One of the great things about writing for a site like CHUD is that you suddenly find yourself with the opportunity to speak to lots of people who share your love of movies and who probably have a similar mindset. And that means you have the chance to pimp out a movie that you think is great, and that you suspect a lot of people reading the site will think is pretty great, too. We’ve never been shy about doing this hell, it’s almost part of our basic mission statement.
For the rest of the week we’re going to bring you ten films that CHUD has championed. These are the films that we pimped, and we pimped hard, and we’re proud to have put our name and our reputation on the line for them.
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Why it’s Essential: If my calculations are correct, this film is still the only one which mentions CHUD.com in the commentary track. The Fly 2 WOULD have been the second if that little experiment didn’t get faceraped. When this film did the rounds at Comic Con all those many years ago, we were among the few sites who not only loved it but also put it in black & white how much so. Over time as James Gunn and the majority of this cast have become daily targets of love from this site and many others, but this flick was the beginning. It still has some classic moments, my favorite being the unveiling of the action figure line, but it’s one of those movies where the overall effect is a lot more rewarding than singular moments. It really is kinda special, and if you haven’t seen it for its own rewards pick up the new DVD to listen to former item Gunn/Brewster on the commentary track going from amicable to a little more combative as old wounds exacerbate. Awesome.
Why it’s Essential: is a low budget movie that almost couldn’t be improved with more money. It’s a real science fiction film in that it’s not fantasy with technological components, but rather takes a basic “what if” thesis based in science and runs with it. It’s a movie about ideas, and they’re incredibly compelling ones – ideas about power and trust. On top of that, Primer works as a puzzle movie; it may take you a couple of viewings to really work out the correct timeline and the motivations of some characters, but once you do you realize that the movie was playing fair with you the whole time.
Primer is the work of writer/director Shane Carruth, who also stars in the film. Armed with a couple of thousand dollars and craft services provided by his parents, he managed to come out with one of the most thought-provoking debut films of all time. It’s the kind of movie that restores your faith not just in science fiction as a genre, but in the concept of indie movies in general in this day and age of faux-indie studios like Miramax and Sony Pictures Classics.
Once you’ve checked out Primer, be sure to come back to CHUD and read some of the coverage we were very happy to bestow on this film, including my three-part interview with Shane, where many of the details and ideas behind the movie are discussed. Part one is here, part two is here, and part three is here.
Meanwhile, I’ll just be here waiting patiently for the next Shane Carruth film.