Friday, July 20, 2012

Fantastic Short Film Friday - Dirty Laundry (live-action)

And we are back with another installment in our Fantastic Short Film Friday series, as we continue to showcase films released in the "lesser" known form of cinema- the short film.

It's time for another amazing short film for all you short film lovers out there. Okay this one is not family friendly kid safe. This is an 80's grindhouse kind of action film in the bets possible way. Here Thomas Jane returns in a fan film with his buddies to show his love for the Punisher character now that the rights have finally reverted back to Marvel. I just love the fact that he created a fan film of a character he actually played! Brilliant. Here is the 10-minute bloody action short Dirty Laundry from filmmaker Phil Joanou.

Here's the synopsis right from actor Thomas Jane:

I wanted to make a fan film for a character I've always loved and believed in - a love letter to Frank Castle & his fans. It was an incredible experience with everyone on the project throwing in their time just for the fun of it. It's been a blast to be a part of from start to finish -- we hope the friends of Frank enjoy watching it as much as we did making it.

This is a great representation of what the character can do and who he is, uncompromising, ruthless and just brutal - a true vigilante. There's been 3 movies already, and sadly the second one that Thomas Jane starred in is probably the worse. No fault of his own, but it didn't take the character far enough and yet still took him way too seriously. The third one was a great mix of action and violence but the narrative was pretty mediocre making it at times, while fun, unwatchable. Let's hope the first Marvel Studios movie will bring Marvel's way of movie storytelling to the grounded street heroics of this sadly misused character.

Check this out if you want to a brutal and true look at the Punisher character. Check this out if you want to see what I hope is the path Marvel takes with the character now they have the rights once again. Enjoy this weeks dose of short film goodness with Dirty Laundry.

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