Vlads Reparation
 
 
Studio: bricksfilms
 
Review Count: 20
Average Rating: 4.45 stars
Genre: Action
Length: 4 minutes 15 seconds
 
Posted on: April 4, 2008
 
 
Film Description
THE STORY
Vlad???s Reparation is a short film full of intrigue and suspense; a game of cards is disrupted by violence, A group of friends play cards, but when the game turns violent, it???s all or nothing to get the upper and winning hand. Vlad, a man lead into the criminal underworld unwillingly, has done some bad deeds, and this group of friends aren???t going to take it lightly.
From BricksFilms (My Sweet Shade, A Life of Suffering) comes a brand new drama set in a small group of friends??? poker game. Mindgames abound when Vlad, a viscous world weary man, is looked at in menacing eyes by a group of violent gangsters, all of whom have a vendetta to him for his misdeeds.

THE INSPIRATION
It all came to me in a dream...not exactly, well, I had to write a short script based off of a song we were lsitening to, in my Scriptwritting class at the SVA (hehe), and it made me think of mafia thugs, organized crime, Grand Theft Auto, so i finally settled down with the idea of a group of Russian Mobsters who are playing cards in the storage room of a restaurant, and it took off from there.

THE CAST
AnothernewDawn-Aleksei
Pookashell-Petya
(Ultimate TMOer)EthanRunt-Fedya
Maxim-BricksFilms

THE MUSIC
Theodore Bikel

THE MODDS
FrassMovies
BricksFilms
DCModding.com

Written & Directed
Alesandro Bricoli (bricksfilms)
 
Featured Reviews
- sparky1512

Rated as part of Sparkys 10 Movie Review Night

Vlads Reparation

I have mixed feeling about this little short, so lets start with what i didn't like. The 2 main issues for me with this movie (that cost you a star) were both with the ending. I very much disliked the obvious set up when they are talking about the 'hit' and the possibility of the father being there, the whadaya know, in walks the father. Would have been much more effective imo to have no mention of the father during the conversation about the hit. The a little later a stranger busts into the back room, shotgun in hand and blows away 2 of the players. The stranger the reveals his identity to the remaining 2 players right before they are killed. The audience is surprised at the twist rather than waiting for it to happen after your 'set up. Also the ending was badly cut and timed. 4 Russian mobsters playing poker and none of them have a gun and try to shoot back?

So, what did i like? First of al the set you made was perfect. It totally looked like the back room of a restaurant and your attention to detail with props and lighting made this visually very pleasing. The overall concept of this short was great - i love the snapshot of these guys lives that would have been so unremarkable on any other day than today. Dialogue was well written, flowed very nicely between characters as they conversed and, despite a difficult accent and a few slips, was very well acted by your cast. Special nod to A_N_D who could pass for a Russian in any bar in Moscow.

Overall a really well made and entertaining little flick, carefully thought out and smoothly executed. Was just a bit let down by the 'choice' of ending as explained above.

cheers

Posted on April 23, 2008
- EthanRunt

Oh what a movie, action, suspense, comedy, drama, sports, romance and above all, accents.
Too few films go for the accents, stereotypical as they may be, it's an American foreign film with all the qualities of a short film, and none of the popcorn logic of the American cinema, plus some very cheeky T-Shirts of advertising the studio, guess even Russian mobsters like BricksFilms' movies,a nd who can blame them, with a film of this calibre, even at it's length full through and through with brilliant mods, shots, music and voices, magnificent.

Posted on April 4, 2008
- yeagmaster

Awesome opening credits! great job on this.

Not a lot to the story but it had impact. Great job on voice overs by the entire cast. Excellent freecam work, too!

