Starring: Emily Mortimer, Rachel Keller, Adina Porter
Director: Kat Coiro
Chaya (played by Emily Mortimer) goes to Tippy’s Wig Shop (Tippy is played by Adina Porter) because she suspects that her husband is having an affair. When she arrives, she meets Tippy along with other customers that come in and out of the store.
There is a good story in there, and it’s interesting that the writers decided to have it be based in a wig shop. There’s the tension between Chaya (who is very closed off and scared to try a new wig) and Tippy who is open and adventurous as she changes the wig out for Chaya regardless of her wishes. Rachel Keller plays a customer in the shop that is vibrant and able to get Chaya out of her comfort zone, even takes her mind off the fact of the purpose she is in the shop to begin with.
I thought the acting was good and the story closed out nicely. Just a tad strange to be in a wig shop. I’m not sure if that was supposed to just shed some light away from such an awful truth she is seeking. (2.5/5)
The Final Show
Starring: Nancy Dussault, Elizabeth Hayden, and Jerry Douglas
Director: Dana Nachman
A woman has lived her life and is now on the other side, the in between of living and eternal after life. She is met immediately with her hair dresser who fixes her all up and takes her to a party. There, the woman is met by her first husband, second husband, and first boyfriend. She must choose who to spend the rest of eternity with.
The Final Show is a wonderful and entertaining short. It was the most humorous short in this particular group and probably my favorite. The whole thing turned into a Bachelor competition with roses and such. There were times that they flashed to the present, with her daughter saying goodbye, but for the most part it was a happy film. I’d like to think it’s happy after we die and this film was such a great thing to inspire those thoughts. (5/5).
The View From Up Here
Starring: Melissa Leo, Leila Bekhti
Director: Marco Calvani
A young woman (Leila Bekhti) is living in a fancy apartment alone, when the building manager comes in to meet her and pry into her personal life. Claire (played by Melissa Leo) has a double agenda. One is to get her to move out and the other is to find out information so she can gossip to the other tenants.
This particular film plays with emotions that are very evident in our society today. A muslim man or woman moves into the neighborhood and everyone gets scared. The entire film was the two women talking, each scared for their own reasons and not understanding why each other is truly frightened of the change. The acting was great in this film, but with just the one scene location is got a bit old pretty quick. (3/5).
Starring: Sean Maher, June Squibb, Sadie Katz
Director: Romina Schwedler
Ben (played by Sean Maher) visits his aging mother (June Squibb) at the nursing home. He recants his memories of his wife and son and shows the audience the consequences of his past actions.
This film is very interesting. It leaves you with many questions in the end. At first, we believe that Mrs. Perkins has Alzheimer’s and is imagining her grandson coming to visit her. Ben believes he is imagining things and beings to show the audience how they died long ago. But in the end, we see that this is not true and the real question is… who is the patient in the hospital? (4/5)
Starring: Ann Dowd, Angela Cohen, John Doman
Director: Deborah Kampmeier
Grace (Angela Cohen) returns home from the psychiatric hospital even though she is not better. She still wants to kill herself, but now her parents (played by Ann Dowd and John Doman) must do what they can to help their daughter. Quickly, insanity ensues in the household.
This isn’t the first short film that I’ve seen that has grappled with the idea of suicidal tendencies. Here Lies Joe, was more of a comedy, Without Grace is sheer emotion and struggle for family members. At one point, I truly believed that Grace killed herself and the mother just couldn’t cope with the fact so she continued to take care of her. Then all of a sudden she tried to kill herself again. I still am not sure if she was successful.
The acting was great in this film, but severely over dramatic which brought the tone for the film. It was more of mental and medical help thing rather than a suicide prevention topic. (2/5).
Starring: Bettrys Jones, Imelda Staunton, Emily Taaffe
Director: Georgia Oakley
Prudence (Emily Taaffe) is seeking to travel the world as well as to expand her horizons. She is at the desk of Officer Simpkins (Imelda Staunton) pleading for an opportune job in her group.
The acting was good in this film, however, I’m unsure of what the point was for the film. It’s obvious that Prudence wanted to gain experience and travel the world, but was she lying to the officer? In the end, we are shown what she was leaving behind, even though we were told earlier that she had no one to leave behind. I’m not sure. But it was nice to see a young woman’s dreams start to come true. (2/5)
When Pigs Fly
Starring: Jayden Bartels, Glenn Howerton, Gavin Lewis
Director: Andrew Wood
Al (Glenn Howerton) is at his brother’s funeral and is trying to comfort his mourning niece (played by Jayden Bartels). Al is a drunk, but he still is able to comfort the young girl by telling her the story of the magic tree he found when he was little.
The acting was great in this film as well. Howerton was wonderful and Jayden and Gavin (who plays younger Al) were wonderful. The imagination of a child was captured perfectly in this film. It even brought comedic aspects to such a somber time, a funeral, and Al’s troubled past. I enjoyed the animation and the effects of the magic tree. I also enjoyed the imaginative aspects that came to the screen. I feel like this would be a good children’s book (5/5).
Starring: Adrian Pasdar, David James Elliott, Cliff Chamberlain, Whitney Rose Pynn
Director: Jay Gard
This short film is more my speed. It’s a crime drama. John (Adrian Pasdar) is an ex-con that has been arrested yet again for stealing the same exact diamond as before. The entire time John is in the interrogation room, he is telling Captain Torres (Elliott) and Detective Cox (Chamberlain) that he was framed 14 years ago for the theft.
Now, he is being framed again. In the end, there is definitely a Double Take that fits perfectly with the title. Both men were framed at different times. Karma. (4/5).
Overall, I felt like all the shorts in this group were good. The plots were well thought out and the acting was just great in my opinion. I’m glad I had the opportunity to watch these. I do hope that one day .ZACK can upgrade the seats. They weren’t comfortable and two hours was way too long to sit there.
I would have thought that I’d recognize all the stars in the shorts, but there were only a few faces that I had seen before
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