Sep 102011
short film
by George M. Groutas

This past weekend, at the recommendation of a friend and colleague, I treated myself to a wonderful comedy/drama short about people and relationships, titled Socks and Cakes, a Woody Allen inspired short from writer / director Antonio Padovan.

Shot in New York City’s Greenwich Village, the fifteen minute film takes a comic and dramatic look at the jealousies and frustrations that arise between five friends who have gathered together for a dinner party. They flirt. They drink. They argue. They talk about love, sex and life. They come for a lamb dinner and red wine, but some of the characters end up walking away with so much more.

I have to tell you that even for a fifteen minute short film, I saw a beginning, a middle and an end…and found it all utterly charming and even a little moving. I’ll take a film like this over  3-D any day of the week.

Writer / director Padovan’s film stars an immensely talented actor named Timothy J. Cox (his delivery and demeanor reminiscent of a young Richard Dreyfuss) as Harry, a downtrodden literature professor who still has very strong feelings for his ex-wife Amanda, played by the luminous Kirsty Meares.

Meares’ Amanda is now married to Harry’s best friend Richard (Jeff Moffitt), but there’s trouble in Richard and Amanda’s marriage, although Amanda tries to put on a brave face as the party she and Richard are planning is about to start. Aside from Harry, the other guests expected to attend are cocky real estate giant David (Ben Prayz) and his young girlfriend, the seductive Sophie (Alex Vincent). Upon meeting Sophie, Richard is quite taken with her and his nowhere near subtle flirtations with her begin. Harry is also fascinated by Sophie, but more for the fact that she’s with an idiot like David (his words). Harry’s dislike of David stems, I imagine, from his suspicions that David and Amanda were intimate in the past; a fact Amanda confirms in the films’ final and best scene. In it, Amanda, in a wine fueled rage, admits to Harry that her marriage to Richard is ending and that her future is uncertain.

Socks and Cakes is not a film about solving life’s problems; it’s a film about simply addressing those life problems, which people commonly don’t like to do. The problems that these characters face in the film, issues with commitment, insecurity and trust, don’t get solved quickly, certainly not in fifteen minutes, but in Padovan’s film, we see a glimpse…a sign, a hope that people like Harry and Amanda are going to take the steps to make it better. 

Padovan’s script weaves between sharp and funny word play, especially when all five characters sit for dinner and muse on various topics, to some very moving and dramatic revelations about the insecurities that we all feel about where our lives have gone and where they have not. At fifteen minutes, Padovan shows us some very interesting characters. 

Shot in continuous takes, the film moves at a crisp pace, with scenes flowing nicely from one to the next. Credit for the stellar camera work goes to director of photography Alessandro Penazzi, whose work impresses here. 

All of the performances are spot on. This is a true ensemble piece, although Cox and Meares are exceptional…especially Cox, who manages to bring considerable warmth and charm to the role of the hapless schnook Harry.

Socks and Cakes is not a film that you’re likely going to see at a movie theatre near you, although I hope that big things happen for the film in the future.

According to IMDB.com, the film has received great reviews across the board from numerous sites on the internet.

If you wish to view the film yourself, visit the films’ official website at http://www.socksandcakes.com/Socks_&_Cakes/Home.html

 

 

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Los Angeles Film Festival- A Quick Review

By: Eddie Dantes
Posted: May 24, 2010

If visiting a film festival is on your wish list – the place should undoubtedly be the Los Angeles Film Festival.  Touted as the most happening film festivals amongst the others in the circuit, the LA Film Festival is here again to make you drool over it!

This year the film festival begins from June 17th to 27th of the same month. Passes will be on sale from 1st of June, 2010. You can also find the passes at the Official Website of the festival. It is a one-of-its kind film festival in the world where the best films belonging to each genre are screened. Moreover, you will find only that kind of film buffs here that you always wanted.

Films shown are segregated into the following:

Premiers

Classics

Musicals

Spanish movies under the heading “En Espanol”

Ford Screenings

Summer Screenings

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Narrative

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The world has never seen such a celebrated extravaganza of films. Each year from the past 16 years, the festival has created a record of sorts. This year it is not too different and 200 movies are being screened at the famed film festival. The film festival is special because it promotes originality and promotes new directors who have it in them to make to the very best of the film world. To celebrate the art that is film-making, the LA film festival 2010, brings to you the critically acclaimed Pat Tillman documentary – The Tillman Story.

Year after year this film festival has been the testimonial to smash world-wide hits delivered by the film fraternity. For example, it was here that the movie “The Devil Wears Prada” was premiered which went on to become a super-hit world-wide.

The very famed and names of the most acclaimed directors of the world will surely make you understand the kind of response and cheers the festival is met with. This is perhaps the only film festival in the world where the height of anticipation exceeds the film-makers enthusiasm! No wonder that this place is considered as the Mecca of launching new and bold directors and filmmakers.

You can log on to the official site to have a glimpse of what the film festival has in store for you. The magnum opus would surely be the film made by the 10 independent filmmakers of Mexico – together!

Needless, to say, this year it has all the fanfare to already be a history in the making. The participation has seen a record turnout and if the marketing gurus are to be believed, the ticket sales would fly through the roof on the opening day.

If you’re looking for a welcome change from the films that bore you and overly criticized, this is the place to be.

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