µF²: Protect the Village!; ¡Three Amigos!, The Magnificent Seven

Each week on Micro Film Festival, we take a quick look at 2-3 films or shows that share a common theme. This time, our theme is “Protect the village!”. Tonight our feature is the western classic The Magnificent Seven, in which seven guns for hire are recruited to protect a Mexican village from bandit thieves. But first, we’ll warm up with ¡Three Amigos!, a 1986 parody of the film, except that the 7 gunfighters are replaced by 3 unemployed movie actors who initially think they’re simply doing another acting gig. Continue reading

µF²: The Original Cabin in the Woods; Evil Dead II, The Evil Dead

Each week on Micro Film Festival, we take a quick look at 2-3 films or shows that share a common theme. This time, to prepare for the impending release of Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead horror remake, we decided to screen the first two Sam Raimi Evil Dead films, which are both retellings of the same romantic getaway gone awry.

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Beware of Kittehz!

This might be the most perfect viral video I’ve ever seen. Great tiltshift effects and compositing. Kudos to the actor[s] for their physical acting, had to be double hard to emote on green screen and not have the luxury of facial expression. I got reminded of tiny Bruce Campbell from Army of Darkness. I also love the part when the intruders caress their loot.

µF²: Run For Your Life!; Run Fatboy Run, Run Lola Run

Every week on Micro Film Festival, we take a quick look at 2-3 films or shows that share a common theme. This time, our selected theme was “Run For Your Life!”; In a bit of a swerve, we aren’t looking at horror films, but rather chose pieces that are literally about running.  In addition to a nice case of [intended] title symmetry, both 2007′s Run Fatboy Run and 1998′s Run Lola Run share protagonists who are putting one foot in front of another as quickly as they can to improve their lots in life.

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µF²: The Pain of Isolation; Cube, Marty

Every week on Micro Film Festival, we take a quick look at 2-3 films or shows that share a common theme. This time, our selected theme was “isolation”; We chose pieces that explore what happens when people are cut off from their regular lives and one another. We start in the near future of 1997 with the sci-fi thriller Cube, bridge into the past through two classic episodes of the Twilight Zone, and finish with the winner of the 1955 Best Picture Academy Award, a movie called Marty.  Continue reading