August 3, 2009 12:01 AM   Subscribe

Replay is a kind of stunt showcase short film from 2007. Features a dude chasing another dude. posted by juv3nal (16 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
What a horrible interface. There is no way to wait for the video load without being full-screen and taking over my computer?
posted by skintension at 12:19 AM on August 3, 2009 [1 favorite]

It appears to be loading for me as I type this. I just pressed Esc and then clicked Pause.
posted by pracowity at 12:44 AM on August 3, 2009

Wow. I did not care for this at all. Is there anything out there lazier than a short film than a chase sequence disguising itself as a "short film"? UNESCO should classify that cliche as art crime, right after they get done executing anyone who uses a single piano or plucking guitar as the single musical source on their soundtrack. I saw stuff like this all the time at film school. Sure it looks pretty and it's shot well, but scratch it a bit and you'll find a prideful meaninglessness.
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 1:23 AM on August 3, 2009

quite possibly the lamest thing I've ever seen.
posted by @troy at 1:33 AM on August 3, 2009 [1 favorite]

Fails to load on my mac.
OS X 10.5.7
Firefox 3.5.1
posted by Richard Daly at 1:46 AM on August 3, 2009

quite possibly the lamest thing I've ever seen.

You don't get out much, do you? I've had lamer things come with my breakfast cereal.

It's an amusing conceit, but has no actual substance beyond the supposed mindfuck ending.

And really, can we find a way to build tension in movies, even ones such as this, which do not involve the use of quick-cuts in order to disguise poorly designed and executed stunt moments? It used to be, I'd go to a movie and see really incredible stuntwork. Now, I see a series of quick cuts featuring flailing limbs in quick close-up and then suddenly it's the other side of the stunt, and I'm meant to assume that something amazing has happened. It's old at this point.

The same technique is used to disguise bad dancers in movie musicals. Just fucking take the time to learn the dance and film it properly. It doesn't impress me that the editor can make it look as though you're competent. Give me Fred and Ginger, or early Jackie Chan, and I'll be impressed. All this created-by-the-Avix bullshit just makes me feel bad that nobody could take the time to really learn the shit they want to show on screen.
posted by hippybear at 6:32 AM on August 3, 2009

A much, much more fun freerunning / parkour chase scene. With a plot that actually makes sense. And real stunts.
posted by straight at 8:02 AM on August 3, 2009 [1 favorite]

Grrr. should be Avid, not Avix.
posted by hippybear at 8:51 AM on August 3, 2009

That was really not very good. Silly conceit, very little stunt work that wasn't that interesting. I hate to just be all Negative Nancy, but it's just not that good.

Mostly I had to rush to post to bitch about the web presentation. Doesn't work in Chrome at all. Demands to run full screen only (in Firefox), yet only uses 1/9 of the pixels on my screen when it plays and fills the rest of my screen with black bars. And the player consumes 100% of CPU on a very fast machine and has random playback stuttering, typically on scene cuts. There's a reason Youtube and Vimeo exist, folks. Use it.
posted by Nelson at 9:59 AM on August 3, 2009

The sad irony is that it's not worth a full play, let alone a replay. Gotta love the vague intimations of drama that mean nothing.
posted by univac at 11:10 AM on August 3, 2009

Yeah, bad web. Had to switch to IE to watch. Also only interesting in the slightest sense of cinematography. If the twist had had some point to it, perhaps.

I really wanted the bike to find a way up the stairs, and felt gypped when it didn't. But the faking of the bikejacking was a gyp already.

Also, wasn't entirely impressed with straight's link either. Better to watch dull parkour with a slight story to it, but not much. Mostly interesting because of use of locations. Music was terrible, and when it started up again, I was grateful it was the end.

Perhaps both these guys will learn some craft someday. Or team up and produce something worthwhile together.
posted by dhartung at 12:14 PM on August 3, 2009

I dunno, I'd never seen the time synchronization thing before. I thought it was kind of neat. Sorry.
posted by juv3nal at 12:16 PM on August 3, 2009

Worked fine for me on Firefox 3.5.1 and OSX 10.5.7, but yeah, crappy video. The lighting was good, if that counts for anything.
posted by furtive at 2:01 PM on August 3, 2009

it sucks i'm jealous because i my parents couldn't afford to pay for film school so that i could make a real film the same thing with my name on it skill and attention to the craft.
posted by the aloha at 2:15 PM on August 3, 2009

i made the flash website all on my own i was totally ripped off by the person i paid to make the site for me. i like how it flows so well. it makes you want to replay the site over and over again i love flash. flash is so pretty. flash is a buzzword that i insist upon having even though i barely can run safari by myself.
posted by the aloha at 2:23 PM on August 3, 2009

i am so clever. actually, i am letting off steam. thank you, internet pincushion.
posted by the aloha at 2:27 PM on August 3, 2009

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