Posted on April 4, 2008
 
Reviews
- sparky1512

Rated as part of Sparkys 10 Movie Review Night

Vlads Reparation

I have mixed feeling about this little short, so lets start with what i didn't like. The 2 main issues for me with this movie (that cost you a star) were both with the ending. I very much disliked the obvious set up when they are talking about the 'hit' and the possibility of the father being there, the whadaya know, in walks the father. Would have been much more effective imo to have no mention of the father during the conversation about the hit. The a little later a stranger busts into the back room, shotgun in hand and blows away 2 of the players. The stranger the reveals his identity to the remaining 2 players right before they are killed. The audience is surprised at the twist rather than waiting for it to happen after your 'set up. Also the ending was badly cut and timed. 4 Russian mobsters playing poker and none of them have a gun and try to shoot back?

So, what did i like? First of al the set you made was perfect. It totally looked like the back room of a restaurant and your attention to detail with props and lighting made this visually very pleasing. The overall concept of this short was great - i love the snapshot of these guys lives that would have been so unremarkable on any other day than today. Dialogue was well written, flowed very nicely between characters as they conversed and, despite a difficult accent and a few slips, was very well acted by your cast. Special nod to A_N_D who could pass for a Russian in any bar in Moscow.

Overall a really well made and entertaining little flick, carefully thought out and smoothly executed. Was just a bit let down by the 'choice' of ending as explained above.

cheers

Posted on April 23, 2008
- piotrtheman

A nice, little movie, bricks. the only thing you maybe could have edited better was at the end of the movie when the shotgun-man comes in and shoots everyone.

Posted on April 7, 2008
- Mustachio26

I thought you did a great job executing this short snapshot. The VOs were very well done, I do agree that some of them were a little grumbly, but nothing that was distracting. Can't wait to see what you come up with next.

Posted on April 6, 2008
- cakir

I liked it, a good movie in general but my only issue was the shotgun scene could have been edited a bit better, basically if the time between each shot was faster than it would have been a full 5 from me but i give it a 4.5 rounds up to a 5

Posted on April 6, 2008
- Rik_Vargard

Very good little movie! Great directing and cast! Good job with sound & music! :)

Posted on April 6, 2008
- TheFlyingDuDe-Films

Very well done tasty cam work and excellent voice acting all around, loved the Russian dialect! =)

Posted on April 5, 2008
- pookashells

This movie is very well done, I liked the script because it started off with a group of people playing cards and ended with their lives. A dramatic turn off events definitely. Great VOs too!

Posted on April 5, 2008
- elbowlow

You created a strong environment with the set, music and ambient noise. I also thought that it was insightful to only give the names of key figures. The fly-on-the-wall feel was perfect.

Posted on April 5, 2008
- YamiMarik

I thought it was a pretty good short film. You had a good cast, though in some places it was hard to understand the voices and seemed some of the voices were low at times. Mods were nice looking and you did an excellent job with the entire setting of this short film. Little place where men can enjoy a game of cards. Found that editing wasn't your strongest point in the film, but I'm sure you can fix those mistakes. Ending didn't really impress me. All of them sit there while watching each other get shot down? Didn't seem realistic at all, you think that these guys would at least have a gun on them to be safe.

All in all, I thought it was good short film with some good music and mods/set.

Posted on April 4, 2008
- eobaggs

Nice little flick you got here Bricks.

A few VO's were a little pfffty, I saw through an actor's head once, and the editing was not the best, but overall it was enjoyable.

Posted on April 4, 2008
- thebiz

I liked this a lot. From the music in the background to the dialogue that just went about its business, lulling me into a false sense of calm. The ending sequence almost felt a bit off till the "so" line. Then all was right with (russian mafia inspired) world. I do love those snapshots of life and I thought this one was done well. Enjoyable and a proper accompanyment to my greyhound (heavy on the absolute).

Posted on April 4, 2008
- TheMGMKid1

Perfection in 4min and 15sec. A whole sordid world is revealed in the brilliant dialog in this short precise film. Wonderful acting by all the stars. Very fine editing that keep the pace moving. Watch a card game is dull but you made it interesting, tense, and full of suspense! The music was perfect as well. Bravo.

