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Kubrick's Best Film...

Into the Void

over 4 years ago

The Shining

Ben Simingt​on

over 4 years ago

THE SHINING and EYES WIDE SHUT, full-frame (personal taste). Has anyone here watched the 140 minute U.S. SHINING cut alongside the 120 minute U.K. cut? I’m so curious to compare how they come across in tone.

Elston

over 4 years ago

Pretty much everything after 2001 is amazing and it’s almost impossible to choose one that is the best. Nonetheless, I love Eyes Wide Shut, 2001, Barry Lyndon & A Clockwork Orange. The Shining & Full Metal Jacket are wonderful as well, but it took me much longer to see the brilliance in those films.

Elston

over 4 years ago

double

Joe Odom

over 4 years ago

Hi All,
First post on this forum, first day on this site :) Please excuse my English (I’m just a french).
My Kubrick’s top 3 would be:

1- 2001: A Space Odyssey: for the religious mystic Kubrick has added to a basic sci-fi story. As he gives no clear explanation, he lets space for interpretation: what is the parallelepiped? Aliens? God? Mankind itself? Whereas Arthur C. Clarke explains everything and lets you no choice, Kubrick lets you imagine what it represents to you, and byt this mean, gives you clues about your own vision of life. Add to this the music, HAL, the great finale, … I don’t know, to me, this is Kubrick at his best.

2- Paths Of Glory: because of the magnificient Kirk Douglas, the issue, Kubrick tackles in this movie (what is the point of being a patriot by all means if it requires to lose one’s humanity… At least I felt this watching this movie).

3- Eyes Wide Shut: for all the night freaks Cruise meets while he wanders in NYC in the first part of the movie, the representation of the night as an erotic catalyzer, and for Nicole Kidman in the only part I like her acting (she pays the bitch with such a talent).

Edwin N

over 4 years ago

Eyes Wide Shut
Barry Lyndon
I absolutely hate A Clockwork Orange,Spartacus and Full Metal Jacket, and I think 2001 is somewhat overrated.I love The Shining and Lolita though.

Law

over 4 years ago

Edwin, have you seen The Killing? I think our tastes are somewhat similar, except that I just generally feel lukewarm towards Kubrick while you possess varying degrees of likeness and hatred for his films.

Law

over 4 years ago

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Meredit​h Taylor

over 4 years ago

Barry Lyndon without a doubt. Maybe I’m just an old-fashioned romantic but the candlelit scenes were so beautifully crafted and the Countess’s part was so delicately portrayed by Marisa Berenson that it has stayed in my memory as one of the most appealing female performances in a film for along time afterwards bearing in mind that I first saw the film when I was 13. The soundtrack was also memorable to this day.

Exilein​Arden

over 4 years ago
My personal canon-within-the-canon in Kubrick has long settled on Barry Lyndon, The Shining and 2001. All three can stand in, as far as I’m concerned, as expressions of cinema at its very peak of achievement. My nominal pick would be Barry Lyndon, but it’s something of a toss-up and certainly The Shining might oversway it in my affections.

kubrick​house

over 4 years ago

I may as well just rank all of the master’s films:

1st tier:
The Shining —→ my pick for Kubrick’s best
2001: A Space Odyssey
Eyes Wide Shut
A Clockwork Orange

2nd tier:
Barry Lyndon
Paths of Glory
Lolita
Dr. Strangelove

3rd tier:
Full Metal Jacket
The Killing
Spartacus
Killer’s Kiss

An enthusiastic 5 stars for the 1st tier, 5 stars for the 2nd tier and 4 stars for the 3rd tier. The man never made a mediocre or bad film. However Eyes Wide Shut and Barry Lyndon (which I hope gets a Blu-ray transfer one of these days) both keep rising up on the list the more I view them. I envision Barry Lyndon one day cracking into the 1st tier, thereby bumping Clockwork down to a solid 5 star rating.

