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Ranking Stanley Kubrick

by T. J. Mesen
“Real films present the opportunity to convey complex concepts and abstractions without the traditional reliance on words… An Alabama truck driver, whose views in every other respect would be extremely narrow, is able to listen to a Beatles record on the same level of appreciation and perception as a young Cambridge intellectual, because their emotions and subconscious are far more similar than their intellects. The common bond is their subconscious emotional reaction; and I think that a film which can communicate on this level can have a more profound spectrum of impact than any form of traditional verbal communication.” Ta-da! This is my… Read more

“Real films present the opportunity to convey complex concepts and abstractions without the traditional reliance on words… An Alabama truck driver, whose views in every other respect would be extremely narrow, is able to listen to a Beatles record on the same level of appreciation and perception as a young Cambridge intellectual, because their emotions and subconscious are far more similar than their intellects. The common bond is their subconscious emotional reaction; and I think that a film which can communicate on this level can have a more profound spectrum of impact than any form of traditional verbal communication.”

Ta-da! This is my first list.

I chose to do it on Kubrick because of all the directors that many years ago really got me interested in movies, his films are some that still greatly interest me today. Not only do I hold a special place in my heart/mind (?) for Kubrick but as a director he remains to me as one of the grand masters of the cinematic medium.
Therefore, it only seemed appropriate to begin my immersion into the mubiverse by replicating my early incursions into the world of film.

On the prevalence of human error in his films:
“The destruction of this planet would have no significance on a cosmic scale. Our extinction would be little more than a match flaring for a second in the heavens. And if that match does blaze in the darkness, there will be none to mourn a race that used a power that could have lit a beacon to the stars to light its own funeral pyre.”

Thus I present my ranking of Stanley Kubrick’s works:

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