SUMER is a great little short film about a future Earth where nature has died and the last humans live in protected cities. In Sumer, a boy sees a feather, and then a bird, which prompts him to escape the city and see what lies beyond in the wastelands. Good one.
Don Hertzfeldt is now one of my favorite animators, first catching my eye with his amazing WORLD OF TOMORROW. He did another short film I enjoyed, THE MEANING OF LIFE. Get ready to get existential today:
Herzfeldt also did a Simpson’s intro that’s pretty crazy:
And here’s the trailer for WORLD OF TOMORROW:
In “Just Me in the House by Myself,” the first episode of the new comedy web series :DRYVRS by Jack Dishel, Mcauley Culkin reprises his role of Kevin from the 1990 Christmas movie HOME ALONE.
In that film, Kevin, at the age of eight, was left by himself by accident by his parents for a week. During that time, he has to fight off two comically inept burglars.
Years later, Kevin shows up as an Uber driver and recounts the story to his passenger. Clearly, it messed him up.
Clearly, he’s got some issues to work out.
Dark and hilarious. Check it out:
HELL’S CLUB is a brilliant editing mashup of movies, set in a world where fictional characters meet.
Check it out:
I appreciate irony, but I don’t have ironic tastes. I’m not the kind of guy who watches a movie because it’s so terrible it’s good. If it’s terrible, it’s terrible.
KUNG FURY is a short film based on exactly those type of 80s movies, but it’s not bad at all. In fact, it’s awesome. It’s not so much a satire or spoof as a riff, an homage, a hilarious and fun compilation of familiar tropes jam packed into ridiculousness awesomeness.
KUNG FURY tells the story of a gritty cop who is gifted with godlike kung fu powers. When Adolf Hitler travels through time to challenge him, Kung Fury must travel back to Nazi Germany to kill Kung Fuhrer, accompanied by a stalwart cast of comrades.
I reported on this back when it was a Kickstarter project. Glad to see they made the film. Can’t wait for KUNG FURY II.
Check it out here:
After reading about WORLD OF TOMORROW, a 16-minute short animated film, at QuietEarth.us, I checked it out. Unfortunately, it cost $5 to buy access, but based on the reviews, I had to check it out. I’m glad I did.
This fascinating short packs a lot of interesting ideas in a short time–time travel and cross-time communication, recording and retrieving memories, life extension via cloning and uploading consciousness, the perspective and loss from living a long time through clones (including losing one’s humanity bit by bit), difference in access to new technology based on personal wealth, and an “outernet” based on connected neural pathways.
The film starts in the near future, when Emily, a little girl, answers the video phone. Calling her is herself hundreds of years in the future–her consciousness implanted in a third-generation clone. Future Emily introduces Emily Prime to the strange world of the future, asks a favor, and offers advice.
A mentally stimulating and emotionally touching watch. Here’s the trailer: