Screen Junkies » Short Films http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 05 Sep 2014 20:32:16 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 This Film of 20 Strangers Kissing For The First Time Is Magical http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/this-film-of-20-strangers-kissing-for-the-first-time-is-magical/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/this-film-of-20-strangers-kissing-for-the-first-time-is-magical/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:46:05 +0000 Lyndsey Saul http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=260120 As cliched as it sounds, watching strangers make out for the first time, for art, really is a thing of beauty...

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For her short film First Kiss, artist Tatia Pilieva gathered 20 strangers together and pretty much said  “hey you just met and you probably already don’t remember this person’s name, but make out in this studio, in front of my camera, OK? Great.” It’s just as awkward and uncomfortable to watch as it sounds…until it’s not.

Maybe it’s the sweet song or the beautiful photography, or the fact that most of these people are really quite attractive (they are actors, after all), or  perhaps it’s witnessing a human connection that’s both physical and emotional, risky and strangely fragile blah blah blah—whatever it is, the result is, as cliched as it sounds, beautiful and surprisingly touching.

Watch it, even a cynic like me will understand why it’s gone crazy viral, reaching 7.5 million views (and counting) in just one day…

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6 Web Series That Are Actually Worth Watching http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/6-web-series-that-are-actually-worth-watching/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/6-web-series-that-are-actually-worth-watching/#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2011 19:23:43 +0000 Noah Griffith http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=235741 Not all web series suck.

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I’ll keep it simple — Web Series’ suck.  They’re poorly written, poorly shot, poorly acted, and almost always involve zombies or 20-somethings hanging out in an apartment. But that’s what happens when you, me, and that random guy on the street are able to post our own series on youtube instantly, only to watch the plentiful 356 views roll in. It’s just the nature of the medium…99% of the time, anyhow.

There are actually a few gems out there that might keep your mouse away from the dislike button. Are are my 6 choices for web series that are worth watching.

The Guild

The Guild is hands down the best web series out there.  Set around the real life members in a World of Warcraft guild, Codex (Felicia Day) decides she and her guild members should all meet in person and, naturally, hilarity ensues.   The great thing is you don’t have be into World of Warcraft to enjoy it (though it is marketed towards Gamers).  It’s not so much about the game as it is the relationships that develop from them meeting each other, and having Geek Goddess Felicia Day as the star doesn’t hurt either.  Now in their fifth season, it should only take you a few hours to completely catch up.

RCVR

If you like the X Files (which I know you all do), then RCVR is the web series for you.  Set in the 1970s, we follow Weber (Daniel Bonjour), a government agent tracking down a crashed Air Force jet in Rural Arkansas.  Naturally, the closer he gets to the answers, the stranger things become. Produced by Machinima, RCVR has some of the best web series production quality I’ve seen so far.  If you’re into conspiracies, UFOs, and little green men, RCVR is well worth it.

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Treevenge http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/treevenge/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/treevenge/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2009 23:42:39 +0000 Reza F. Director: Jason EisenerSynopsis: Treevenge is a short film detailing the experiences and horrifying reality of the lives of Christmas trees. Clearly, for trees, Christmas isn’t the exciting “peace on earth” that is experienced by most. After being hacked down, and shipped away from their homes, they quickly become strung up, screwed into an upright position for all to see, exposed in a humiliation of garish decorations. But this Christmas will be different, this Christmas the trees have had enough, this Christmas the trees will fight back. Treevenge could be a short film about the end of days for Christmas trees, or perhaps, the end of humanity?

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Director: Jason Eisener

Synopsis: Treevenge is a short film detailing the experiences and horrifying reality of the lives of Christmas trees. Clearly, for trees, Christmas isn’t the exciting “peace on earth” that is experienced by most. After being hacked down, and shipped away from their homes, they quickly become strung up, screwed into an upright position for all to see, exposed in a humiliation of garish decorations. But this Christmas will be different, this Christmas the trees have had enough, this Christmas the trees will fight back. Treevenge could be a short film about the end of days for Christmas trees, or perhaps, the end of humanity?

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