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They’ve got no bullets!

This film was a pleasant surprise for once. Not because of the action but because of the deeper meaning. The train is actually a metaphor of the present world in which we live. A life that goes forward in a swift tempo for many. The train is actually a reflection of a micro-economy with a precisely measured division in different classes. The poor dangling at the bottom of society are in the final wagon in appalling conditions. The wealthier take their place in front surrounded by opulence and luxury. In between is the middle class who can’t afford the excesses as the upper class,  but are still considerably better off than the lower class.

The entire film is set on the high-tech express train “Snowpiercer” designed by a Mr. Wilford. The train is ingenious. It contains an ecosystem to fabricate water from the broken ice where the train drills through and it’s actually a perpetual motion machine that moves on a global railway tens of thousands of kilometers long. This is because brilliant scientists came up with the bright idea to spray a substance in the atmosphere to get the global warming back to normal. This was a complete failure and turned the Earth into a huge popsicle and life became impossible here. Several thousands of people were lucky to get on board of this eternal moving train and wait patiently until life on earth would be possible again. Stopping the train is out of the question and who dares to go outside (My first question that came up was, “How ?” ) turns instantly into an stalactite (or stalagmite! Depends on how you end up outside)

There is a strict and repressive dictatorial regime to ensure that this society stays in balance. There is an underhand co-operation between the front and rear of the train. In this way milestones are staged to keep the growth of the population under control and the less fortunate retain a glimmer of hope to unyoke themselves.The only contact those poor souls have with the other part is when there is a food distributions composed of block-shaped jelly-like substances. Riots are immediately nipped in the bud and are usually followed with a flaming speech by Mason (played by Tilda Swinton beautifully) who has a sickly adoration and idolization for Wilford. She is a kind of “Effie Trinket” from “The Hunger Games”, only uglier. The final message is that they should be eternally grateful and are privileged to be on board. ” Know your position, keep your position, be the shoe .” That’s the ultimate message. The shoe is used as a metaphor to indicate that they belong at the bottom of the hierarchy and have to stay there.

This post-apocalyptic SF was extremely entertaining up to the time they reach the water treatment plant. Till then it was a very gloomy picture. A picture we have repeatedly witnessed in our history. From slavery in the southern states of America to Mao Tse-tung. A story of oppression and slavery. The images of ragged people queuing for their proteins and living without daylight in the last wagons. The build up to the revolution and the ultimate breakthrough are successfully displayed. The revolution is led by Curtis, a leader in the making who has a rather dubious past on this train and leads his troops forward on the way to the engine. For who owns the locomotive, is God ! Along the way they release Namgoong Minsu and his daughter Yona. This prisoner who is addicted to “Kronol” seems to be a security specialist and should be able to open all electronically sealed doors. The moment the door opens to a next wagon and they are facing an army of SM-masters equipped with axes, is impressive. Even more impressive as the battle that follows. I ‘m pretty sure that Tarantino  spontaneously starts to drool when he sees this scene.

What follows is a hallucinatory impression. Compared with this the tour of Willy Wonka in his own factory means absolutely nothing. Successively we see a greenhouse where fresh tomatoes are grown ,an aquarium where manta rays swim around, a restaurant that serves sushi twice a year and a colorful classroom where a Maria von Trapp gives history lesson about the kingdom of Wilford. It looks sometimes like a Lynch movie where the screenwriter himself sniffed too much of “Kronol”. There were also times that I had a “Uh what !” reaction. Like when they were shooting with a futuristic looking gun at each other while the train made ​​a seemingly endless huge curve. And the reason why the partying and “Kronol” sniffing in fur coats dressed mass became a bunch of bloodthirsty zombies, was also a mystery to me. I also found it strange that the passengers couldn’t remember anything from their childhood or life on earth. And it ended with a shrewd reference to child labor.

The most positive supporting actor was John Hurt as the counselor of Curtis. Most negative contribution was Ed Harris in a Chinese robe. Totally unbelievable.

Conclusion: a sometimes confusing movie with a deep social critical message.

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Watercolor Postcards

Starring Bailee Madison, Laura Bell Bundy, Conrad Goode, Jonathan Banks, John C. McGinley
Screenplay by Conrad Goode
Directed by Rajeev Dassani
Produced by Rhett Giles and Conrad Goode

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Every so often, a film will completely capture your heart and leave you talking and thinking about it several days after watching it. The story that it tells, the characters in it–these things help to paint a picture in your mind and sometimes, the film can make you feel like you are there with the characters. Almost like a really good book. The film, Watercolor Postcards, does just that. Watercolor Postcards, takes you into the fictional town of Bent Arrow, Texas, and puts you right into the middle of the lives of Cotton (played by Bailee Madison), a ten year old girl who, after her mother passes, is left in the guardianship of her sister, Sunny( Laura Bell Bundy). Then, you have the ex-pro football player, Butch(Conrad Goode), who made his home in Bent Arrow and is an artist. These three along with several of the other townsfolk, show you what life is like in a town that is close to no longer existing.

