Hello people of the internwebs! It is I, Rick! As you already know I was not on SSWL episode 61. I really wish I was, but due to complications (roommate decided to invite everyone over to party and not invite me) I had to sit that episode out alone in my closet of a room. But that won’t stop me from giving you my review of the short film Tell by Ryan Connolly.
Tell has been in the works for Ryan since the beginning of his internet show Film Riot. For three years it has been talked about and fans of Film Riot have been waiting to see it. When it finally went up on his site, we, the fans, broke his servers….twice! Now, on to the review.
The movie starts with an extremely heated argument between Taylor (Todd Bruno) and Jenny (Shana Eva). As the argument continues to increase, Taylor walks away from Jenny, heads to his car, pops the trunk, grabs a hammer, and kills Jenny off camera. We find out that this short film is inspired by Edger Allen Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart. What Ryan does with his 30 minute short film surpasses most of what modern movies have forgotten, which is the visual aspect rather than just relying on dialog. For example, the movie Drive comes to mind. Of course that had a great actor like Ryan Gosling to execute it phenomenally, but just like Drive, Ryan had two great leads for the part, Todd Bruno and Shana Eva.