I don’t know what you expected to be the first thing you’d watch today – maybe the news, or perhaps a nice half an hour of Cash in the Attic – but no kind of anticipation could possibly have prepared you for Night Giant. The new short film offering by filmmaker, artist and musician Aaron Beckum is all about an enormous monster who trails around after our protagonist destroying everything in his wake. And like any filmmaker with an ounce of good sense, Aaron’s got artist extraordinaire Miranda July into executive produce it.
Between them they’ve rustled up a short that manages to cram more stylish ambiguity into the film’s short stretch than most directors do into an hour and a half; noir, sinister, funny and nerdy in equal measures, it’s a surreal and entertaining watch from start to end 11 minutes and 40 seconds later. All that’s left now is to work out just what the pesky Night Giant is.
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