Short Film Review: “Smoke” by Grzegorz Cisiecki (NSFW)


With no words, a little music, and a lot of interesting visual cuts, Grzegorz Cisiecki has created a story that defies explanation in a surreal world with his short film “Smoke.” The tag line is “The story of a person who became the captive of surrealistic madness.” It definitely captures a bit of madness.

It’s tough to describe even after watching it a few times, but it’s amazingly artful in the mysterious way it gives you glimpses of a story. The glimpses provide bits of a framework and that allows you to fill in the rest in your own mind. So my interpretation of the scenes will most likely be different than yours.

The story seems to focus on a man who drives clients to a club where they can have their fantasies come true – from the usual sexual fantasies involving men and women to a scene where a man lies on the floor with a bullet hole in his forehead. Even during the drive itself where the client is eating some kind of fruit in the back seat of the car with the juice dripping down his chin and onto his chest, there’s a glimpse of gluttony.

As for the women in the story, they seem to be caught in a world they can’t escape. The tears along the side of a couple of their faces and the violent way they’re treated by clients in the fantasy club provide just enough details for you to feel badly for them.

And the man himself seems to have a tape recording of events in the club, and that’s keeping him and his girlfriend from being happy together.

All in all, it’s definitely a very surreal approach to storytelling. I love the silent aspect, with just ambient noise and music in the background. And the soft zoom effects and transitions are enough to keep you guessing as to where you’re going next. In seven minutes, you’re left wondering what you just watched – like a staged crime on Chatroulette without the “live” aspect.

Definitely one of the most interesting short movies I’ve seen in a while. The short film does offer a bit of nudity so it’s probably Not Safe For Work (NSFW). But I’d encourage you to check out Grzegorz Cisiecki’s “Smoke” on YouTube (included below) or Vimeo and let me know what you think!


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[Short Film] AVP: Redemption

Hi there…

Yes, I’m a sci-fi geek. I loved the original Alien and Predator movies. But I’ve been kind of lukewarm to the Alien vs. Predator movies of late. They’re ok, but not great. (I have some hope for the upcoming film Predators however.)

When I stumbled upon AVP: Redemption and learned that it was made by fans, I knew I had to check it out. And honestly, it’s better than some big budget flicks I’ve caught on the big screen.

Check it out at Vimeo and see what you think:

AVP Redemption from Alex Popov on Vimeo.

Two years and $500. What are the studios doing with all THEIR money I wonder?

Awesome job!


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[Short Film] Mr. Bojagi Has a Gift for Everyone…

Hi all…

Ran across this short film today – Mr. Bojagi – starring Brian Blessed (Prince Vultan in the 1980 Flash Gordon among other great roles) and Hildegard Neil in a short fantasy film that recently won the 2010 British Lion Award for achievement in film and the Jury Award for Best Short Film at the London Independent Film Festival.

This is a very cute, very interesting short film with some definite appeal for further exploration. I absolutely love the magical shelves that go to the sky and scroll across forever at the touch of a lever.

What do you think? If you like it, share it around – a full length script around Mr. Bojangi has been written so if they get enough interest, I’m guessing we’ll see more.

Here’s an interesting short about how they made the film:

I absolutely love Brian Blessed. His gregarious character in Flash Gordon is one that has always left a lasting impression – and obviously he’s still having fun in film. It’s great to see that he would be involved in such a splendid project!

Be sure to check it out!


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