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Doodle bug (1997) was directed by Christopher Nolan.

My very first reaction to this movie was total excitement because Christopher Nolan is hands down one of my favourite directors.  I’ve seen the majority of his films so it came no surprise to me that he directed a short film, and he did it successfully.

The beginning of the film confused me just because I wasn’t sure what I was looking at and why the man was just running around. I really liked the black and white, it added to the trippy effect and helped the viewer feel more of what the man was feelings as he was just trying to catch this bug. I caught on that he may have had some issues, possibly with drugs or alcohol.  I wasn’t expecting the smaller bug to be him but after that, it made some more sense.  I guess it’s meant to give that idea that people are never really happy with themselves, or there’s that one small (bug) thing that is interfering with any kind of normal life or normal day and it’s so hard to get rid of at first but when you do..it relieving but only for a small amount of time before something bigger makes you feel even more inferior.  It’s almost like how humans treat smaller animals, like the reality of seeing someone kick an anthill for no reason.  That’s how it led to talking about Horton Hears a Who in class because it’s all about different perspectives and the notion of something much smaller than you still living and breathing and leading their own life.  There’s a more broad idea of this, as well.  Possibly the powers between certain countries in our world, and between certain authorities.  This film also reminded me of A Bug’s Life in that way because the story is about these ants who live on their hill and are completely controlled by grasshoppers who originally have nothing to do with their food chain.  Disney was pretty clever with that story because it brought upon the concept of different perspectives and how no small creature should go unnoticed just because of their size or their incompetence compared to someone else, whether they’re bigger or more of an authority.

Nolan did well with this particular notion.  I was impressed with this film and the writing behind it because even if the length of it was just 3 minutes, it still touches upon a subject that is worth discussing.

Before Dawn (2005) was directed by Balint Kenyeres.

“Before Dawn, people will rise and other people will take away their hope.”

I think the tagline for this film is very fitting and interesting in comparison to the visual.  I also think that in this particular film itself, the sounds were more important than the visual and already took place of any dialogue that could’ve been present.  The sounds are almost like the issue at hand, loud and aggressive.  Disruptive.  This movie obviously touches on immigration and what people have to do just to cross a border illegally and how far people go to get there and the risk people put themselves through.  I liked the film.  It was simple with a very complex and important topic and it was just enough for the viewer to understand what is going on and that this really happens all over the world within whatever situation people have to deal with.  The sounds also made the topic “louder” for the viewer and highlighted the seriousness of these people’s lives and struggles.

Boy and Bicycle (1965) was directed by Ridley Scott.  This was Scott’s first short film but later became extremely well-known for directing films such as Alien (1979), Thelma & Louis (1991) and Robin Hood (2010).

My initial observation about this film was that it had a lot of interesting shots and angles.  In the beginning, I made more of a note of the images that were juxtaposed together but it changed after we stopped the film. The story was something that was more of a personal journey for someone who is young and has the ability to wander and also is at the age to appreciate it a lot more than normal.  I thought it was a really good representation of a boy’s wonderment and how he thinks about things he finds or does, while using his favourite toy or tool that helps him discover these places and things (his bicycle).  It was a good story about a boy or a young man who isn’t quite ready for adulthood…or that step in between, it reminded me of how I used to love wandering around as a child and how much I was wish I could still do it as freely as he was doing it in the film.  I think a lot of people that even older than me need an adventure from the mundane, like this boy took it upon himself to just take a mini vacation to remember the simple and interesting things that are around us all of the time.  This film brought me back to that kind of freedom because it doesn’t necessarily always mean having the accessibility and option to ride around on a bicycle and go wherever, it really is the feeling that it’s okay to go that far and to take a break from your own life.  This particular film really helped me remember a lot of things that I forgot that I enjoyed growing up and how important that once was to just enjoy something because it’s something outside of my body and world.  The movie itself didn’t impress me very much but the meaning behind stood out much more for me and stuck.

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May 5, 2011 at 11:05 pm

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Forklift Driver Klaus (2000) was directed and written by Stefan Prehn and Jorg Wagner in Germany.  The film was made to parody work safety films from the 1980s.

