THE HIT LIST - August 15, 2016
The second in the playlist comes courtesy of the Disney Channel Youtube portal as one of a bundle of 12 shortfilms from the network as part of its agenda to build a digital audience as well as broaden its creative table. Arcanum is the name of the short from stunt coordinator and filmmaker Mitch Gould with actor Leo Howard (Kickin' It) starring as a mysterious rock and roll musician who arrives at a library to confront its keeper while in search of a mysterious stone that could save the world from an ancient evil. Also starring are Louis Mandylor with Howard facing off against an enchanted suit of armor played by Dan Southworth (Mortal Kombat Legacy S2), and the aforementioned LaFontaine coordinating the action.
Last but not least is a throwback to 2013 with a project I'm very much new to. It comes from 2014 Stars Of Tomorrow prospects, acclaimed shortfilm directors The Halsall Brothers - Matt and Simon, hailing from Seoul by way of London who have entrenched themselves greatly into the heart of their craft with their winning short film projects.
Their latest gem can be viewed here while The Hit List now accomodates their 2013 revenge drama, If I Only Had A Heart, the story a young street fighter whose memory of a letter left by the mother who abandoned him in a coin locker a long time ago are all that keep him going following a near-death experience - the culmination of a violent cycle of life to which there is no resolve without fighting.
This, I think, is one of the best shortfilms I've ever seen and I'm sure I'm not alone in this opinion. Actor Min Jung Kim is a stand-up performer in every aspect, absorbent of the very vision that lends this jewel of a movie the very acclaim that it has earned in the last several years...and I fucking hate myself for not having caught onto this sooner. Boy oh boy.
This isn't entirely an action piece, but it's full of imagery centered with enough brutality and gore to reel you into the revenge story it is written as. It's totally dark and brooding with massive and powerful drama and I'll be goddamned if these filmmakers aren't given a budget to make something greater following this.
Watch this shortfilm and learn more about 100 Bullets through this link!