Stanley Kubrick Appreciation Thread

17 years ago, Stanley Kubrick, one of the world's greatest film directors, passed away at 70 years old. Kubrick left behind an incredible legacy, having given cinema some of the greatest movies ever made. Quality preceded quantity in Kubrick's career, as he only directed 13 full-length films, yet each was immensely memorable and unique. Those films are:

Fear and Desire (1953)
Killer's Kiss (1955)
The Killing (1956)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Spartacus (1960)
Lolita (1962)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Barry Lyndon (1975)
The Shining (1980)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)


Kubrick tackled multiple genres and always delivered a one-of-a-kind experience in every one of his films. The painstaking attention to details, surreal imagery, quality acting, and thought-provoking messages were some of the trademarks that gave his films a distinct feel and separated him from the rest. There will simply never be another Stanley Kubrick.

This thread was simply created to appreciate Stanley Kubrick and the works he made. I would love to hear from MI6 Community members who are fellow fans of Kubrick. What movies of his do you enjoy the most? What about his movies do you especially like? Talk all about Kubrick and his movies here!
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  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CA
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    My favorite director. I've seen them all at least a few times each.
  • Lancaster007Lancaster007 Shrublands Health Clinic, England
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    There are a few holes in my Kubrick viewing, but my favourite of his is the excellent Paths of Glory, what a powerful piece of film-making that is, just brilliant. I know most people put 2001 atop their list but I think that's probably because they think it's expected.
    Many years ago I saw Killer's Kiss and The Killing on tv and thought they were really good, would love to see them again. Also remember going to the cinema to see The Shinning which was a great experience. Although I have to say at the time it was lambasted by the critics, and now…oh, they all say it's a masterpiece. How times change.
  • pachazopachazo Guess who?
    edited February 2016 Posts: 4,968
    I hate to say it but I've never seen any of his films from the 50's. I suppose that's something that I should rectify soon. As for everything else, I'd say it ranges from good to excellent. Obviously, the man is a legend. A Clockwork Orange is my personal favorite.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CA
    edited February 2016 Posts: 16,978
    My upper echelon of Kubrick films (among the greatest ever made):

    THE KILLING
    PATHS OF GLORY
    SPARTACUS
    DR. STRANGELOVE
    2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
    A CLOCKWORK ORANGE


    Though I do appreciate all of the others to varying degrees. A friend and I did a Kubrick retrospective a few years back and re-watched everything, including his early documentaries. THE SHINING has definitely aged well (I didn't care for it to much in the '70s), while others (FULL METAL JACKET and EYES WIDE SHUT) have not. The man did not compromise his vision, that is for damned sure. FEAR AND DESIRE, though very raw and stilted at times, shows signs of what was to come.
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  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.
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    What do you not particularly care for when it comes to 'Full Metal Jacket'? I haven't heard good things about 'Eyes Wide Shut,' either, though it's been on my Netflix Queue for some time now.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CA
    edited February 2016 Posts: 16,978
    For me @Creasy47 , upon re-watching it recently, FULL METAL JACKET suffers from some very awkward expository dialogue, which is nothing I thought I would ever associate with Kubrick. It isn't as pervasive as in most films, and wouldn't be noticed in an average director's work, but it is something that he manages to avoid in all of his other projects. To me, being in the midst of Kubrick-mania, it was jarring. Not doubt, the bulk of the film is made up of superb images and scenes, but that one aspect was enough to keep it out of my elite listing of his work.
  • pachazopachazo Guess who?
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    Birdleson wrote: »
    while others (FULL METAL JACKET and EYES WIDE SHUT) have not.

    I love the fist half of FMJ but I do tend to lose interest once we get to Vietnam. It's still a solid outing overall though. And I have a soft spot for EWS. I understand people's issues with it but I've always enjoyed it regardless.
  • PropertyOfALadyPropertyOfALady ‎85 Albert Embankment, ‎Vauxhall‎, ‎Lambeth‎ Community
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    I've only seen The Shining and 2001.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CA
    edited February 2016 Posts: 16,978
    pachazo wrote: »
    . And I have a soft spot for EWS. I understand people's issues with it but I've always enjoyed it regardless.

