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Every Single Someone

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Found Footage seems like a perfect venue for college students studying the disorder of the universe. In Every Single Someone, writer/director Samuel Marko begins with an old-fashioned 16 mm and 4:3 aspect ratio to let us know the footage has been found and the subject, violence, at home with the low-brow world of college students trying on violence to solve their problems.

Lee (Luke Krogmeier) has just been dumped for no apparent reason by his girlfriend, and given that he and his buds do little else than smoke pot and play electronic games, he irrationally turns to violence to satisfy his revenge. The narrative relies heavily on the underlying notion that our whole country is out of control considering Columbine and such.

The weakness with this verité device is that nuance is scarce. Because found-footage dialogue is naturally clipped and unsophisticated, even on a college campus, and rarely has voiceover, we are left with our own inferences based on our cultural conditioning and personal experience.

Every Single Someone has the virtue of confirming our notion that humans have a violent inclination allowing them to salve their psychological pains without lengthy therapy or liberal-arts massaging to reach grander notions. That the college students increasingly resort to brutality for no apparent reason, makes the quasi-documentary a caution for all of us who think our current social dangers are going away, even with a college education to mitigate or shape into a safer society.

Every Single Someone

Director: Samuel Marko (Three Brigands)

Screenplay: Marko

Cast: Luke Krogmeier (Ill Will), Luke Towle (Captivity)

Run Time: 1h 26m

John DeSando, a Los Angeles Press Club first-place winner for National Entertainment Journalism, hosts NPR’s It’s Movie Time and co-hosts Cinema Classics as well as podcasts Back Talk and Double Take out of WCBE 90.5 FM. Contact him at JohnDeSando52@gmail.com

John DeSando holds a BA from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in English from The University of Arizona. He served several universities as a professor, dean, and academic vice president. He has been producing and broadcasting as a film critic on It’s Movie Time and Cinema Classics for more than two decades. DeSando received the Los Angeles Press Club's first-place honors for national entertainment journalism.