The Short Films of Izzy Lee #2 (2019)

Short films are a strange art of their own--for them to “work,” they have to be perfectly paced, give just enough exposition to drag us into their world but not so much that it bogs down our interest or drags the story, and most of all, it has to leave a taste in our mouths. Shorts are usually shown in hour and a half blocks at festivals, and when your work is bookended by pieces that may be tonally dissonant, hyper-violent or hyper-sexual, or just off-the-wall bonkers, you have to make sure the audience is going to stumble back out into the sunlight thinking about what you served up. More than most directors who work in the short form, Izzy Lee is able to meet all these challenges.

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RE: Brightburn (2019)

Every fan of the macabre remembers it: that exact moment they got the call. Maybe it was looking at the posters for the newest slasher and catching yourself daydreaming about all the gruesome delights the movie promised. It could have been that thrill of hearing urban legends about hook-handed psychos or monsters under beds.

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Skate Kitchen (2019)

It’s nothing groundbreaking to point out that we’re a more divided world now than ever. While subcultures have traditionally been a safe space for the disenfranchised, scandals like Gamer Gate have shown the underlying hatred and misogyny that can exist even in places where like-minded weirdos are supposed to belong together. The gloriously fun Skate Kitchen, starring members of the real all-girl’s skating collective addresses these feelings of alienation and needing a place to belong.

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