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Deathday Wishes

For most of this film I had no idea what was happening. There were just two people with bits of paper looking/seeming equally as confused as I was running about the place with fishbowls. And then he came back and said something re: 'you're not dying today, I am' and then it all made sense and I was pretty into it. The lighting was weird but the music was nice and seemed fitting. The crossword seemed ominous when the film wasn't particularly so: I liked that detail. The fish thing was cute I guess but I didn't buy it. The "she used to be a mother and I used to drive" line was subtle, telling, and heart-wrenching. This was a great concept for a short film and wasn't *quite* pulled off in the 48hours but I trust that this team have the potential to do more a bigger time allowance.

The Face of Morgan Foster

Enjoyed the fake facebook account in the intro. Also enjoyed the stills that spun into the center of the screen - very 1995 - very tumblr swag wow. Speed dating was a nice idea and the team clearly put a lot of effort in. I see where they were going with the genre and I am undecided as to whether or not the nailed it - indecision points to the negative. The team did a good job of working with what they had.

Ringtone Revenge

Lead actor playing a Rhys Darby type. Beautifully shot, the round the world piano sequence was incredible. Great set locations. Quirky story which was both interesting and easy to follow. Only thing that could be a let-down was the sound which wasn't perfect. Nice job! *WARNING: Plagiarism in action in reviews below.*

Mentirosa

OMG YOU GUYS. I DON"T EVEN KNOW. 10/10 because I want to watch this on youtube when I come home drunk. "Morgan Foster you are a lier". English subtitles. Wigs. Spanish dubbing. Nonsensical.

Mystic Shore

Only note I took was "I liked it" and that about sums it up I guess. The tale of a woman getting over an ex by becoming friends with a mermaid and thus becoming friends with herself. Well, that's how I remember it anyway. I'm a sucker for a BFF rom-com which this essentially was. Light, cute, funny. Editing/lighting/sound/cinematography were all lacking hence the lower score.

A Strange Pair

Firstly I'd like to shout-out to some *classic* lines from my fellow reviewers: matix: "This is what 48 Hours is all about punk rock DIY get in there and do it!" wellingirl: "Dude, your husband is a lazy liar who was more interested in seeing your dog than your child! I know it wasn't all that serious but I felt disappointed for her." You guys, YES, SO MUCH YES. The lighting/sound/tech sound of things wasn't the greatest and the acting was so-so but this was just a silly story with some really funny lines. The Nashi joke hooked me. And the sack to kidnap the kid! Nice one!

A Little Bit of Pluck

Nice film! Lead actress was adorable and did a fantastic job. Very relatable and sweet, good job at the genre. Wasn't thrilled with the ending but, hey, we had 49 hours!

NOIR

Great job. This was a standout in the heat, a film I really enjoyed. I found the story to be intriguing and not predictable, the ending played out well without becoming cheesy. The actors did a good job - if a little 'showy' at times. Costumes were nice, sets were nice. Unfortunately due to a messed up list leaving me lost in terms of film order, I did not take any notes on this film so have nothing constructive to offer - keep it up!

Morgan is a Walrus

After seeing 5 heats so far this year, this is my favourite yet. The story was whimsical and sweet - silly without being ridiculous. Some great dialogue in this film -my notes have "AQUA-PRISON" underlined. All actors did a wonderful job and were very convincing, I think I like this movie too much and may be buying into it idk idk idk idk. Beautifully shot, perfect sound.

Deathday Wishes

For most of this film I had no idea what was happening. There were just two people with bits of paper looking/seeming equally as confused as I was running about the place with fishbowls. And then he came back and said something re: 'you're not dying today, I am' and then it all made sense and I was pretty into it. The lighting was weird but the music was nice and seemed fitting. The crossword seemed ominous when the film wasn't particularly so: I liked that detail. The fish thing was cute I guess but I didn't buy it. The "she used to be a mother and I used to drive" line was subtle, telling, and heart-wrenching. This was a great concept for a short film and wasn't *quite* pulled off in the 48hours but I trust that this team have the potential to do more a bigger time allowance.

Irrevocable

I shed an actual tear watching this. Everything about it was beautiful: the shots, the sets, the actress, the editing, the pony, the weather. Dreamlike and hauntingly serene despite the clearly panic-stricken actress. Seamless; flawless.

Spoken Word

I liked the tent as a portal to the library. The night time shots showed nice lighting. Was sweet and endearing but didn't have *enough* to make it great.

Mentirosa

OMG YOU GUYS. I DON"T EVEN KNOW. 10/10 because I want to watch this on youtube when I come home drunk. "Morgan Foster you are a lier". English subtitles. Wigs. Spanish dubbing. Nonsensical.

A Strange Pair

Firstly I'd like to shout-out to some *classic* lines from my fellow reviewers: matix: "This is what 48 Hours is all about punk rock DIY get in there and do it!" wellingirl: "Dude, your husband is a lazy liar who was more interested in seeing your dog than your child! I know it wasn't all that serious but I felt disappointed for her." You guys, YES, SO MUCH YES. The lighting/sound/tech sound of things wasn't the greatest and the acting was so-so but this was just a silly story with some really funny lines. The Nashi joke hooked me. And the sack to kidnap the kid! Nice one!

Morgan's Match

This film had some great acting and some really nice shots. I thought the plot was great and it was a nice way to see teenagers portrayed: It was silly and sweet and funny. The *creepy older woman* was clearly playing a *trusted older friend* role which seems to have been misinterpreted.

