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Sunday, 18 March 2012

Review of Simone (2010) & Date Night (2011) by Mike

Title: Simone (2010) & Date Night (2011)

Director: Jason "Joops" Fragale

Genre: Short Film

Plot: Simone (2010) After a night of hard partying, Simone awakes unsure of the events that took place. The mystery deepens as her focus becomes clear, leading to a chilling discovery.

        Date Night (2011) An unexpected night offers the truth about the perfect dream date in this black comedy short.

Mike's Review

            The director of these films sent me an email to ask if I would review them for him and after the great independent films I have seen and reviewed lately I happily agreed.

Both films are directed by the same person, the plots involve dating, both star Erin Cline & both have great twists. But here the similarity ends. Simone is the story of a girl who wakes up with no recollection of the previous nights events and a dead girl in the bathroom and Date Night is about a single girl who stays home while her friends go out and she finds a man in her apartment.

You can see the advancement of the director’s skills from one film to the next. The start of Simone was a little shaky in the opening, but that could be due to the equipment used. The main part of the film has flash backs and these are very well done, giving you small clues to what is going on. With Date Night the director shows his skill is progressing in the field with a well directed film. The cuts are smooth and the story flows along a little better. With both films, the director has a great way of drawing you into the story then messing with your mind. I can only imagine the dates he must have gone on to draw inspiration for these films!

The cast of the films is small but each person is great in the roles. The cast of Simone is made up of Jennifer Ward & Erin Cline. Erin Cline returns for Date night and takes the lead role alongside David Fuit. The films are clever and fun to watch with great twists, however I must say that I guessed the twist in Simone but Date Night eluded me.

            These are really good films, well made and fun to watch. Once again the independent film scene has produced something great and the future of film making looks bright.

Simone 7 out of 10

Date Night 8 out of 10

Additional Information



Jason "Joops" Fragale www.imdb.com/name/nm1241309

SIMONE / Run Time 16:50 / 2010
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DATE NIGHT / Run Time 14:54 / 2011
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