Sorry Hollywood, it was nice while it lasted. If you need any more evidence of the dwindling nature of mainstream cinema's ability to pump out genuine audio-visual wonders, just take a look at Outside Aperture, the new short film from Eisen Feuer. Clever, beautiful, inventive, and stacked with pathos, it's an effortless little gem that manages to convey years-worth of story and character development using barely a single line of dialogue. It's utterly wonderful in itself, telling a delicately-metered (pre-Portal 2) account of Chell's life outside the facility following the first game. Watch it, love it. But then compare it to what a big studio adaptation of Portal would inevitably become. Compare, shudder, and hug this wonderful little film all the more.
May 31, 2011