SCREAM FOR ME (2000/US)
MY SKIN (2002/US)
HUMAN NO MORE (2004/US)
REVIEW BY-STEVE GENIER
DIRECTOR-CHRISTOPHER ALAN BROADSTONE
CAST-TONY SIMMONS, GABRIEL SIGAL, LORA CUNNINGHAN, LISA MONTAGUE, RICK WILDBRIDGE.
SOURCE-BLACK CAB PRODUCTIONS DVDR SCREENER
Where to begin, I guess with the beginning. Director Christopher Alan Broadstone directs a series of short films for his production company Black Cab Productions. Three films starting with SCREAM FOR ME, MY SKIN and HUMAN NO MORE. All of which are intensely very dark and very twisted. Diving into the world of revenge, though not your normal version of it. Let’s just say the revenge finds itself the victim of revenge.
In his first short film, SCREAM FOR ME, Broadstone explores a killer who finds himself landing victim to someone who is as crazy if not crazier then him. Looking for a quickie from the girl that the killer killed, in his eyes, he’s going to get what he came for even if it means showing the killer what it’s like to be raped. If this all sounds crazy, the best way to explain is to feast your eyes on this 22 minutes short film that plays out like a full feature. The acting is absolutely intense and so surreal as the story as well. Tony Simmons who play the nutcase looking for his fuck, is above and beyond. SCREAM FOR ME is one trip down a road I certainly wouldn’t want to be mixed up in. Raw and right in your face and I mean in your face.
4/5 BITCH SLAPS
MY SKIN, Broadstone’s second short film which runs roughly about 13 minutes dives into a world of revenge yet again, though once again played out very differently. Death comes to collect the soul of a dead woman but first decides to make the killer play for his actions. Death plays a little game of bringing all the evidence to light and phoning the police to collect it. Brilliant storytelling and direction gives you the viewer a first hand experience at just how talented director Christopher Alan Broadstone really is. The darkness pierces through whatever light there is, Death brings a killer to his knees and makes him begs for forgiveness. The dialogue to witty as is the lead of Death (Tony Simmons). This guy has an acting range so incredible it seems you can cast him in anything. Even as good is Broadstone’s ability to direct him.
4.5/5 BITCH SLAPS
HUMAN NO MORE, is the last, most recent short film, that is certainly the more stranger of the bunch. Yet, strange as it my be HUMAN NO MORE is another fine example of the directing of Christopher Alan Broadstone as well as the acting of Tony Simmons. These two working together certainly have a bright future for sure. A detective is driving to the brink of sanity, obsessed with a murder case. Replaying his life, giving in to morals beyond his reach. Tired, beaten and ready to be taken by those who wait in hell for him, or is it heaven, there is no clear answer here as with all of life. HUMAN NO MORE is a total mind bending trip that makes you sit there and ponder just how deep one can wonder on something without driving one mad or to the brink of their own death. Again the dialogue is smart and very trippy, so listen very hard to it or you will miss out. There is some pretty impressive cinematography on hand here as is the lighting. Once again, very dark, a great depiction of the theme at hand.
3.5/5 BITCH SLAPS
There is no doubt that Christopher Alan Broadstone should direct a full feature as all three examples of his short films are a perfect reflection of foretelling of what is to come from this highly talented director. He has also just published his first novel PUZZLE MAN which as far as I can tell would make for a perfection feature. I have yet to finish the book, but like his films, PUZZLEMAN is a solid piece of work. For those who would like to get more information about Christopher’s full body of work, visit Black Cab Production official website at www.blackcabproductions.com
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