Uncle Kent 2 (2015)

Uncle Kent 2
Director: Joe Swanberg (the first 10 minutes or so), Todd Rohal (the rest)
Writer: Kent Osborne
Sequel to: Uncle Kent
Cast: Kent Osborne, Joe Swanberg, Steve Little, Jennifer Prediger, Kate Herman, Lyndsay Hailey, [SPOILER] ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 19.9.2015
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard.]

Plot:
Kent (Kent Osborne) is dreaming of a seqel to Uncle Kent, a film he shot together with his nephew Joe (Joe Swanberg). But Joe isn’t interested in doing sequels, so he refers Kent to a friend. But Kent might have other things to worry about anyway. He’s about to travel to San Diego Comic Con, although his doctor (Steve Little) asks him not to because there’s something wrong with him. But Kent goes anyway. Things there become weirder and weirder. So weird, in fact, it might just be the end of the world.

I really enjoyed Uncle Kent 2. It goes into a completely different direction from the first film, but it’s a turn I could go along with without problem.

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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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The Catechism Cataclysm (2011)

The Catechism Cataclysm
Director: Todd Rohal
Writer: Todd Rohal
Cast: Steve Little, Robert Longstreet, Wally Dalton, Miki Ann Maddox, Koko Lanham, Rico A. Comic
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
Father William (Steve Little) has a bit of a crisis of faith, so he takes a day off work to do something else and get his bearings a little bit. The only contact he still has outside of church, is Robbie (Robert Longstreet) – a guy William’s sister dated for a while in high school. William idolized Robbie very much. Robbie is a little bewildered by William’s contact, but agrees to go kayaking with him for a day. But when William’s bible falls into the toilet, things really go south for the both of them.

The Catechism Cataclysm is a weird film. That I absolutely loved. I can’t say I entirely understand it but it doesn’t really matter since it entertained the hell out of me (no pun intended).

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