Cookie

over 4 years ago

it would be a tied for me between A Clockwork Orange and Lolita.

jamonho​lley@ms​n.com

over 4 years ago

1st tier
Eyes Wide Shut
2001: A Space Odyssey
A Clockwork Orange
Dr. Strangelove
Barry Lyndon
The Shining
Full Metal Jacket

2nd tier

Paths of Glory
The Killing
Lolita

3rd tier

Spartacus

Alion Dervishi

over 4 years ago

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
2. Dr. Strangelove
3. Eyes Wide Shut
4. Barry Lyndon
5. The Shining

Kira Elmer

over 4 years ago

My favorite is Dr. Strangelove.
In my opinion, his best movie would be The Killing. The way he put the time sequences in order was stunning.

Jugend2​1

over 4 years ago

The Shining & 2001

mordloc​k99

over 4 years ago

In my humble opinion his best film was 2001; a space odessey and Dr. Strangelove

F.S. James

over 4 years ago

Barry Lyndon is my favourite.

cris madeira

over 4 years ago
My pick for Kubrick’s “best” film is 2001. 100 years from now, if he’s remembered at all, it will be for this film.

Howard Fritzso​n

over 4 years ago

Kubrick is such an inflammatory topic in these threads. For me, he was an exciting director up to and including “Lolita.” After that film, he became isolated somehow. I could enjoy his extraordinary virtuosity but I couldn’t connect with it.
I love “Lolita,” “Spartacus,” “The Killing” and I am impressed by “Paths Of Glory” even though I don’t love it.

Welles retained his humanity throughout his career even though he was driven to the fringes of the industry. Kubrick had too much in his head and not enough anywhere else.

Bret

over 4 years ago

It’s hard to say which one’s his best because they all stand as their own. No Kubrick movie is like another. It really just depends on what your personal favorite is. I have seen all of his movies and have thought that all of them are masterpieces. And my personal favorite is 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Sunny!

over 4 years ago

eyes wide shut is his best film. 2001 comes pretty close though.

R T Rolston

over 4 years ago

Kind of pointless thread for me, since I think that almost all of his films are some of the most beautiful works of art of the 20th Century. The only one I have never cared for much is Lolita. The Killing is a little rough, but still very impressive and daring for a first feature. Spartacus has a lot of flawed bits and a very uneven script, but that’s not Kubrick’s fault. He made that a much greater film than any other director could have doe at the time. Its still a pretty damn fun film. Other than those, they are all masterpieces.

My ranking:
1. BARRY LYNDON (please, please, please, Criterion do a deluxe edition of this wonderful and underrated film!)- most visually beautiful film ever made and truly the definition of “pure cinema”.
2. 2001- it never, ever gets old and is still mostly unsurpassed in many of its special effects.
3. A Clockwork Orange- perfect visual and aural synthesis; just perfect.
4. Dr Strangelove- greatest satire ever!
5. Paths of Glory (Criterion should do this one as well, that would make my year)
6. The Shining- I discover more details and have different interpretations every time I see this freaky film; I think Kubrick intended it that way and succeeded marvelously.
7. Full Metal Jacket- brutal and intense but somehow his most accessible and purely entertaining film, I would say.
8. Eyes Wide Shut- I feel the same about this as The Shining (the details and varying interpretations and all that), just slightly less so.

Nathan M.

over 4 years ago

I’m with Law here: What is up with the lack of love for The Killing? A few people seem to like it, but not as many as I would expect for a near-perfect film.

Rüdiger Tomczak

over 4 years ago

Three films:
1. Barry Lyndon
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey
2. Eyes Wide Shut

Pavel

over 4 years ago

2001 hands down. There are other great films, but no film, I repeat no film has attempted what Kubrick’s 2001 has. And most of the films that try to end up with a retread of 2001 anyway. LoL I’m surprised people are afraid to admit the obvious.

sami

over 4 years ago

A Clockwork Orange first,

2001 and Barry Lyndon a close second,

Jason Miller

over 4 years ago

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
2. A Clockwork Orange
3. Dr Strangelove
4. Paths of Glory
5. Full Metal Jacket
6. Eyes Wide Shut
7. Barry Lyndon
8. The Killing
9. Spartacus
10. The Shining
11. Lolita (which is still awesome, just not his best)

NOTE: I love the HELL out of all of these
all of them are freaking amazing

akansas​13

over 4 years ago

Eyes Wide Shut
The Shining
Full Metal Jacket
2001: A Space Odyssey
A Clockwork Orange
Barry Lyndon

Peter Rinaldi

over 4 years ago

Kubrick sucks!
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