365 films in 2016: film 52 (Bandito 2015)

Screen Shot 2016-03-11 at 22.33.36Bandito is a cool project that i found out about randomly though vimeo, there’s something really enticing about short films to me. The whole idea of building characters and relationships and motives in the space of a few minutes continues to blow my mind (when it’s executed correctly of course). Thankfully Bandito is one of those films, as far as i know this is the second project of director Evan Ari Kelman and i really can’t sing his praises enough, from the opening shots you’re pulled in immediately with great, diverse shots that don’t feel forced and characters that introduce themselves in a way that feels natural.

What i really loved in Bandito was the atmosphere, yesterday i watched a Wes Anderson film so the grimey, border town worn out aesthetic felt refreshing and a million miles away from Anderson’s bright and vivid colour schemes. If i had to find something that i wasn’t a fan of in this film i’d be hard pressed but if i’m really honest i wasn’t too blown away with the ending, while it felt fitting and like a good setup for a follow up it kind of pulled me out of the experience for reasons i will not say because i don’t want to give away the ending.

I really liked Bandito, in terms of cinematography and lighting i’d say this is one of the better produced shorts i’ve seen in awhile. Bandito is a 7/10, You can check out the film here on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/156881088.


In 2016 i will be watching 365 films (yes, i know there are 366 days this year) and writing about how I felt about them, I decided to do this just because over the last year or so i’ve Sort of pulled away from film and I wanna start to enjoy watching movies again. This will normally be just notes I made or thoughts I have about the film.


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