Another week, another great set of recommendations from our wonderful contributors to bedazzle an otherwise bedazzle-less weekend.
via Laura Fissel
Kung Fu Hustle – This 2004 action-comedy martial arts film is a downright blast! Filled with vibrant, colorful characters and fantastic choreography, its central focus is the character Sing: a nobody struggling to become somebody. It may feel a little silly at times, but you’ll find that it’s all part of this film’s incomparable charm.
via JR Forasteros
Metastasis – Going through Breaking Bad withdrawals? Why not start from scratch, in Portuguese? Metastasis is a shot-for-shot remake of Breaking Bad, made in Brazil. Yes, I’m serious. It’s produced by Vince Gilligan, so it’s shockingly legit. It’s like watching a slightly alternate-universe version of one of your favorite shows ever. You’ll fall in love with Walter Blanco and Jose Rosas in no time!
via The Film Avenger
A Trip to the Moon / Le Voyage Dans la Lune – For a film history buff like me, this was pure gold! I had never actually seen the entire film before. If you’ve seen Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, you know a little about this film. Georges Méliès was one of the earliest pioneers of cinema, and saw its potential as a storytelling medium. This film is his most famous, and employs some of the first efforts at visual effects and other cinematic standards. Netflix has both the black-and-white and colorized versions (the latter was discovered in 1993 and restored in 2011), though I prefer the black-and-white. Only detractor from the experience are the voice actors, who are clearly not actors.
Also, you should probably check out Josh’s recent review of A Trip to the Moon for our “Reviewing the Classics” series once you watch it! He preferred the color version.
Laura, love Kung Fu Hustle! Good suggestion.
Kung Fu Hustle was not only a ton of fun, but it was one of the first films Laura and I purchased on Blu Ray. It’s funny AND incredibly beautiful to watch.