Stanley Kubrick Appreciation Thread

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  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    https://www.indiewire.com/2020/07/terry-gilliam-stanley-kubrick-movie-lockdown-1234576319/

    Such a shame. To think Gilliam almost directed a Dr. Strangelove sequel!
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    j_w_pepper wrote: »
    matt_u wrote: »
    One of the greatest ever. Kubrick’s films helped me to understand the possibility of a form of cinema envisioned as art, when I was 15/16 years old. 2001 is probably one of the top 5 movies ever (alongside Kane, Stalker, 8 and ½ and Vertigo) but the one I love the most is Eyes Wide Shut, a ridiculously underrated masterpiece. Anyway...

    1. 2001
    2. Eyes Wide Shut
    3. Dr. Strangelove
    4. Barry Lyndon
    5. Paths of Glory
    6. A Clockwork Orange
    7. The Shining
    8. Full Metal Jacket
    9. The Killing
    10. Spartacus
    11. Lolita
    12. Killer’s Kiss
    13. Fear and Desire

    At the risk of derailing this thread (and I don't have any particular problem with your ranking of Kubrick movies), I fail to see why Vertigo should be among anybody's top 5. It's even, at best, in the mid-range of Hitchcock films for me, with probably 10 or so being more worthy than Vertigo.


    According to Sight and Sound´s prestigious and acclaimed ranking of the best films of all time, Vertigo is currently regarded as the nr 1 best ever. Personally I was mesmerized on my first viewing, but the other times I´ve watched it has failed to replicate that feeling.

    But enough about Hitchcock...
  • DwayneDwayne New York City
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    Apparently, I’m not the only person obsessed with 2OO1 😉. Brooklyn designer Lydia Cambron just posted a short 12-minute film which takes that ending of 2OO1 and reimagines it in light of the COVID-19 lockdown.

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    It goes without saying that Ms. Cambron is now my favorite person in the whole world. I especially like that she utilized the correct Gill Sans font.

    To watch the entire one woman film:
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    That was awesome.
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    Dwayne wrote: »
    Apparently, I’m not the only person obsessed with 2OO1 😉. Brooklyn designer Lydia Cambron just posted a short 12-minute film which takes that ending of 2OO1 and reimagines it in light of the COVID-19 lockdown.

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    14_2020%20stills-8.jpg

    It goes without saying that Ms. Cambron is now my favorite person in the whole world. I especially like that she utilized the correct Gill Sans font.

    To watch the entire one woman film:

    That was brilliant. And you're not the only one obsessing about 2001, although my favourite Kubrick movie is A Clockwork Orange.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    Rewatched Full Metal Jacket last night, still stands as my all-time favorite war film. Such a great balancing act with those two wholly different halves of the film. Brilliant.
  • Fire_and_Ice_ReturnsFire_and_Ice_Returns I am trying to get away from this mountan!
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    Creasy47 wrote: »
    Rewatched Full Metal Jacket last night, still stands as my all-time favorite war film. Such a great balancing act with those two wholly different halves of the film. Brilliant.


    4K release next month, the trailer is in 4K if you can watch it on your TV. Great movie a definate purchase for me.

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    I bought this Special Edition last year, one of the best 4K transfers I have ever seen it's astonishing...
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  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    @Fire_and_Ice_Returns, indeed, already have my copy pre-ordered! Whiplash, my favorite film of the 2010s, hits 4K that day too. I'm really looking forward to seeing both upgraded.
  • Fire_and_Ice_ReturnsFire_and_Ice_Returns I am trying to get away from this mountan!
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    Creasy47 wrote: »
    @Fire_and_Ice_Returns, indeed, already have my copy pre-ordered! Whiplash, my favorite film of the 2010s, hits 4K that day too. I'm really looking forward to seeing both upgraded.

    I noticed Dr Strangelove is already available on 4K, there are certain films that you just have to upgrade.

    I have never seen Whiplash one of many films on a long list of films I have not got round to, despite owning Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Munich (the latter not watched properly) , I still have not watched them. I need to have a need to watch movie pile. Lol
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    Creasy47 wrote: »
    @Fire_and_Ice_Returns, indeed, already have my copy pre-ordered! Whiplash, my favorite film of the 2010s, hits 4K that day too. I'm really looking forward to seeing both upgraded.

    I noticed Dr Strangelove is already available on 4K, there are certain films that you just have to upgrade.

    I have never seen Whiplash one of many films on a long list of films I have not got round to, despite owning Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Munich (the latter not watched properly) , I still have not watched them. I need to have a need to watch movie pile. Lol

    That you do. I've got quite the backlog of 4Ks/blu-rays that I need to get around to ASAP, as well. Just need to find the free time.
  • JamesCraigJamesCraig Ancient Rome
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    Stanley Kubrick's The Shining:

    "The shot of the tennis ball rolling into Danny's toys took fifty takes to get right."

    "Stanley Kubrick, known for his compulsiveness and numerous retakes, got the difficult shot of blood pouring from the elevators in only three takes. This would be remarkable if it weren't for the fact that the shot took nine days to set up. Every time the doors opened and the blood poured out, Kubrick would say, "It doesn't look like blood." In the end, the shot took approximately a year to get right. "
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    I have a love hate relationship with Kubrick's films. Do I admire him as a director? Sure. Do I regularly want watch his films? Less so. You deifinitely need to be in the right mood and mindset to put on a Kubrick film...
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    I’m reading The Stanley Kubrick Archives edited by Alison Castle. It goes into depth on his need for control and perfection.
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    David Prowse is dead. For many he was Darth Vader. For me, he was and will always be Julian, first and foremost.

