Review: To Be Alone

Written and directed by Matthew Mahler (What Jack Built), one man’s grief takes him on a dark exploration of his own faith and well-being. Starring: Timothy J. Cox, Maggie Kurth and John Mahler. Continue reading “Review: To Be Alone”

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Review: Pronoia

A man and a woman wait out a rainstorm in a hotel lobby some place between “here and nowhere”. When the TV news reports the disappearance of a high-ranking Pentagon official, neither he nor she know of the ramifications it will have on their brief, seductive encounter. Written and directed by Nick Efteriades and starring Stelio Savante, Hannah Jane McMurray and Lou Mast. Continue reading “Review: Pronoia”

Review: Alone

A very significant and satisfying part of writing reviews here at Film Carnage, is covering a multitude of indie films, including quite a few short films, however this is without a doubt the shortest ever reviewed here at a whopping 2 minutes in length. In a close-knit team creation, Alone is directed by Tofiq Rzayev, who is also the cinematographer and co-written with Mehmet Fatih Güven, who also happens to be the star of the film, with a score by Gergö Elekes. Continue reading “Review: Alone”

Review: Undatement Centre

From the writer and director of The Deja Vuers (reviewed here), Chris Esper comes Undatement Centre; when Jack (Trevor Duke) decides he is ready to date again, he discovers things are a bit more complicated than they used to be. Starring: Trevor Duke, J.D. Achille, Randy Veraguas, Shandy Monte, Acei Martin, Christie Devine and Logan Raposo.

We all know, or have experienced, the perils of modern dating, with the good old days of meeting people are gone and are replaced with endless apps designed to match up strangers for a night and social media to facilitate privacy breaking research. Undatement Centre is a very clear, if slightly obvious, metaphor for that struggle, emphasising the ridiculously complicated nature of relationships and socialising in this modern age. The metaphor itself however, is a pleasingly exaggerated version of that problem; the concept of speed dating meets job centre, requiring CVs (Resumes for the American reader) and backgrounds to find a suitable match, is simple and fun.

As the story develops and the tables turn as Jack (Duke) finds himself on the opposite end of the interview/date, it makes a great point of how fickle we can be, given the slightest power we act exactly in the way we’ve just complained about, renewing the cycle of bad dating. You just need someone to break the cycle, someone who is interested in getting to know you, will Jack find that? You have to watch and see.

In the era of the internet and it’s undeniable grasp on all of us, we can escape the simplicity and vulnerability of putting yourself out there and meeting someone in the real world, but in reality it simply develops a self-created isolation and going back to the old-fashioned way of things can open us up and help to meet someone worth your time.

Undatement Centre is a perfect visual representation of that, Esper has again done a great job of creating a fun, entertaining film, that you can simply enjoy. There’s no attempt to be pretentious, over-the-top or excessively dramatic, it’s just genuine entertainment. A satisfying follow up to The Deja Vuers, a show of creativity, comedy and courting. 

Verdict: 8/10

You can follow Chris Esper & his production company Stories in Motion on Twitter right here to find out more about Undatement Centre and other projects!

 

Review: Annie Waits

Created and written by Chris Anastasi, directed by Marnie Paxton and starring April Kelley, Alex Jordan, Sam Gittins, Andrew Simpson, Sam Swainsbury and Sara Huxley. Everyone waits for ‘the one’, the one who catches our eye, the one who keeps our interest, the one who won’t expect us to trudge down that conventional path. Annie Waits tells the story of lust and disappointment as a twenty-something waits for her adult life to begin. Continue reading “Review: Annie Waits”

Review: Not the Devil

Written and directed by Siobhan Schwartzberg; on a council estate in East London in the early 90s, Andrew is exploring his identity and is in search of guidance, he has become obsessed with his neighbour Jo. One day Andrew decides to follow Jo, determined to be the centre of her attention one way or another. Starring: Jamie Rose, Victoria Elizabeth and Ali Ahmad. Continue reading “Review: Not the Devil”