Kubrickian Classics

Which director made the best films, made the best visuals, or smelled the best? This is the forum to find out.

Kubrick, take your pick...

2001
17
23%
Barry Lyndon
5
7%
A Clockwork Orange
12
16%
Dr. Strangelove
18
24%
Full Metal Jacket
5
7%
The Killing
1
1%
Lolita
2
3%
Paths of Glory
0
No votes
The Shining
11
15%
Eyes Wide Shut
4
5%
 
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Postby bluebottle on Sat Dec 10, 2005 5:15 pm

what i love about kubrick's lolita is that it is SO subtle. It's all there, but you have to really look hard.

i'm sure there are people who watch it and miss it completely.

James Mason gives the performance of a lifetime... He's just so fuckin' creepy, and his relationship with Shelly Winters. God it's tragic and beautiful and disturbing.

Great flick. People who argue that it's too tame just aren't watching it closely, imho.
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Postby Brocktune on Mon Dec 12, 2005 8:00 pm

Shane wrote:I liked the re-make of Lolita more than Kubricks original.


damn shame.
dominique swain is hot, and jeremy irons a master craftsman. but lyne's lolita is cold and distant, and irons is just a creepy pedophile. where as kubrick's is warm and charming, yet intense and honest and works on more levels than lyne's. also, i feel kubricks is more true to the spirit of the book. while how far kubrick could go in his depiction of sex between lo and prof. humbert was limited by the standards of the day, that was irrelevant, as we all know what the fuck is going on. i dont know that if SK shot this bitch today that he would have done it any differently. kubricks lolita is a masterpiece. lyne's was merely controversial.
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Postby esbern on Mon Dec 12, 2005 8:57 pm

The opening scene in Clockwork Orange is the best thing kubrick has ever done. The music, the mood, the lighting, the poses. Oh and the narration. Oh thats narration is amazing.
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Postby Keepcoolbutcare on Mon Dec 12, 2005 9:02 pm

esbern wrote:The opening scene in Clockwork Orange is the best thing kubrick has ever done. The music, the mood, the lighting, the poses. Oh and the narration. Oh thats narration is amazing.


nice little reference to the ending of 2001 to boot. We go from the eyes of the Starchild to the eyes of Alex...is he the Starchild?
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Postby Brocktune on Mon Dec 12, 2005 9:30 pm

esbern wrote:The opening scene in Clockwork Orange is the best thing kubrick has ever done. The music, the mood, the lighting, the poses. Oh and the narration. Oh thats narration is amazing.


thats an awfully bold statement. sort of undermines the gravity of the rest of his work. not that that scene isnt well done, but the finality of saying this scene is the greatest thing he ever did. well, i could never narrow it down that easily.
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Postby esbern on Tue Dec 13, 2005 9:33 pm

eh? i'm not undermining the rest of his work in any way. there is nothing wrong with having a favorite part of a book, song, catalogue, etc. while still being able to appreciate all aspects of something.
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Postby Octaveaeon on Wed Dec 14, 2005 1:29 am

What you should all be reading is the "Golden Bough"..

Or "The Destruction of the European Jews"...

Amongst some.

I mean.

If you listen to "Herr".

Herr Friend.

Do you all really want to understand Kubrick?

Well then how about starting by undressing yourselves.

Kubrick wasn't all that. His intelligence was limited.

But his art transcended all our wildest expectations.

Do you understand what 'art' is about?

Fuck you.

My dog just choked on itself.

I'm lucky I didn't.

Welcome to the next.

EWS is about prostitution.

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Notice how Tom wants to sove everything with money. Notice how Nicole just wants to look pretty. Notice their daughter. Especially in the final scene in the warehouse, during a "Christmas" sale. Pimping the bitch.

Look beyond what "Christmas" represents, particularly in mystical traditions.. beyond the Eleusinian mysteries.

Trust me. If you think you've got Kubrick figured out, then you are an idiot.

Don't be ashamed.

That's life.

