Femme Fatale

Why Watch? The fine folks at Finite Films effectively have an open invitation to this column. So far, they’ve managed to craft a frightening horror film, a quirky romantic comedy, and with Imperfect, they’ve proven that they’ll excel no matter the genre (and no matter the constraints put on them by their fans). The constraints this time included: • A supernatural being/non-human must masquerade as a human. — Dan B. • One of the characters doesn’t speak English. — Ana • A character must say the line “Please stop shooting me.” — Dan B. • A character must say the line “I don’t know where, I don’t know when, I don’t know how, and I don’t know why. Well, I know where…” — Daniel C. • Plot must revolve around the murder of a character we never know. — MD • The main character never speaks a line of dialogue. — Freddie A. • Must be in the style of a 40′s noir. — Olivia They’ve woven those limitations into a text-book noir with a heartbeat of its own – something that captures the ugly of the world in gorgeous, impressionistic detail. Plus, it quietly slips in a few sci-fi elements that would make Ralph Meeker proud. Maybe it wouldn’t make a list of the top films noir, but hot damn if it isn’t excellent work. What will it cost? Only 23 minutes. Skip Work. You’ve got Time For More Short Films

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Once again we enter the Summer of Sequels. It can be argued the sequel may have originally been meant as a companion piece to an original fan-favorite, but now studios pump them out in hopes to continue making more money off a familiar formula. This is no surprise to anyone who ventures out of their hole and into the shiny lights of the world. Or at least watches TV. Summer movie releases are almost always exclusively geared towards big audiences and the dollar bills they bring with them. And those audiences like to know what they are getting themselves into. This is in no way a bad thing, as I personally cannot wait for more awkward nakedness in the final Harry Potter film (I mean, what was that?) or the potential for shirtless Michael Fassbender time in X-Men: The Last Stand. But as reassuring that watching a hyped sequel can be, they aren’t all The Dark Knight. More often than not the sequel is a disappointment and audiences spend half the movie racking their brains to see if they know anyone with the quantum physics knowledge to build a time machine or a connection at the Ministry of Magic to garner a Time Turner. (I just cannot wait for Harry Potter, I’m sorry!) And in the world of sexy movies, the sequel can be the road block keeping the original from greatness. Basic Instinct excited our minds and tingled our tenders, but when the 2006 follow-up hit screens fans could […]

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Secret Agent Week

Throughout history men have been persuaded by seductive women. Important and powerful men have met their fate by the hands of a dangerous beauty; a succubus; a femme fatale. From Delilah and Sampson, to Judith and Holofernes, to Yoko and John, men have been weakened by the beauty of a dangerous woman.

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