Engaged

Beautifully shot musical with a high level of production: technically this was stunning. It even made the grotty Dixon Street toilets look nice! There was a great opening shot and it was nice to see Cuba Street. It was mostly funny and witty. The singer was great and the actors were pretty but idk man, urine jokes go so far and then it's just annoying. This got annoying pretty quickly. I blame Traces of Nut for all the unnecessary children in 48 Hour Films this year. Sure you have a good looking child, I DON'T NEED TO SEE IT.

Tyrone

Excellent job of the genre! So hard approaching "shock ending" when the audience is waiting for the plot twist before the film even starts. This approach ensured the audience were left confused - or at least laughing! Collage style of film was abstract and beautiful. Wonderful entry.

The Awakening

Oh man, this was SUCH A GOOD HEAT. Actor did a great job at being an actor, kept us interested despite the first minute or so of the film being predominately shots of his face to-from bed. Great style of film and was shot well enough. Ending was *whatever* and loses point because I just didn't care about it. P/ cool set though. I'm always amazed by hospital scenes that are actually set in hospitals: you guys got mean hookupz.

Confessions

I'm a HUGE fan of Keeping Mum and this film tapped directly into this with it's churchy black comedy script. The storyline and the acting were spot on, the song was hilarious - HOW WAS I THE ONLY ONE LAUGHING? The sound and lighting quality let this film down, but didn't effect the story.

Cake

I liked this take on the genre: boy finds a button that takes him back moments in time to allow him to correct his *fuck ups* usually revolving around his feisty girlfriend whom he neglects unless he wants sex. Consistently funny, well told story. Sound was not the greatest and dialogue felt forced at times.

Retirement Daze

I am amazed that this film is under 7 min it seems to have so much story: excellent scripting and editing! This film had it all: humor, bank heist, bandaged and wheel-chaired thief, police officer/uniform and A FUCKING PLANE. There were some great scene changes and the majority of the filming was slick. I wasn't fond of the weird indoor shots that were mostly blurry, am not sure what they were meant to add.

Retirement Daze

I am amazed that this film is under 7 min it seems to have so much story: excellent scripting and editing! This film had it all: humor, bank heist, bandaged and wheel-chaired thief, police officer/uniform and A FUCKING PLANE. There were some great scene changes and the majority of the filming was slick. I wasn't fond of the weird indoor shots that were mostly blurry, am not sure what they were meant to add.

A Little Bit of Pluck

Nice film! Lead actress was adorable and did a fantastic job. Very relatable and sweet, good job at the genre. Wasn't thrilled with the ending but, hey, we had 49 hours!

Interference

I was so enamored with this film that the notes I scribbled down (blindly, while staring at the screen) read as follows: - ENERGY - INTRO!!!!!!!! - Sulky girl

Rubble

Yo, guys, wow. The premise of this is not something I would expect myself to enjoy but I really really did. Excellent makeup and set designs. Each shot was both beautiful and alarming. I appreciated the fact that the whole film was composed of a select few shots which kept the plot bouncing along. Great use of earthquake effects! Great acting and use of compulsory elements. Lame ending.

Loop Aahhh

I was really confused for the majority of this film. But that was the point. I knew that the story ws trying to hint at something with the flashes of "other" footage which was used wit much restraint: but to great effect. It took right until the ending for the whole story to sink and goddam I enjoyed being kept in suspense like that. The use of the compulsory line was clever if a tad cheesy. The found footage style of film was great for 48 hours because I'm not able to pass comment/judgement on sound/lighting quality. Nice acting.

Loop Aahhh

I was really confused for the majority of this film. But that was the point. I knew that the story ws trying to hint at something with the flashes of "other" footage which was used wit much restraint: but to great effect. It took right until the ending for the whole story to sink and goddam I enjoyed being kept in suspense like that. The use of the compulsory line was clever if a tad cheesy. The found footage style of film was great for 48 hours because I'm not able to pass comment/judgement on sound/lighting quality. Nice acting.

The Face of Morgan Foster

Enjoyed the fake facebook account in the intro. Also enjoyed the stills that spun into the center of the screen - very 1995 - very tumblr swag wow. Speed dating was a nice idea and the team clearly put a lot of effort in. I see where they were going with the genre and I am undecided as to whether or not the nailed it - indecision points to the negative. The team did a good job of working with what they had.

Engaged

Beautifully shot musical with a high level of production: technically this was stunning. It even made the grotty Dixon Street toilets look nice! There was a great opening shot and it was nice to see Cuba Street. It was mostly funny and witty. The singer was great and the actors were pretty but idk man, urine jokes go so far and then it's just annoying. This got annoying pretty quickly. I blame Traces of Nut for all the unnecessary children in 48 Hour Films this year. Sure you have a good looking child, I DON'T NEED TO SEE IT.

Signal

Beautiful use of the sunlight. Was a perfect day for shooting this film, and the team worked with it well. Looked great. Good idea but I wasn't completely sold on the story. It didn't have that gripping-the-edge-of-your-seat feeling that an against-the-clock film needs: the girl was dead from the beginning, he seemed ok to swim, I don't know, maybe I have no heart at all. Sound appeared to cut out completely at one point.

Morgan is a Walrus

After seeing 5 heats so far this year, this is my favourite yet. The story was whimsical and sweet - silly without being ridiculous. Some great dialogue in this film -my notes have "AQUA-PRISON" underlined. All actors did a wonderful job and were very convincing, I think I like this movie too much and may be buying into it idk idk idk idk. Beautifully shot, perfect sound.