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Film: Validation

Director: Kurt Kuenne

Writer:Kurt Kuenne

Cast:T.J. Thyne, Vicki Davis and Dave Kuhr

Synopsis.

With an unusual idealistic way of walking through life a young parking attendant soon becomes popular for giving his customers not only validation for parking but the emotional kind as well, making them feel worthy and unique, dispensing smiles at no cost.

 

“Validation”
Review

With an unusual idealistic way of walking through life a young parking attendant soon becomes popular for giving his customers not only validation for parking but the emotional kind as well, making them feel worthy and unique, dispensing smiles at no cost.

Within seconds this film made me smile, and that seemed to be its goal. At first I felt unsure about the plot, I didn’t know if it was for real or just a big joke, but still, it immediately hooked me. I felt a rollercoaster of emotions as the story was taken into epic proportions and then given some seriousness introducing a full plot; I cared for the character as he went along his journey making people smile, making me smile.

Hugh Newman played by the charismatic T.J. Thyne quickly won me over; and Vicky Davis’ performance as the mysterious Victoria Donner managed to keep me intrigued. As I learned more about these two eccentric characters on opposite sides of the emotional spectrum, I felt that perhaps their motives could have been shown a little deeper. Having what I consider a normal reaction to a good short film I was left wanting more of it.

A black and white, I thought this short film didn’t need color to be colorful; it’s amusing and entertaining as well as endearing and defying. I could appreciate how it was cleverly put together, with a humorous script and a perfectly assembled catchy and classy soundtrack, completing Kurt Kuenne’s mini-masterpiece quite nicely.

Even though it may seem simplistic and ridiculously unlikely, to me this is all part of the magic of a unique story with a purpose and with a soul, which is, undoubtedly, what has won this short film several awards.  It is definitely worth watching, and if you do, at the very least, you’ll get a scoop of pure blissful happiness.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbk980jV7Ao

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3 responses

  1. Karen
    You pulled together your work so beautifully. This blog should be a showcase for your writing talents. Not only havce you designed an incredible blog, you have complemented it with lots of graphics and videos. This is one of the most interesting blogs I have ever read.

    I hope you can find a good EFL writing group to continue your writing practice. You have all the traits for being a great writer. I almost feel like saying “Bon Voyage” as you begin your writing journey. It is a pleasure to work with you and I hope to continue. Ellen

    July 1, 2011 at 11:28 pm

  2. nikolle

    Hi, Karen I love your post. I believe life it just like that if you give; love, comprehension, smiles everything will come back to you therefore people should be careful bad things also have a U turn. Don´t you think.
    See you soon.

    Ellen student
    Cinthya Nicole

    November 26, 2011 at 5:38 am

    • Hi! You are absolutely right! Is this kind of art that should have the deepest and most meaningful influence in humanity. Yet most people dismiss it as unrealistic or (even worse) ‘cheesy’.
      My heart aches whenever I witness these kinds of comments. THANK YOU nikolle for reminding me that I am not alone and that there are still people who appreciate the goodness in life.

      “They may think we are dreamers… but we’re not the only ones…”😀

      PS. I am sorry for the late reply.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:08 am

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