Title: Tinderizer

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Year: 2015

Genre: Short / Independent / Comedy / Thriller

Language: English

Runtime: 18 min

Director: Daniel Kochovos

Writer: Daniel Kochovos


A young man with a strange fascination for trains is being mocked by everyone around him. When he sits by his computer at night he stalks one of the local girls on Facebook. When he finally stumbles upon her one day and she is acting nice towards him, he is unable to take the situation for what it is, and it all ends on a bad note.

Our thoughts:
There is nothing bad to say about young filmmakers trying some strange, funny ideas and see where it goes. "Tinderizer" is one of those movies. It doesn't have much of a plot but it has an idea and it has an end punch to it - a little bizarre twist that is common among short films sent out way.

The plot is simple and could have been told in half the time: when a young man who is obsessed with trains (especially Thomas the Train) meets a girl he has been stalking online, things take a dark turn. While we can't help but feeling sorry for the little guy, there is something disturbing about him. Most of the runtime is spent with this guy as he sits at home, touching his little Thomas the Train toy while surfing the internet after pictures of a girl - and her home address. The runtime is probably one of the weaker points of "Tinderizer", but it does emphasis the issues that this guy has.

There are some typical traits to "Tinderizer". It's the silly acting to show a guy with mental issues, weird wigs that can't be taken seriously, the weird little choices (Thomas the Train) and it's longer than it has to be. None of this makes "Tinderizer" a bad short film by any means. I look at it as a filmmaker's practice.

The twist to the movie is what makes it somewhat memorable. While not a thought-provoking or entirely original twist, it did go against our expectations. Beyond that twist, Daniel Kochovos has perhaps not made a masterpiece, but his short film is definitely worth checking out if you are bored. I'm keeping this review very short because there isn't too much to the film, but also because everyone can watch it right now as it's free on Youtube. So if you are bored, you know what to do!

Positive things:
- I had no issues on the production values, even though they're not super polished.
- The little twist at the end.

Negative things:
- It's quite typical.
- Longer than I felt it had to be.

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 1.5/5
Effects: 0.5/5
Comedy: 1.5/5

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