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SINISTRA
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Reviewed by: Ryan Doom

Directed by: Talal Selhami

Starring:
Fabrice Leroux
Claire Lapeyre Mazerat

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
An artist's hand becomes infected and he suddenly develops the power to draw anything he desires.
Is it good movie?

Sinistra is the type of small film I like to see. Its plot is simple. The main character is likeable. The effects, while not special, get the point across and allow the viewer's imagination to fill the void. And itís inventive and quite simply fun. This thing clocks in at a proficient 15 minutes and did something most shorts fail to do: leave you wanting more. The story wastes no time showing a down and out artist, Max, whoís struggling to create a piece of great work. With no gigs and no cash, he opens his last beer Ė the only item in the fridge Ė and the bottle cap becomes embedded in his hand, giving him special powers to draw something, anything, and it becomes true. Want a lottery check worth millions? Draw it. Need to restock the fridge? Draw it. Need that hot chick from across the alley to be at your door? You get the drift. Of course, with only 15 minutes, we donít have time to worry about how logical the gift is so we bite the premise and watch the artist go through an array of greed and lust until he takes it too far. Why? Because the gift has come with a price. Stealing a page from Evil Dead , his arm becomes infected and spreads. However, this guy isnít Ash. I donít think Max has the stones to lob off his own hand.

Essentially, Sinistra is a Twilight Zone episode. In fact, this is better, more entertaining than anything the Forrest Whitaker incarnation of the show ever attempted. I couldnít help but to think of what Sinistra would have been with a massive budget. What if director Talal Selhami had sold the rights to Michael Bay? In place of allowing our own fears to fill in the blank for the villain, the audience would have had to endure a CGI monster that would stalk a 16-year-old OC star and be chased down a barren highway; it'd explain away all the mystery and intrigue writer Cyril Rolland created. This is a creative, interesting film that I hope will play well at festivals. With a mood that shifts from dreary, to euphoria, to brooding, Sinistra covers the spectrum. Oh, and FYI, donít hold a grudge because itís French.
Video / Audio
Video: 16 x 9

Audio: French 2.0
The Extras
Last Call
An excellent french short that is worth checking out.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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