Shuffling On My iPod: The Arcs

Black Keys frontman/keyboardist/lyricist Dan Auerbach has put together a very cool side project called The Arcs that is a fully collaborative band made up of Auerbach and some notable indie music notables like Richard Swift, Homer Steinweiss, Nick Movshon, Kenny Vaughan, Leon Willis and members of the group Mariachi Flor De Toloache. If that eclectic grouping wasn’t interesting enough it turns out that the inspiration behind most of the songs on The Arcs’ LP are inspired by the Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao fight from earlier this year. At least something good has come from that shitty over-priced borefest because I have enjoyed all the songs I have heard from The Arcs so far with the posted song, Stay In My Corner, being my current favorite.

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Short Shrift Theater: Treevenge

The perfect short film for the holiday season, TREEVENGE shows us what could happen if the Christmas trees ever decided to rise up and attack mankind. Yes that sounds ridiculous but this is a gory, bloody, violent hoot of a movie that I predict many will add to their holiday viewing schedules after seeing it.

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Short Shrift Theater: Secret Santa

This is a very fitting short film for this time of year from Amalgam Studios and it manages to pack a major wallop into a barely 3 minute running time.

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Short Shrift Theater: Five Minutes

5 MINUTES is an interactive zombie film and in this universe the first symptoms that someone is becoming a zombie is a loss of memory within the first five minutes of exposure. So throughout the film you are presented with relatively simple tasks to prove your memorization skills are intact.

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Short Shrift Theater: Tuck Me In

The award winning TUCK ME IN is quite possibly the creepiest 1 minute ever put on film. Check it out and see if you agree with me.

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Short Shrift Theater: Steadfast Stanley

This is one of the most heartwarming animated shorts I have seen in a while despite all of the animated corpses traipsing around. Not even the zombie apocalypse can keep a faithful dog away from his beloved master. I also loved the animation especially the scraggly lined drawings of the zombies. And Stanley is just the best cartoon doggie ever!

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Short Shrift Theater: Lights Out

This short from the Bloody Cuts “Who’s There” Horror Short Film Challenge is one of the creepiest shorts i have seen in a while. It also gets more tension in it’s three minute running time than some full length movies fit into two ours. Check out the video after the cut.


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Short Shrift Theater: The Sleepover

THE SLEEPOVER takes us to a town where all of the tropes of the standard slasher movie are very real and known to the citizenry, the job of babysitter is not something that just any pimply faced teen can do. Oh no, my friends. To be a babysitter in this town one has to be a bad  mama jamma who can go toe-to-toe with any hard to kill masked, blade wielding freak that happens to show up primed to murder anyone he meets. And woe be the young whippersnapper who doesn’t take the suggestions that the babysitter gives about making sure your room is secure.
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Short Shrift Theater: Abe

Waking up in a serial killer’s kill room is pretty crappy but when that serial killer happens to be a robot it gets just a bit creepier than you could possibly imagine. That is what we get in the short film ABE where a servant robot with severe emotional problems takes to murder to try and find out why no one loves him. The concept is insanely inventive and the execution is great especially the overly calm British voice of ABE that sounds like Paul Bettany or Jude Law after taking mood stabilizers.
Hollywood must think this is a pretty novel concept too since MGM has acquired the rights from creator Rob McClellan to make a feature film based on this short.
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Short Shrift Theater: #TRUTHINJOURNALISM

Director Adi Shankar follows up his really cool Punisher short film with another gritty take on a Marvel Comics character. This time he focuses his lens on Eddie Brock or as he is better known, Venom.
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Short Shrift Theater: The Flying Man

So imagine a world where The Punisher had the powers of Superman. If you envision the incidents of criminals dropping out of the sky to their deaths rising at an alarming rate thanks to The Punisher being able to fly then you have the gist of THE FLYING MAN, a short film about a vigilante with super-strength and flight powers preying on the criminal. element. The stuff with The Flying Man doing is thing is pretty riveting but the short film does drag a bit during the extended time that is spent with the two criminals on their way to do a job.
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Short Shrift Theater: Tonight I Strike

This short film by Canadian filmmaker Dan Gaud is not all that special in terms of acting or storyline but it is a very well shot film that looks absolutely gorgeous. But the main selling point of this short is Max, the sarcastic and foul mouthed servant robot that does not get nearly enough screen time. Mr. Gaud would be smart to put out another short film that features the misadventures of Max the Robot.

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