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Indie Horror Review: The Absent and Not Being Fully There

12 March 2011 4:00 AM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

*Full disclosure: a screener of this film was provided by Sage Bannick.

Director: Sage Bannick.

Writers: Ari Bernstein, Damon Abdallah, and Sage Bannick.

The Absent is 4/10 high school drama, 4/10 slasher and 1/10 psychological thriller. Releasing on DVD March 15th through Passion River, The Absent is an eighty minute challenge upon the attention, with some tension coming from a teacher/student interplay. You see, Vincent is a science teacher with a crush on a young student, named Katie. Soon, characters are dying and motivations are not fully realized. An indie film with passion and ambition, The Absent just never becomes compelling.

Director Sage Bannick has stated that this film was shot in ten days: "on a shoestring budget." So right out of the starting block, this film is rushed. Most films require at least two weeks, excluding re-shoots. A film just cannot rise to any excellent quality, with such a short shooting schedule. »

- (Michael Allen)

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Votd: Mark Romanek Music Video Career Tribute

8 March 2011 5:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Mark Romanek may not be in the top tier of feature directors just yet, but among music video directors, he's an icon. Remember the dark sultriness of Fiona Apple's "Criminal" video? Or the controversy surrounding Nine Inch Nails' "Closer"? How about the heartbreaking intimacy of Johnny Cash's "Hurt"? Those are just three of his best-known works. Romanek's other musical clients include artists as varied and notable as Madonna, Weezer and Jay-z. Revisit those videos and many, many others in this video of higlights by Romanek fan Nino Del Padre after the jump. [via Movie City News [2]] Watching these videos, it's obvious Romanek has a gift as a visual storyteller. He has an impressive flexibility that allows him to do vibrant and upbeat just as compellingly as he does still and uncanny. Romanek's won numerous awards for his work, including Grammys for Michael & Janet Jackson's "Scream," Janet Jackson's "Got 'Til It's Gone, »

- Angie Han

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