I don’t know how many audiences will click with “Glimpse” but for folks that can appreciate film as an experimental form of art with no real narrative, John Nicol’s movie is solid. It has no story and no dialogue and often time feels like some kind of music video, but it’s well made. Director Nicol seems to know what kind of movie he’s making, even if it’s never quite clear throughout the eight minute run time.
Implementing a flurry of imagery, editing, and industrial music, “Glimpse” is an interesting experimental work that attempts to look in to the madness a film strip causes a film lover. There’s not a lot of explanation for the cause of the madness and who made the film, but “Glimpse” does set the spotlight on the addictive nature of provocative cinema and how it can bring out the dark sides of our persona. Or maybe “Glimpse” is a look at Nicol who is taking a look at his past films and has gone insane as the artist now that he’s matured.
While “Glimpse” can be a bit incoherent in a way, John Nicol’s film is a neat experimental short that will hopefully allow audiences to offer up their own interpretations for what Nicol is trying to convey as a filmmaker, storyteller, and artist. I didn’t really tackle its intended message, but I did watch with a profound mix of confusion, titillation, and amusement. This is the kind of short film I can see playing at Slamdance, and it deserves to at least be experienced by film buffs in the mood for something different and gritty.