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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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N-78- 2010 Title: Breaking NewsScore: “C”Comments: First of all this does seem to be a student film; itcredits the communications department at Kent StateUniversity. I was not enamored of it simply because theacting was atrocious, I can’t imagine why they did notinvolve the dramatic arts department. The make-up wasstagey on some characters and non existent on others. Thewardrobe was too adolescent for college students. The scriptgave them the demeanor of high school teenagers with waytoo much time on their hands. The adult of the group wasactually going to let them get away with beating a joggerand say nothing. although he found out later they didn’t doit. The camera work and directing gave the whole film thelook of an episode of Outer Limits. It also seems older if notby the wardrobe then by the stereotypes. This is also a veryshort film but I wouldn’t suggest that it be part of anygrouping of say “Ohio Students” because it is notrepresentational. Title: Hell, Purgatory, ParadiseScore: “C”Comments: This is the longest film yet, not by time butcontent. People take so long to get to the point in this filmthat no one cares by the time they get there. The sameactress is used in two of the sections but has no relation tothe previous segment. It’s one of the if the walls could talkfilms where there are three separate lives temporarilyhoused in one apartment, this time it’s a house. It getstedious from the start with a man who wants to talk to hisex-wife hiding a painting she wants, which he gave her. Noone gets particularly emotional and she takes the painting.Next she plays a walk on role of the woman retiring from theoffice, her boss lives in the house. He has received a loveletter and the possibilities confound him. He confides in a
friend who shows up at the third segment visiting the widowof a friend. She is busy talking to her dead husband duringthe visit. That’s it, many indirect conversations and an hourand a half later, it’s over. There are hardly any views of thelocale and it seems hastily put together. Using the sameactress in the same clothes but as a different character was just confusing. The role of the friend seemed to have morecontinuity in the later two segments. What also seems notwell thought out is the décor; most people change things tofit their tastes but the rooms hadn’t changed except for thefurniture. Title: L’Amour Propre (Love Thyself)Score: “B”Comments: What an appropriate title for an egomaniac. Thisis a very short film that delivers less than was promised inthe comments on the jacket. There was very littlestorytelling it was just a glimpse into the life of a super starcomedian who continues to look for love through having sex.He is consistently disappointed because he is only interestedin himself. He brings his super star persona into his personalrelationships, and therefore sabotages himself. There is brief nudity and sexual comedy, I don’t usually comment on thisbut it is unusual. Title: Take Me HomeScore: “B”Comments: On the road movies are not that great of an idea.It works once in a while, like lightening not striking twice. The car interior is claustrophobic in day light and isnightmarish in the dark. Pathological liars are not veryattractive characters and they would rather lie about lyingthan admit it to anyone especially themselves. What seemsstrange is that the parents would not accept that he is acompulsive liar. This guy seems to be one of the un-date-ables, so why write and star in a movie that puts someone insuch a bad light. How does one write a line and deliver itwrong? The woman is a non-descript door mat who takes

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