Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Writers: Charles Burns, Romain Slocombe, Blutch, Pierre Di Sciullo, Jerry Kramsky, Richard McGuire, Michel Pirus
Directors: Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre Di Sciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti, Richard McGuire
A series of animated shorts about fear, mostly in black and white.
good. good animation. i think it's hard to come up with original horror plot lines. these definitely fell into the same sort of horror categories. i appreciated the length. sometimes i think collections of shorts go on too long and i stop paying attention. i did sort of find myself mentally wandering away from the last one so i say good call on that being the last one. i liked the varying style of animation while still following the black and white theme. it's always a pleasure to see interpretations of guidelines by different artists.
This one definitely exceeded my expectations. One of the best things about it to me was how the shorts were similar enough that they could be intercut, diverse enough that you could tell when the cuts happened, and edited well enough that the cuts were an asset rather than a liability.
Each piece has its pros and cons, but there were far more pros than cons. Leila made the point about halfway through that there are only so many basic horror stories available, but we agreed that the takes in these films were far enough above the middle to eliminate that as a large concern.
It's kind of difficult to talk about this one, not because of spoilers, but because plotting isn't a very large concern. Suffice it to say: This was pretty cool and if you don't mind subtitles you will very likely be both entertained and intellectually stimulated.