Two Rivers - Melonie Gartner
It's difficult to make a movie as talky as Two Rivers and still be of interest. I mean, My Dinner with Andre managed it, and to a lesser extent, My Breakfast with Blassie, but they are few and far between. Director Melonie Gartner manages to make Two Rivers with an assist from Mark Borchardt, some beautiful cinematography, and her own strong performance. The film details Emma, played by Gartner, and her abusive dick of a husband, Borchardt. There's a bit of unevenness to the script, as it starts as a group of friends talking for a long time about the troubles of the town, and then gives us Emma and her plight. It's a long open, and it makes Borchardt's arrival a bit more brutal. It ends a bit slyly, and it makes brilliant use of music as we see Emma on her final stage. It's a gorgeous movie, and one that makes me hope for more from Gartner.
Sundays - Benjamin Noah
Visually stunning. That is absolutely the first thing that comes to mind watching Sundays. An incredibly well-shot film about a man alone in the wilderness on a quest. The landscape is beautiful, but seems unforgiving and harsh. You can argue that this is merely a music video, but it's much more as it tells a story of discovery, albeit in a subtle way. Our lead actor, Greg Brown, is excellent at appearing to be the mountain man, on a quest. There are some phenomenal make-up effects, and the New Foundland setting is remarkable. It's a gorgeous short, and works on several different levels. Also, that is a PHENOMENAL poster design! I mean, look at it! It's amazing!