Archive for the 'short' Category

11
Mar
09

Blots on the Canvas: An Ink Update

INKmovieposterAs many of you faithful followers of Midnight Showing might have already noticed, there’s a movie that has taken me completely by storm and it is called Ink.

For a look into what the film is about, here is the preview I did for the film including trailers for the Ink and a short by director Jamin Winans.

If you haven’t already, you can read my full review here.

So now that I have you all Inked up, here’s where I tell you how WE can help, by doing very little.  Double Edge Films is in the process of trying to secure some distribution, and is trying to promote their movie the old fashioned way, great looking trailers, direct contact with movie-goers and bloggers (like myself), and word of mouth.

Are you on facebook?  Sure you are you bastard, don’t lie.  My mom’s on facebook, which means so are you, so become a fan of Ink, it takes like 3 seconds, and chances are you already signed in.

Ink’s Facebook page

Are you on Twitter?  Probably.  Add them. They are respectful and smart filmmakers, those Winans, so you won’t have to worry about a bunch of silly, non-sense texts, just the important stuff.

Double Edge Films (the people who made Ink) twitter page.

How about youtube?  Oh, I know your on youtube.  My dad gets on youtube, the same man who leaves his keys in the door when he comes into the house and can never find his glasses, wallet, etc.  That means your on youtube too.

Double Edge Films youtube channel

Do you like blogs?  Of course you do silly head, your on a darn blog right now.  So how about following a blog connected to Double Edge Films?  Whats that?  You don’t want to?  Who said I was giving you a choice? Just kidding, but seriously, its a quality blog.

Double Edge Films Blog

Follow, fan up, do whatever you gotta do, but we as a movie loving online community got to team up and support flicks like Ink.  We can’t just sit around and bitch about how movies suck now a days and then not support the ones who truly deserve it.  Plus, all the things above cost you only about 3 minutes of your life…combined.

Stay tuned to Midnight Showing for more coverage of Ink, and my somewhat delayed Watchmen review.

This is Alex signing off.  Have a pleasant tomorrow.




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06
Nov
08

7 Minutes of nostalgia

Yeah, I notice things are getting a little slow around here.  Call it post-Halloween depression, or spending way to much time playing and anticipating the wave of new, highly addictive video games for my 360.  By the way, if you guys want video game reviews, leave a comment.  Were a flexible duo here, and will bend to all 3 of our fans desires.

To make up for my laziness, here’s an awesome little zombie short.  Lots of subtle nods to other things in here, see if you can spot them all.


14
Oct
08

EDDIE LOVES YOU!!!!!!

PLEASE GO WATCH THIS SHORT FILM!!!!

Funny and creative…and best of all FREE!

Here is your link

http://www.darklineonline.co.uk/ely.html

18
Sep
08

Elevated by Vincenzo Natali

20 minutes you probably wont regret.

20 minutes you probably won't regret.

Short films fascinate me.  Others see it differently.  Some believe those who make shorts come in two varieties, those who are practicing or learning the craft of film making to go on to bigger and longer productions, and those who think their talent limits them to only creating short pieces.  Of course, any self-respecting moviegoer knows that art can sometimes be quick, and in it’s briefness, infinitely more effective.

Vincenzo Natali, widely known throughout the genre community as the man who “wowed” us with his mind-bending film Cube, made Elevated in 1997, the same year Cube was released .  It was his first short, but you wouldn’t know that by watching it.  The piece works simply by conjuring two emotions almost universal to the human condition as being terrifying things, claustrophobia and uncertainty.

The story focuses on three people, Ben, Ellen and Hank being trapped in an elevator, with the possibility of  something waiting outside of it to kill them.  Almost the entire work is shot in the elevator, which would incredibly boring to watch for 20 minutes had it not been for some very good acting.

Ellen is the main focus though, as we the viewer just relate immediately to her position.  The great thing about the acting here is it isn’t amazing by “academy” standards, but instead it’s believable and downright realistic.  It feels like some of the closest portrayals of how actual real-life people would react to being trapped in a box, not knowing if leaving it will be suicide, or if help is ever coming if they stay.  There’s no stupid typical horror movie mistakes, no improbably heroic behavior, just fear and anxiety being beaten into the characters and the audience collectively.

The ending is the only area where you might feel let down, and that’s really a personal choice you will make subconsciously.  This short is all about the “build”, and the payoff may not be exactly what your expecting, or you may, like I did, find it ballsy and automatically want to see more.  It’s easy to see how the same creative mind that brought us Elevated brought us Cube, and its my sincerest hope that Mr. Natali is heard from again considering that horror hasn’t seen a good “psychological” director in quite some time.

And I haven’t even mentioned the best thing about this yet.  It’s viewable on youtube for free.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsjPD4wDmeY = PART 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzCPj2mZJJo = PART 2

Take 20 minutes out of your day, and see if this doesn’t box you in a little.