So, in an absurd turn of events, I only watched three films this week. This may be the least amount of films I’ve watched, in that time period, for the past 5 months, at least. It’s not much, but let’s talk about what I’ve seen.
Kung Fury (2015)
Directed by David Sandberg
Holy shit, have you watched this? If not, do so. It’s on Netflix and YouTube. It’s a swift thirty minutes, and you’ll wish that it lasted longer. What’s the film about? A cop that becomes a kung fu master (that goes by the name Kung Fury) and uses a power glove to hack – I mean, go back in time to kill the previous kung fu master, Hitler. Also known as Kung Führer. Read that synopsis over again, and then watch the film. If you don’t, please tell me why you don’t want to ’cause I find that fucking baffling.
It’s a film that uses that 80’s neon/VHS aesthetic, and it works. It rarely works for films, but since the film is only trying to mimic an 80’s action film, and then make it 100 times more absurd, it somehow becomes the exception.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
If it was possible, I’d have a room where the wallpaper would be every single frame of the film. On a technical level, it’s perfection. Visually, it never ceases to amaze me. Even though I watch this film at least twice a year (which honestly, should be more) I’m just in this constant awe. Is the film long? Yes. Do I care? Hell no. I will set 2.5 hours of my day to the side just to watch this film. I feel spoiled in a way, since I’ve seen 2001 on 70mm, it feels like a disservice to watch it at home. The film needs the biggest screen possible, and the classic orchestral score needs to thunder all around you as opposed to weakly squawking from the television speakers.
I feel bad when I speak highly of the film to someone who hasn’t seen it, because their expectations only get bigger and bigger. Mine were massive when I first watched the film, and I ended up walking away from my TV in disappointment. Not with the film, but with myself. “Was that all? This is one of the best movies of all time?” To my younger (stupider) self, that is all, and it’s amazing, thought-provoking, and magical. It also is, without a doubt, one of the best movies of all time.
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Directed by Dan Trachtenberg
What a trip. I saw the film opening day and wrote the review here. I haven’t stopped thinking about the film, and the song from the trailer won’t stop playing in my head either. I need to see the film again.
Try and forget about the title, or any connection to Matt Reeves’ Cloverfield. Expect an incredibly tense, world-building thriller. Then you’ll love it. You’ll be scared as well, but you’ll also love it.