SXSW 2020 Short Film REVIEWS: Selfie, Modern Whore, The Voice in Your Head, Single

SXSW 2020 Day 2 of 10 day limited available event.
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Watched the following short movies and reviewed yesterday and rewatched some on day #2. All are non-spoiler reviews for those that haven’t seen.

Selfie ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
Run time: 9 minutes

The blue ‘S’ you would think means Skype, but not here, it stands for the fictional service Selfie, an Instagram-like social media service. Those who use the service do not get what they bargained for.

The ending in particular has a real bite to it, and I dug it. On Day #2 of SXSW this was showing as “unavailable” when I tried rewatching it, so you may not be able to watch it. The other SXSW movies are showing up.

Sidenote: there are other short movies on Amazon Prime Video with the title of “Selfie” and several involve figures in the selfie picture that weren’t there.

Modern Whore ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Run time: 12 minutes

An escort shares what her life is like playing a character that is “a sexy version of myself.” What she discovers is that others are rating her, but not on what really happened, what their fictional perception of what happened. It explores the online review culture, awarding star ratings for the dates, her appearance and sexual performance.

“She can play the flute” and other juicy dialogue.

Entertaining, but could see it getting annoying if it was much longer. Short film is definitely the right length.

The Voice in Your Head ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Run time: 13 minutes

Starts out with a visceral scene of a guy being spit on by another guy insulting and degrading him. This presumably is his voice in the head, and he’s pretty funny. “Eat normal!” Dig the dark green pimp outfit, gold chain and polished shoes.

Then the twist comes. Awkward and funny. This might fit nicely in an anthology of self-discovery stories. My favorite of the four watched.

Single ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Run time: 16 minutes

She has one arm and has a date with a man with one hand. They discuss and explore their disabilities and how others try not to stare, but do. The woman character is not very likable, but the man fights to overcome it. I’d be interested in seeing more of these characters.

More films at SXSW via Amazon …

The first group of these short films were mostly enjoyable. I mean, they are quick. Like watching a scene or three. This is how I imagine Quibi is targeting people with their quick bites videos. When watching they feel like the visual equivalent of reading flash fiction.

I’m going to watch and review more over the rest of the 10 day online festival. Have you watched any of the SXSW films yet? What have been your thoughts so far? Let’s discuss in the comments below.

4 thoughts on “SXSW 2020 Short Film REVIEWS: Selfie, Modern Whore, The Voice in Your Head, Single

  1. Liked these shorts:
    Quilt Fever – Americana, 16min
    Hiplet -Modern Americana, 10min

    Liked this (subtitled) film:
    Le Choc du Futur, 1h 19min
    ->Good filmmaking, great characters
    ->1970s period piece, appropriate length

    Glad it was short:
    Runon, 12min

    Hope to watch more.

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    1. I was surprised that many people were into quilting. Some really cool designs. I did some sewing as a required course in the 7th grade. I made a pillow, which was a far cry from a quilt. I did notice it seemed like a significant older age. Today’s reviews to be posted later will include Quilt Fever and some others. Day #3 of 10 .. yay!

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