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Must See Short Films

As of 2015, Forest City Short Film Review is now bestowing the honor of MUST SEE SHORT FILM on any film whose Final Grade rates 4.3 or higher out of 5 total points.  These films are the cream of the crop -- those films that are, for all intents and purposes, as good if not better than those big budget feature films boasting $12 ticket prices at the local multiplex.

Here's hoping we'll have many more of these over the coming years!

A caveat before we begin: a film has to have been released in one form or another in 2015 to have been included in that calendar year's MUST SEE SHORT FILM list.  In other words, if, in 2015, I review a film that was released in 2013, that film would NOT be eligible for the 2015 list, but would be eligible to be added to the 2013 list.

Over the next few weeks, we'll also have the strongest films I've reviewed in previous years as well.

Without further ado . . .


FCSFR'S MUST SEE SHORT FILMS OF 2016

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2016 HONORABLE MENTIONS
(in chronological order of review)


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FCSFR'S MUST SEE SHORT FILMS OF 2015


HALINA -- Science Fiction.  4.3 / 5.

Warm Milk Productions
Written and Directed by Ralph Suarez
Starring Lilly Wilton and Hannah Jane McMurray

It's tough out there for the unemployed -- anyone will tell you.  So when Mischa (Lilly Wilton) finally scores an interview for a mysterious job, she's willing to look the other way when it turns out said job is to babysit an artificial intelligence experiment in synthetic human skin -- a real walking and talking cyborg completely indistinguishable from so-called "normal" human life forms.

As if that weren't weird enough, the robot, named Halina (Hannah Jane McMurray), was created to simulate the deceased wife of wealthy benefactor Thomas Crane (William Otterson).  She's identical to her namesake in every way, even retaining many of the human version's memories.

That's creepy enough, right?  Well, something in the way Mischa's boss, Ms. Avery (Patricia O'Neil) acts says something is not right.  And then there's the mystery of what really happened to Thomas Crane's wife . . .




MOTHER & BROTHER -- Drama.  4.3.  

Malt Shop Productions
Written and Directed by Dustin Cook
Starring Laurence Fuller and Lisa Goodman

Mother (Lisa Goodman) is dying, and it's left to her eldest son (Laurence Fuller) to care for her until the inevitable happens.  It's a seemingly unending string of long nights and even longer days, of bathing and feeding and sleeping.

Meanwhile, the son's younger brother (Clint Napier) is getting married to Annabelle (Ashley Hayes), who neither Mother or son likes.  Then, the younger brother is going on a honeymoon in Mexico.

It's unfortunate timing, particularly considering the venemous way Mother has learned to control her household . . .


TEA FOR TWO -- Comedy / Fantasy.  4.3.

Pork Chop Pictures
Written and Directed by Mark Brennan
Starring John Challis and Amanda Barrie

Two young people (William Postlethwaite and Abigail Parmenter) walk into a cafe run by the unlikely pair of Jim (John Challis) and Alice (Amanda Barrie), completely oblivious to the fact that there's a whole lot more on the menu today than just a slice of cake and a cup of home brewed tea.





EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY-- Drama.  4.5.

Written and Directed by Patrick Vollrath
Starring Simon Schwarz and Julia Pointner

Lea (Julia Pointner) is an 8 year old girl leaving her mother (Marion Rottenhofer) to spend her weekend with her father, Michael Baumgartner (Simon Schwarz).  He takes her out to shop for toys -- any toys she wants -- and then it's on to an exciting afternoon at the fair.

But there's one stop Michael has to make before they can go, and it marks the beginning of a long evening for both father and daughter . . .


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2015 HONORABLE MENTIONS
(in chronological order of review)



DIME CRIMES #34 -- Drama.  4.1.
Written by John Michael Wagner
Directed by Ed Hellman
Starring Ashlee Mundy and Jimmy Dalton
READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE!



FEAR THY NEIGHBOR -- Thriller.  4.2.
Written and Directed by Josh Goodman
Starring Kisanti Hathor and Evan Judson
READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE!



PROFANO NOMEN -- Drama / Religious.  4.1.
Written and Directed by Martino Caputo
Starring Martino Caputo and Joe Perrino
READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE!



CROCODILE -- Fable.  4.1.
Written and directed by Matt Harris-Freeth
Starring Callum John Geddes and Adam Fuller




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