Validation (2007)


validation“You paid for parking – for me?” – Hugh Newman

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Dec 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A parking attendant gives free parking and free compliments to anyone and everyone he meets.

My Take on it – This is my first of three more consecutive reviews of work by the great director/writer/composer Kurt Kuenne.

This time, he takes a simple character to prove to all of us how influence one’s attitude can be on everyone around you.  When the main character Hugh is happy, so is everyone around him and on those rare occasions when he is sad, so goes his surroundings.  The power of laughter and sadness can so easily affect anyone and everyone and it’s just a matter of it happening in order for things to quickly change around you.

Once again TJ Thyne appears in a film by Kuenne (they work together a lot) and as always, he gives an amazing performance that is one that many other actors can learn from because it’s seems so simple yet works wonders.  He plays the ups and downs of the characters so well and we believe his emotions in every scene.

One of the things I love about Kuenne’s work is that he let’s his characters make cameo appearances in his other films and there really is an overall message between all of them.

My one complaint (as always with Kuenne’s short films) is that they are too short and I always wish they were longer.  This one is about 16 minutes long and although it feels like it’s the perfect length, you don’t want to leave the characters so soon.

This is a mark of a great writer.

He has once again hit one of the park (for me at least).

If you haven’t had a chance to see this, check it out on youtube

Bottom Line – What a great movie with such a powerful message about the influence attitude can be on just about anyone. Thyne is great here in this role and plays the ups and downs perfectly. Kuenne has another winner with this film.  Love the way he connects his short films by having characters from each meet one another in passing.  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Won Best Short Film awards at both the Cleveland and Hawaii International Film Festivals (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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