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There are good sci-fi movies and there are great ones. And then there is Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, unequivocally the greatest work of science fiction ever committed to celluloid. As part of the BFI's three-month Things To Come: Science Fiction film project, Kubrick's 1968 masterpiece will be given a theatrical re-release across the United Kingdom starting 28 November, thanks to Warner Brothers' brand spanking new digital transfer.To promote this incredible film's latest journey "beyond the infinite", the BFI has commissioned a fantastic new trailer, which not only captures many of the best dramatic, visual and aural moments from the film, but also includes a number of quotes from esteemed filmmakers in the sci-fi genre, like Chris Nolan and Alfonso Cuaron, on just how important...
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★★★★☆Since Australian director Jennifer Kent’s debut feature, The Babadook (2014) premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival there has been a tremendous hubbub of excitement from both critical and horror circles . Much like Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980) before it The Babadook, appropriates the trappings of the horror genre and employs them in a terrifying exploration of the psychological scarring a fractured parental bond can cause. Widow Amelia (Essie Davis) is struggling to cope with the demands of her young unhinged son Samuel (Noah Wiseman) who, like many young boys his age, possesses an unhealthy obsession with monsters, magic and making weapons out of household utensils. »
- CineVue UK
1. Paths of Glory (1957)
Stanley Kubrick famously moved between directing in different genres, but war was something he returned to on multiple occasions. His 1957 offering heads to the trenches of Wwi as mutiny takes hold. The futility of war is clear for all to see here, and the film ends with a moving rendition of German folk song 'The Faithful Hussar' by Kubrick's future wife Christiane.
2. The Deer Hunter (1978)
Few movies get under the skin of men at war quite »
Shopping during the Holiday season can be terrifying, but imagine being trapped overnight inside the Swedish furniture giant. Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining has become so iconic, we’ve seen it ripped off more times than we can remember. Now Singapore takes the idea one step further by incorporating the famous ‘Big Wheel’ scene from the classic Stephen King adaptation into a new ad for Ikea. Check out the commercial below which features one stunning single take and a few clever easter eggs.
Ikea Singapore is reaching for a certain horror-aficionado customer base with their newest ad, an excellent homage to The Shining. The furniture mega-chain took on the Stanley Kubrick classic with a faithful rendition of the big wheel scene in which little Danny rides through the Overbrook Hotel and encounters those incredibly creepy twins. Ikea Singapore's version drops some major Easter eggs throughout the video as Danny 2.0 rides through an empty Ikea, which serves as an appropriately chilling place to be when people aren't around to buy bed frames. The commercial serves as an advertisement for the chain's Halloween contest on Facebook, »
- Teresa Jue
Stanley Kubrick’s vision of Stephen King’s The Shining has become so iconic, ripping it off is almost cliché. Oh, is that a guy with his head popping through a cracked door? A typewriter with the same phrase over and over? A snowy hedge maze? We get it. That said, somehow a new commercial by Ikea […]
The post Votd: New Ikea Commercial Pays Homage To ‘The Shining’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Sneak Peek a new trailer from 'The British Film Institute', supporting director Stanley Kubrick's 1968 feature, "2001: A Space Odyssey", ready to be re-released theatrically in the UK, November 2014:
"...the film will be re-released as part of BFI’s 'Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder' celebration...
"...honoring some of the most important...
"...and influential films in cinema history..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "2001: A Space Odyssey"...
