Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Death to the Tinman

A commenter on Pajiba the other day linked to this short, Death to the Tinman, which was shown at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Go to the link and press the play button on the screen-within-a-screen that comes up. (I know, but hey, some people are less technologically savvy than others.) The ending has an unfortunate undergraduate feeling to it, but there are some pretty funny moments throughout. It’s filled with amateur actors and the story could be sillier in different hands, so it shows how far style can take a filmmaker.

It also proves for the millionth time that the indisputable reigning influence in young and hip Hollywood (and off-Hollywood) is Wes Anderson. His fingerprints are all over this. If you need further proof of his sway, check out the “episodes” at clearification.com, where Demetri Martin is slyly pitching for Microsoft.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

you hinted at its 'undergraduate' qualities. well, if you didn't know, it was a senior thesis film for a film studies major at wesleyan university. it is impressive none the least.

6:11 PM  
Blogger JMW said...

That is impressive. I liked it a lot -- that's why I posted it. I stand by the undergraduate statement. I figured it was a young filmmaker, so such moments are to be expected. One could say it's suprising how few of them there are in this -- again, impressive.

9:07 PM  

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