Saturday evening I went to the Tivoli with a group of friends and
watch a collection of 10 comedic film shorts courtesy of the St. Louis
International Film Festival
“AdCorp, Inc.,” ***
A brainstorming session of ad execs trying to come up with a catchy
name for a store that sells items meant for the bedroom, bathroom, and
other rooms in the house. Most viewers will guess fairly quickly what
the end-result will be, but it’s humorously done.
Animated short about a handshake at a bus stop that goes horribly
awry, with an unexpected twist at the end which turns it from comedy
“I’m Sorry, Mr. Reeves,” ** 1/2
A short which I believe was locally produced. Mr. Reeves gets a phone
call from a doctor telling him he will die before the day ends, and
the events unfold from there.
“It’s the Cat,”
Forgettable enough I’ve forgotten what it was about.
“Marvelous Marso and the Case of the Climbing Cats,”
Ditto. Maybe I’m prejudiced against cats, but I don’t think so.
“Mr. Dramatic,” *** 1/2
A woman is set up on a blind date with “Mr. Dramatic”. We quickly
learn how he has earned that nickname. Very well done, with lots of
“Pee Shy,” ****
One of the two best shorts, in my mind. About a scout troup that
annually goes on a hike, and tells ghost stories, and a kid who one
year is so scared, he becomes too shy to pee in public. And how the
tables get turned.
“Perils in Nude Modeling,” ** 1/2
Slightly humorous short about falling in love with a nude model,
though I’m not sure how funny it is beyond the subject matter.
“Two to Tango”
Forgettable enough I’ve forgotten it.
“West Bank Story.” ****
Romeo and Juliet/West Side Story set in the West Bank…with two rival
felafel stands: the Jewish “Kosher King”, and Palestinian “Hummus
Hut”. It’s a musical. I’ve reviewed this short before, and I am
biased, as my cousin is in the starring role. However, watching it
with friends, they were laughing in the right spots as well.