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.





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.


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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


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.