Watch: Shia LaBeouf's Short Film About A Critic - 'Howard Cantour'

December 16, 2013
Source: ShortoftheWeek

Shia LaBeouf

"A critic is a warrior." This short is surprisingly on-point. Actor Shia LaBeouf has been experimenting in filmmaking and one of his latest creations is a short film titled HowardCantour.com (which played in Cannes) that is, interestingly enough, a brutally honest take-down of internet movie critics (like the one currently writing this post). Jim Gaffigan gives a perfect deadpan performance as movie critic "Howard Cantour", spending his time flirting with freelancer cutie Dakota, played by Portia Doubleday. The film actually says some great things about cinema, but also does a nice job making fun of the movie critic world. That said, it's actually quite well done without being too condescending and an enjoyable watch. Have fun.

Watch Shia LaBeouf's full short film HowardCantour.com, uploaded via Short of the Week's Vimeo:

Update: Video was locked as password protected after news started to break via BuzzFeed that LaBeouf apparently plagiarized the short from a comic written and drawn by Daniel Clowes. The original short is currently inaccessible. We're now waiting for any additional statements or news about the film's status.

This short was debuted by Short of the Week (@ShortoftheWeek). Synopsis from Vimeo: "This is the story of Howard Cantour (Jim Gaffigan). A warrior, a film critic. He lives his live vicariously through movies and in movies. But Howard is no sell out, he's says it like he sees it. This is a story of his life and struggle about reviewing his film hero's movie." HowardCantour.com, the full title of the film, is directed by Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook), produced by Jeff Balis & TJ Sakasegawa. In addition to Gaffigan and Doubleday, Thomas Lennon appears as does filmmaker Dito Montiel. The film played at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in the Critics Week section, and also played the Palm Springs International & Aspen Shortsfests. Thoughts?

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  • me
    this is awesome,LOL
  • Dan Hibiki
    what ever, just as long as it keeps him from acting.
  • Hilarious! "I launched 50 unstoppable megatons of Howard Cantour into the ether."
    • 209670938609387
      Apparently it was easily stoppable.
  • moosenlawyer
    http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/12/16/swipe-file-shia-labeouf-vs-dan-clowes/ Just found out that script was lifted from a comic book by Dan Clowes.
  • Langly
    The reason it is password protected is because it was revealed that the entire script was stolen from a previously published work with no credit given to the author.
  • Capital7
    This entire film is a shot by shot, word for word rip from a story by Daniel Clowes: http://comicsalliance.com/shia-labeof-daniel-clowes-short-film-plagiarism/
  • Jugmarker
    Complete and utter plagiarism (scene for scene and tons of dialogue) of a Daniel Clowes' strip from The Book of Other People (ed. by Zadie Smith)




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