Synopsis: “A strange man builds a world using holographic tools for the woman he loves.”
Really well done and how I would love to have a tool such as the one as in this short film. Then again, I would probably risc creating my own world and never ever leaving it again. The short was done by Bruce Branit, the same person that also worked on another wonderful little film several years ago: flight 405 (and its official site). Using only cheap off-the-shelf soft- and hardware, it was ground breaking at the time. It opened the door to any creative with a good idea and lots of hard work, to create a hollywood style production from the comfort of their home at a reasonable budget. (via kottke)
This seems like a fitting post, especially now that she’s finally won an Academy Award for best leading actress in ‘The Reader’.
For most of us however, Kate Winslet’s greatest contribution to mankind must be that single most iconic scene from the film: ‘The Titanic’. For since then, any man or woman, setting foot on a boat or ship, will always be plagued by the irresistible urge to stand at its bow, with arms stretched wide and open.
But it is her appearance in the comedy sit-com called ‘Extras’, that’s pure comic genius and just as memorable. ‘Extras’ revolves around Andy, a struggling actor with aspirations of one day making it big. But in the mean time, he has to make do with the actor’s equivalent of breadcrumbs: playing as an extra in the shadow of stars.
In this particular episode, he’s been given a small role as a German foot soldier in a movie about the Holocaust. The films lead role of a devout nun is played and portrayed beautifully by Kate Winslet. But in between takes – and still dressed as a nun – she freely exalts her advice on how to talk dirty on the phone to one of her colleagues in need. But then, she takes it a bit too far and gets caught.
Shot in black and white, Werner and Mylene are both preparing for a cozy Christmas evening at home. All of a sudden, the festive mood is disturbed by the ringing of the doorbell. An unexpected guest has arrived. Or is he so unexpected?
The Bloody Olive takes the genre of the old film noirs to an absurd new level. In just ten short minutes, we are introduced to a love triangle, betrayal, double crosses, murder, and so many plot twists and turns, it’ll make your head spin. The result is hilarious as you struggle to figure out what could possibly happen next.
It’s a short that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s also not so much a parody in the classical sense, but more of a playful wink to the genre. A well shot film with some great camera angles, wonderful light & shadow play, the story pacing is right and the acting is subliminally brilliant.
My favorite moment: Warner’s expression when he first discovers his wife is still alive.
A Belgian production. Dutch spoken. English subtitles.
At first I thought it was a music video. Turns out however, it was actually made as a commercial for Loewe (perfume). But what ever it was intended for, it’s well made. It’s a strange mix of animation and live action depicting the antics of a diva staying in a nostalgic 1930’s era hotel. And to top it all of, a very fitting soundtrack sets the proper mood.
You can view a higher resolution version over here, but it has also made its way to YouTube. Enjoy.