Having watched so many films of different shapes and sizes, I am a bitter, fastidious sod who lives up to his film snobbish reputation. I will watch anything and I do mean anything. I've seen things that would make lesser men tremble in fear, like Gigli. And I've seen things that much more sensible people would turn off before it was too late, like Gigli. I hate Gigli.
While its better scenes help to distract from these moments, clichés are still clichés, and no matter what strengths its actors might bring to the film, “Wolves” remains a bland, uninteresting drama that leaves the viewer feeling underwhelmed as its credits begin to roll.
Unless your name is James Nguyen (the man responsible for treasures like “Birdemic 2: The Resurrection”), it’s difficult to laugh at a terrible movie on a shoestring budget. The temptation is to look for the silver linings, the more admirable qualities of what, frankly, looks like a disaster in pixels. Who doesn’t want to be…
For the most part, its animation is the primary thing taken away from the overall production. Short films are a tricky form of filmmaking to create as brevity can risk the resonance to its own story. While undoubtedly amusing for its brief run time, but whether it will be remembered shortly after screening is uncertain at best.
If attempting to make a film that might be considered edgy, make absolutely certain that it is an audacious work and not just an exercise in being insufferable.
Undoubtedly, Cannes produces a showcase selection of films considered artistic or valuable, but it also incurs the inevitable backlash. As such, being the winner of the Palme d’Or in the short film category, it’s impossible to respond to Timecode without fastidious scrutiny.