Tag Archives: Short Film

Rosie

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    The brief but compelling story of a defining and tragic day in a young mother’s life, Rosie does an effective job building up tension and emotion, and the filmmaker’s use of natural light in his cinematography is commendable. I did think the director, Kieron Yeoman, could have gotten a better actress as the lead or maybe directed her a bit better. She’s strangely cavalier about an event that makes up the short film, albeit letting the occasional tear fall. I know if most moms lost their daughter in the way that this mom did, they’d be hysterical, puffy-faced, and frantic.

    The editing is unusually smooth for a short film. I’ve seen enough student shorts to know that the camera is often shaky, the visuals fuzzy, and the dialogue hard to understand. This is not the case of Rosie, which feels professional. The best I can say for this movie is that I would watch a full-length feature comprised of the same material. Does the woman know her daughter isn’t coming back? Did the law enforcement officials find the body? Was she snatched by a pederast, or did she (as I suspect) fall from the railing and into the ocean? A follow-up might be in order. Although, since the short film has no dialogue, I’m still not sure if ‘Rosie’ was the mother or the daughter. 

   Huh. How about that. I didn’t even realize Rosie had no dialogue until I really thought about it. As an example of effective visual storytelling, that’s pretty good. 

King of Thebes (2012)

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While King of Thebes serves as an atmospheric, eerie art house oddity, there is nothing about it that would urge me to recommend it to you. It is seven minutes  long, so I’ll keep my analysis of it brief. A man (Laurence R. Harvey) enters a room and meticulously starts setting up his things for a carefully planned rendezvous. When the object of his affection is presented, things get increasingly icky/strange and it all wraps up to a weird and inexplicable finale.

When I say that Laurence R. Harvey is a terrific actor, I am not simply saying it because we have been online friends for more than a year. He blew us away in a better performance than the film deserved in The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), and he does creepy and disturbed, albeit in this case harmless, again in King Of Thebes. However, after watching ‘Martin’ (Harvey’s wordless villain) rape the back end of a stapled-together line of people in THC2, nothing in this movie presents shocks me that much.

Anyway, Laurence R. Harvey does desperation well, and this short gives him the opportunity to do a kind-off sex scene, make a singularly unappealing ‘Oh’ face, and act generally sketchy. I would love to see him play against type, maybe the huggable teddy bear Uncle, or the love interest. Is that too much to ask? King of Thebes was an okay short and might be enjoyed by people who like weird for weird’s sake.