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Published by Jesse Parker
CIFF Review for the Titled Envelope
CIFF Review for the Titled Envelope

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Categories:Topics, Art & Design
Published by: Jesse Parker on Jan 09, 2013
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 N2- 9/6/12Title: everyday SaturdayScore “C”Comments: This film could be a lot shorter and still convey a sense of monotony. I wouldwelcome less scenes of the door being unlocked and opened and locked. We will knowshe has been out shopping when we see her in the store and we see her pull the pillowsout of a bag at home. It would still be as mundane. As an older widow myself I am of course writing this review because when our children have grown we get lives of our own. We volunteer, we get involved, we consult, gee, we might even play bingo. A productive member of society doesn’t retire and wait to die. People have social outletswhen they are healthy so taking a vacation from retirement doesn’t make sense. The filmseems under researched the point of view is narrow. The situation of being door-matted by her son is not a new thing. He has been living with room-mates they would probablythrow things at him if he didn’t pick up after himself, so this is an established abusive behavior. I don’t understand what the point is in watching this since there is no climax or conclusion. I didn’t have any notes on what it was thought to be, so I don’t have a muchto judge it by. The sound was done well the camera angles were varied and interesting. Iwas impressed by the performance of the actress. The apartment was great it was nicelycontrasted by the furniture store.Title: Season of DarknessScore: “C”Comments: I am not a fan of the ‘horror’ genre of films. Yet, even so I noticed quite a bitof borrowing from other films. The masks from “Spiderman”, is one example thedemonic possession has similarities to the “Alien” franchise. Since I don’t watch manyhorror films I can say how much else was borrowed. The whole film was very much likean elongated version of a “Night Gallery” episode. The music was organs and violins period. The daylight/nighttime incongruity makes the production look cheap, I suggestlighting and blackout shades on the windows. The script is barely tethered to a plot. If this is supposed to be the nightmarish ramblings of a madman then the plot isn’t evennecessary. To that end the special effects are gratuitous, something dead transforms intoone thing then another and another. In a supernatural ‘pot calling the kettle black’ themurderer who possesses the body of a cheater thinks it is too awful to live that way andkills himself leaving the woman he is so empathetic for completely alone. Almosteveryone in the film is someone else it’s a runaway script.Title: Hills GreenScore: “C”Comments: This film is for those who like watching people walk. It’s an hour and nineminutes and an hour longer than it needs to be. I t does however answer the burningquestion “How did you two hook-up?” The script is about one page in length, the malelead talks more to his estranged friend than he does to the girl he is crushing on. It’s not alove story because she is rebounding from a relationship and promises to see the ex whenthey get back. I can see that she is a photographer but that is only implied by the cameraand the cinematography. The audience sees no intimacy between them except for adult

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