- Michael Stevens
If you've seen Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, then there are more than a handful of moments you'll no doubt be instantly able to recall with only the mention of the title. The woman in the bathtub, the man in the dog costume, Delbert Grady, and baseball bats are probably all fluttering through your mind right now, and you wouldn't be faulted for such a Kubrickian montage. However, there's one more moment that you remembered along with the rest of those mentioned, and it's one Ikea has recreated for their Halloween/late night shopping ad campaign. I'm talking, of course, about the infamous big wheel scene that finds young Danny Torrance riding through the halls of the Overlook Hotel, without a care in the world. That is, until he runs into the equally infamous pair of twins who just want Danny to play with them... forever and ever. Now if »
As the UK re-release of Stanley Kubrick's untouchable 1968 masterpiece "2001: A Space Odyssey" looms, dive into the cosmic classic with this 1966 film chronicling the making of the film and "Kubrick's bizarre and incisive imagination." (Hat tip: Open Culture.) Titled "A Look Behind the Future," this charmingly dated promotional doc takes a look at all the crazy camera mounts, elaborate sets and shiny whirligigs that went into building "2001." The British Film Institute will be re-releasing "2001: A Space Odyssey" in UK theaters on November 28, 2014. The newly burnished transfer is part of BFI's 2014 Science Fiction blockbuster project. (Trailer below.) If you've never seen "2001" on the big screen, don't miss the chance. Even in the wake of Christopher Nolan's upcoming "Interstellar" and Alfonso Cuaron's game-changing "Gravity," Kubrick's cinematic monolith looks heavenly as ever on the biggest »
- Ryan Lattanzio
1999 seems so far away now. At the fag end of the millennium, it was the year that gave us Stanley Kubrick's posthumous final opus, Britney Spears's first album and Hugh Grant playing the iconic Time Lord in a Doctor Who Comic Relief special. That wretched song 'Blue' by Eiffel 65 was violating our ears. It also saw a micro-budget (reportedly $35k) film creep into UK cinemas on October 22 and change the horror genre forever. The debate rages on whether that was for better or worse.
The Blair Witch Project's financial rewards were huge, with the film grossing $10,931 for every $1 spent according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Yet its cultural impact was arguably more staggering. In an age when the Internet was in its mass-market infancy and mobile phones were a luxury bearing the game Snake, it was felt that the horror genre had nothing new »
It’s been fifteen years since his death, but we can’t seem to stop talking about Stanley Kubrick. Just yesterday we saw a brand new trailer cut for the forthcoming U.K. theatrical re-release of his landmark “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and now we have an entirely different sort of tribute to the iconic director. In honor of Halloween, the Singapore division of Swedish furniture chain Ikea has released a minute and a half long commercial-cum-tribute (via Reddit) to Kubrick’s peerless horror classic “The Shining.” It’s a cute little recreation of the famous scene of Danny riding his tricycle throughout the Overlook Hotel, but with a new twist, of course. If you need more of a Kubrick fix, you can check out the director’s earliest films, a trio of short documentaries (via Open Culture). His first film was “Day of the Fight,” a twelve-minute long doc »
- Cain Rodriguez
Philosophically ambitious, technically innovative and visually stunning, Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi epic is frequently cited in polls as one of the finest films ever made. Co-written by the director and novelist Arthur C Clarke, the film charts the progress of ‘civilisation’ through the influence of mysterious black monoliths on prehistoric apes developing their skills and, later, on astronauts involved in a secret mission to Jupiter. Characteristic of Kubrick’s interest in evolution and artificial intelligence (most notably in the astronauts’ battle of wits with troublesome computer Hal 9000), the film also displays his desire for technical perfection: Geoffrey Unsworth’s camerawork, Douglas Trumbull’s pioneering effects and the production design remain enormously impressive to this day. But what’s perhaps most striking is the audacity of the measured, largely dialogue-free storytelling, with Kubrick allowing the judiciously chosen music (Ligeti, Khachaturian, the two Strausses) and the crisp, balletic beauty of the images to work their spell. »
(Cbr) More than 46 years after "2001: A Space Odyssey" opened in theaters, Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece has debuted a new trailer. Created by Ignition Creative London for the British Film Institute, it promotes the limited U.K. release of the digitally restored film on Nov. 28 as part of “Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder.” The first trailer produced for "2001" in four decades, it uses Hal as a centerpiece, a move that Kubrick’s longtime producer Jan Harlan described as “brilliant.” You can see the full programming schedule for “Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder” on the BFI website. »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
There’s something really bizarre about walking through the Ikea showroom. On one hand, it’s really nice because it gives you a much better sense of the size of the furniture and how those pieces would look in the home or combined with other decor. But it’s also like walking through a rapidly changing, disjointed dream where nothing is functional, you can’t read names, and everything smells like meatballs. After watching this Ikea Halloween commercial, you’ll get an even more unsettling feeling the next time you peruse the mega furniture retailer. The commercial parodies Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, and they absolutely nail their version of that amazing tracking shot that follows Danny as he rides his tricycle through The Overlook Hotel. I've included the original scene below the commercial for comparison.