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Postby thomasgaffney on Wed Dec 14, 2005 9:32 am

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Postby TonyWilson on Wed Dec 14, 2005 9:33 am

Pretentious douche overload. Sorry but you seem to think you know far more than any of us. Here's a tip; don't patronise people, it annoys them.
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Postby ThisIsTheGirl on Wed Dec 14, 2005 9:45 am

Burl that sign is brilliant - where do you get those wonderful toys.

Octaveaeon - you seem to feel you have Kubrick figured out better than the rest of us - does this make you an idiot?
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Postby doglips on Wed Dec 14, 2005 10:23 am

Octaveaeon wrote:What you should all be reading is the "Golden Bough"..
Or "The Destruction of the European Jews"...
Amongst some.
I mean.
If you listen to "Herr".
Herr Friend.
Do you all really want to understand Kubrick?
Well then how about starting by undressing yourselves.
Kubrick wasn't all that. His intelligence was limited.
But his art transcended all our wildest expectations.
Do you understand what 'art' is about?
Fuck you.
My dog just choked on itself.
I'm lucky I didn't.
Welcome to the next.
EWS is about prostitution.
HaHA HI HI
Notice how Tom wants to sove everything with money. Notice how Nicole just wants to look pretty. Notice their daughter. Especially in the final scene in the warehouse, during a "Christmas" sale. Pimping the bitch.
Look beyond what "Christmas" represents, particularly in mystical traditions.. beyond the Eleusinian mysteries.
Trust me. If you think you've got Kubrick figured out, then you are an idiot.
Don't be ashamed.
That's life.
K.



Hey, check out where Octaveaeon lives on the memberlist :wink:
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Postby Octaveaeon on Sun Dec 18, 2005 1:28 am

To answer your question Girl: A complete and utter idiot.

Kubrick never invited me over for dinner after all.

I'd be the first one to admit that.


To All: Sorry if you felt spoken to. Really.


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EWS is more than just about prostitution. Or secret-societies and wannabe mystery-cults.

But one thing is for sure. Kubrick was about more than just a 'director', and his work was more than just 'movies' or 'art', but no one here would disagree with that, so nevermind. I'll continue to ponder on this by myself now...

Btw, ever hear of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili?

You already know Traumnovelle.

1499-1999: That's 500 years between dreams. Freud-Jung (I think K. leaned more towards Jung, and the power of myth, hence him trying to get people to read The Golden Bough). Psychology-Architecture. Cupid and Psyche (statue in Ziegler's house when Harfords are greeted) and Venus. Golden Ass. Hmmm...

No, I don't know what I'm talking about, just repeating myself. Passing through folks... nothing to see... everything is under control. Thank God for the 21st century. 2 + 2= 5.

Destruction of the Jews part II. Classic. EWS should have been a comedy after all...

Or he should have lived long enough to direct the Dune Chronicles. After all, Herbert was apparently also a big fan of the Golden Bough. After seeing Jackson's LOTR make it to the screen and the demise of the Star Wars saga, I'm sure he could have been arm twisted in that direction...

Not.

Ah, God bless his good-natured soul.
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Postby Octaveaeon on Sun Dec 18, 2005 1:51 am

On another note, saw King Kong today. Man, I haven't been reduced to such an emotional state in ages... Heart of Darkness indeed... (did I sense a slight critique on Jackson's part on the role of movies, directors, and audiences for vulgarising beauty for the sake of wanton entertainment? In the end, who is the beast that Denham is referring to? I get the feeling that the reason this Denham turns out to be such an asshole (compared to the original) is because he’s meant to represent the savage, egotistical, and ignorant, drive lying beneath the 'smiles' the so-called ‘powerful’ hide behind. Still, with the fall of the ape, love (and humanity) is exulted, while below the 'heart of darkness' remains... as do beauty (Truth) and the beast (Void)).

