I don't have anything constructive to say but I did enjoy watching your film.
Best worst film candidate PLEASE.
To be brutally honest, your film lacked a real storyline - of what it did have the real storyline (stopping the eating of animals I think) was rushed through and made me really not follow what was happening.
That being said, this is the first 48HOURS film I have seen in my 5 years of being a part of this competition that made me cry with laughter - the end was tu meke.
I don't know if your intention was best worst film but the bread shot at the end makes me suspicious.
Told mostly from the viewpoint of an articulate goat, we're bombarded visually & aurally with the message that eating animals is, perhaps, not in their best interests.
Team Fireworks 2 are to the, best of my knowledge, a family team who produce low-budget, low-tech, audience pleasing shorts; charming viewers who appreciate that they are low-budget and low-tech - the old-fashioned 48HR spirit. With "Here Little Piggy Piggy" we have more of the same; random, harsh cuts, lots of black screen with overlaying dialogue, a lack of continuity or any real story and long scenes, most notably of a farmer eating bacon. The highlight was the unexpected revelation at the end which was perfectly delivered by the voice-over.
Again it has it's charm and the audience whooped it up but it just didn't do it for me at all.
Note: The category is "Incredibly Strange". This might have a place there but many of those films are actually good quality and have a story; as bizarre as it may be!
A pig on a farm is haunted by dreams of the farmer cornering him with his big, shiny stick. He voices his fears with his best friend, Mr. Goat. As it turns out, Pig's dreams aren't too far from reality, as a protest group appears to protest animal cruelty.
That was the most concise that I could make this story. It was pretty much a pig wandering around with a goat. I really enjoyed it for it's WTF factor, and I think it deserves a place amongst one of the Incredibly Strange categories (and I mean that completely in the nicest sense!). It really didn't have much of a storyline per se, but the final line delivered over a black screen completely blind-sided the audience and had us all in stitches. I don't think anyone saw that coming!
Keep on doing what you do, Team Fireworks 2!
This film is a must-watch for any fan of 48 Hours.
The relationship of the pig and goat is incredible . The way they physically interact with each other alone is enough to convey the hierarchy of the farm (goat is obviously higher class than pig). By giving the animals voices Fireworks humanises them and makes the audience feel genuine empathy and guilt when we see the first pig get shot. There is a terrific black comic moment where the pig starts listing off family members who have been killed by the "metal stick" and the goat just ignores him. Again the class structure is reinforced; goats don't get killed for slaughter and therefore doesn't have empathy for the pigs. It is a shame that this plot line is kind of abandoned and we never get to see how this complex relationship ends.
There are scenes in this movie that made me stop and think deeply about the definition of cinema. There is a medium shot from behind someone eating breakfast that seems to go on longer than the candle-scene of Andrei Rublev. During this scene I experienced an entire spectrum of emotions and opinions towards this film's existence. At first I was confused as to what the purpose of this shot was since it seemed that the subject of the shot (the bacon) was obscured from vision anyway. Then I started to laugh at how ridiculous this seemingly unnecessary shot seemed to be lasting. Once the laughter had passed (and the shot still continued) I had an epiphany; we (the entire audience), were at the mercy of these filmmakers, an entire audience was literally watching an unidentifiable person eat an invisible breakfast. After this realisation I started to see this scene in an entirely new light; the shot suddenly became so familiar that I started to take notice of the minor subtleties; movements of the character, the mise en scene of the kitchen and the sounds of the cutlery scraping against plate and/or bacon. My new-found attention to the shot's detail allowed me to visualise the bacon, the character and the motivation of the shot. Suddenly I understood the shot's purpose and exactly how this masked figure represented the evil of animal consumption.
The finale of the film is a phone conversation between the farmer and an unknown relative/friend; the visuals of the entire scene is a black screen. This scene actually completely ignores the plot of animal abuse and the talking animals established earlier in the film, instead introducing the farmer's search for a new apartment. This sudden change in narrative direction leads us to the bombshell punchline that I won't spoil in this review. Needless to say, jaws dropped. As a result of the black screen I again questioned what the definition of cinema really was; if there is no visuals is it still film? Does a black screen count as visuals? If the scene stood on its own would it still be considered a film? These unanswered questions stay with me even now.
Despite all this joking, I do actually love this movie. It is quite apparent that Team Fireworks had a lot of fun making it and that positive attitude translates to the audience. This film has the true spirit of 48 Hours; Fireworks has jumped in with low budget, low-quality tech and made a movie that is fun and feels like it was fun to make. I am giving this film full-stars despite the fact that I cannot defend the quality or understanding of cinematic language. However, the purpose of 48 Hours is to go out and have fun making a movie, that you probably never would have made otherwise. This is a truly special movie and it deserves your attention. Great job Team Fireworks! Never change.
Great black comedy film. Best of the heat. Well done.
Pretty Great Film. Very Creative And Original, And The Ending Was A Little......Shocking, To Say The Least.
Not very good until the final joke, which is fantastic.
Hate to say it but I had absolutely no idea what was going on in this film
A last minute revelation that a farmer has been sleeping with his animals only confused me further (although the rest audience really got a kick out of it)
Not impressed with this film. Crude, messy storyline and no real genuine laughs like their efforts in the past. It seemed to really go for the Incredibly Strange award. It looks like they will suceed... but it all seemed a little calculated to me.
48 hours has a tendency to define teams by their finest hour and Team fireworks 2 will always to me be An Idea Is Born.
Despite this they return strongly with audience favourite Mr Goat this time taking a leading role.
Technically we are confronted with the same brutalist naïveté of their previous efforts including as mentioned above the final scene simply being voiceover on a black screen.
This team is bold as all hell, the only people I ever review and I've watched their films more than any other in this competition.
Those accusing them of cynically aiming for best/worst are out of their minds.
Team fireworks 2 for life.
May they never adjust their audio levels.