    Another note, as Christmas is coming: am I the only one who watches Eyes Wide Shut as, one of his Christmas movies?
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    Ludovico wrote: »
    David Prowse is dead. For many he was Darth Vader. For me, he was and will always be Julian, first and foremost.

    Another note, as Christmas is coming: am I the only one who watches Eyes Wide Shut as, one of his Christmas movies?

    Can't say I've done that, but I'd prefer watching EWS over the many awful made-for-Christmas movies that pollute the cable channels this time of year.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    My favourite Kubrick Christmas movie is...? I don't know. Does he have a Christmas movie? I'm not talking about jingles and bells and snow. That's not Christmas. Christmas is about consumerism, hypocrisy and gluttony. Dawn Of The Dead is an excellent Christmas movie, showing zombies droning into a shopping mall just to live among stuff--and I'm not talking about the undead. I don't think Kubrick has such a film. Greed? Yes. The Killing and Barry Lyndon for example. But the typical Christmas hypocrisy? No, I can't see the proper Christmas cocktail in any Kubrick film. The horror that is Christmas isn't even properly mirrored in The Shining.
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    Kubrick has at least two Christmas movies, surely. Not only because they are set during the season, but because Christmas is also about family crisis and frustrations. And often enough about sex and affairs. He's got three Xmas films if you count 2001 as a sort of birth of Messiah film. A Clockwork Orange is of course an Easter movie.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    I'm curious.
  • DwayneDwayne New York City
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    FYI: For those of you in the New York City area, The Museum of the Moving Image’s “Envisioning 2001: Stanley Kubrick's Space Odyssey” exhibit will re-open to the public on May 1st. It will run until September 26th.

    In addition to “2OO1”, “The Killing”, “Paths of Glory”, “Lolita”, and “Dr. Strangelove” will also be screened. The exhibit’s original 2020 run was – as with everything – cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, so this is yet more evidence that life in NYC is slowly returning to “normal.”

    http://www.movingimage.us/programs/2021/04/30/detail/complete-kubrick/
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    I recently learned that Kubrick was a huge fan of THE EXORCIST.
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    Made me wonder what a Kubrick directed version would have been like. No doubt awesome.
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    I recently learned that Kubrick was a huge fan of THE EXORCIST.
    exorcist_original.jpg

    Made me wonder what a Kubrick directed version would have been like. No doubt awesome.

    He did his own version of sorts with The Shining.
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    Ludovico wrote: »
    I recently learned that Kubrick was a huge fan of THE EXORCIST.
    exorcist_original.jpg

    Made me wonder what a Kubrick directed version would have been like. No doubt awesome.

    He did his own version of sorts with The Shining.

    There are definitely some similarities there.
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    Got to watch 2001 in an IMAX before Covid happened and it was one of my favorite cinema experiences seeing it on such a large screen.
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    jobo wrote: »
    Ludovico wrote: »
    I recently learned that Kubrick was a huge fan of THE EXORCIST.
    exorcist_original.jpg

    Made me wonder what a Kubrick directed version would have been like. No doubt awesome.

    He did his own version of sorts with The Shining.

    There are definitely some similarities there.

    Jack Torrance also falls into a possession, although it's mostly and maybe exclusively his own demons. The main difference I think is that The Exorcist's supernatural or seems to be Catholic in nature. Which is not the case with The Shining: for instance Danny's and Halloran's power, if any, is "primitive" and undefined. The worldview of A Clockwork Orange is in many ways Catholic, but it is accidental and has more to do with Anthony Burgess (himself a lapsed Catholic) than Kubrick. It's interesting that his supernatural movie is areligious, while his most religiously charged movie is dystopian sci-fi and entirely devoid of supernatural.
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    I just discovered that Stephen Berkoff played Tom in A Clockwork Orange. Another Bond connection.
  • R1s1ngs0nR1s1ngs0n France
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    Ludovico wrote: »
    I just discovered that Stephen Berkoff played Tom in A Clockwork Orange. Another Bond connection.
    He also had a slightly bigger role in Barry Lyndon, playing Lord Ludd.
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    R1s1ngs0n wrote: »
    Ludovico wrote: »
    I just discovered that Stephen Berkoff played Tom in A Clockwork Orange. Another Bond connection.
    He also had a slightly bigger role in Barry Lyndon, playing Lord Ludd.

    I need to rewatch Barry Lyndon. Tom in ACO has little screentime, but he's very memorable.
  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    Ludovico wrote: »
    I just discovered that Stephen Berkoff played Tom in A Clockwork Orange. Another Bond connection.

    Yes, Berkoff's not terribly recognisable in the film as he's a lot younger and has sideburns if I remember correctly. I certainly didn't recognise him when I first saw A Clockwork Orange back in 2006. After realising he was in the film I then spotted him in a later re-watch. Last year I bought a Stanley Kubrick films Blu-ray boxset in a CEX exchange shop and it included A Clockwork Orange. Looking forward to seeing the film in this its fiftieth anniversary year in superior picture quality.
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    My favourite movie, bare none.
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