THE ABCs OF DEATH didn't make much of a wave theatrically (it may have done better via VOD), most likely due to the fact that this 129-minute movie is made up of 26 short films about death (often very bloody, gory, sexual and gross deaths) by 26 different directors, is, as they say, a mixed bag. A very mixed bag. Each short lasts around four to five minutes in length, so if you're suddenly stuck with a loser, it won't be long before you hit a winner. Or at least something passable. A few of the segments are simply no good. (Ti West is at it again. When will this guy's reputation reflect the kind of low-end, empty cinema -- except for The House of the Devil, his single good film -- that he insists on churning out?)
Ander Morganthaler's animated use of the letter K (as funny and inventive as simple, colorful line drawings can get) and swoon fearfully to Marcel Sarmiento's slo-mo, animal-loving letter D (above); France's Xavier Gens , using X, offers one of the best of the lot -- a cautionary tale about taking too seriously the message of the media, advertising and a stupid populace, while Mexico's Jorge Michel Grau, with the letter I, gives us a simple tale of death from the POV and voice of the victim (this one is quietly amazing and very moving).
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