Carrie says she wishes more happened, which is a nice way of saying nothing happened, and also mentions that the tight camera angles were soapy, which is true. Wes agrees with me in pointing out that the girl initiated the meeting but did nothing, but then still says he liked it. Eh. Garry says he got it, saying that the girl wanted to tell him how he worked too hard and she wanted to be #1, which he might have known from HER HAVING SAID SO IN THE PAST AND ALSO HER LEAVING. Totally ridiculous. I mean, I can't completely castigate aspiring directors for not being able to write, but it's just another thing that's making this show stupid.
Jessica: The Orchard, which is a horror film "from a tree's perspective." A guy is checking out trees in an orchard, and starts sawing a branch off of one of them. We then get a green-filtered shot of what's supposed to be the tree's point of view, with a bunch of quick, creepy jump cuts. The guy seems to sense something weird, and stops with the hacksaw for a minute, which sends us back to the tree's perspective, with more green filter and quick cuts all over the place, along with creepy whispering that's ostensibly supposed to be the trees' conversation. As the sun grows dim, the guy pulls down a branch, and then he turns to go, and that's it. I...think I get what she was trying to do -- what seems like an everyday task to a man could be scary for a tree -- but what she did didn't amount to horror, rather commentary. I think the idea could be worked with, though.
However, horror does get served as Carrie rips the film to shreds, and I hated Jessica's first film, but I don't think this is quite deserved. The other judges hated it too, but if I'm being honest, I liked it better that Jason's or even Mateen's. At least the tree didn't drone on about how the hacksaw guy worked too hard, you know?
The judges all liked Zach's movie best, so I guess there's some agreement here. So next week, they'll be showing six "original comedies," which means half the field will be competing, and I can only hope they'll up the number of people taking the Greyhound home. Well, I really hope that it's canceled and I won't have to see it, but I'm sure that's too much to ask for. Or is it, Wes Craven?