For the best of the Horror/Cult/Exploitation film experience
Golden Age (2006)
Ah yes, what an appropriate title. Golden Age. Back when movies played in drive in's and Grindhouse's across the country, and mainstream America didn't dictate what was shown in theatres everywhere. That's exactly the spirit that is captured in this 30 minute short film. It's a story about a man named Burton who may just be having the worst day of his life. He catches his wife in bed with his best friend, and things just seem to be going astray for the guy. Well one thing for sure is that it was going to get a whole lot worse.
I won't tell you what happens because if there is one thing I can tell you about "Golden Age" is that it sure is one hell of a 30 minute short film. First off, they went into the post production stages of film and made this one look like it was shot on old film stock. So basically it looks like a movie made in the time it was set, which was 1986. The movie is ugly, grainy, and it's just about what you would want out of a movie like this. It's well written, the characters are believable, and it's just a downright kickass short. To be perfectly honest I was really blown away by the technical aspects of this one. First off they nailed the time period as good as they could. The vehicles are old, there's an old 80's style mom and pop video store that is an integral part of the plot, the clothes match, and there's even a few nods to some of the exploitation films of that era complete with movie posters on the wall. This one is smart, exciting, and true to the grindhouse films that it's trying to emulate. Kudos to director Cullen Carr for directing and writing such an authentic flick.
Technically I can go on and on about this one. Its shot creatively with style, the movie looks great, the gore effects are awesome, and it's just a solid film from beginning to end. The acting is much better than what I was expecting, and the script itself is pretty damn solid. I would've liked to see this one as a full length feature as well. The disc itself is loaded with extras as there's a behind the scene documentary, deleted scenes, outtakes, complete with cast and director commentary.
Overall I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND Golden Age. It's a throw back to the exploitation films that struck a cord with the nation in the 70's and is one of the truest adaptations I've seen out of anything that's not made in that era. It's definitely one of the best low-no budget films that I've ever seen and I hope it gets the recognition that it deserves as a project well done. Cullen Carr shows he's quite the capable filmmaker in this one and it's definitely worth going out of your way to seek out.
Rating - ***1/2