There is something about an introspective film that reaches feelings we store in ourselves: regret, love, love lost. "Cashback" grazes over those feelings without disturbing them and lets us connect to the film’s protagonist all with one stroke. But the film isn't all drama and sadness. Romantic and comic moments help lighten the load and "Cashback" never ventures into the Overbearing Zone.
Sean Ellis originally wrote this as a short film and won an Academy Award for it to boot. When approached to make a new film, he decided he wanted to take a week to add to the short film’s script, so he could turn it into a feature-length film, using the footage from the short. This is a brilliant move because the time to complete the film was shortened considerably as was the
budget. He was also able to keep the great cast from the short film - and all make each scene worth watching.
The star of the show, Ben (Sean Biggerstaff) is an art-school student. When his girlfriend, played by Suzy (Michelle Ryan), dumps him he becomes an insomniac who can't overcome his
The Broken (2008)
“The Broken” is a horror film made for After Dark Horrorfest (produced by After Dark Films), which features Gina McVey (Lena Headey) as a woman who sees a doppelganger of herself driving down the street. The experience sends her down a winding road of denial, possible mental instabilities – and murder. However, like all winding roads, this film travels slowly around each curve to avoid falling off the edge. Does the movie succeed in maintaining intrigue and pace? Sometimes less so than we’d like.
Haven't we all had a moment where we looked at ourselves in the mirror and wondered who might be on the other side and if our reflection is even our own? What? No? OK, well some of us do. “The Broken,” written and directed by Sean Ellis, explores the subject in a body-snatcher style and succeeds, but not as stellar as we'd hope.