Stanley Kubrick

Would Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY be a hit today?

Article: Would Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY be a hit today?

How exactly would the contemporary Hollywood spin machine deal with Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke’s epic masterpiece 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY? Four decades later, it’s still pretty hard to say what exactly the film is about. Both breathtakingly beautiful and confoundingly abstruse, 2001 is mind-blowing, genre-defying filmmaking. But that doesn’t mean it’d be an easy sell.

Stanley Kubrick: NYC subway photographer

Article: Stanley Kubrick: NYC subway photographer

Previously we shared 10 facts about director Stanley Kubrick you might’ve not known. As an addendum to that I want to add that did you know that prior to his film career, Kubrick worked as a staff photographer for LOOK Magazine? LOOK was a bi-weekly, a la LIFE, magazine, which ran from 1937 to 1971. Kubrick completed over 300 assignments between 1946 and 1951. As a New York City resident, the one that fascinates me the most is his gig covering New York City subway straphangers in 1946.

The Sundance Review Revue: ROOM 237

Article: The Sundance Review Revue: ROOM 237

In the last couple years, technology has totally changed the world of film criticism. Affordable, easy-to-use editing software has empowered critics to become filmmakers themselves. You can see their work on YouTube, blogs like Press Play, and in movies like Sundance ’12 selection ROOM 237, a film entirely about another film, Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING.

A Very Stanley Kubrick New Year's Eve

Article: A Very Stanley Kubrick New Year's Eve


Just admit it. You don’t really want to go out on New Year’s Eve. It’s amateur hour! Someone will probably puke on you and you won’t be able to get a cab. And if you don’t live someplace with cabs there is a good chance 90% of people on the road will be drunk. Do yourself a favor and stay in. We’ve got you covered with a Stanley Kubrick double feature.

Ryan O'Neal: Bad boy in BARRY LYNDON, bad boy in reality TV

Article: Ryan O'Neal: Bad boy in BARRY LYNDON, bad boy in reality TV

Stanley Kubrick’s 1975 picaresque masterpiece, BARRY LYNDON, was, like many of his greatest films, universally panned as a massive failure upon its release only to be regarded years later as a film classic. It stars Ryan O’Neal in one of his most memorable roles. After five years on Peyton Place, an Oscar nomination for his role in LOVE STORY, followed by WHAT’S UP, DOC? and PAPER MOON, O’Neal was already an established star. He played the part of Lyndon with a quietness and sensitivity I doubt any other actor would have brought to the role. In fact, in all of his biggest roles he’s played the soft-spoken, gentle leading man, like the love-sick Oliver Barrett in LOVE STORY and the…

Bad boys and even badder girls: what's playing this week on Sundance Channel

Article: Bad boys and even badder girls: what's playing this week on Sundance Channel

Nicole Kidman as photographer Diane Arbus in FUR
Last week we gave you a little taste of what’s in store for Kubrick fans this month on Sundance Channel with EYES WIDE SHUT and BARRY LYNDON. We keep your appetite whet this week with 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY and another dose of Ryan O’Neal as bad boy BARRY LYNDON. Stay satisfied with Gretchen Mol, who bears is all in THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE. Then LOVE COMES LATELY (based on the short stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer) proves that you don’t have to be young to be young at heart – or have a bed-shaking sex life. And Robert Downey Jr. and Nicole Kidman take sex to a whole new – and hairy – level…

Tang and adult diapers – 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

Article: Tang and adult diapers – 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

When I was significantly younger, I dreamt of being an astronaut. Like most stupid kids, it was probably because I thought the space suit looked awesome or that the only training for becoming an astronaut was playing with monkeys, eating green pixie sticks and being quick with a measured “out of this world” joke at cocktail parties. Regardless, my dream was baseless and without merit. Until one day, probably right around the time hair was showing up in new places, I learned that astronauts got all the free Tang they wanted. Was it really possible? As much Tang as I wanted? My stupid childhood yearnings now seemed erudite, the dream was alive. Then, I learned that Tang was a drink, and once again, astronauts were just boring adults who wore diapers…

10 things you didn't know about Stanley Kubrick

Article: 10 things you didn't know about Stanley Kubrick

1. You’ve been saying his last name wrong: It’s pronounced Cue-brick, not Koo-brick.

2. He wanted to be a drummer: Specifically a jazz drummer, until his dad bought him a Graflex camera for his 13th birthday and there was no looking back…

Does Lynch match up to Kubrick's creep powers?

Article: Does Lynch match up to Kubrick's creep powers?

We’ve got a great line up on Sundance Channel this month, but one film that we’re really excited to be showing is EYES WIDE SHUT – so excited, in fact, that we’re airing it three times (which, if you’re like me, means you’ll be watching it three times, too). But thinking about EYES WIDE SHUT – Kubrick’s final, posthumously released film – got me thinking about what other movies can possibly compare to Kubrick’s surreal vision of bottled up fantasies that drive the men that obsess over them to the fringes of society’s underground? The story is based on Arthur Snitzler’s 1926 novella, Traumnovelle or “Dream Story,” about a doctor who goes on a two-day psychological bender of mind-alteration that culminates in a masquerade ball, which, like Kubrick’s film, involves that old fashioned combination of masked men and orgies…

Childhood fears: Tom Cruise and Brussels sprouts

Article: Childhood fears: Tom Cruise and Brussels sprouts

Okay, real talk, just for a minute. Tom Cruise is fucking scary. I’m not talking TOP GUN, homo-erotic, shirtless, volleyball-playing Tom Cruise – I’m talking couch-jumping on Oprah, Scientology, did-he-just-really-say-that, oh-shit-he-really-did-just-fucking-say-that, Tom Cruise. Or, to be more concise and perhaps politically correct, EYES WIDE SHUT Tom Cruise…

Creep-fest, kink and Kubrick: what to watch this week on Sundance Channel

Article: Creep-fest, kink and Kubrick: what to watch this week on Sundance Channel

As the weather gets chilly, so does our schedule of October films, packed with plenty of spine-tingling flicks to get you in the mood for Halloween. This weekend we’ve got back-to-back gruesome gore with…

Celebrating Kubrick

Article: Celebrating Kubrick

Tomorrow La CinĂ©mathèque Française begins a four-month-long retrospective of director Stanley Kubrick’s long and illustrious career. Visitors can expect a comprehensive rotating schedule of screenings as well as plenty of behind-the-scenes looks, documentaries and presentations by historians and critics to flesh out “Stanley Kubrick, The Exhibition.”

For those who don’t plan on visiting Paris by July 31 as well as those who just feel like gushing about one of the best directors in cinematic history, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate Kubrick’s oeuvre, like watching every single one of his films, in chronological order, of course.

2001's monolith in VHS format–literally

Article: 2001's monolith in VHS format–literally

Cue Richard Strauss’s “Also Sprach Zarathustra”: Using Styrofoam, Plexiglas, and latex paint, the artist David Herbert created this monolithic tribute to the monolith in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001. It appeared (or is appearing?) at the Saatchi Gallery in London. If I were rich and had a gigantic apartment, I would totally buy this. [via Looker.]