Film Review Short Shorts: Hugo


HUGO (2011) by Martin Scorsese: 6/10

24 Words or Less: I’d seen this before but forgotten what happened–not a good sign. All the ingredients are there, but somehow not a good bake.

Best bit: Getting to see some of George Méliès’ films.


Film Review Short Shorts: Catch Me If You Can


CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (2002) by Steven Spielberg: 9/10

24 Words or Less: Cinematic entertainment par excellence. A funny and charming cat-and-mouse game with two great leads and several moving moments, based on a true story. 

Best bit: Honorary mention for one of my favourite John Williams scores, which is little known and frustratingly difficult to get hold of.


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Film Review Short Shorts: The Story of Menstruation

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THE STORY OF MENSTRUATION (1946) produced by Walt Disney

24 Words or Less: As weird as it sounds. Hard to fight off images of Disney Princesses using Kotex products. 

Best bit: ‘Of course, you’ll want to keep a calendar.’

Film Review Short Shorts: Popeye the Sailor–Scrap the Japs


POPEYE THE SAILOR–SCRAP THE JAPS (1942) dir. Seymour Kneitel

24 Words or Less: Hard-working ‘Murican Popeye is attacked by buck-teethed villains whose culture and industry is apparently ripe for ridicule. 

Best bit: …hard to say. The whole thing is pretty depressing.

Film Review Short Shorts: Evil Mickey Attacks Japan


TOY BOX SERIES, EPISODE 3, PICTURE BOOK 1936 (1934), produced by Komatsuzawa Hajime’s.

24 Words or Less: Strange and disturbing retaliatory propaganda cartoon with dancing dolls and tigers on the good side and a Mickey Mouse army on the bad side. 

Best bit: At the end, what is apparently some kind of nuclear substance is released on Mickey, reducing him to a skeleton, and everyone points and laughs. And you’re like… what… 

Film Review Short Shorts: Dating: Dos and Don’ts



DATING: DOS AND DON’TS (1949) dir. by Ted Peshak and Gilbert Altschul: 8/10

24 Words or Less: Very enjoyable, laughably simplistic P.I.F. with a storyline and values equivalent to most modern romcoms.

Best bit: ‘Woody thought of Janet, and how good looking she was… too bad Janet always acts so superior and bored.’

Film Review Short Shorts: The Godfather


THE GODFATHER (1972) by Francis Ford Coppola: 9/10

24 Words or Less: At first I was looking for greatness rather than feeling it, but by the end scene I felt I’d found it in Pacino’s transformation.

Best bit: Nino Rota’s score almost comedically arises every time someone dies–so quite often. 

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