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229 Ratings


Directed by Karissa Hahn
United States, 2015
Short, Avant-Garde


An old Regal Cinemas pre-show animation is further degraded as it’s run through a ringer of format transfers, each layer representing a different viewing space.

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Regal Directed by Karissa Hahn

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  • Ghostman's rating of the film Regal

    A brilliant and prank-like short that is hilarious and formally daring. I haven't laughed with a film's aesthetic choices in a long time. Crass commercialism flipped on its head.

  • EdieEmm's rating of the film Regal

    There's a lyric: "Where have the songs played gone to?" This is like that, for the information age. As much an act of detournement as William Klein's Broadway by Light, combined with relevant and provocative musings on the nature of the image; of culture and commodity; of data, media, salience and meaning... Appropriately dense, and well-conceived. 3.75

  • Kamran's rating of the film Regal

    Pretty banal archival take on the physicality of film processing through time; not particularly revealing but a somewhat fun flashback. 55/100 - Mediocre.

  • turnerBroadcast p3Dr0's rating of the film Regal

    Movie house animations strike you as if a Humpback whale knocking a sea lion to safety.The words of Edward Snowden filter to mind..... a class that degrades our society, processes..public facing logos parade toward us, while privately we share a secret smile with those that suffer from the Pirate Bay. Decisions made in the dark, the quality of those decisions reduced. The quality of a film dependent upon network.

  • Slappy McGee's rating of the film Regal

    Definitely not my thing. However, with the final images, I "get" the point of this tiny short. It could have been done better, but I understand the commentary on illegal downloading or perhaps just movie downloading in general slowly deteriorating the theater experience. I get it. I don't think this is particularly well done, but to me this genre is a low bar anyway. An extra star for the germ of an idea.

  • Viola42012's rating of the film Regal

    Vero e propio piccolo capolavoro del Cinema contemporaneo, arguta riflessione sperimentale sulla società, sulla nuova dimensione della vita invasa ossessivamente da tecnologia, film scaricati e insegne luminose; un sunto che costituisce un'esperienza cinematografica di alto livello da parte di una regista il cui valore pare (alla sottoscritta) incontestabile.

  • KonradK15's rating of the film Regal

    It is short, sweet, and to the point. However, the point is overshadowed by the fact that for about ninety percent of it, I had no idea what I was watching. If that was purpose, well done. If not, well, good for you for getting it into festival.

  • Bill Boothman's rating of the film Regal

    Karissa Hahn's Regal juxtaposes anachronistic and contemporary elements in a way that suggests playful analogies between past and present as well as, perhaps, the future. Comparisons include VHS tracking errors to digital decay, movie theater snipes to loading screens and download and pause emblems to older media consumption. One is left to ponder what the future of irrelevant media technology and consumption may be.

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