Title: Microcinema

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Year: 2011

Genre: Short / Horror

Language: English

Runtime: 6 min

Director: Skip Shea

Writer: Skip Shea

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2043919/

A nice young man who has spent his time watching crazy snuff films has gotten an urge to go out and make one himself.

Our thoughts:
This is a short film that my partner-in-crime Preston told me about. He hadn't seen the short, but he thought it would be something I'd like because I'm a fan of mockumentary films, and he had heard some good things about it. I decided to look it up and was a bit hesitant towards it - some people seemed a bit too optimistic about. Of course that just made me wanna see it even more. But then I went to the website and saw I could get it for $0.99. Now, I'm a movie collector, I have spent a good share of the money I have earned on movies. Crap movies on good releases, crap movies on crap releases, good movies on good releases, good movies on crap releases, double-dipping, you name it. I have also paid for downloads before, but to be honest I thought it was silly that I had to pay to download/stream this 6 min movie, even though it was a dollar. Could've given it out for free, couldn't ya? Anyway, I did pay for it 'cause it seemed exciting!

It starts off with a guy turning on his camera and talking about how the killers in the usual snuff films aren't showing any depth into what they are doing. There's something philosophical about it, and he wants to explore this side of it himself and share it ("for just a few dollars") online for everyone to see. So that everyone can imagine that they are him for a moment, killing another person. A bit preachy for a pseudo-snuff I thought, but oh well. Then it skips to an outdoors scene where he is filming a girl going into a forest, and he goes after her. This is where the movie kicks in. I won't spoil it for you, but it's a bit of a twist. It's not a bad twist, but everything that happens after the twist is just crap. Honestly. It's silly, and basicly consists of something I think was done better in "Big Junior" (broom scene).

It also surprised me that the movie isn't a mockumentary at all, because for some reason it jumps to third person of the camera man at times, which was completely unnecessary and ruined part of the style for me. But the most interesting thing is that a film I expected to be short but intense, and maybe even disturbing, ended up feeling like Troma without the Lloydian acting and puns. The only good bit this movie had to offer was boobs - and they weren't really in there for a reason!

If you feel you want to pay a dollar for this short film, then go ahead. I wish I hadn't, but at the same time - fuck it. I got another review out of it. Skip Shea isn't a shit director just 'cause this short film did nothing for me, I think there's potential there for a much better planned film in the future. Maybe even a remake of "Microcinema". It really shouldn't have been that stupid - and isn't that what remakes should be used for? Remaking potential ideas that sucked?

Positive things:
- Boobs.
- Decent twist.
Negative things:
- Not really a mockumentary and/or pseudo-snuff.
- Everything after the twist was silly as shit.
- The climax of this felt like a scene done better in "Big Junior".

Gore: 0.2/5
Nudity: 1/5
Story: 0.5/5
Effects: 0.5/5
Comedy: 0/5

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