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short film Begone Dull Care © National Film Board of Canada
Begone Dull Care
Rated it: 3.5
posted: Jan 02, 2012
Wow. I'm gobsmacked. Apart from the brief, tedious intro, which seems to want to be in Esperanto, this is possibly the best visual interpration of music I've ever seen - and my benchmark is 'Bambi'. This is impressionstic visualisations of (not quite) modern jazz, and I can only say (this would be censored).

Look, it's not the greatest short ever made, but in its niche - which perhaps it's unique in - it towers. The closest thing I can think of are the shorts of John and Faith Hubley.



short film The Black Dog © Channel 4 (UK) / The Black Dog Ltd
The Black Dog
Rated it: 4
posted: Aug 22, 2011
I think this is a first. I don't think I've used the phrases 'Masterpiece' and used 4 stars three times in two weeks before - but this 20 minute short film is simply sublime.
I've only watched the Spanish version, but that's irrelevant, since there's do dialog; just scene titles.

The 'black dog', as most of us would know, is an anglo synonym for depression, and this is how the film opens: a black dog (who really looks like a cross between a wolf and Anubis from Egyptian/Stargate mythology) sitting on a depressed teenage girls' bed.

But ultimately this is not really about depression - at least not SIMPLY about it. It's as much a rejection of materialism and consumerism, as the dog leads her through numerous scenes where affluence and poverty, happiness and misery are juxstaposed and linked. The message seems to be (in part) that money won't make you happy, and that you should look deeper for the roots of sadness - maybe egotism or materialism or lack of real social contact.

And I can't close without saying

a) if you'd shown me this and said it was an unknown short by Yuri Norstein, I'd have believed you without a doubt. Norstein's ('Tale of Tales', 'Fox and Hare', 'Hedgehog in the Fog') signature is scrawled all over this film.

b) what a cool dog.

Stop making me say 'masterpiece'. I'm more comfortable as Jay Sherman.

The version I watched, BTW, is currently on youtube at

vale Alison De Vere.


short film Give Up Yer Aul Sins © Brown Bag Films
Give Up Yer Aul Sins
Rated it: 3
posted: Aug 18, 2011
Ha ha! This takes the John and Faith Hubley technique (of the 50/60's) of recording kids babbling and constructing a short film around it (see also Creature Comforts). However, as lovely and surprising as this odd recreation of the story of John the Baptist may be, it doesn't carry the creative clout of Hubleys' magnificent 'Moonbird'. A worthy short, all the same.


This is a masterpiece.

I don't fling that word around wantonly. It is also jaw-dropping. I guess I use that phrase with similar reserve. Later in the review I will provide a link from which you may watch the whole thing in brilliant HD stereo. But for now...

Imagine a cross between The Adventures of Prince Achmed, Steamboy, Charle's Darwins' diary, Jules Verne, Edgar Allen Poe, Dr Moreau, a Sci-fi epic, and God knows what else.

By my estimation something comes along about once every 3 or 4 years which just hits you in the guts and leaves you in a sense of wonder and awe. The previous two I can think of were 'The Triplettes of Belleville' and 'Mary and Max'. Here's another. Significantly, none of them are American and (perhaps coincidentally) two are Australian.

Jasper Morello is the navigator on a victorion sort of iron dirigable, on a mission to save his land (and wife) from a deadly plague. I won't go too far into the plot, because having watched it twice I still don't feel qualified to explain it. Moreover, the thing is drenched in its sheerly stunning visuals. I swear you have seen nothing like this, and largely it was financed by a minor Australian TV station, SBS, who have a 6 market share (same station created 'Wilfred', which you may be familiar with the American version of).

The main characters only appear in silhouette, ala 'Achmed'. Behind and amongst them we have sepia (and later) blueish and then arctic backgrounds, elaborate Victorian machinery, and futurustic 19th century airships.

I've just watched this three times, and am still coming to terms with it. If it has any fault it is that the visuals are so astonshingly audacious that one may tend to forget the characters. So watch it over and again, because you will eventally get it. I wish it had been a feature length film with more room to breathe, but indy films only have so much money.

Now here is the URL for a youtube copy which is in glorious HD widescreen and wonderful stereo. PLEASE watch it and review it.

If you're in Australia or can view region 4 DVD, please buy it.

Thank God for things like this. I'm in awe.


short film The Gruffalo © Magic Light Pictures / Studio Soi / Orange Eye
The Gruffalo
Rated it: 2.5
posted: May 08, 2011
Well, thanks to Starlac for listing this, and apologies that a) my review is inferior, and b) I don't quite agree with him.

Since the plot has been covered already (or, I suppose below), I won't waste time meandering through an original repetition.

The mouse is cute. That much is incontestable.

But the plot is predictable. A morality tale cojoined with "predators are bad m'kay? Herbivores are good, m'kay?" More than anything else this predictable tripe is what anoyed me and bored me about this short. It's not bad, but it's not good.


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