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Hilarious!!

9/10
Author: Billybob-Shatner from United States
15 July 2006

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I just caught this at the Long Island International Film Expo tonight, and laughed out loud nearly the entire run time.

The plot basically deals with a meeting between a boss (who sounds like he's right out of an infomercial) and employee. The movie is such a prime example of why comedy is so much better when it's played straight.

In my years of attending film festivals, this is one of the best short films I've come across, along with Dave Coyne's "Dr. Deniro and Mr. X". Both films are amazing examples of what was great work can be accomplished using prosumer equipment.

Highly recommended.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Sidesplitting comedy short

9/10
Author: Woodyanders (Woodyanders@aol.com) from The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left
11 March 2010

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Stern no-nonsense manager Kevin (superbly played with eerie calm by Bob Rue) calls Daryl (a marvelously edgy turn by Brian Ronalds) into his office so he can rewrite an important business proposal. Meanwhile, the corpse of fellow co-worker Mike (writer Bruce Dellis) sits in a chair right next to them with a wooden stake sticking out of his chest. Director Dean Matthew Ronalds and writer Dellis expertly craft a wickedly funny short that savagely satirizes prim'n'proper white collar office conduct and decorum (Kevin rationally explaining to Daryl that he killed Mike because he's a vampire is positively gut-busting in its blunt and unblinking matter-of-fact directness). The gloriously surreal and ridiculous pitch-black gallows humor works like a charm because it's done in a delightfully deadpan way (special kudos are especially in order for Rue's remarkable portrayal of the quintessential fiercely pragmatic office worker taken to its logical ruthless extreme). The surprise ending likewise smokes. Ditto Tim Clark's busy shivery score. An absolute riot.

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Wow...I would hate to work for Berm-Tech Industries.

10/10
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
29 March 2009

This is an exceptional short comedy that is so surreal you can't help but laugh. The film begins with the boss, Kevin, talking to one of his employees about the importance of re-writing an important proposal ASAP. The problem is, that as they are talking, another co-worker is lying in one of the chairs--dead and with a stake in his heart!! During all this conversation, Kevin doesn't even mention anything about there being a dead employee there and he only talks about it when asked. Even then, he answers as if everything he's saying makes sense and has no idea why the other guy is so upset!!

The film has an excellent, albeit strange, plot. But what really makes the film is the strange way that the script is delivered. Bob Rue's delivery (as Kevin) really does make the film as does the cute ending. All in all, it's one of the funniest shorts I've seen in some time--kudos for doing something different and truly funny.

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