One of my personal favourite directors, an odd, but brilliant filmmaker, Kubrick, much like Ang Lee, mastered any genre he took up be it satire, war movie or an epic, even his not-so-great films were always interesting.
1.‘Full Metal Jacket’: a complex study about “the duality of man”, the ironies of war, imperialism, the dehumanisation/corruption of young minds and the triumph of individuality (private Joker) against imposed assimilation (the army).
2.‘The Shining’: “Wendy…darlin’; LIGHT of my life; I’m not gonna hurt ya…I’m just gonna bash yer brains in, I’m gonna bash em’ right the f*** in!”. Nuff said really. Scary.
3.‘Dr Strangelove, Or How I Stopped Worrying And Learnt to Love The Bomb’: though I was never a huge fan of the ‘Pink Panther’ series, Peter Sellers puts in a fine performance(s) (three performances to be precise) in this timeless satire about mad governments and U.S. imperialism, that’s more valid today than its ever been. A seemingly surreal, but probably worryingly accurate, depiction of the powers that be.
4.‘Eyes Wide Shut’: a bizarre movie going experience; many couples walked into the cinema thinking it’d be some kinda erotic film, only to leave with a distinctly puzzled looked on their face and, no doubt, a potential argument about fidelity waiting in the wings. The most out-there Cruise movie ever, saying that whilst the Illuminati are to blame for a lot of things, ultimately, its human nature that brings people down.
5.‘Paths Of Glory’/’Spartacus’: A tie at 5 with Kirk Douglas, Paths of glory is a scathing indictment against those who plan and profit from war whilst ‘Spartacus’ is just a good old fashioned swords n’ sandals Roman epic, loved for the classic line of camaraderie: “I AM SPARTACUS”
Posted by Jeep man (Member # 2656) on :
I agree with you, I know thatt this movie came out in 1968, but in alot of ways, it is what other SCI/Fi movies are judged by; 2001: A Space Odyssey
Posted by HipsterMom27 (Member # 2161) on :
Kashster, glad you're back from whatever oblivion you've been hiding in...
I can't say I have ever been a Kubrick 'devotee,' but I've seen 1, 2 & 3 and of course "Spartacus," since I love the older classics. Such a testosterone-laden film is right up my alley anyway, packed with the 'masters' of its era [Olivier, Ustinov, etc.]. "Paths of Glory" is generally considered a classic as well, especially for delivering the antithesis of a typical flag-waving war film.
I'm glad you mentioned Ang Lee -- his films are wonderful, and I just love "Sense & Sensibility" from start to finish.
Posted by Kash (Member # 297) on :
Hey Hipstermom, my favourite person called mom, (besides my own mum, of course) yes, I’ve been watching Eddie Izzard.
Yeah, oblivions a bitch, saw a lot of politicians there though I think you should start some topics Hipstermom, after all, I’m supposed to be the Gen-X Kevin Smith Jay and Silent Bob fan here
quote: Such a testosterone-laden film is right up my alley anyway
I did not know that, in which case I’d recommended John Woo’s ‘The Killer’ and ‘Hard Boiled’ also check out ‘Flaming Brothers’, ‘Wild Search’, City on Fire’, ‘A Better Tomorrow I/II’ and ‘Bullet in the head’. I was thinking about renting some of those Jack Hill blaxploitation films (after Tarantino repeatedly recommended them in an interview on the ‘Jackie Brown’ DVD) I like Pam Grier, she worked very well with Steven Segal in ‘Nico: Above The Law’ (another excellent, underrated movie; easily Segal’s best).
I thought ‘A Clockwork Orange’ had an excellent story, but the films a bit too gritty for my liking and thus I’ve only seen it the once. See ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ it’s a disturbed work of genius, the kinda movie you don’t really want to watch but cant’ look away from either, very atmospheric, probably the reason Tom and Nicole split up…well that, and Penelope Cruz.
Posted by mamamiasweetpeaches (Member # 1715) on :
Hey dont forget A CLOCKWORK ORANGE!!!!
Posted by Bionic Bigfoot (Member # 2490) on :
I don't know about Ang Lee. He completely dropped the ball with The Hulk. Or was it just that he had a terrible script to work with? Whose decision was it to do the Hulk as a completely CG character? His or the studios?
Posted by HipsterMom27 (Member # 2161) on :
I was referring to Lee's 'art house' stuff...perhaps he was just out of his element, attempting something more commercially successful? Personally, I don't go for those comic-book movies and big-budget 'blockbuster' types...to each his own.
Posted by logan5 (Member # 1467) on :
HipsterMom, I'm sure there's a simple answer to this, but why aren't you permitted ratings?