Then again this could just be a movie about an ape going ape-shit instead of a retelling of the Titanic… (heart of darkness/heart of the ocean, kong/jack (including similar death scenes), rose/ann, Denham/Hockley, the role of hubris, ships hitting rocks, etc. etc…)

Euhh…. Just kidding. I think.
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Postby Adam Balm on Sun Dec 18, 2005 1:53 am

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just kidding.....I know I'm losing the will to live.
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Postby Octaveaeon on Sun Dec 18, 2005 2:42 am

Don't give up hope yet Adam.

Remember: The heart will go oooooooooooon... and ooooooon...

Nothing like a little Celine to put you back on track. If that doesn't work try Enya. Just ask Jackson...
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Postby WilliamMcGuire on Sun Dec 18, 2005 3:44 am

2001 is really the only correct choice, but a close second goes to the THE KILLING; a film of such furious momentum that I don't think Kubrick ever regained the energy again.
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Re: Kubrickian Classics

Postby TheButcher on Thu Dec 02, 2010 3:38 pm

Robert Duvall Labels Performances in Kubrick’s Films as “Terrible”
Ben Garman wrote:Legendary actor Robert Duvall has condemned “the great Stanley Kubrick” as an “actors enemy”. The fiery exclamation came during a round table interview with THR after it was revealed that director David Fincher frequently took around fifty takes to get the perfect shot whilst filming The Social Network. Fellow interviewees Mark Ruffalo and Jesse Eisenberg laugh (perhaps with disdain?) as Duvall compares Fincher to Kubrick. No doubt a comparison like that would normally be considered flattering, but Duvall continued, dismissing the performances in such classics as The Shining and A Clockwork Orange as “the worst performances I’ve ever seen in movies”.
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Postby Fried Gold on Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:03 pm

TheButcher wrote:Robert Duvall Labels Performances in Kubrick’s Films as “Terrible”
Ben Garman wrote:Legendary actor Robert Duvall has condemned “the great Stanley Kubrick” as an “actors enemy”. The fiery exclamation came during a round table interview with THR after it was revealed that director David Fincher frequently took around fifty takes to get the perfect shot whilst filming The Social Network. Fellow interviewees Mark Ruffalo and Jesse Eisenberg laugh (perhaps with disdain?) as Duvall compares Fincher to Kubrick. No doubt a comparison like that would normally be considered flattering, but Duvall continued, dismissing the performances in such classics as The Shining and A Clockwork Orange as “the worst performances I’ve ever seen in movies”.

Kubrick (and some others like Ridley Scott) once said that he often shot that many takes because it meant the actors got bored, stopped performing so "leading man" and gave a better acting performance.
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Postby minstrel on Fri Dec 03, 2010 2:15 am

I've seen both The Shining and A Clockwork Orange, and those performances are good. Duvall seems to have some private grudge against Kubrick or his methods. For Duvall to state that these are the worst performances he's ever seen says more about Duvall than about Kubrick. I think Duvall is a good actor, but I don't like where his brain has wound up.
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Postby TheBaxter on Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:03 am

minstrel wrote:I've seen both The Shining and A Clockwork Orange, and those performances are good. Duvall seems to have some private grudge against Kubrick or his methods. For Duvall to state that these are the worst performances he's ever seen says more about Duvall than about Kubrick. I think Duvall is a good actor, but I don't like where his brain has wound up.


senility?

my take on it really is that duvall comes from a school of acting that is very naturalistic. whereas the performances, in those films in particular, are much more mannered and theatrical. duvall probably doesn't like the performances because they're radically different from his own acting style, but i think he's wrong to say that they're terrible. they're just very different from what he does.
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Postby TonyWilson on Fri Dec 03, 2010 3:33 pm

Yeah I pretty much agree with Baxter here. The thing about Kubrick films (and to a much lesser extent, Nolan for example) is that the emphasis of the art isn't on the standard psychologically realistic characters but more on the form of cinema, plot, metaphor etc etc and so he often gets criticised unduly.
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Postby The Vicar on Fri Dec 03, 2010 6:24 pm

I generally like Duvall, ( loved his Open Range character) but he should STFU. He's sounding like a bitter old crank.
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Postby Major Briggs on Fri Dec 03, 2010 8:50 pm

