SFU SECOND YEAR FILM SCREENING
On Thursday, March 20th, CJSF intern SB took in a SFU second year film screening at the SFU Theatre on Burnaby Mountain.
The first film of the seven was Pleasure in Quietus, about a bizarre girl who likes to wear all of her favourite clothes, wash them (whilst prancing around the laundromat in a touque, rainbow scarf, comic underwear and long socks), and buy boxes of her favourite cereal each day. This short film included many snowy scenes which gave the setting a fun feel, especially in partnership with the girl’s colourful attire. The film as a whole focuses on something said by a character in one of the last lines, stating that some people try to live in the moment but even in a moment everything can change.
The next few films were Project Alice, Intersection and Playing Cards. Project Alice is a short film about a drug dealer and a drug addict. The cinematography in this film was my favourite out of the rest. Brick walls, shadows and dim lights accentuated some very artistic shots. Intersection started off very blue and somber right off the bat. I wasn’t too sure about the plot of this film and was pretty lost throughout. Although, I did enjoy the last scene in which a homeless man’s face is highlighted by the television on his shopping cart in a back alley. The next film, Playing Cards, was about a younger man staying with his older brother, who is a devoted gambler, and his girlfriend. The message of Playing Cards is essentially expressing that relying on anything or anyone other than yourself is dangerous and may not bring you the results you desire. This film was my favourite, not only because its message was the least difficult to decipher, but also because I enjoyed the acting, especially that of the main actor.
Dog Gone and Dead to Me brought the audience a little humour and got me a little more relaxed. Dog Gone was about a man who thought it was best to get rid of the family dog Maxie, only to realize how much his family really cared for it. It was a bit pointless to me and I found my attention slowly fading; with that said, Dog Gone was probably my least favourite film. The next film, Dead to Me, was the funniest and least dramatic. It was about a guy who is trying to throw away his deceased ex-girlfriend’s stuffed frog but is constantly interrupted by visions of her trying to stop him. The big twist at the end is where the guy is finally disposing the stuffed animal and sees his ex-girlfriend (alive and healthy) with another man.
The last film, The Barnyard Queen, was little too artsy for me to understand fully. What I did understand was that it was a about a play about a barnyard queen (a random girl the director selected from the audience) and barnyard animals who don’t know what to do about a tree getting stuck in the farm’s waterwheel. There were witty, colourful costumes and the paranoid director was an interesting character. Overall, I enjoyed the variety of themes and genres this film screening offered me.