'KUWTK' + 'The Shining' = Kanye's Masterpiece?
As far as quotable celebrities go, Kanye West never disappoints when it comes to delivering the ultimate gems. As an Entertainment Writer, I truly appreciate how much his opinions help me with my job — thanks, Yeezy! Whether it's announcing a potential West political campaign for 2020, or shining the light on the importance of being body positive, West never fails to deliver big time. One place that West's quotes are surprisingly lacking are during episodes of his wife, Kim Kardashian's, E! reality hit, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. West has never balked when it comes to publicity, but his appearances on the show are disappointingly scant. The reasons for this, it turns out, have nothing to do with the landscape of the show itself, but its production value.
On the Sept. 20 episode of KUWTK, West (who thankfully made an appearance that exceeded five seconds) revealed to a workshop instructor of an Armenian art school, "They're shooting my wife's show and I keep on, like, asking them to shoot it like it's Stanley Kubrick." Oh, Yeezy, you never fail to be an innovator — even when it comes to the world of reality television.
In all seriousness, seeing the Kardashians through the lens of acclaimed film director, Kubrick, would be pretty badass, if not completely nonsensical. For those who don't know, Kubrick is the late award-winning director behind films such as The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut, and Full Metal Jacket. Can you imagine what an episode of KUWTK would look like with a Kubrick-esque style? I have some ideas.
1. There Would Be Robots
I don't know if this would have as much to do with a Kubrick-inspired style as it would West's affinity toward robots. Also, I just really wanted an excuse to post this Vine.
2. The One-Point Perspectives Would Turn The Show Upside Down
Here is a classic scene from KUWTK:
Delightful! Here is an example of Kubrick's characteristic symmetry displayed through the one-point perspective he used in his films:
Yeah, things would look way different.
3. Drama Would Unfold At A Much Slower Rate
Given that Kubrick shot his films in a style that would follow every piece of an event in real time, drama would unfold much different on KUWTK. Rather than bounce back and forth between stories, an entire episode may be dedicated to one or two cast members' experiences for that given week.
4. It Would Be Way More Intense
As dramatic as KUWTK can get, a Kubrick-style production would up the intensity tenfold. Need proof? Check out this scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and feel your pulse rate slowly climb with anticipation.
5. It Also Might Get A Little Creepy
Regardless of the film, Kubrick was a master of infusing each scene with a latent eeriness.
Is West onto something with his idea for a KUWTK makeover? Regardless of whether or not this type of production would work, I certainly respect Yeezy's idealism. Moreover, a more artistic aesthetic would give way to the rapper increasing his on-camera appearances.
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