Dave Green

Earth to Echo

A group of misfit friends band together to save their homes from being torn down (and their friendships from being torn apart) when a harmless adventure gives them more than they expected… stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Earth to Echo certainly starts off like a Goonies update for the iPhone and YouTube generation, but screenwriter Henry Gayden and director Dave Green infuse enough heart into the narrative to help the film stand on its own. They also get a lot of help from an adorable extraterrestrial. When a new freeway threatens Alex (Teo Halm), Tuck (Astro), and Munch’s (Reese Hartwig) neighborhood, and their cell phones start acting weird, the boys follow a map that has taken over one of their phones. It leads them out to the desert and raises questions about what’s really going on in their beloved neighborhood, but the most important thing they find is a new friend in the form of little alien Echo. (Those who love Wall-E will want to check out the tangible version created here.)

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Supporters of the “found footage” format say it’s more of a filmmaking tool than a tired shtick, but while that’s an arguable claim even they would have to agree that too many filmmakers simply don’t know how to use this particular tool. Instead it’s usually little more than a budgetary bonus that also nets a film an extra marketable factor. More mature film fans, those of us past drinking age, have been sitting through found footage movies for years now and are used to the paucity of good to great examples. The gimmick isn’t going away anytime soon, so it’s about damn time that the young ones were exposed to the joys of the format. It’s actually a smart play too as kids are far less likely to notice the numerous issues inherent in most of the films employing it. Earth to Echo‘s initial teaser dropped back in December, but it revealed only the basics that four kids find something alien, and because all the cool kids are doing it, they also film themselves every minute of the day. The full trailer below expands on that premise and actually gives us a look at the alien creation that befriends our pre-teen heroes. Imagine if Wall-E knocked up Clash of the Titans‘ Bubo and four months later this preemie was born. Anyway. The kids name him Echo and they all have adventures and shit. Check out the full trailer for Earth to Echo below.

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Why Watch? Because everyone loves playing with their food. There are several reasons to watch this clever short film, but chief among them is David Cross voicing a tragically courageous ham sandwich. Do you really need more incentive? Fantastic concept. Fantastic execution. Five minutes of sheer film-watching bliss. What does it cost? Just 5 minutes of your time. Check out Meltdown for yourself:

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