Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Five Friends Tangled Up In Witty "Socks & Cakes" Short Film!

"SOCK & CAKES" (2010)
Genre: Comedy
Length- 12:32
Company:  Kimistra Films

Richard (Jeff Moffitt) is an architect with a cooling marriage to Amanda (Kirsty Meares), whose ex-husband Harry (Timothy J. Cox) scrapes by emotionally in an unfulfilling French Lit teaching position.  David (Ben Prayz), a real estate broker, brings a new girlfriend named Sophie (Alex Vincent).

The common thread among the five friends is that none of them are truly happy, all of them are bored with their lives, and they're all gathering for dinner tonight in Richard and Amanda's apartment.

It's like watching two cars headed for a collision: you just know it's going to end badly as desires run rampant and inhibitions get left with the wine glasses at the dinner table . . .


"Socks & Cakes" is a comedy -- more properly a dramedy -- written and directed by Antonio Padovan.  It's a witty, sarcastic and unflinching look at how a group of friends will prey on one another to try to capture a glimpse of happiness.  Then, having experienced that glimpse, they become bored with it as fast as they've found it.

There's a little bit of "breaking the fourth wall" as well, and Cox does a good job delivering those lines.  It comes as a bit of a surprise, happening at 4 1/2 minutes into the film, and then it never happens again, so it seems random.

That's my main complaint about "Socks & Cakes": the story elements don't feel as cohesive as they could be, and thematically apart from the conversation in the kitchen kitchen between Harry and Amanda is poignant, but apart from that, not a whole not in the film carries much resonance.  As a result, much of the film just feels like random snapshots of Friends inspired grumblings.


Writing: 2.5 / 5.  What's the ultimate point the film's trying to make?  Why does Harry break the fourth wall?  There are a lot of questions which aren't properly answered.  
Directing: 3 / 5.  Padovan provides decent camera movement.  Director of Photography Alessandro Penazzi gets some nice visuals out of some fairly static looking locations (interior apartment shots).
Editing: 3 / 5. The film moves slowly and it feels like that's intentional, but still, where are we going?  "Socks & Cakes" probably could have been tightened up a bit.
Sound/Music: 3 / 5.  The music sounds bored -- perfectly reflects the characters in the movie itself.  The dialogue is audible and the levels are good.
Acting: 4 / 5.  Well done across the board, with particular props due to Meares and Cox, whose dialogue in the kitchen really provided this film with heart.

Final Grade: 3.1 / 5.

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Thanks for reading! I'm a screenwriter and script consultant. Most recently, I've worked with LMC Productions and Mad Antz Films in Australia. I helped mold Goodybag Productions' award winning screenplay "The Teacher" and Michael Maguire's feature length script "The Wolfpack", which is still in development.

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