What is your gut action to the film? What is the role of the "hero" in this film? What does the film say about love? What, if anything, do you feel the film says about God in relation to man, man in relation to God, or about the human spirit? Comment below.

USA Today film critic Claudia Puig's review of the film. Do you agree? Disagree? Why?

The Film Talk's Gareth Higgins' review of the film. Do you agree? Disagree? Why?

Journalist Mark Pinsky's review of the film. Do you agree? Disagree? Why?

Critic Elvis Mitchell's review of the film. Do you agree? Disagree? Why?

We invite you to participate now. We are unable to stream the entire short on our website, but we do a have short clip for you to view. Watch it, and then add your response to and/or critique of the clip in the comments.

Everyday Critic

March 22nd - April 16th
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8 Responses to "Everyday Critic"

  1. The film was very sweet! But was it too sweet?

    by John Bucher on Apr 2nd, 2011 at 1:01 pm
  2. This is one of those short film’s that probably quickly gets tagged as “quirky.”  It takes the viewer on a short ride with the protagonist in his search for a reciprocal love from the woman he has a crush on.  This familiar premise becomes literally mythic as the unseen hands of the Greek gods, who are apparently still alive and well and living in Manhattan, select protagonist Ray to become cupid incarnate.

    Ray, played by writer/director Luke Matheny, is the lead singer of a jazz quartet whose drummer, played by Marian Brock, he secretly pines for.  Brock has her own unrequited love to deal with in guitarist Fozzie, played by Christopher Hirsch.  The lever for the action is that Ray is both jazz singer and champion dart thrower…I did say it was “quirky” after all.  Ray receives a mysterious package from the “Olympus Foundation” containing some special “Love Darts” with instructions for use and Ray’s pursuit of Kelly through alternative means ensues.

    Matheny populates his story with the kind of idiosyncratic characters you find either in colleges or Napoleon Dynamite’s hometown.  The story is literally classic in derivation, with nods to the Cupid myth which is its backbone and a bit of Midsummer’s Night Dream thrown in for good measure.  But it is not stuck there.  It also inhabits a piece of post-modernity’s landscape expressing confusion over appropriate relationships, lack of intimacy, a nostalgic search for answers in “simpler times” (with a very funny homage of sorts to the movie Witness) and a literal understanding by Ray, that ultimately not only is their a destiny for him, but that he controls the destiny of all who yearn for love…capricious though it might be.

    In the end, this 18 minute joy ride has taken us on a journey from Rays own self interest to his understanding, that manipulated self interest is in fact wrong.  That in fact unrequited love may be unrequited for a reason, and yes, even for quirky people who perform jazz while their lead singer croons and does dart throwing tricks, love is out there… albeit sometimes as the end of a sharp point.

  3. My gut reaction to the film is that it was enjoyable in that it had good comedic timing, and had a clear message about the confusing nature of love. The role of the hero is to give us a frank reflection on the desperate aspect of love. The film has a simple perspective of fate as something uncontrollable and outsides ourselves with a vague personal nature that contributes to the randomness of life. The gods seems to be distant and a little manipulative.

    by Lex Quarterman on Apr 2nd, 2011 at 1:22 pm
  4. I felt like the film was a fable that I’ve heard before - with a contemporary heart that zings the audience.  The artistry of the film was given a timeless treatment with the black and white cinematography and the sweet kernel of the story was underlined by a script that showed as much as it told.  The treatment of love I found challenging because it ended up not being a story about romantic love or “Eros” as the greeks would call it but the love between friends (Philia) - and perhaps at the end a transcendental love that is love for love’s sake (agape) as the hero finds his calling in serving love rather than seeking to capture love.  It is Agape love that the gospels talk of when they speak of Christ’s love for the world.  And I appreciated that this weighty subject was handled with honesty and joy when so often love stories like this have a sad note of loss when the love interest is lost or given up in the end.  In “God of Love” the object of love is not lost but rather the self love of the hero is redirected outward and grows him as a person.

    by Chloe Anderson on Apr 2nd, 2011 at 1:24 pm
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    I’ve been mourning the dearth of laugh-out-loud comedies lately. Not to say there aren’t hilarious movies being made out there, but just to say that, if there is, I haven’t seen ‘em. This film genuinely made me laugh, heartily and consistently. Which makes this film a success in my books. Bonus points for making a great student comedy; it seems like a tough genre to do well. I was mightily impressed.

    by Richard Goodwin on Apr 2nd, 2011 at 1:28 pm
  6. The sweetness is tempered by the humor. If it took itself too seriously, then it could’ve been too sweet.

    I liked the idea of Cupid trying to fall in love and how his “fate” or “destiny” gets in the way of his desire. So he surrenders his desire (to fall in love himself… poor bastard) and resigns to his fate, though not in a depressing sort of way. He accepts his “lot” with a certain equanimity, even mild amusement, and to that degree, this movie is a comment (whether intentional or not, I don’t know) on the notion of “finding your bliss” by following your desires. Sometimes our desires lead us astray, and sometimes, they’re just not worth trying to pursue. This may sound like heresy in our current “cult of personality” culture, where the highest aspiration for people is to follow their desires, but if Scripture has anything to say about it, we learn that that isn’t necessarily human’s noblest goal. As for what the film says about love, I guess the point is that arranged marriages are pretty successful, particularly if someone with really good aim is doing the arranging.

    by Michael B. on Apr 2nd, 2011 at 1:31 pm
  7. Fun movie!  Great concept and polished execution.  I mean who doesn’t want to have magic love darts.  I do.  Everyone does.  The character’s change and growth was well done and clear.  Sure there may have been a few hitches, but nothing’s perfect.  The humor was great, and the film kept me smiling throughout.  Watch it.  It’s a lot of fun.

  8. Very Good Film, I had Fun, almost there… Enjoy the route!!!

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