Hello ladies and gentlemen, your pal Muldoon here on the other side of the Thanksgiving holiday with a handful of incredible films I'm more than happy to share with you all. I hope you all had an incredibly holiday, full of great food, family, friends, and realizations packed with appreciation. As HOCUS POCUS pairs perfectly with any October evening, growing up, NBC instilled a similar pairing with the Thanksgiving holiday by broadcasting JURASSIC PARK around that time for a handful of years. I'm beside myself with having JURASSIC WORLD on as I write this, a film I never honestly expected to see, a movie that broke records and reminded the suits that people still love this franchise and will happily join them on the wild ride of wherever the franchise wants to go. Clearly there's more to this season than watching fun movies filled with dinosaurs, clearly it's a time to check one's self and reflect on everything great that exists in each and everyone of our homes. While Facebook's filled with opinions, the news is filled with fear mongering to sell ad space, and it feels like tragedy's around every change of a channel, it's rather sobering to stop and take a moment to reflect on how great of a year we've had. I'm not just talking about movies, although holy hell have we had a great year full of wild rides (ANT MAN, JURASSIC WORLD, STAR WARS), and I'm more than certain I don't speak for all of you out there (personal tragedies aside), it's just a great time to be alive. I get to do what I love for a living as my day job, consistantly push forward on my own wild passion project of a crazy no-budget feature, and each weekend I get to share a few films with people who (for the most part) share my love of movies. I'm not just thankful, but blown away at the support this column's been given over the years. Ultimately these are just words from some guy on the internet, but I'd just like to put out into the internet just how incredibly cool it is that so many wildly talented folks randomly drop a line and present their great films for me to share here. It's not just the filmmakers, but anyone out there that regularly visits and spends a little bit of time each week taking a peek at films I think are cool. This is something special, something I'm honestly thankful for. (I'm also thankful for Jessie Eisenberg!) Okay, that's dangerously dancing on an emo level of sentiment, but it's true - this isn't just a few letters jumbled together each week, it's a small gathering of folks who just want to see something cool, something new, something from folks we might not have heard of yet. Hopefully this week delivers.
Go grab yourself some popcorn, lock your kids in a closet, kill the lights, relax and check out this little weekly film fest we've got ourselves here:
First up is a film I was lucky enough to catch at Fantastic Fest, a film from Jason Kupfer. "A pair of home invaders consider their potential character choices just prior to their planned invasion." The movie's done incredibly well at numerous film festivals all over the globe, so it's a real treat to screen it here, just days after the principle characters' favorite holiday. The film's doing insanely well online over at Eli Roth's "Crypt TV" and Short Of The Week. I just love the balance of humor and nastiness here. It's just wild, and there's a ton of blood. Check out the film's website and Facebook Page.
Hot damn is our next film incredible! Director Samuel Jorgensen and Producer Jeremy Pronk have our next short, a gorgeous medly of androids perfectly blened into a rather far out story. "In the midst of a war between humans and sentient androids, a Delta Force team must battle a dangerous enemy to rescue the US President." Be sure to check out the production company's site if you're half as impressed as I am!
Hell yes, time for a ratsploitation film! Not since WILLIARD (Crispin Glover, not Mr. Davison's) have I had the heebie jeebies about rats on screen. "A man’s mind begins to unravel as he ritualistically and obsessively culls his home of the rats that infest it." If you like what you see, then be sure to check out the company's website.
Up next is Director/Editor Hank Devos's latest film right off of its festival run! "Jeremy Kessler has invented time travel. The greatest creation man has ever come up with. Having the ability to go anywhere and do anything he decides to re-live a relationship despite knowing it will all end tragically." Devo's created something special here, an intimate dip into an insane concept - time travel. Check out Hank's website if you want to see more from the man!
Ramen noodles, the cheap, tasty, sodium filled, treat for the masses, what's not to love? Adam R. Brown has our next film, a story of bonding between father and son around a cup of noodles in the woods. "A father and son bond over ramen while hunting in the woods." Check out Adam's Vimeo Channel if you're in the mood to see more fun shorts from the man!
Bam! That's it for this weekend's selection of fun films! I honestly hope you ladies and gents enjoyed the lineup as much as I have. I hope to catch you all next week with a handful of films, but in the mean time do yourself a solid and click on any of the links below to travel back in time to a past weekend!
If you have a short and think it belongs here or are on the fence about whether to send it in, please do send it in - I'd love to see what you've put together. I've already seen hundreds of fresh new filmmakers' shorts and like any good addict, I need more!
Shoot me an email at "Mike@aintitcool.com"
In the subject line include:
“SHORTS” + “Your film’s name” + “The film’s genre”
Then, in the body of the email, please include a synopsis of the film and any contact information you might think I need or would want published. The more info you send my way, the more info there is to put with your short.
Please don’t feel the need to submit multiple times.
Remember, the filmmakers might still be in the audience, so feel free to share your thoughts in Talkbacks below. (JUST DON'T BE AN ASSHOLE). I picked them, so you know I think highly of all of these, but how about you fine folks? How'd you like 'em?
BY THE WAY: If you've had a short featured here, that means that I personally am a fan of your work, so feel free to shoot me any kind of news on new projects/films/whatever. I can't say I'll be able to help or in what capacity, but I'm interested in your work and am always down to see more! (Keep making cool stuff, everyone!)
- Mike McCutchen