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  • My Last Day

    My Last Day

    ★★½

    flashbacks to my 11-year old self in Sunday school shielding my eyes in terror from the second half of this 9-minute short

    At the time I was growing tired of many inane and clichéd Bible YouTube videos, this came like a lightning in a bottle. And I think this still holds up in some aspects.

    Revisiting this 6-7 years later, it is a pleasant surprise for an animated faith-based short like this to not shy away from the blood-soaked agony…

  • Everything Will Be OK

    Everything Will Be OK

    ★★★½

    Hertzfeldt delivers a singularly disquieting and unflichingly powerful portrait of mental illness told in a bleak, surreal urban yet dreamlike setting. This marks the first chapter of a trilogy, preceding I Am So Proud Of You (2008) and It's Such A Beautiful Day (2011).

    We see introduced to our protagonist Bill, an ordinary man in the form of a stick figure leading an ostensibly mundane life with anecdotes told through constantly nonchalant narration, as increasingly disturbing hallucinations and dreams manifest…

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  • Alteration

    Alteration

    ★★★½

    The breathtakingly trippy visuals, unnerving soundtrack and compelling scenes make for a tense, one-of-a-kind ride that you will have to see to believe.

    I experienced Alteration right after On/Off, which is another VR film in the We Are One film festival. This sucks you in right from the very start and doesn't let go. The sequence from the 14-minute mark in particular made such a lasting impression on me that... I penned my first Letterboxd review.

    Unlike On/Off, the VR…