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Film Review: Curfew

Curfew is a short film from writer/director, Shawn Christensen, who also stars in this movie. Not surprisingly it won best live action short film at the Oscars earlier this year…I got to see it at last years BFI Film Festival in London & it was really great. It starts off with a 20 something year old man in the bathtub, wrists slit and waiting to die. Until he gets a phone call. He decides to answer it, and it is his sister asking him to babysit for her daughter, urgently. Just this once. Reluctantly, he removes himself from the bathtub, and goes on to babysit the 9-year old.

What follows is an adorable depiction of the relationship between niece and uncle.  The film is only 19 minutes long with beautiful art direction and a great soundtrack. Set in New York, it’s a short that is truly endearing, charming as it is tragic.

Click here to watch the trailer.

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Film Review: Blancanieves

Blancanieves, just means, Snow White, in Spanish. Which is exactly what it is, a movie about Snow White! A Spanish black & white silent movie set in 1920s Seville. And it is wonderful. I have to admit I was first apprehensive to whether or not I’d like it, but ended up going to see it with a friend at it’s premier during the BFI Film Festival in London end of last year & found it ‘thoroughly enjoyable’.

Though this Snow White is not a meek Disney princess, but a stunning bull fighter who travels around Spain with her troupe of bull fighting midgets who absolutely adore her. The evil witch is a horrid stepmother and Snow White’s father is in the picture this story around. That said, director Pablo Berger brings old Hollywood cinematic glamour back, with this charming gem. Click here for the trailer.

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