I love all of Kubrick's films, but Lolita and Barry Lyndon tie as my favorites, followed closely by 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining. Speaking of The Shining, I found an interesting article discussing the influence of David Lynch's Eraserhead on The Shining. It's interesting that Lynch and Kubrick helped inspire one another's work.

http://entertainmentguidefilmtv.blogspot.com/2010/11/35-years-of-david-lynch.html

But picking between Kubrick movies is a little like asking which child is your favorite :)
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In related news, I will soon be able to sleep 17 minutes longer.
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so sorry wrote:



In related news, I will soon be able to sleep 17 minutes longer.


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Postby minstrel on Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:28 pm

I want to see the footage, but I don't want to see it cut into the movie. Just put out a new Blu-Ray edition that has the new footage as a bonus feature.

And I'll stay awake. I generally do for Kubrick.
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Postby magicmonkey on Fri Dec 17, 2010 12:36 am

minstrel wrote:I want to see the footage, but I don't want to see it cut into the movie. Just put out a new Blu-Ray edition that has the new footage as a bonus feature.

And I'll stay awake. I generally do for Kubrick.


If only her was still around to do a director's cut. Just think of ALL the CGI he could squeeze in. Oh man, he could invite Lucas round as his personal mentor to really help put a jazzy new spin on his flicks. :lol: :x

If this footage was cut in through seamless branching I could abide, but ultimately I'd rather see more material from The Shining or Eyes Wide Shut, and indeed Full Metal Jacket, which are all movies that IMO could benefit from bumper cuts.

It all depends on what audience you are aiming your flick at, perhaps in teh future, films will be shot, the rushes distributed and YOU MAKE YOUR OWN EDIT. Too badass.
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Postby Tyrone_Shoelaces on Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:54 am

If it ever sees the light of day I'll be very surprised if it is cut it into the flick. I can't imagine the estate ever allowing any kind of edit to any of his films.
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Postby Spandau Belly on Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:09 am

How about they edit this stuff into a director's cut of A.I.?
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Postby Fried Gold on Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:48 am


I wonder how it in a salt-mine (or how someone forgot it was there).

It will never be recut into the film. His estate may not even allow it to be released on it's own.
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Postby TheBaxter on Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:19 am

Spandau Belly wrote:How about they edit this stuff into a director's cut of A.I.?


i'd rather they edit some A.I. footage into 2001. how about a bunch of robot-aliens from the future rescue the Starchild from the bottom of the ocean and give him a make-believe mommy to live with forever and ever, happily ever after, the end.
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Postby TheBaxter on Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:20 am

Fried Gold wrote:

I wonder how it in a salt-mine (or how someone forgot it was there).

It will never be recut into the film. His estate may not even allow it to be released on it's own.


Two, Kubrick himself reportedly cut the footage from the film because he felt it created pacing issues.


for all the 2001 haters out there, that has to be one of the funniest/most ironic sentences evar.
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Postby Peven on Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:51 am

TheBaxter wrote:
Fried Gold wrote:

I wonder how it in a salt-mine (or how someone forgot it was there).

It will never be recut into the film. His estate may not even allow it to be released on it's own.


Two, Kubrick himself reportedly cut the footage from the film because he felt it created pacing issues.


for all the 2001 haters out there, that has to be one of the funniest/most ironic sentences evar.



I am not a "2001" hater, but I still think that is one of the funniest quotes I have seen from a director about a movie they made.....
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Postby TheButcher on Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:01 am

From /film:
Warner Bros Responds: 17 Minutes of “Lost” ’2001: A Space Odyssey’ Footage Found?
“The additional footage from 2001: A Space Odyssey has always existed in the Warner vaults. When [director Stanley] Kubrick trimmed the 17 minutes from 2001 after the NY premiere, he made it clear the shortened version was his final edit. The film is as he wanted it to be presented and preserved and Warner Home Video has no plans to expand or revise Mr. Kubrick’s vision.”
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Postby SilentScream on Mon May 23, 2011 12:50 pm

I'm sorry, but how can it be possible that Eyes Wide Shut has more votes than Paths Of Glory?

