short films

Jesus Orellana’s graphic-art film, Rosa, is a feat of visual excitement and inventiveness. It’s a short anime feature set in a post-human Earth where the ‘Rosa’ robots are re-establishing the lost ecosystem of Earth. When a female Rosa awakes, she thinks she’s the only robot alive, but their are more and they’re very deadly. The action is very similar to such anime as the Ghost in the Shell and the live-action The Matrix, sometimes blatantly similar/familiar, but their are still some unique visual touches to call its own. An entertaining little burst of animated energy, Rosa is a fine piece of graphic design.

Sabotage

3min 55s

There is  a weird hypnotic attraction to David Lynch’s ‘Sabotage’, yet you feel like your giving credit to a name, not a film; essentially, nothing happens except David moves around a babies arms and legs like a ventriloquist. And the thing is, he’s a pretty good one. After a very long sequence of him just standing in front of the table and bobbing the baby around, you think, this man does this in such a non-ironic way, in front of a camera, and it just kind of hits you: what the hell? I give him credit for his artistic courage, yet I suppose nobody has ever accused David Lynch of not being odd enough.

Spider

9min

Nash Edgerton’s short melodrama ‘Spider’ gives us no reason behind his girlfriends pouty resilience. He just keeps trying to pry his way back into her. He coaxes her with chocolate and flowers from a gas-station–the chocolate somewhat works. But the driving-force of the film is shown later on and with much effect in changing Jack’s child-like attitude upside down, and virtually his entire world. This is a sharp, one-premise short film that you won’t want to miss.

District 9: The Original Short film

6min

Like all source-material that’s been used to great effect, you approach the origin with wild expectation and resemblance. While this six-minute short has remnants of what would become the future film, it’s a mere glimpse, a clip that could be used as a news story in the actual feature film. It involves interviews with a soft-speaking Ken Watanabe look-alike, a scholar, and a look at the African slums and their day to day lives with the aliens. It poses the question: why should aliens not have to live by the same laws as humans if they’re here on Earth? This provocative set-up paves the way for the future ‘District 9’ a stark, deep and very human film on the nature of racial integration and foreign rights.


A Trip to the Moon

14min

George Melies’ 1900s short film from the pioneering days of 1902 is a magnificent, frame-packed early Sci-Fi tale, in the not yet established film tradition of Verne and Wells. Each of the early ‘trick’ filmmaker’s frames are full and flourishing with wonder-glossed gesture and excitement; for the prospect of flying to the moon, and probably for being in front of a camera at all at that point in time. Several of the men seem to faint as they wave their hats about in excitement. And then the vaudeville-like girls, dressed in glossy short skirts and swinging batons, push the bullet-like spaceship into some-sort of early theoretical mechanism, and out they go, flying into the eye of the moon, a most famous and memorable early image.

Once arriving on the moon, and after a long-voyage nap inside the craters, they venture about through tall mushrooms and strange flora. An alien of sort frog-jumps out at them and into the frame, and then, similar to the later Planet of the Apes, drags them off to the main-grounds. However, the moon adventurers flash their umbrellas and burst the aliens into clouds of dust; in fact a very enthralling chase scene stands as the climax. It’s a seminal and classic entry into the Sci-Fi genre, and should not be overlooked as some sort of silly endeavor.

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