Film Crit Hulk Smash: Daniels Are The Most Exciting Young Directors On The Planet

Watch the amazing short film from the director duo behind SWISS ARMY MAN.

WE'LL TALK SWISS ARMY MAN NEXT WEEK. BUT THE TRUTH IS THAT GOING INTO THE OFT HERALDED MASTERPIECE, HULK COULDN'T FUCKING WAIT.

IT HAD MUCH LESS TO DO WITH THE AMAZING BUZZ COMING OUT OF SUNDANCE, BUT THE FACT THAT HULK HAS ACTUALLY BEEN ENAMORED / SEMI-OBSESSED WITH THE WORK OF "DANIELS" FOR A FEW YEARS NOW.  FOR THOSE CURIOUS, THE DIRECTING DUO GETS THEIR NAME FROM THE SIMPLE FACT THEIR NAMES ARE DANIEL KWAN AND DANIEL SCHEINERT, AND WHILE YOU MAY NOT KNOW THEM BY EITHER NAME, CHANCES ARE YOU HAVE SEEN THEIR WORK IN THE JOYFULLY INSANE "TURN DOWN FOR WHAT" VIDEO. OR SO MANY OF THE OTHER AMAZING SHORTS / VIDEOS BEYOND THAT, INCLUDING THIS AMAZING (AND VERY NSFW) VIDEO FOR JOYWAVES' "TONGUES"

ALL OF THIS PROMPTED HULK TO MAKE A CLEAR AND OBVIOUS PARALLEL: THESE GUYS ARE THE NEWEST EVOLUTION OF SPIKE JONZE. 

THEY DON'T JUST HAVE A SENSE FOR VISUAL FLAIR, BUT THEY ACTUALLY LIKE TELLING STORIES WITH CLEAR INVERSIONS AND SEQUENCING WITHIN THAT CINEMATIC FLAIR. THEY EVEN HAVE A DISTINCT VOICE; AN ABSURDIST STREAK WITH AN UNCANNY ABILITY TO FOCUS ON AND INVERT THE LANGUAGE OF HUMAN BODIES AND MOVEMENT ITSELF, OFTEN WITH A SURPRISING AMOUNT OF EMOTIONAL VULNERABILITY. IT'S ALMOST AS IF THERE IS THIS CONSTANT, SUBCONSCIOUS ETHOS OF TRYING TO TAKE DOWN THE MORE CYNICAL AND MORE PRETENTIOUSLY GUARDED ELEMENTS OF SOCIETY. THROUGH THIS, THEY SEEK TO ASSIMLATE HIGH / LOW - THE PUERILE AND THE SUBLIME - THE DELICATE AND THE OVERT - ALL PLAYED TO THE NOTION OF CELEBRATING THE ENTIRE SPECTRUM OF LIFE ITSELF. WHICH JUST MEANS THAT HULK ALWAYS HAD A HUNCH THEY'D BE ABLE TO BRING SOMETHING DISTINCT TO LONG-FORM NARRATIVE IF THEY EVER GOT THE CHANCE.

HULK WOULD EVEN ARGUE THE PROOF CAME IN THE PROVERBIAL PUDDING WHEN HULK WATCHED THEIR 2014 SHORT FILM "INTERESTING BALL," FOR IT WAS THE CONFIRMATION OF EVERYTHING THAT IS ALSO TRUE IN THEIR DEBUT FEATURE.

WATCH IT BELOW, AS HULK IS DEEPLY CURIOUS WHAT YOU THINK (STICK WITH IT TIL THE END):

HULK WOULD ARGUE THAT THE DANIELS ARE ONE OF THE RAREST THINGS IN CINEMA: A JOYFUL DISCOVERY.

FOR CINEMA IS A STRANGE, UNIQUE ARTFORM THAT SO RARELY EXPERIENCES THIS. FOR IT IS SO STEEPED IN HISTORY AND SHAKING OFF IMITATION TO EVEN TRY AND FIND ONE'S VOICE BEYOND OUR INFLUENCES. AND SO DIFFICULT IS IT TO FIND PEOPLE WHO CAN AMALGAMATE THE NEEDED SKILLS FOR VISUAL COMMUNICATION WITH A PASSION FOR GENUINE ORIGINALITY AND INSTINCT. BUT THE DANIELS HAVE ALL OF IT.

AND AS SUCH, HULK CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT COMES NEXT.

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