A mysterious black monolith encountered by our prehistoric past leaps millennia and connects to a future of colonised space. Where astronaut Bowman is about to explore uncharted territory. A poetic meditation on technology and humanity adapted from a story by the revered Arthur C. Clarke.
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Not long ago, I got to see The Shining from a 35mm print and with an audience for the first time, and discovered that the film was a lot less scary and unsettling than I’d remembered, and a heck of a lot funnier. . . . It’s the most obviously flawed of Kubrick’s late films (the second half can be enervating), but also an unambiguous depiction of depression and of toxic male ego.
However well Kubrick’s most audacious movie may work on a large TV monitor, it is difficult to recapture the quality of the spectacle that, projected in 70mm on a Cinerama screen two stories tall, rendered the moon landing fifteen months later anticlimactic. The opportunity has returned.
I will (try to) never say anything mean about Christopher Nolan’s movies ever again, because what he’s pulled off is pretty astonishing. . . . The distance between you and a very large image has been minimized, and the level of detail is outstanding. You can really peer into this image and probe wherever you’d like.
Rewatched this for the first time in 50 years, and so glad to be able to see it at the Pacific Film Archive, a cathedral for Cinema. I saw The Shining for the first time a couple of months ago, and couldn't help but notice so many similarities, visually and thematically. 4.5*
Most likely not the most original commentaries. Immensely thought-provoking and way ahead of its time, especially in terms of production design. An ambition well paid-off with the aid of the music direction, highlighting every emotion existed within this masterpiece; special mention goes to Karajan's Also Sprach Zarathustra that brought out eerie-ness I never thought existed.
I loved the last triptych panel as much as I detested the execution of 1st. Put me in the Playtime-Solaris camp. This is interesting and adventurous but massively overrated. Too many fanboys out there can’t move beyond spectacle, won’t struggle with art, poetry, the folding and forging of idea and form and medium into an indissoluble thing, a touchstone for philosophy, for truth and heart, for our actual evolution.
*Dodging bullets* A film that shows that tepid coffeehouse culture posing as high-intellect evolving into a pop-culture zeitgeist surely wasn’t started with Nolan/PTA, but maybe this Kubrick pic, that's akin-oddly worshipped. In the worst of his most-highly regarded films, Kubrick is both as in-succinct as Nolan and just as smug as Anderson. Has fine elements, but feels too-cocksure in most of its celebrated virtues.
Essential cinema. Kubrick's magnificent creation stands the test of time regardless of its due date long past. The film's iconic stature cannot be diminished regardless of advances in technology and visual effects. The meticulous calculation in all aspects of the film's creation is evident throughout. A head trip for the ages still being discussed almost 50 years later. 'Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer true'
Existentialism in excelsis. Ravishing, cryptic and engrossing in turns, this is commercial cinema as its finest with an extraordinary synthesis of cerebalism, sound and visual imagery (if not story telling in its conventional form). A rare multi-headed hydra that repays repeated viewing and never quite reveals all (thank goodness).
It's a masterpiece—you know that. So instead I'll talk about the 70mm showing at the Aero, where a girl in a Tarot t-shirt took my ticket, a small refugee camp for the dizzy formed in the lobby during the stargate scene, and a no-fucks-to-give Gary Lockwood (Frank Poole) was there to sign autographs in hustle mode. He kept trying to upsell the poster also signed by Keir Dullea. Apparently you could clean up on eBay.
For as great as the HAL 9000 part of this legendary film might be I find myself always drawn towards the dawn of man sequence for it's stark colors, freakish sound and for it's portrayal of a past that feels so raw and oddly surreal. This is a film that's pointless to review. I could give it 0 stars and yet it won't stop anyone from watching. It's too iconic, original and influential to avoid watching. So....Watch it