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I Think I Thought/ To Kill an American

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About the Movie

Shorts International is proud to present a double feature of short films by Actor-Director Matthew Modine (Weeds, Birdy, Full Metal Jacket, Short Cuts, Married to the Mob). When asked why he wanted to direct... "Charlie Chaplin. Buster Keaton. Clint Eastwood. Mel Gibson. These are just a few names of actor-directors that come to mind when I'm asked why I direct films. Also, because it is thrilling. A tremendously challenging undertaking. A director must understand what it is to be weak, meek and timid to do the job well, and must know what it is like to "walk in" all kinds of shoes. Rich and poor. Happy and sad. Young and old. He must be an everyman." In I Think I Thought, Joe's life threatens to come apart when he begins thinking at home AND work. Luckily, he discovers Thinkers Anonymous before it's too late! To Kill an American is his short short... There are people in the world that don't like Americans. There are people in the world that want to kill Americans. This film is designed to help those would be killers identify an American. So they know exactly what an American is. Directed by Matthew Modine.


Customer Reviews

I Think this is a great movie!

I Think I Thought is a great film-- a brilliant satire about the hazards of thinking in a world dominated by media that loves nothing more than thinking for us. Matthew Modine gives a fine performance-- definitely worth a purchase!

Not What I Expected....

..but still great. I loved I Think I Thought for the humor and sarcasm approach to thinking. The ending was a great surprise. The second short, To Kill An American is totally not what I'd thought. It was more of people standing in front of the camera, talking. I liked both but the first one was better. Not bad though for .99 cents.


Matthew Modine writes, directs and stars in this fable-satire on today's non-thinking culture about a man whose life slowly unravels due to his incessant interest in reading and thinking. It starts out simple enough, but Modine's Everyman slowly retreats into his own thinking world... The short is light and fluffy, and doesn't slam you over the head with any pretentious sentiment or cleverness. It's simple, yet bitingly on-point. Our culture does not think enough, and those that do are shunned as outcasts. Where it used to be important for someone to be talented or have some sort of merit to rise the ranks in society, all you need now is some TV time and a willingness to shed your clothes. And as short clip in the film reminds us, "C" students can be President; and we're proud of that? "I Think I Thought" is healthy candy; it entertains, doesn't threaten and, at the same time, puts a kernel of thought in your head about whether or not you think enough. And what more could you ask?

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