ABCs of Death 2 (2014)

ABCs of Death 2
“Sequel” to: The ABCs of Death
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard Morrissey.]

Plot:
Like the first film, ABCs of Death 2 is an episode movie in which 26 directors each got a letter in the alphabet to which they chose a word from which they built their story/short film. The letter M was given to an unknown director through a contest.

Of course there are segments that I liked better than others and some I didn’t like at all, but altogether, I liked ABCs of Death 2 better than The ABCs of Death. Julien Maury – who was a guest at this year’s /slash – told us beforehand that one of the rules they got for their segment was that they shouldn’t use too much toilet humor. Apparently all the directors got that memo and it really does help. Watching 26 short films in a row is certainly exhausting, but since the last few segments are particularly strong, you don’t feel it as much. I really enjoyed myself.

As a warm-up we got to see the M-finalist Le Meat by Austrian Wolfgang Matzl (who also did the fantastic credits animation for the feature) which was really cool, funny and weird. A great way to get started!

[After the jump, I’ll talk briefly about all the segments separately. That includes listing the directors, writers (as far as I could find out who wrote what) and the names of each segment. Since it was fun to guess the titles while watching the film, you might not want to read on if you haven’t seen it yet.]

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Big Bad Wolves (2013)

Big Bad Wolves
Director: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado
Writer: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado
Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Tzahi Grad, Rotem Keinan, Doval’e Glickman, Kais Nashif
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
The police have been investigating a series of disappearances/murders of little girls. Their main suspect is teacher Dror (Rotem Keinan) but they don’t actually have anything on him. After they attempt to beat information out of him, police man Miki (Lior Ashkenazi) is suspended, but can’t really let it go, so he decides to kidnap Dror – only to find that the father of one of the girls, Gidi (Tzahi Grad), had the same idea.

Big Bad Wolves is freaking fantastic. It has one of the deliciously darkest senses of humor I’ve ever seen, it’s tense, exciting and pretty much perfect. I walked out feeling positively post-orgasmic.

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Kalevet [Rabies] (2010)

Kalevet
Director: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado
Writer: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado
Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Danny Geva, Ania Bukstein, Menashe Noy, Ran Danker, Henry David, Ofer Shechter, Liat Harlev, Yael Grobglas, Efrat Boimold
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
Tali (Liat Harlev) and her brother Ofer (Henry David) have run away from home, but in the woods they run to, Tali falls into the trap of a psychopathic killer. Ofer runs for help and finds a group of young tennis players who took a wrong turn. The guys – Mikey (Ran Danker) and Pini (Ofer Shechter) – go with Ofer to find Tali, while the girls – Adi (Ania Bukstein) and Shir (Yael Grobglas) – wait for the police. But that’s just the beginning of how things go wrong.

Rabies is a good debut movie, but it’s quite notable that it’s a debut. It’s quite enjoyable, but it could have been a little more daring and more overtly funny.

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