Anthony Spadaccini may be the only person in the country not only making silent movie, but making them well and making them fun! His short, Room for Rent, is not only amusing, but also lends itself as a great addendum to Anthony’s darker films.
The short (clocking in at less then 4 minutes) is basically a tale that any of us who have lived with a roommate can identify with. Two roommates are preparing dinner, one a healthy meal, the other fast food and take-out. First they compete for counter space, then they compete over a glass of water, all while one roommate refuses to put down the phone. As the meal becomes more and more frustrating to the healthier roommate, she reaches her limit and takes action!
What the action is, I’ll leave for you to see for yourself, but let’s just say that it’s something we’ve all wished we could do to an annoying roommate! Room for Rent is a fun short that has won that won lead actress Barbara Lessin a Best Actress award at the Philadelphia Film Race, a competition that challenges filmmakers to write, shoot and complete a film in 12 hours. I’m giving Room for Rent 3 and a half out of four cigars, it’s not perfect and some people will be annoyed by a silent movie, but this is fun and worth your time. You can check it out for yourself by heading over to the Fleet Street Films YouTube page. So, until next time, when I’ll be waiting here silently for another movie to begin, remember that the best movies are bad movies.