November 1st, 2008

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FLiFF Short "Animated American"

The short story was engaging.
The acting was appropriate and supported the plot. The plot twists and the animation gimmicks highlighted the theme.

It was film noir, Eerie Comics and Looney Tunes rolled into one short film that entertained and spoke to "Cinema Insiders." With Tex Avery influenced animation, "Animated American" says much in 15 minutes.

Jason Marsden is the leading man and Jon Polito voices the leading animation character. Given that Marsden voices many animation motion pictures, both actors could have switched roles. The casting is that seamless.
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FLiFF Short "Woman in Burka"

The film opens scary, a sinister woman wearing a burka talks terrorism. The audience later discovers that "Woman in Burka" is just another audition for actresses who no longer have jobs on "Law & Order," one of the television shows from the NBC network.
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FLiFF Short Frank's Last Shot

"Frank's Last Shot" is one of the more serious shorts introduced at FLiFF. Frank is a roly poly middle aged man in Texas who is given an opportunity to become a hero in the public's eyes. Since high school, Frank has lived with the image of being a loser. The tension is worthy of a Brian De Palma set up.
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The ending of "Proud Iza" reminded me of a short story that I read in 8th grade, Guy de Maupassant's "The Necklace." When the credits rolled, director/writer and lead actress Anna Condo acknowledge de Maupassant's influence. The credits also acknowledge the musical score and narration of Danny Elfman.
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FLiFF Short El Taxista

"El Taxista" has echoes of film noir and an Ernest Hemingway short story. Costar and director Luis Robledo makes creative use of light and shadow. Femme fatale Jana Mitsoula channels Barbara Stanwych and Glorida Graham.
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FLiFF Short Verlaine

The actual title is "Verlaine Episode 1."
When that happens, one is inclined to think that there is more to the story that needs to be told.

A beaten down looking holligan seeks to have his identity erased. He meets Verlaine in a diner and they discuss philosophy of identity theft. One the veiwer is lulled into dullness by the dialogue, something shocking happens.