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Astronaut from film 2001: A Space OdysseyFilm professor Mike Stasko ranks Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey as the best movie ever made.

Prof offers suggestions for viral viewing

Stuck indoors during the pandemic? Exhausted your Netflix “to watch” list?

Mike Stasko, a filmmaker and instructor in the Department of Communication, Media and Film, has some suggestions for works to watch.

  • Twin Peaks
    Genre: television drama and mystery
    Find it streaming on CraveTV.
    “My favourite television show of all time,” says Stasko. “This is what got me into filmmaking. Lifetime goal is to teach this as a special topics course here at UWindsor.”
     
  • Deadwood
    Genre: television drama, Western
    Find it streaming on CraveTV.
    “This is the closest thing to Shakespeare in the last 400 years.”
     
  • Upstream Color
    Genre: science fiction drama
    Rent or buy it on Amazon Prime Video.
    “Favourite film from the past 10 years. Powerful, efficient, visual storytelling.”
     
  • Point Break
    Genre: action, thriller
    Rent or buy it on Amazon Prime Video.
    “Long before Kathryn Bigelow finally got her due for The Hurt Locker, she was already a master of the action sequence. This is an underrated classic that Hollywood continues to steal from.”
     
  • Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
    Genre: drama
    Rent or buy it on iTunes.
    “In my opinion, and that of a poll conducted at TIFF in 2015, the best Canadian film ever made. Director Zacharias Kunuk owes a big assist to Norman Cohn’s camerawork.”
     
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
    Genre: science fiction
    Rent or buy it on Amazon Prime Video.
    “The best film ever made. Gets a viewing from me once a year. Not to be watched on your phone.”