The only claim to fame the former had was that it may've hastened poor Stanley's demise, so hard he worked on the bloody thing. And for what? It was probably his worst flick. Ludicrous.
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Postby TheBaxter on Mon May 23, 2011 1:09 pm

SilentScream wrote:I'm sorry, but how can it be possible that Eyes Wide Shut has more votes than Paths Of Glory?

The only claim to fame the former had was that it may've hastened poor Stanley's demise, so hard he worked on the bloody thing. And for what? It was probably his worst flick. Ludicrous.


but it had nicole kidman's ass. her glorious, glorious ass.
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TheBaxter wrote:
SilentScream wrote:I'm sorry, but how can it be possible that Eyes Wide Shut has more votes than Paths Of Glory?

The only claim to fame the former had was that it may've hastened poor Stanley's demise, so hard he worked on the bloody thing. And for what? It was probably his worst flick. Ludicrous.


but it had nicole kidman's ass. her glorious, glorious ass.


Yes, peachy white like soft marble. Even I found that arousing.
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Postby minstrel on Mon May 23, 2011 2:37 pm

Should Nicole Kidman's ass have its own thread?
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minstrel wrote:Should Nicole Kidman's ass have its own thread?



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Postby TheBaxter on Mon May 23, 2011 3:57 pm

minstrel wrote:Should Nicole Kidman's ass have its own thread?


of course, how else do you expect to get the hamster back out?
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Postby minstrel on Mon May 23, 2011 4:01 pm

TheBaxter wrote:
minstrel wrote:Should Nicole Kidman's ass have its own thread?


of course, how else do you expect to get the hamster back out?


Hey! For us rodents, that's not an acceptable image!

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minstrel wrote:
TheBaxter wrote:
minstrel wrote:Should Nicole Kidman's ass have its own thread?


of course, how else do you expect to get the hamster back out?


Hey! For us rodents, that's not an acceptable image!

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there are worse images. like this!

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Postby SilentScream on Tue May 24, 2011 8:22 am

minstrel wrote:Should Nicole Kidman's ass have its own thread?


Didn't do much for Tom Cruise though did it? Maybe not hairy enough.
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Re: Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange

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Re: Kubrickian Classics

Postby TheButcher on Wed Jul 27, 2011 2:37 am

From Blastr:
Little-known sci-fi fact: Why HAL 9000 sang 'Daisy' in 2001
Don Kaye wrote:In honor of what would have been director Stanley Kubrick's 83rd birthday on this date, we reveal what might have been the real reason HAL 9000 sang "Daisy Bell" in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Remember how in Kubrick's 1968 visionary science fiction masterpiece, astronaut Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) is forced to shut the supercomputer HAL 9000 down after it malfunctions and kills the rest of the crew on their Jupiter-bound spacecraft? Well, as Bowman unplugs HAL's connections one by one, the machine sort of has a flashback to its very first day of operation, when it demonstrated its abilities by singing a song.

The song? "Daisy Bell," written in 1892 by Harry Dacre. But where did Kubrick get the idea to use that particular tune?

It turns out that in 1961, the IBM 7094, among the earliest and largest mainframe machines developed by the computing giant, became the first computer to sing, and the tune it warbled was—you guessed it—"Daisy Bell." The vocals were programmed by John Kelly and Carol Lockbaum, while the musical accompaniment was programmed by Max Mathews. It seems certain that Kubrick used this as the inspiration for HAL's signoff in his movie.

A recording of the IBM 7094's rendition is below. We think HAL's got a smoother voice, but the 7094's performance was more historic by far.

(via Roger Ebert's Journal)
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Re: Kubrickian Classics

Postby Fried Gold on Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:14 am

That's not a little known fact.
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Re: Kubrickian Classics

Postby TonyWilson on Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:38 am

Not amongst Kubrick nerds no, amongst the general populace? Definitely.
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