Fighting egg films Chad: tale of a dance
– Musical or dance
Total low budget fun. Three guys on top of a hill, the best dancers in the world. They have a kung-fu movie style dubbed dance-off. It was low tech, it was dumb, it was simple and it was danced enthusiastically and poorly. I loved it to bits.
Good times Maori detective and the boogie fever
What can I say?
Blaxploitation cop movie with lots of good Maori jokes. I especially loved the delivery of “Aue”. I was pleased it won.
Indefatigable La promenade des moutons
– Unnecessary sequel
This really didn’t stand up to a second viewing for me. Someone said on the forums that they took the easy way out doing a mockumentary instead of a proper unnecessary sequel, and I can’t help but agree. The sheep costumes were still funny, but not as funny as before. It is beautifully shot though.
Little pig productions A Void
– Science fiction or Monster
Meh. Too slow to get started. I could see that there was meant to be a slow build of tension but I didn’t buy into it. It was very well made; great lighting, great overall look, but I thought the sound let it down a bit. Cute cat. Good twist. Nice sfx. One thing it had going for it: it was definitely a short film, it wasn’t a feature film compressed into 6 minutes.
I….it was a splatter film. A splatter film with lots of naked lesbing. I didn’t really get it, although I quite liked the use of the ‘missing reel’. No real story arc, but I dunno, lots of other people liked this more than I did.
Masonic pictures Hell Fire and angels
– war or western
At first I was sceptical. This team did a mouse movie last year (Jake and Angel Whiskers) and that was alright. More mice? Well, the sets and art direction were fantastic and the wee mice and the superb voice acting really sold the hard core ‘war is Hell’ message. Loved it.
The mice were very cute, especially with their little helmets on.
Panic attack Jerry Reed Drives Himself Nuts
– religious or educational
I don’t think I really *got* this film. I was waiting for it to be educational or religious for quite a while. I liked the jokes, and I liked the use of the Jerry Reid character but overall I was a bit WTF? Over the whole thing. I was wondering how they filmed the thing though, was the camera taped to the front of a car or what?
Prime rib Bookcase
This is the team that did Gunther and Me one of my pet favourites from last year. This year it was a mystery about two rival librarians, one old school shush type and one radical and easy going. Books start disappearing, puns are made…my fave: “you’ve been caught with your hand in the bookie jar”.
I have a lot of love for this team. This movie was awesome.
The ministry of boys World of Rope
– Religious or educational
Michaela, our camerawoman last year starred in this one! It was a hilarious German educational film about the uses and dnagers of rope. It was apparently all improvised and man, was it ever funny. It won best costumes, best use of “what do you call that?”, best make-up and came second in Wellington. Nice.
The three dicks Whorecop 3: Night Justice
Here’s one that played and I didn’t understand why. It was a bit like White Tiger’s one last year, where the audience all seems to be enjoying it but I’m sitting there going “are we watching the same film here?”
It was a nasty looking thing about a man dressed as a woman who was a whore and a cop. There were some pretty upsetting shots; up the short skirt, being screwed from behind, just too much leg, etc and I just couldn’t find it appealing.
Traces of nut First Death II
– Unnecessary Sequel
The sequel to a movie that doesn’t exist. I don’t think I would have included this in the finals, although it was technically very good as the story was pretty unoriginal. (Obviously that is going to be a downfall of the genre…) but it just seemed like they wanted to make a Die Hard movie, so that’s what they did. Some funny jokes, a lot of sexism and a really upsetting come on line at the end.
Will she wait Shooting Star
– Musical or Dance
Possibly my favourite movie. They really nailed the musical, which is a large ask in 48 hours. A hip hop musical about a rap star in a hit and run, the woman who witnesses it and the cop who checks him out. The music was catchy, and performed well. The story was concise and easy to follow, the cinematography was lovely and yeah….pretty darn close to perfect.