This is a sweltering desert town where the temperature is on low broil setting.
I spent the last 24 hours watching huge Hollywood blockbuster films that deserved neither time or attention.
While there are many films that try so very hard to convey a message about prejudice, director Gabriele Salvatores’ short film “Stella” does a better job than most.
I have always been an animation fan, having grown up on “Speed Racer”, “Kimba” and “Minashigo Hatchi”. While I find the current popular run of Hollywood animated film to be a bit tiring, the large international selection of short films are delightful.
A quirky 7-11 worker that demands uniformity, but not conformity, finds his place under the sun in “Right Place,” a delightful very short 5+ minute film.
The religious and political rhetoric on teenage pregnancy is overwhelming, overshadowing the simple fact that two young people are caught making a decision that is not as simple as some make it out to be.
“Tomato Pulp”, a self-described short exploitation film, is best summed up during the final credits that show a chef assembling a dish of spaghetti pomodoro.
Classic thriller films have gone the way of 8-track tapes, and it is near impossible to find a modern representation of this genre without becoming overwhelmed with special effects. The end result tends to be a far less engaging and believable as the viewers are asked to buy into incredulous twists that send the film that is wholly inconceivable.
The singles dating game is wrought with plenty of pitfalls, especially when individuals succumb to easy stereotypes. Some woman, for instance, never see the true failings of their partners while others may only want to see the material flash. In “Fritten zum Mittag,” this German comedy short explores the complications of attraction and dating through the experiences of Merle, an attractive fry cook working in a currywurst van.