By Allison Lyzenga, My Film Habit
Film: The Waiting Game
Sheesh! Who hasn’t dated this guy before? Always late to everything, but entirely blind to that fact. And he doesn’t seem to mind that this means his poor date is sitting alone in some public place, waiting and waiting.
Eddie Lee perfectly captures the frustration of this poor girl in this short film about a chronically late boyfriend. She knows just what she has gotten herself into with this character, so she can’t really be angry at him, but it still doesn’t make the situation any less maddening. I’m sure there were many women in the audience that were smiling knowingly during this film, and silently elbowing their dates in the ribs.
Film: Ajumma! Are You Krazy???
You can’t help but loves these totally outrageous, rowdy, middle-aged Hawaiian women. These vivacious ladies are totally love-struck by every new Korean idol to hit the scene, and they’ll stop at nothing for a shot at meeting one of these hunks in person.
No price is too high for a chance at getting a picture with their beloved Michael–not even their dignity. Brent Anbe directs this hilarious tale of three girlfriends and their wacky hijinks as they stalk their favorite (for the moment) TV hottie. When they learn that Michael Park will be making a publicity stop in Hawaii, these women call in sick to work, clear their calendars, and start a stakeout.
But their adventure quickly becomes a heated competition, as a trio of equally-devoted, little, 20-something strumpets moves in and tries to steal their Michael away from them. The whole audience was in stitches as they watched the madness escalate. This short film is a riotous good time, and you’ll be hard-pressed to keep a straight face for more than 30 seconds while watching it.
Film: One Year
Wow. We women can really be a handful sometimes. John Raposas directs this epic argument story, and it will really set your teeth on edge. In this film a girl starts a blowout argument with her boyfriend on their one-year anniversary because she doesn’t feel like his gift to her fully encapsulates their love as a couple.
This chick is in a blind rage, and she flings accusations like a pro. I actually found myself cringing during parts of this story because I’m pretty sure I’ve heard some of the very same phrases come out of my mouth at one point or other. And I never quite realized how selfish and foolish it must have sounded. This film captures the tone of these relationship fights absolutely perfectly, complete with all the passionate allegations, and total absurdity.
So while the experience of watching this short may not be what I’d call enjoyable, it’s definitely relatable (and maybe a bit of a teaching moment?).
Film: Poi Dogs
True love can sometimes hit you when you least expect it. Just when you’re as down on your luck as you’ve ever been–your football team hasn’t been winning, the other team’s star quarterback has been giving your trouble, and your rickety little moped has been struggling to carry your linebacker frame–the woman of your dreams can come waltzing into your life, toting her competition-sized tuba with her.
Joel Moffett directs this heartwarmingly comic tale of dreamy-eyed first love. This is the sort of awkward, self-conscious sort of first crush that starts off with your teasing your lady, just so you can have an excuse to talk to her. But then, bliss! This short film is pure magic. The lighting, the music, the camera angles–it all captures these high school misfits first forays into romance very charmingly.
Film: I’m in the Mood For Love
We’ve all felt that empty feeling in the pit of our stomachs when accidentally running into an ex in the street. And realized in horror that they are out with some new flame! In this short film by Jason Karman, one man is stopped dead in his tracks when he realizes he’s just walked into a restaurant where his old boyfriend is out on a date with some new guy. And even worse, he can’t duck out, because his ex has already spotted him.
His mind runs wild as he fantasizes about winning back his boyfriend’s heart through song, but then reality takes hold again. No one needs to add insult to injury by inviting public rejection. This film plays with the idea of the little fantasies we create in our heads when we imagine how we want romantic encounters to go–or how we wish they’d gone.
We plan out just the right, witty thing to say, and imagine our paramour reacting perfectly. But then reality comes along and makes mincemeat of our beautifully-planned, little encounter. This short film rings very true. And despite its slightly sad tone, it’s also very endearing too.
Film: Works of Art
I’ve been lucky enough not to have had to put up with parents who set me up on blind dates with potential marriage matches, but I’ve had enough friends who have that I’ve seen what a pain it must be. Andrew Pang directs this fun story about the pitfalls of blind dating.
Art is a struggling actor, so he really can’t afford to say no when his good friend offers to pay him to stand in for him on another one of these parent-arranged dates. Fortunately, this girl is only visiting town for a few days from Korea, so he won’t have to run the risk of running into her on the street a week later and blowing his cover.
But when this girl turns out to be way more interesting than he’d anticipated, he faces the dilemma of anyone who’s ever lied about very material, and very verifiable personal information on a first date. Is is better to come clean, and run the risk of an ugly rejection, or should you just end things, and promise to yourself not to make the same mistake again? It’s hard to know.
Allison Lyzenga writes about films on her website My Film Habit.