying and will need to face this life to survive. Xiao shows us the character that will face many young men at this age, the reality of life over the dreams you are pushed to aspire towards.

PerformancesThe performances from the actors help paint this bleak future for Xiao, they show us just how you could see the lives of these characters suffer from day to day.

StoryThe story while short does follow Xiao needing to face the reality of life, while aspiring to be a singer. The reality is the family we need to work in a sweet shop style factory to supply the demanded for Christmas decorations in the western world. We see in jut the short time how the demanded rises and the workload goes past the possible achievement for a day forcing the people to continue on the work they are not prepared for. This shows us in a short story just how Christmas for everyone isn’t what we believe, we see how people must work in slave like conditions to prepare those material goods for that one month of the year, this does have the message for people to see and is one that will be important to the people who don’t understand or appreciate the meaning of Christmas anymore.

SettingsThe settings show us the world this family is going to be facing for years to come, the bleakness of the future of a family stuck in this labour demand jobs.


Scene of the Movie –
The date on the calendar.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I would like to have seen what pushed them into this move in the first place.

Final ThoughtsThis is a movie that shows us the work people must put in, so the Western world can celebrate Christmas, not fair equal pay, or work level expected the people to do. It shows the hardship families will face meeting this demand.

 

Overall: Important look behind the curtain of people needing to learn about Christmas.

Rating

 

 

To the Moon (2017) – Short Film

Director: Matt Tory

Writer: Matt Tory (Screenplay)

Starring: Jordan Hopewell, Matt Tory, Zack Slort, Valerie Tory, Matt Silver, Jonathan Holmes

 

Plot: A young man with a mental disability dreams of one day going to the moon.


Runtime: 11 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Wonderfully Enlightening

 

Story: To the Moon follows two brothers, Brett (Tory) and his mentally handicapped brother Cooper (Hopewell) who dreams of going to the moon. Brett supports his brothers dreams while others just look down on him, but can he follow his dream against the odds.

 

Thoughts on To the Moon

 

ThoughtsWhen it comes to short films you don’t want to give everything away correct? Well with this film we get 11 minutes to tackle mental illness, how to support, how people are negative towards people with them and letting the people believe in their dreams however hard they could be to become true. We saw this team working together on ‘We Make Movies’ and this shows the team can handle a different subject matter on a serious toned film over the light hearted previous. If you want to see a story that will make you think about the small parts of lives, this one will open your eyes to them.

 

Overall: Brings a smile to your face.

Rating

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The Story of 90 Coins (2017)

Director: Michael Wong

Writer: Bai Xuedan (Screenplay)

Starring: Zhuang Zhigi, Dongjun Han, Jose Acosta

 

The Story of 90 Coins is a short film that has been racking up the awards around the world currently getting about 50+ accolades from international film festivals; which includes the Best Foreign Short & Best Actress at Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards, Best Drama & Best Cinematography at Los Angeles Film Awards, Best Foreign Short Film at Ukrainian International Short Film Festival, Rising Star Awards at Canada International Film Festival, an Official Finalist at London Film Awards, among others.

 

The film follows a young man Wang Yuyang (Han) as he wants to win the heard to Chen Wen (Zhiqi), she has dreams of travelling for work, so he makes a deal, he will give her a coin for 90 days, after that they can either walk away and use the money as farewell drinks or for a marriage certificate.

 

We get to see the outcome of this and the decisions that can come to balance love and dreams showing us just which one becomes most important to our characters, a decision process that could break hearts or damage dreams.

 

Considering this is under 10 minutes long, this film must be considered one of the biggest emotional rollercoasters I have seen this year, you understand both characters decisions and feel the emotions with them, if you don’t have a tear circling your eye at the end I will be surprised.

 

If you want to see a love story this year, you don’t need to look much further than this one.

Come and what this film yourself.

 

The Story of 90 Coins from Michael Wong on Vimeo.

Short Film Review – VR

Short Film Review

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Directed byRob Ulitski

StarringBetty Waterhouse, Connor Knight, Matt Beaumont, Kyle Major, Mario Mortez, Emy Lee

Plot SynopsisThe latest virtual reality device is released Tom (Knight) purchases it giving him the chance to experience endless possibilities from the comfort of his home. Tom starts simple with trip to the arcade, a party with a love interest and exercise routine but when a virus comes over his unit, he finds himself haunted by a mysterious woman. We are left to wonder if his reality has become fragmented or is that just part of the system?

Thoughts on VR

There may be more spoilers in this part of the discussion

 

StoryWhen it comes to story telling you only need to able to get the clear points over in a short amount of time, this story accomplishes this by playing into the social or anti-social creation of virtual reality simulators. People can argue the good from virtual reality simulators but we need to go into the negative side of them with this film tackling the idea people could become confused between the two worlds and giving us a fresh look at one of the legends I have recently found and love the concept behind. The creep side of the story goes very well but if you don’t know about the urban legend you might not understand the reasoning behind the haunting figure.

Horror/Sci-Fi/ThrillerLegend of Kuchisake-Onna is a character in horror that is begging for their own film after hearing about it all earlier this year I do feel it will make people run and hide in pure terror, the horror story gives us the first glimpse at the character, while I do think everything works for the film, this is a character I want to see in a full feature on which can tackle the backstory of the character. We enter sci-fi when we deal idea of virtual reality simulator which is very real to the world we are entering now.

Characters/PerformanceWhen it comes to the characters we only get glimpses into their lives which is all we need it is the inclusion of the urban legend character Kuchisake-Onna that surprises and gets the horror needed for the film.

SettingsThe settings are all from inside the apartment with each other settings being inside the virtual reality world.

Final Thoughts This is a great short film that tackles the issue with virtual reality with a horror twist that all come together as a warning about how virtual reality can be to our own lives.

 

OverallThis is a horror thriller that not only introduces us to what could be a horror icon but warns us from virtual reality worlds.

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