By Matt Schantz (@Schantzman87)
Sour Milk is a dark and gritty, independent short black comedy about tattooed, filthy, definitely
not-your-daddy’s milkmen. The film is directed and written by Elliot Gonzo. Right away the director
sets the tone for the film and it doesn’t look back. It is 100% unapologetic and you can tell the
actors really bought into the directors vision.
The film follows Jimmy, a milkman, who’s clearly sick of doing the same monotonous task day in
and day out. During a game of poker with co-workers, Jabber and Jack, Jimmy ends up loosing a
bet and the plot is set.
The actors did a relatively good job making the characters fit into the tone of the film. Some
overacting of a drug addled, overly boisterous, milkman took me out of the film momentarily, but the
other two actors drew me back in with their comparatively toned down portrayals.
The last act of the film seemed a little bit rushed, shoehorning in a conflict between the postmen
and the milkmen for a quick and easy third act confrontation. Despite not knowing why the two
individuals disliked each other (is it a pseudo gang war thing?) and feeling it was a bit rushed, the
confrontation was effective in finally pushing Jimmy over the edge. I suppose the means justifies
Overall, the cinematography, the music selection, and the majority of the acting was very solid.
Elliot Gonzo knew what he wanted to do and stuck to it, producing a very well shot and stylized
short film; something I feel many independent film makers may shy away from doing from
time to time. Major props to Gonzo for sticking with his style and making a very solid and
enjoyable short film.