Everything everywhere all at once, the latest film from filmmaking duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert — known together as the Daniels — is already one of the most popular films of 2022, and for good reason. The Daniels seem to have created a style of cinema all their own, using a wealth of inspiration from sci-fi movies, comic books and martial arts, all filtered through their own wacky aesthetic and a other world. Although there may be no such thing Everything everywhere all at oncehere are five must-have titles for those looking for more in that style.
Swiss Army Man is Daniels’ first film and must be watched
Anyone who has seen Everything everywhere all at once but somehow missed Daniels feature debut immediately must watch Swiss army man. Released in 2016, their directorial debut stars Paul Dano as Hank Thompson, a castaway on a desert island who stumbles upon Manny’s corpse, embodied with savage vivacity by a post-Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe. As the unlikely duo overcome the dangers of life far from civilization using the magical power of Manny’s farts, erections and body cavities, audiences will easily recognize the Daniels’ fascination with a person’s most basic functions. and this connection to his more personal and emotional self.
Ostensibly, Swiss army man is the story of a man who wants to find Sarah, a person he saw on the bus and fell in love with. But in the same way that Evelyn’s transformation into Everything everywhere all at once it is as much about letting go of the people who are dear to him as about retaining them, Swiss army man tells a similar story of self-discovery that’s less about the supposed romance between Hank and Sarah and more about the relationship between the physical and the metaphysical and the importance of understanding each other before anything else.
Stephen Chow’s Shaolin Soccer Movie Blends Martial Arts With Family Comedy
Besides Jackie Chan, Stephen Chow is probably the most famous and successful filmmaker who has made a career out of combining martial arts and comedy. Next to The bustle of Kung Fu and The kitchen god, shaolin football has a lot in common with Everything everywhere all at once with its story of a family reconnecting while fighting evil with martial arts. Rather than fight a pan-dimensional, omnipotent girl, shaolin football brings together seven estranged brothers, each with their own style of kung fu, who work together to defeat Team Evil in a soccer competition.
Much like the Daniels, Chow knows how far to push reality to a point that doesn’t destroy an audience’s suspension of disbelief while maximizing comedic effect, and shaolin football often looks like a live cartoon. Despite this high-energy rhythm and bizarre effects, shaolin football never loses focus on its more grounded story of a family coming together, making it a wonderful counterpoint to Everything everywhere all at once.
Richard Linklater literally plays with time and space in Boyhood
One of the most exciting elements of Everything everywhere all at once This is how he uses the expansive concept of the multiverse to focus on the intimate relationship between a family. This mix of limitless sci-fi action with grounded drama is a tour de force that’s as surprisingly fun as it is powerful. And though he rarely works in direct sci-fi, Richard Linklater is a filmmaker surprisingly similar to the Daniels, seemingly drawn to the same fictional concepts but exploring them in more literal ways.
With brain dramas like waking life and the beyond the trilogyLinklater has made a name for himself as a filmmaker who can blur the line between fact and fiction, with films that inherently adopt the makings of a documentary as he uses real-world elements in his fiction. Childhood is the ultimate example of that experience, a film shot in real time over nine years with the actors aging in their own lives as they grew up in the film. And just like Everything everywhere all at once used multiverse journeys and epic battles to focus on the relationship between parents and their child, Childhood takes a more literal journey through time and space to create an equally powerful exploration of family life.
Cloud Atlas Was The Wachowskis’ Biggest Box Office Flop, But It Was Worth It
While the plot of Everything everywhere all at once could most remember The matrix — a character’s mundane life is interrupted by someone from another reality who explains the true nature of the universe and helps them understand their own power to help stop an out-of-control villain from destroying the world — there’s another one of the Wachowski films that syncs even better with the last of the Daniels: cloud atlas. Although very underperforming at the box office, cloud atlas is an incredible journey and even more epic than their previous franchise, making great use of the acting talents of Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Jim Broadbent, as each performer leads multiple characters who live across many interconnected timelines.
While avoiding the gruff energy and weird comedy of Everything everywhere all at once, cloud atlas tells a darker version of a similar story, as each character feels their connection to each other through these worlds and learns from these other selves, much the same way Evelyn confronts the many different versions of herself- even that exist in the multiverse.
Paprika turned Satoshi Kon into an animated Daniels
Although not the most prolific filmmaker before his tragic death in 2010, Satoshi Kon created a short filmography of anime titles that remains one of the most deeply beautiful and thrilling collections of fiction ever produced. His fascination with reality and dreams runs throughout his work, and his bold use of animation makes reality and delusion almost indistinguishable. Paprikahis last feature from 2006, tells the story of a police detective who investigates the theft and murders surrounding a device that allows people to access their own dreams, which ultimately leads the dream world to go beyond reality.
Kon and the Daniels both seem interested in the same concepts, as each of their films twists real life with elements of fantasy. Whether it’s Kon’s dream world or Daniels’ version of the multiverse, the two filmmakers use unconventional and surreal storytelling to highlight the inner struggle and growth of its main characters. Even if it is presented on another medium, Paprika has so much in common with Everything everywhere all at once and not to be missed.
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