• Bel-Air

    Bel-Air

    ★★★★★

    "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," reinterpreted as a drama (with moments of humor).

    This fake trailer shows that it can be pulled off. It's not too much of a weird idea, considering the original sitcom is known not only for a myriad of very funny moments but great dramatic scenes (Will's reaction of his dad leaving, for example). Writer/director Morgan Cooper did a great job with the visual style and bringing out solid acting from the cast. Excellent!

    Congrats to Cooper for getting this concept greenlit into an actual show by the Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith! Best of luck to him!

  • Room Tone

    Room Tone

    ★★★★

    Watch here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbaJlF44E5k

    A nice "follow your dreams and do what makes you happy" short.

    A sound mixer enjoys his work on numerous TV and film projects, but he soon craves to pursue his true passion in playing the keyboard.

    Great acting, editing, cinematography and music. Definitely worth a watch.

  • Lemon

    Lemon

    ★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Uhhm...well titled?

    Honestly, this movie was bad. It's a wannabe dark/awkward/absurdist/"deep" indie comedy that is more bewildering than funny. It has a great visual aesthetic courtesy of director Bravo and good performances from a (largely wasted) cast, yet it falls apart.

    The huge problem is the main character: Issac, an acting teacher who strives to be an actor himself but can only get other projects - mainly a photo ad for Hepatitis C (the only joke in the movie that…

  • The Drag

    The Drag

    ★★★★

    Viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Miy-vG7gK4Q

    A funny cautionary tale of one man's yearning to smoke cigarettes to fit in. Good fun, enhanced by the unique blend of traditional animation and collage art.

  • Watermelon: A Cautionary Tale

    Watermelon: A Cautionary Tale

    ★★★

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0ZWWvfj23c

    Nicely animated short about a boy ignores his mother's plea to not digest the seeds in his slices of watermelon. Big mistake.

    Amusingly dark, like a melding of a Goosebumps and Grimm Brothers story. Kids might get a kick out of it, although some might be disturbed by some imagery as the story progresses.

  • Get Out and Get Under

    Get Out and Get Under

    ★★★½

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1-kR7o34cA

    Some impressive physical comedy and chase sequences in this short!

    Harold Lloyd plays a man who is given the opportunity to perform the lead role in a play with the woman he loves. Everything seems to go fine...except for some trouble with his new car.

    A funny and entertaining watch.

  • The Voice in Your Head

    The Voice in Your Head

    ★★★★

    Viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNFUWAg4qQM

    A clever interpretation of self-doubt, anxiety and depression. The way things turn around mid-way was actually an unexpected turn... but I still don't know about that ending. That aside, this short had great writing, directing and acting.

  • Crazy Enough

    Crazy Enough

    ★★

    If only it was funny enough or good enough...

    Mediocre low-budget* comedy in which a psychiatrist (Chris Kattan) endures misfortune when his identity is stolen by an escaped mental patient...who happens to be his long-lost twin (Kattan again).

    In the right hands, this could have been hilarious. Instead it's sporadically funny and mostly flat. Kattan tries with some good physical comedy, but it's not enough.

    *Contains a cheaply animated intro and outro that should have reaaally been cut out of the film. Could have used a much better music score as well.

  • The Stunt Double

    The Stunt Double

    ★★★★

    Viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqiPZBZgW9c

    A stuntman flashes back through his work in numerous genre films.

    As a shameless plug for the iPhone, it's creative and entertaining while nicely utilizing the vertical frame*. Editing and effects work is also impressive.

    Keep in mind - if you missed the microscopic fine print near the end of the short - that if you are planning on getting an iPhone to shoot films (a DSLR would be a better buy IMO), you will also have…

  • Spinnolio

    Spinnolio

    ★★★★★

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ieTlexV2SQ&t=9s

    A hilarious and absurd spin on the Pinocchio tale. It gets funnier as it goes along.

  • BOIS CERVEAU TV (1)

    BOIS CERVEAU TV (1)

    ★★★

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4iEcXxmZYQ

    An abandoned project by writer-director Quentin Dupieux that is an amusing collection of experimental/surreal clips and short skits.

    It definitely wouldn't feel out of place on [adult swim].

  • This Actually Happens a Lot

    This Actually Happens a Lot

    ★★★★★

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WKfgbUkSug

    A very funny and well-made animated short dealing with a guy's heightened social anxiety. It made me crack up right from the beginning and I couldn't help but relate to the main character's social concerns.