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This is my 2nd short film.Film is 50% in English so subtitles would be disabled if the characters are talking in English.

Directed by:Yuvaraj
Produced by: Nite Lite Productions
Co-Produced by: VINNAYAGAR BROTHERS & Blueagles Productions
Music by:Yuvaraj
Starring:Prabu,Subra,Aravean,Abel

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Broken England, a story of sex, drugs, Religion, love and Violence, billy meets Alisha and from that moment on their lives change forever, they get torn between love and family loyalty.

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SELF INFLICTED – Premieres May 6th!

“A Love Story with a Punch”

Jim is a normal guy, except for his masochistic tendencies, who is looking for Ms. Right. Can he control his destructive urges long enough to find her?

A new short dark-romantic-comedy from XRATS Productions.

 

www.selfinflictedfilm.com

 

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Imagine awakening one day to discover that you are not human. That you can memorize entire books word for word but not recall the day before. Imagine discovering that everything you have ever known and every memory that you have is a lie. What would you do? This is the story of Emma and what she did…

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Official Selection – 2012 Twain Harte Film Festival

A loner car thief, becoming stranded on an empty backcountry road, listens to a strange, disquieting broadcast through the radio in his stolen vehicle.  But can he trust what he hears when no one else seems to acknowledge it?  As his paranoia and sense of isolation grow, the thief finds himself facing his dark past, as well as an uncertain, and possibly threatening, present… alone.

Written by Manuel Crosby and Ian Robertson.
Cinematography by Darren Knapp.
Assistant Directed and Produced by Brandon Towne.
Directed and Edited by Manuel Crosby.

Starring Anthony Dooley.
Also featuring Jake Fischer, Dave Reimer, and Jessica Belshe.

Trailer:

Websites:

http://www.facebook.com/BroadcastMovie2012

http://www.flickr.com/photos/59101414@N02/sets/72157627792302514/

http://www.youtube.com/user/Ghengis987?feature=mhee

[five-star-rating]

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Thief (xiao tou) is a 25 min short film is set in an exotic night market of Taipei where it is the perfect place to be if one is looking to crowd, shop, eat, and game, but on this night it’s not just fun and games for those who steal things from others.

-Winner Best Short Film, Golden Horse Film Festival (Oscars of Asia)
-International Premiere at Dubai International Film Festival
-Winner Honorable Mention, LA Pacific Asian Film Festival
-Winner Best Director, Golden Harvest Awards
-Winner Jury Prize, Golden Harvest Awards
-Winner Special Jury Prize KaoHsiung Film Festival
-Winner Audience Award, Golden Lion Awards
-Winner Silver Lion, Golden Lion Awards
-Winner of RTP – Onda Curta Awards at Curtocircuito International Short Film Festival
-N.A. Premiere at San Francisco AA Film Festival
-Japanese Premiere at Tokyo Short Shorts Film Festival

Directed and Shot by Jay Chern

Screenshot from the film below:  Jenny chases after the thief, or is she?  (Left, Zhu Zhi-Ying  Right, Chou Heng-Yin)

Upcoming Screening Events & Time:

Tokyo Short Shorts Film Festival (A&J-D)
http://www.shortshorts.org/2012/en/list.php?cid=2&gid=11

Omotesando Hills / Jun 22 20:15-22:05
Brillia Short Shorts Theater / Jun 16 12:50-14:40
Brillia Short Shorts Theater / Jun 30 12:50-14:40

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[five-star-rating]

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After a giant earthworm escapes from an Argentine science facility, the creature takes refuge near a small Texas town. Farmer Jacob Willy and his drunken neighbor Milt encounter the monster beast, with tales of their discovery falling on deaf ears. But when tabloid reporter Tashby Price comes to town, Jacob’s “Giant Worm” story takes on new life.

Meanwhile, Milt and his friends have thier own financial plans of smuggling Mexicans across the boarder through worm tunnels.

Jacob, Milt and Tashby will have to move quickly, however, because the Argentine scientists have hired assassins to destroy the worm, in order to keep sensitive research out of U.S. hands.

[five-star-rating]

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After being abused by his farther for many years… David looks past his feelings and comfort he’s farther… while by his sick bed.

(Based on True Events)
This story is about the power of forgiveness and love

MEOSHA BEAN DOES IT AGAIN

Directed By Meosha Bean
Written by Meosh Bean
Music by the great Roger Sabirana
Actors
Lee Strong
Bernard Long
Lakesha Hobdy
Ethan Casseus
check out her interview
http://criticstudio.com/editorials/meosha-the-youtube-movie-master/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mDgK9suctw&feature=relmfu

[five-star-rating]

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