Posted on April 4, 2008
- userjosh9874

Not a bad little film here! Unfortunately, there were a few editing problems here. A few of the VO's lacked emotion, and some were just a little bit hard to understand. The shotgun scene could have been edited a bit tighter. Other than that, you have a great film here! The conversation was definitely humorous, and the mods were great! I thought this was a very stylish little piece- good job here! :)

Posted on April 4, 2008
- nukester

'Vlads Reparation' is a very interesting short piece with some authentic sounding voice execution.

I thought the use of mods and sets, although used to a minimum were still effective. You did a good job re-creating the storage room in the restaurant. I did find the chain of events pretty funny and with the mixture of some tongue in cheek humour.

I thought the editting for the sequence however felt unrealistic. I don't know about you but if someone was using a shot gun and decimating fellow russian friends with such a low reload rate, I wouldn't sit around and wait for my turn :-). I think you could have handled this a little better with either a quicker sequence, or a different gun.

Either way I felt this was a good piece but it left me wanting more, so I want more Mr.Bricoli.. bring it!

until that day...

Nuke Well in Reparations!!!

Posted on April 4, 2008
- andy_inc

Cool little film Bricks! Stylish, cool and goes well with a Martini.

The length ran well for it's concept... any longer would have dragged it, but it was certainly my style of movie.

Great voice-acting by those Russian folk... wait a second, they're not Russian? =P
Nice music too...

Good job!

Posted on April 4, 2008
- TENCHIMUYO

this looks like a intro and the rest is a "forget about it"

Posted on April 4, 2008
- derbyrams

This was quite interesting in a way by the way it was shot, edited, etc but
i didn't really think that much of it. I didn't get it, overall it was alright.
The concept was something that could of have been great, but i found it to be quite boring. If i didn't see a good effort in this i would of have rated this
2 stars, nonetheless like i say there were nice set pieces, fantastic mods,
some decent voiceovers and nice camera-work.
The costumes were a bit weird. Especially the one Pooka had, i mean come on, why did he have a t-shirt with your studio's production name on it!!!!!!
All this short was to me was a bunch of guys playing cards blabbering over nothing really. It wasn't clever, it lacked anything of this nature.
It looked to me as if it had been rushed and put all together in a few days.
Maybe i just missed the point of it or something, i don't know like,
sorry bricks. It had the right concept, but it didn't go anywhere.
I have to give it to you that there was a good style in this along with nice work put into it, but this wasn't what i was expecting.
I was expecting something that would really be in your face [by in your face i mean quick, fast paced and clever] for the 4 mins runtime. Alas, i am wrong.
The acting could of have been better, AND and Ethan seemed to be just reading their lines from the script or just not putting enough emotion in a few of their vo's. The other actors did a better job, just my opinion like.


Overall, i found this film very distracting and i just didn't feel it Bricks.
This was a let-down, which i don't see really happen with you at all.
Now, i don't know if i've missed out on something, if this was supposed to be the way it is and i just missed the point of it or something.
By the way this movie is i don't like it at all, i don't mean to say like completly i don't like it at all as you put a lot of good work into it, but it just didn't do it for me.
To me this seemed to be trying to be a cool little short, but i didn't find it to be this unfortunately.
Despite all this, considering the great effort i will just pass this as 3 stars
[2.5/5].
Anyways Bricks, i wish you the best of luck in the future.
So, don't give up. Best of luck with future projects.

Posted on April 4, 2008
- frosty_frost09

I loved it.

The Vos were good.
The music fit
and the script was well done

Posted on April 4, 2008
- EthanRunt

Oh what a movie, action, suspense, comedy, drama, sports, romance and above all, accents.
Too few films go for the accents, stereotypical as they may be, it's an American foreign film with all the qualities of a short film, and none of the popcorn logic of the American cinema, plus some very cheeky T-Shirts of advertising the studio, guess even Russian mobsters like BricksFilms' movies,a nd who can blame them, with a film of this calibre, even at it's length full through and through with brilliant mods, shots, music and voices, magnificent.

Posted on April 4, 2008
- yeagmaster

Awesome opening credits! great job on this.

Not a lot to the story but it had impact. Great job on voice overs by the entire cast. Excellent freecam work, too!

Posted on April 4, 2008