2001: A Space Odyssey is a countdown to tomorrow, a road map to human destiny, a quest for the infinite. It is a dazzling, Academy Award®-winning visual achievement, a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. It may be the masterwork of director Stanley Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke)…and it will likely excite, inspire and enthrall for generations.
To begin his voyage into the future, Kubrick visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millenia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever conceived) into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted realms, perhaps even into immortality. “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” Let the awe and mystery of a journey unlike any other begin. —Warner Bros.
Stanley Kubrick was born in New York, and was considered intelligent despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance, Kubrick’s father Jack (a physician) sent him in 1940 to Pasadena, California, to stay with his uncle Martin Perveler. Returning to the Bronx in 1941 for his last year of grammar school, there seemed to be little change in his attitude or his results. Hoping to find something to interest his son, Jack introduced Stanley to chess, with the desired result. Kubrick took to the game passionately, and quickly became a skilled player. Chess would become an important device for Kubrick in later years, often as a tool for dealing with recalcitrant actors, but also as an artistic motif in his films.
Jack Kubrick’s decision to give his son a camera for his thirteenth birthday would be an even wiser move: Kubrick became an avid photographer, and would often make trips around New York taking photographs which he would… read more
So quiet, so silent, yet so chilling and deep-cutting. I simply cannot believe this is from 1968. Visually it is almost perfect, at most points even better than most films made in this decade. And in concept it's flawless, so accurate and intelligent... Kubrick and C. Clarke, you were freakin' visionaries.
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Instead of writing a big paragraph, I’ll give four good reasons why 2001 is the greatest cinema experience of all time:
1) It is a visual Odyssey that could only be told on the big screen. The… read review
(Sunday / March 21, 2010 / 2:20am)
Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” is one of the most visualizing films ever made. The silent-esque film captivates the beauty of the open world. With… read review