    I loved it the first time I saw (it was opening day at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, and I had a swell looking broad with me, so that probably affected my perceptions), but was very disappointed this last time.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.
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    I can see what you mean now that you mention it, it is rather obvious in hindsight, given that this sort of thing isn't immediately recognizable in a film from someone as meticulous as Kubrick. Still, from what I've seen, it's my favorite of his, and it stands out to me as having wonderful pacing in that it's cut off so we almost get two totally different films: the horrors of boot camp and becoming a killing machine, and the horrors of the reality of war; what it makes a man do, and what it can do to you (and the horrific acts that attribute to that famous thousand yard stare.)
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CA
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    Creasy47 wrote: »
    I can see what you mean now that you mention it, it is rather obvious in hindsight, given that this sort of thing isn't immediately recognizable in a film from someone as meticulous as Kubrick. Still, from what I've seen, it's my favorite of his, and it stands out to me as having wonderful pacing in that it's cut off so we almost get two totally different films: the horrors of boot camp and becoming a killing machine, and the horrors of the reality of war; what it makes a man do, and what it can do to you (and the horrific acts that attribute to that famous thousand yard stare.)

    What's funny about that to me is that with different viewings I flip as to which half I like more.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Thunderworld
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    Sad to say the only one of his very early films I have seen is Paths of Glory , but that remains a favourite along with Dr Strangelove, 2001-A Space Odyssey and Barry Lyndon. The Shining is also a masterpiece.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.
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    @Birdleson, the same thing happens with me, though I think most of the time I'd go with the latter half as being my favorite. When the movie was still brand new to me, I enjoyed the boot camp scenes much more.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Thunderworld
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    That drill sergeant-what a character!
  • RC7RC7
    edited February 2016 Posts: 8,167
    I can't rank films, I just find it too scientific an approach to art, but If someone were to put a gun to my head I might proffer that the Shining is my favourite film of all time. Maybe.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.
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    If you all love Kubrick, then I'm sure you know how R. Lee Ermey ended up getting the role of the infamous drill sergeant from 'Full Metal Jacket.' I love how it all panned out.

    @RC7, I re-watched it a week or so ago late at night and it never fails to creep me out. Masterfully crafted film.
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    The Shining, Dr. Strangelove, and Paths of Glory are my personal favorite Kubrick films. They would probably all make my Top 50 films ever list - at least Top 80. The other standouts for me are Barry Lyndon, A Clockwork Orange, The Killing, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Spartacus. I like them all to a certain degree, but those are the eight I enjoy most and would rewatch the most.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CA
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    Great choices, @FoxRox (no SPARTACUS!?!). My perception of BARRY LYNDON seems to vary drastically depending on where I am in life.
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    Birdleson wrote: »
    Great choices, @FoxRox (no SPARTACUS!?!). My perception of BARRY LYNDON seems to vary drastically depending on where I am in life.

    I mentioned that in the Top 8; too low for you? My current full ranking is:

    13. Fear and Desire
    12. Killer's Kiss
    11. Eyes Wide Shut
    10. Full Metal Jacket
    9. Lolita
    8. Spartacus
    7. 2001: A Spacey Odyssey
    6. The Killing
    5. A Clockwork Orange
    4. Barry Lyndon
    3. Paths of Glory
    2. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
    1. The Shining


    All based on personal preference of course. Top 3 are all some of my favorites ever. 4-8 are very well-done, above-average films. 9-11 are films I think have a lot of good in them, but certain things in each put me off. 12 is average. 13 is funny for me because of how silly some of it is; as a film, mediocre.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!
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    I'm a huge fan of Kubrick's. My all-time favourite film is 2001: A Space Odyssey. I have enjoyed every one of his other films too, including Fear And Desire and Eyes Wide Shut.
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    2001 is my favourite, with Dr. Strangelove & Paths of Glory not far behind.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Thunderworld
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    Anyone here believes Kubrick got wasted because he was about to spill the beans on the fake moon landing film he helped create? Lots of hidden clues to that in The Shining if you look for it.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CA
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    No.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.
    edited February 2016 Posts: 24,368
    Anyone here believes Kubrick got wasted because he was about to spill the beans on the fake moon landing film he helped create? Lots of hidden clues to that in The Shining if you look for it.

    The amount of clues, hidden images, the way things shift throughout the movie, and the countless 'meanings' of the film alone make it worthy of a lot of subsequent viewings.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Thunderworld
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    And then there is Barry Nelson, of course. or Robert Haakon Nielsen as we know him as in Norway.
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    2001 was the first movie I saw in cinema! Didn't appreciate it then as I was too young, but love it now. Paths of Glory should be essential viewing for anyone who loves the movies!
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Thunderworld
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    The ending of 2001 is even better when hashish infested.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!
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    You were there in '68 when the hippies went to see 2001 and did the brown acid, @Thunderfinger? :-)
  • DragonpolDragonpol Twitter: @Dragonpol, Writer @ The Bondologist Blog: http://www.thebondologistblog.blogspot.co.uk
    edited February 2016 Posts: 9,768
    I love A Clockwork Orange and The Shining but I've not seen much of Kubrick's other work sadly.
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