Film Review Short Shorts: Bridesmaids

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BRIDESMAIDS (2011) dir. Paul Feig: 5/10

24 Words or Less: I didn’t laugh once. But I found the theme of female loneliness poignant and moving.

Best bit: The day after, I thought, did I dream that argument about intimate bleaching? But I didn’t.

Film Review Short Shorts: American Psycho

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AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000) dir. Mary Harron: 9/10

24 Words or Less: Blackly funny, horribly graphic, but so clever and such an interesting exploration of self-esteem and character in a postmodern context.

Best bit: The business card scene. ‘Look at that subtle off-white colouring. The tasteful thickness of it. It even has a watermark.’

Film Review Short Shorts: Brave

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BRAVE (2011) by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman & Steve Purcell: 7/10

24 Words or Less: I just DID NOT see the bear thing coming. So found it hard to connect with the story. Beautifully designed animation, hair’s amazing.

Best bit: Billy Connolly provides an excellent voice for his larger-than-life King.

Film Review Short Shorts: Ghostbusters

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GHOSTBUSTERS (1984), dir. Ivan Reitman: 9/10

24 Words or Less: This film is the definition of ridiculous, and that’s what makes it great.

Best bit: Bill Murray.

Film Review Short Shorts: Ice Age

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ICE AGE (2002) by Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha: 4/10

24 Words or Less: I’d seen the acorn sequence and expected better. Pretty boring. Particularly surprised by how bad the Neanderthals looked. Unbelievably, has spawned FIVE sequels.

Best bit: The acorn sequence is really great.

Film Review Short Shorts: Life 2.0

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LIFE 2.0 (2010) dir. Jason Spingarn-Koff: 7/10

24 Words or Less: One user remarks that Second Life is ‘the best and worst thing that ever happened to me.’ This film fascinatingly illustrates those extremes.

Best bit: The story of a relationship breakdown really impresses on you the fallibility of relationships that start online.

Film Review Short Shorts: Annie Hall

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ANNIE HALL (1977), dir. Woody Allen: 5/10

24 Words or Less: Basically a vehicle for Allen’s stand up. If I loved him I’d appreciate it. I mean, I don’t like rom-coms anyway.

Best bit: Jeff Goldblum.

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