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July 6, 2017 10:34 pm  #1

2001: A Space Odyssey

To some it is long and boring, to others it is a masterpiece. I was once in the former camp but later I ended in the latter camp. I caught it again one time on TV (a big screen TV and commercial-free of course), not only did I finally “get” the film but it blew me away and now it is one of my all-time favorite movies.  A captivating and stimulating epic adventure, it begins with the fascinating “Dawn of Man” and later the man vs machine drama “The Jupiter Mission” (with Hal-9000) and the final act “The Jupiter Mission and Beyond”, which is an awesome “trippy” cosmic sequence leading to the film’s surreal, mysterious ending.
Apart from this film, how do feel about other films by Stanley Kubrick such as “A Clockwork Orange” (which I also loved), “Barry Lyndon”, “The Shining”, “Full Metal Jacket”, or “Eyes Wide Shut” (which I still haven’t seen).


July 6, 2017 11:04 pm  #2

Re: 2001: A Space Odyssey

I once tried watching the film on TV years ago, before my family got a 50" HD TV, and I couldn't get into it. My mum hated the Dawn of Man scene, so that didn't help. 
Last year, my dad and I planned to watch a print of the film at a cinema that also hosts the Toronto International Film Festival, when we got a message saying that the screening was cancelled because their projector for that size film broke!
So...I still haven't seen it. The only Kubrick film I've seen is Dr. Strangelove, which I liked. It has a very unsettling ending, even though there's some humour throughout (along with political satire), but I won't give it away in case you haven't seen it.
Clueing for looks.

July 7, 2017 5:36 am  #3

Re: 2001: A Space Odyssey

I've only see 2001: A Space Odyssey on the big screen, and I loved it!   A few years ago, I tried to watch it with someone else on TV, and they were so bored that we ended up switching it off.   I don't know if it's the screen size making a difference, or if it's just about whether you like Kubrick's style.  Personally, I think he's a genius, although he seems to have been difficult to work with.

Eyes Wide Shut is definitely worth a go.  I remember it wasn't terribly well reviewed when it came out, but I really enjoyed it. 


July 7, 2017 7:34 am  #4

Re: 2001: A Space Odyssey

I like both 2001/2010 and A Clockwork Orange is good, but a hard watch...
The Shining is terrifying and I don't think I've seen the others.


July 7, 2017 8:03 am  #5

Re: 2001: A Space Odyssey

I was very impressed by 2001 even though I watched in on TV. But I needed a second start. After I got into it, I was fascinated and I can see how it has become such a groundbreaking film. 

I watched "A Clockwork Orange" years ago and read it at school but it is not one of my favourites. Not because of the film which is very close to the book but because I always felt that the book cannot decide on an attitude towards the problems it presents. As dystopian novels go, I much prefer "1984" or "Brave New World" or "Fahrenheit 451". 

I quite liked "Eyes Wide Shut" (not a fan of Cruise though). "The Shining" is quite stunning but not true to the book which made Stephen King quite angry.

To me "Lolita" remains one of Kubrick's masterpieces.  

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July 7, 2017 8:10 am  #6

Re: 2001: A Space Odyssey

I agree with you on 1984.


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