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Summertime Christmas (2010)
Not perfect, but nice qualities for a small independent feature!
This film is for a young demographic (probably 6-15), however it did have some legitimate laughs anyone could appreciate. It thrives on heart and honesty set against a backdrop of small town charm. Two elves, away on assignment, team with a local Christian girl to re-establish good principled behavior within the town's cast of trouble-making children.
As far a production value, the film is carried by it's cinematography, sound, and locations, all of which are grade-A and top-tier for indie film making. Other pluses include wardrobe, make-up, and bits and pieces of the acting and dialogue. Based strictly on these elements combined, I give the film a 9++.
What holds this film back are some weak areas in the script, acting, and editing. Some scenes and dialogue dragged, causing the film to (uncomfortably) lose tempo. Based strictly on these elements combined, I give the film a 4. A lot of the real qualities came from certain departments and that is evident. Sadly, the script, tempo, and amateur acting just countered much of the positives. In evaluating the film for its total attributes, I give a rating of 6+. The lack of completeness was damaging but to the film's credit, it had many high-value elements that most low-budget indie films can only dream about.
A great feature for students/fans of indie film (lessons to learn/lessons to gain). A nice DVD for all of the kids in your extended family.
Disaster! A new "low" in film-making!
I saw the DVD cover for Recon 2022 in the local Blockbuster Video store. Mind you, I really do like to support independent film any chance I get. Unfortunately for me, I had to blow $5, and my evening to learn that the cover art was the best thing about this film. It was all downhill from there.
I can't even begin to describe what the "absence of acting" did to torture me, so I won't. The dialog resembled a collection of writings from bathroom stalls. And, after much suffering, for the hope that I might get a fraction of $5 out of this experience, a giant SOCK PUPPET entered the screen and attacked the characters. That won't even fly with 1st graders! With respect to your time and mine, I won't attempt to detail the plethora of flaws and abuses. Simply put, the most horrific elements (non existent) were: Dialogue, Acting, Story, and FX.
The fact that this caught distribution is so frightening, it should get a special trophy from Screamfest. I will retract my statements if it can be proved that this was a 48-hour film project. Anything over 72-hours and I sustain my comments. The best part of the experience was the long awaited closing credit sequence. Be warned! Save yourselves! Run from this title!
On a positive note, every filmmaker should have a new found hope of getting distribution and reaching the shelves of Blockbuster.