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OFF Review: Oxvegas

February 3, 2010
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By Chad Larson

I am really having a good time with these short films from this year’s Oxford Film Festival. There is an enormous amount of creativity out there and this is my first real opportunity to be exposed to it.

“Oxvegas” is…interesting. It’s the kind of off-the-wall, bizarro comedy that are sadly few and far between, and rarely done right.

It’s the story of a man who wanders out of the woods on to the Oxford square, or maybe the square of a parallel universe Oxford. Bizarre television shows on the TV inside Ajax encourage kids to start fires and put them out by “running around until the wind blows out the flames.”

A murder mystery emerges in which the main character is in possession of a pair of granny-panties belonging to Lydia Miller, who has just been murdered. The bizarre behavior and television shows continue while the main character gets interrogated by the FBI.

The movie includes a parody of Mr. Ed starring the daughter of a lesbian couple who dates a dead guy, a scene at the Ajax bar that’s poorly dubbed and so much more.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect at first with “Oxvegas,” but it’s really a fun movie if you’re in to oddball comedies. Plus, it was produced locally and filmed locally, so who knows, you might be in the background somewhere!

Also, it’s the first time I’ve seen a death threat to Santa Claus. It also clarified whether or not the ACLU existed in heaven, thanks to the televangelist that all the bar crowd at Ajax seemed riveted by.

“Oxvegas” screens at the Oxford Film Festival on Saturday at 5 p.m.

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