Irony - Deepak Mahaan
We all have our heroes. sometimes, we get to meet them. These meetings often lead to one of two reactions - complete and total elation, or disappointment. There is another form - surprise. In Irony, we see the story of Shekhar and Professor Dheerendra. Shekhar is the Prof's biggest fan. The Professor is something akin to Deepak Chopra (I'm sorry, I mean my close, personal friend Deepak Chopra!) and he's got a secret. It's a surprisingly dark tale, and one that is well-made. The interaction of very nice modern shooting techniques with classic Hindi movie songs (at least I think it's Hindi. I love Bollywood, and Chhollywood, and most Indian cinema, but have trouble telling the languages apart) and it adds impact to the situation in a very smart way.. Overall, it's a very interesting story told a very smart way!
Time - Kenneth McKinney
Time-travel is very hot right now, so I guess I shouldn't be shocked that there are so many time-travel short films. Sorry About Tomorrow is an excellent example of how a time-travel short doesn't need to be overly complex to compete. Time, has issues, but it still manages to present a compelling story that avoids most of the traps that have time-travel pics. In specific, it deals with the butterfly effect and causality in a very smart way (it doesn't exist! The film has it's weaknesses, the acting's only OK, and while the production values are solid, the shooting feels a bit unimaginative. That said, what it does present is a film that is both emotional and intelligent (and not so emotionally intelligent that it turns off the average viewer, a feat accomplished by many time-travel shorts). The story of a father, his daughter(s) and their interactions at different points of a time stream are enough to make this worthwhile viewing.