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Stake & Chips

Not a lot going on here to be honest. A one room revenge film, involving a game of poker where Bobby Young is scheduled to get his comeuppance for past bullying crimes. Turns out he's still a dick and torments the other players with some nasty calls. This may be the one time I wished the freeze-frame ending didn't exist so I could enjoy what would have happened next. I did like the use of prop though: a piece of wire strapped to the wrist to conceal an Ace of Spades. I also enjoyed the performance by the dude in the glasses who seemed like he didn't want to be there (the character, I mean ...maybe the actor too, who knows?).

Lost & Found

Good lord, was this a beautiful looking film. The plot was fairly minimal, with just enough ambiguity to make the ending work, but seriously, this was awesomely shot! Beautiful country landscape and great use of focus and close-ups. I know it shouldn't really factor in, but your opening introduction had me in hysterics. Seriously funny guys who made a genuinely mysterious film. Well done.

Hear No Evil

Deliciously ironic title when this originally played without dialogue. Mistake was fixed, and the film was restarted. Some kind of virus that is transmitted through sound is turning people into psychopaths, who kill others and often themselves. Three people run for their life, trying to stay ahead of the virus and the killers. I bet that paperclip scene got exactly the response you were looking for. And we had to go through it twice! Good use of prop. An enjoyable short that played horror seriously; always welcome and often my favourite type of 48hours film. I particularly liked the editing during that "showing the effects of the virus" montage (for lack of a better term).

Fruit Punch

Loved this one. Loved the lead's mustache. A man helps Bobbie Young break into what is supposedly her house, but turns out to be the house of her ex. She goes on to trash the place while the man begs her to stop. A lovely piece of stop-motion involving fruit is used to explain that he cheated on her and broke her heart. The man joins in on the destruction and the two bond until the ex shows up dressed as a banana. Of course. She flees, he gets his ass kicked... by a man dressed as a banana. They meet up again (she uses the same wire lockpick to get into his house) and instead of the freeze-frame kiss we were all expecting, they stop and hug instead due to the man's lip being too sore. Great performance, and great make-up work to show the man beaten and battered. I'm not sure the trashing of the house was a proportional response to him merely cheating, but that might just be my own messed-up morals. Very enjoyable piece. Good title, too. Plus it had a man dressed as a banana! Come on!

Fistfull of Crime

When I first saw this title on the voting form, I wondered whether they were aware they spelled "fistful" incorrectly. By the time their short had finished, I was convinced they knew exactly what they were doing (although I'm not entirely sure I did). Hilariously animated to the point of seisure (no, not literally), this film was an assault on the senses that I couldn't help but fall for. A murder has occured and Bobby Young may know more than he's letting on; like for instance, how he punched the guy in the face repeatedly and trod on the corpse using a horse. While trying to get to the bottom of this, the detective converses with the skull of his ghost mother. Or something. Enjoyed the karaoke Ghost Mother song at the end with the crucified Jesus. Yep. That is a sentence I just typed. I guess this one just needs to be seen.

Hear No Evil

Deliciously ironic title when this originally played without dialogue. Mistake was fixed, and the film was restarted. Some kind of virus that is transmitted through sound is turning people into psychopaths, who kill others and often themselves. Three people run for their life, trying to stay ahead of the virus and the killers. I bet that paperclip scene got exactly the response you were looking for. And we had to go through it twice! Good use of prop. An enjoyable short that played horror seriously; always welcome and often my favourite type of 48hours film. I particularly liked the editing during that "showing the effects of the virus" montage (for lack of a better term).

State Highway Death - Turn Right For Murder

I get the feeling I liked this one far more than most. Due to an unfortunate sound problem, this short played the first time through without any dialogue, but then when the problem was fixed, we saw it again at the end of the heat. Fair's fair. To be honest, I liked both versions. Probably because the first time, I was making up my own dialogue in my mind. Honestly though, their dialogue was better. A girl who was tormented by bullies goes on a road trip spanning Wellington to "Auckland" and kills them one by one. When she reaches the final bully Bobby Young, it appears that he's changed and she decides to spare him. Mistake! Hammer time! Okay so the plot was fairly simple, the blood effects fairly hokey and the "road trip" aspect fairly incidental, but an enjoyable short is an enjoyable short is an enjoyable short... Good effort.

6A

Hilarious. Tremendous performances from everyone involved. A poetry-writing, Mother Earth-loving hippy is extremely frustrated with her neighbour's complete disregard for how recycling works. She decides to take revenge and receives some (terrifyingly specific) ideas from her flatmate. However, due to some misunderstandings and the man she's seeking revenge on having English as a second language, her attempts at revenge are misinterpreted for romantic aspirations. Loved the freeze-frame ending, and this short was particularly well-written, with some signifiers (such as writing on both sides of paper) being set up early for great effect later. I really loved that protest sign she had written too, but can't for the life of me remember what it said! Seriously, find me on twitter, I need to know! Full marks.