Dan Shea, Technical
Small Arms Review June 1998
Exotic Arms for Motion Pictures
Here's to Velko for
giving us such a profound gift. This movie is so cool. I was touched and
amazed at the memories that haunted the protagonist who is obviously losing
his mind to post traumatic stress.
Don't do Velko any
favors - do YOURSELF a favor. Buy this video. Not for the bang bang
(it's cool), but because it is one of the best short films you will ever
see. My comments as a film lover, filmmaker, gun buff, and all-around
I saw the flick.
Jesus, if those tracers didn't look beautiful - even when they were chewing
through that SEAL. The special effects and fire fight scenes were excellent.
I rewound and watched the SEAL swamp scene and the undercover bust over
and over. Dope job, man.
I like this. I need to see it again and again. After the first, I
don't know, ten minutes or so, I was crying so hard I had a difficult time
following the story lines. My family history and upbringing has similar
elements in it, or maybe my military training resonated with your subject
matter, I don't know. It's beautiful. I
will share this with my friends for years to come. Good luck with
Damn good video -
well worth the money and you can watch it over and over and over again!
I just got my copy
of it and I was blown away. I haven't seen a student film this good
in a long time. Considering I went to a film school that IS a compliment.
I assure all of you guys it is well worth the $15 he is asking for it.
Not to mention there is some really KICK ASS fire fights in it. There is
a scene of Navy SEALs getting . . . well check it out for yourself - I
don't want to ruin it for you. You will be impressed TO SAY THE LEAST!
Very professional and extremely well made.
It's hard to believe
that "The Paraclete" was a student film! The audio and camera work are
absolutely stunning. The action sequences are entrancing and realistic;
if you prefer your mayhem punctuated with witty quips as the bad guys get
blasted into a thousand pieces, you're SOL. Oh, yeah, if Velko goes on
to only make ghetto blaxploitation martial arts films, as appears in the
opening credit sequence (the greatest credit sequence of all time, in my
opinion) the world will not have had too great a disservice.
Go Mr. Dynamite!
Watched your film
about a dozen times this weekend and all week. I am amazed. Send me along
for a URL that we can put on our web site. You are a very talented guy
and cannot wait to see what you can achieve with serious funding.
the "action" scenes in your movie were AWESOME! I understand the critics
like all the introspection and wonderful montages (is that the correct
term?) but give me the action stuff, and Velko, you definitely have the
'touch'! Another thing that touched me was the kitchen from the '70's.
I grew up in a house in south Louisiana that looked just like that. In
all, you sure managed to pack a lot of imagery into a short half hour.
Now, I want MORE, especially the action/adventure stuff. Thanks again,
Velko for the movie.
This film effected
me so much I could not get it out of my thoughts for a week. I would compare
this film to JACOBS LADDER, but I think Velko's film is more to the point.
Thanks Mr. Milosevich, I can't wait to see your next effort!
When I first heard
about the Paraclete I wondered what an action film done as a student project
would be like. As soon as I popped the tape in, and that Yugo accordion
music started, I got goose bumps. I knew that this movie would not suck.
It's not often that you get to see a guy get shot with tracers in the movies,
let alone a student film. This is the type of movie Hollywood should be
making. Not the latest tripe with Nicholas Cage or that idiot Sylvester
Stallone that is offered as entertainment. The
Paraclete is the sign of things to come.
Watched The Paraclete
again last night, and every time I watch it, I see something different.
Maybe that's the beauty of what you've done. Some of it, like the "action"
stuff, needs no explanation because it's "in your face" but it gets your
heart pumping and your eyes dilated with excitement so that when the "introspective"
stuff comes up, YOU ARE DEFINITELY PAYING ATTENTION! I'm still in
Having seen it, I
can say that this short film is an excellent piece of production.
When you consider that it was under-taken as a student thesis it is nothing
short of phenomenal. It is highly recommended.
We were thoroughly
impressed! Even my wife was able to recognize the outstanding shooting
scenes as being a cinematic genius. Never seen anything quite like it.
The sound was superb! I tell you, you and your crew deserve the highest
marks. Words could not quite paint the achievement you guys reached through
sweat, blood & tears that this project must have been for you but it
shows in the final product. Nothing outside of amazing!