There are two conflicting accounts of the Mario Brothers myth. One is of a “It’s-a-me-ing” doughboy and his good-natured sibling from a wonderland where toadstools dress in cat suits. The other, perpetuated by the Dustin Hoffman movie and the Saturday morning cartoon, is of two tough-guy plumbers from the Bronx.
The short films of Evan Daugherty are clearly motivated by the latter. The Fixer and The Addict look at the seedier side of Mario and his little brother “Lu,” These are not guys you’d want to run into in a back alley. Clearly inspired by crime dramas like Crash and Drive and Traffic, they’re pretty hilarious.