haha, "god help me..."
"Everyone pretty much acknowledges that he's the man, and I still feel that underrates him." (J. Nicholson). Stanley, thanks for making me love cinema
I had the great pleasure of visiting the Stanley Kubrick exhibit at LACMA today. He was an incredible craftsman, artist and thinker. I love his movies more with every viewing. He truly understood the power of film- and, most importantly, its unique ability to penetrate in ways that literature cannot. If only the movie business wasn't plagued by box-office/branding/bullshit motives, and embraced original story again, as a whole. We'd be in better shape and, maybe (just maybe) have some new blood half as good as Kubrick. He brought us full-fledged metaphysical orbs of energy, free from intellectual entanglement. He was fully philosophical, fully literate, and yet his films reach at the innermost part of our being, reaching deeper- fully utilizing the power of film. God help me. He is a legend for good goddam reason. As far as I'm concerned it's him and Bergman. The two gods of full cinematic power.
After I saw "2001" on 35mm recently, I realized that you can replace the "Produced, Written and Directed by Stanley Kubrick" credit with "Produced, Written and Directed by God".
Stanley Kubrick has completely changed the way I look at cinema. He has created films with staying power, films that an highly intelligent alien species would find challenging, important, and timeless. lol. Greatest filmmaker whose films I've had the honor of seeing many times.
I've enjoyed almost everything he has made that I have watched so far and I plan to watch EVERYTHING. Even though 2001 was torture it was still a brilliant piece of cinema.
Happy Birthday Stan Kubrick. The last great auteur who had complete control over his own work.