I loved this film.  It confused me at first but I thought it was really funny and remind me of the same kind of humor as Monty Python.  Once again, like many short films that I’ve seen, the music really helped enhance the sarcasm.  I feel like this movie is something I’d enjoy watching with my Dad because it matches his type of humor and I feel like it’s right up his alley in terms of the European humor DVDs that he has.  I think the idea behind this film was really funny and creative – possibly something that no one would really think.  Or it could easily be the first of it’s kind considering there are a lot of these types of movies/videos on Youtube.  After doing some research, I found out that while it isn’t the type of instructional video that would be shown to beginning forklift drivers, some instructors show it just to lighten up the mood after the serious ones.  I think it’s funny to know that the people who do this for a living can laugh about their jobs being mocked while actually learning some tips that would be extremely helpful, even if it’s a joke.

Borom Serret (1969) was directed by Ousmane Sembene.  This film is often referred to as the first film ever made in Africa by a black African.

This film has a lot to do with poverty and social classes.  While there are a lot of films that touch upon this issue, this one stands out considering it’s director and it’s setting.  I thought it was a very interesting documentation of another culture through the eyes of a lower class male who tries to make ends meat as best as he can.  When the unfortunate reality of having to show up at home without as much as expected and not delivering which then causes the wife to do the worst kind of work to make up for it sets in at the end, it really brings up the idea of social critique.  That scene and the one where the man gets his cart taken away for crossing towns is a reality that the viewer is reminded of.  Even though this film is older, it’s still important to learn about these values and how another culture has to live and make up for what they don’t have.  In a lot of cases, it’s something that we have more of.  I liked the idea of the man driving the cart making his own observations throughout the day and just being available to help whoever needs it in town.  It’s bittersweet that he has barely anything but still finds it appropriate to help others, even if he’s not getting fully compensated for it.  I think this film has a lot to do with work ethic, as well.  Just because of what was said about the fact that he still worked his ass off all day and didn’t get back nearly as much as he should have.  Especially when he does the same tasks everyday for the same people, like a routine.

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May 5, 2011 at 1:23 am

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L’Homme Sans Tete (2003) by Juan Diego Solanas

L’Homme Sans Tete is apart of the DVD Magazine, Cinema16: European Short Films, the UK and US version.

I thought the most interesting thing about this film was that it was produced without any special effects.  That clearly doesn’t make too much sense considering the man is headless for most of the movie.  I loved this film.  I thought the cinematography was impeccable and it was fun to see a film with this story because it was really original and nice to watch.  I appreciate the story and the filming and how they maintained to keep his body language still relevant without having a head.  I love that the man danced, too.  And eventually after trying so many heads, he just decided to go without because he can be comfortable in his own skin even without this hole in his body.  This is definitely something that is familiar in any culture today, being comfortable in your own skin.  And while, this particular film isn’t so familiar because the man is headless, it’s still familiar in the fact that he thought it was necessary to change something about him just to go on a date.  I think in our culture, it’s easy to find a film that touches base on that kind of subject but this movie does so much more poetically in the sense that what we have is enough.  I also noticed how the world seemed very desolate and gray, even though each colour was very vivid in its own hue. However, the film focused on the man throughout and maintained my attention with its story.  I also really liked the ending; it was pleasant after being so unsure of how the story would go on.

Wasp (2003) by Andrea Arnold

Wasp is also apart of the Cinema16 DVD Magazine collection.  It’s available on the Cinema16: World Short Films magazine as well as the Cinema16: European Short Films (US Special Edition).

This film was really emotional for me to watch.  It was hard to not invest my feelings into the film and sympathize with the woman’s children that she was treating so badly.  The beginning naturally confused me because she seemed like somewhat of a good mother, even in the conditions they were in as lower class in London.  But she was so quick to defend her children that towards the middle of the film, it was confusing and instantly I felt sad and annoyed with her.  And while she was so quick to hide the fact that she had children from the man, the man being okay with it at the end was shocking too.  I liked the film, it was easy to keep my attention and it seemed kind of familiar to a lot of feature films that are made in our culture or even T.V. shows that have to do with young mothers and how they might neglect their children because they missed out on certain things because they had to grow up instantly rather than be a kid for as long as they could be.

The writing of the film was very successful in trying to portray a certain type of character.  The director made me like the mother in the beginning and slowly changed my mind as she made poor decisions throughout the day and into the night.  Once the wasp landed on the baby’s mouth, my heart dropped for a second because it was so easy for her to avoid something like this but instead she kept ignoring her children and doing her own thing.  It was extremely hard to detach myself from this film and not sympathize for the children.  But, I kind of like that about films sometimes.  It’s still nice to know that after a movie that had a bad ending or a suspenseful plot line isn’t real at the end.  But the difference about this film, I feel like, was that stuff like that is real and it’s sad to know and think about mothers neglecting their children when it’s so easily avoidable.

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April 13, 2011 at 4:32 am