Thursday, December 5, 2013

Short Film of the Month

Since we took off last Thursday for Thanksgiving I wasn't able to post my "Short film of the Month".  We are now in December but this one is the belated November short.  You can still expect the December film on the last Thursday of the month.

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I thought this one would be the perfect movie for Thanksgiving and the Holidays in general.  A time when family gets back together, reminisces and enjoys each others company.....sometimes.  Relationships can be picture perfect at times or seriously strained but it is family and in the end that's all that really matters.  There is a line in the Avett Brothers song, Murder in the City, that says "Always remember, there was nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name".  That song reminds me of this short film and I thoroughly enjoy both.
It's a short comedy that follows two brothers with two very different life paths and personalities, who are brought back together because of the death of their father.  The film makers do a wonderful job of showing that these two men were once very close but just don't view life the same way or even how to mourn the death of a family member.  They both have their own ways of coping with the passing of their father but it's his death that helps them reconnect.
It's a funny movie that also has some very poignant scenes at times.  The overall meaning and content reminds of a Wes Anderson movie in a way.  If Wes Anderson's work is the rhythmic verse than this short is the pros. Take out the cool music, edgy camera work and quintessential slow mo scene and there is a similar feel to the Anderson relationships and raw way in which characters converse.
If you don't have the time or energy for a 12 minute video you should at least advance to the 6 minute mark for an outstandingly hilarious dinner scene when the two brothers have their climactic face off after a long period of tension.

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