Fistfull of the Undead - Todd Sheets
It shouldn't be too hard to guess what this film is from the title. It's a mash-up in the vein of Seth Graeham-Smith's works. Basically, it's a zombie spaghetti Western. It's wordless, no synch sound I think, and it's basically an excuse for a lot of blood and gore effects. It's shot very nicely, and all the vistas and brooding cowboy sentiment is there. There's not a lot of story, just a lone figure in repose takin' on zombies. It's fun, seven minutes, and while I kinda wish it felt like there was something tangible at stake, for fans of gore and Morricone, this is a film for you!
Dark Noon - Vangelis Papadiochos
As soon as I have kids, there are all these movies about people losing children! This one, a lovely and well-constructed Greek film, details a woman who lost her son to the sea due to simply not paying attention. I get that. I damn near let JP fall off the couch once because I was trying to send a text (don't worry: fast hands made the save, and he actually seemed to enjoy the sliding downwards!) and I can see how the combination of factors of life, and parental exhaustion, could lead to such things. Still, she comes off less as the monster, and more like The Doctor. She's so troubled by her failure that it effects every aspect of her life, especially her job and relationship with her husband. It is a heavy film, but one with some good writing, and sparse dialogue that allows the important stuff to make an impact. I should note that the subtitles had some issues, but that's OK, they're still readable. I thought the acting bordered on stiff at times, and then I found a naturalistism to it that actually made the entire film feel more afflicted.
Mad Politics - Itzhak Begerano
This is to political discourse as South Park is to social structure. Mad Politics is aptly named because it's more than a little bit crazy, a story of a political mess in the Middle East and the figures who are tasked with solving it. Of course, they're all madness and ego and id and so on. The animation style is nice, if un-nuanced, and the audio isn't great, but the script is funny, and funnier if you are actually aware of what's going on in the world. A fun short.