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A perfect summer day goes perfectly sour
Two young girls are attempting to sell lemonade but their only customer is one of the girls younger brother. They're not having the best of luck in hot suburbia but they try to make the best of it.. when life gives you lemons, right?
Well they're given another lemon when a teen boy rides by and decides to throw a lemon their way, and by lemon I mean middle finger. Okay that's enough lemon puns. Anyway, this is a solid short film that is refreshing and with just enough sugar to quench your thirst for comedic entertainment.
Holy Cannelloni (2019)
Quirky & charming, the Italian way
I was able to catch this on the ShortsTV channel and though I was left yearning to watch more of this perfectly dysfunctional family, I was satisfied with the 17 minutes. Its too bad shorts aren't as widely held or as available as feature lengths, as they don't get to be enjoyed and experienced by a wider audience.
Silent Sentinel (2017)
I'm unaware if there is a feature length film that tells the story of Alice Paul.. If there isn't, I'm sure there's plenty of documentaries. Regardless, this is a short that specifically focuses on her time spent in jail.. It feels like something BBC would release as mini series. It gets straight to the point while enjoyable and eye opening to anyone who is unaware of who Alice Paul was and what she did for women's suffrage.
Very well done and inspiring.
The Dumb Girl of Portici (1916)
She doesn't speak, but she dances
"The Mute Girl of Portici", would be the modern translation for the title as "dumb" is no longer used to describe someone who is mute.
Supposedly the first american epic directed by a woman. The film currently stands at a 6.5 and I believe that's an accurate rating. Its not great but its definitely a one time view for fans of silent cinema. If you find yourself disinterested in the first half, do not give up.. It gets better in the second half. Its color tinted, the majority being a greenish blue, yellow and even some red during the rioting scenes to represent the heat of the fire.
I believe the music, sets, plot and the cinematography all improved in the second half. The film is a bit stagey as another reviewer mentioned. The final dream like sequence could have been a short film of its own.
Every song comes to an end, all light must eventually fade
I could swear I've had dreams about places like the music room.. Tall ceilings, large pillars, massive decorated rugs.. A place of music and memories, careless days.
Roy's neighbor has electricity and a new car, while Roy relies on candlesticks to brighten his mansion and an elephant to get him around when he goes out, which seems rarely. Someone else also commented on the theme and use of lighting.
Roy refers to his son as, "..the wick to keep the family flame burning." When he reenters the music room for the first time in years, the candle chandelier is covered in spider web, the wicks have long gone out, "washed away". This obviously does not stop him from lighting up the music room and reliving his days of old.
This isn't a long, thought out structured review, there's much more to talk about but I thought I'd at least add a few words to spread the appreciation for this title.
There's not many movies I've watched for the first time that have given me the urge to rewatch it the same day. This is one of those films.
Jungle Book (1942)
The best adaption.
This extremely underrated & under seen film is easily the best adaption of the classic novel. Impressive cinematography, bright colors throughout the entire film including some great camera angels. A number of memorable scenes, including the great Lost City overflowing with treasure. This Jungle Book has certainly fallen through the cracks of time often ignored under the more recent versions. An entertaining classic film that all ages can still enjoy.
Nanook of the North (1922)
The first mockumentary?
"Staged & manipulated", the director himself admitted. User "pyrocitor15" says, "Affectionately remembered as "the first real documentary" since the work of the Lumière brothers as well as arguably the first feature length film.."
No, its no where near being the first feature length film. It would be a real shame if it was. Nosferatu (1922), Four Horseman of the Apocalypse (1921), Orphans of the Storm (1921), Phantom Carriage (1921), Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920), Broken Blossoms (1919), Intolerance (1916), Cleopatra (1912)... Along with many others.. are all feature length films.
A one time watch. It won't come to mind when I think of great documentaries or even mockumentaries. Neat for its time, that's about it.
Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916)
Luke the Dog saves the day
I've decided to dedicate my first review to this short silent as it seems to be long forgotten and underappreciated. While watching this short, I felt as I was watching a long lost silent classic. This film has managed to remain fresh and could easily have been made today without need for any changes.
Highly recommend for anyone, especially lovers of early cinema.