In case you missed The Simpsons’ latest Kubrick parodies, click here.
H/T: ScreenCrush »
- Eli Reyes
L.M. Kit Carson, the Texan film legend best known for David Holzman's Diary, has passed away at the age of 73. For Filmmaker Magazine, Vadim Rizov gathers some valuable insight from Fabrice Aragno, the cinematographer of Jean-Luc Godard's Adieu au langage. Eric Hynes provides an excellent and authentic New Yorker take on Gangs of New York for Reverse Shot's Martin Scorsese Symposium. Above: we're disappointed to hear that Paul Schrader's latest film has been essentially taken out of his hands—in response the filmmaker has disowned the picture. For Film Comment, Violet Lucca interviews Ruben Östlund about his acclaimed film, Force majeure:
"Lucca: Like your previous work, Force Majeure is intended to foster a philosophical debate about what human behavior means or implies. Do you envision that being more of an internal process, or do you want people to talk it out?
ÖStlund: Yeah, in a group. »
As advanced as home theater technology has gotten in the past few years, some movies still truly need the big screen experience to be fully appreciated, and 2001: A Space Odyssey is certainly one of these films. A result of this special quality is that theater owners love to bring the Stanley Kubrick feature in for special screenings, and do so often. But very few celebrate re-releases by putting together trailers on the level of the epic one that was just cut and posted by the British Film Institute: After all of these years, 2001: A Space Odyssey still remains as enigmatic narrativly as it was back when it was first released, but watching this trailer is a reminder of just how utterly gorgeous the film is, and the genius that rests in its direction and cinematography. It's honestly remains a challenge to watch Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) run »
The British Film Institute is set to re-release Stanley Kubrick's seminal film 2001: A Space Odyssey into theaters this November, so it's only natural that we'd get a brand-new trailer 46 years after it was released. BFI and Warner Bros. commissioned a new trailer celebrating the film's legacy—and promoting its appearance in theaters in the U.K.—with a trailer for Kubrick's science fiction epic. The trailer includes some of the film's most iconic imagery, as well as the dulcet tones of Hal the computer and the familiar sounds of "Also sprach Zarathustra." 2001 will make its reappearance in movie theaters across the U. »
- Jonathon Dornbush
After 25 years you would think The Simpsons creators can’t outdo themselves, and then they do. For the show’s 25th “Treehouse Of Horror” episode, the segment “A Clockwork Yellow” featured an amazing and very clever riff on Stanley Kubrick’s oeuvre paying hommge to several of the director’s classics, including Eyes Wide Shut, Full Metal Jacket, Barry Lyndon, 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange. This isn’t the first time the show has used Kubrick’s work as inspiration; “Treehouse Of Horror V” played on The Shining with “The Shinning”. Watch the video below.
The post Video of the Day: The Simpsons Halloween Tribute To Stanley Kubrick appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Kyle Reese
A digitally restored edition of Stanley Kubrick's classic sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey is set to premiere in the UK on November 28th at the British Film Institute’s "Sci-Fi: Days of Fears and Wonder" season. In anticipation of the event, a new official trailer has been released that was commissioned by the BFI and Warner Bros. This is the first new trailer for the movie that has been released in forty years
The trailer was cut together by Ignition Creative London, and as you'll see it uses Hal as the central figure to create an intense and eerie experience. A statement was released by Jan Harlan, Kubrick’s executive producer who described this as “the best trailer for this film I have ever seen! To use Hal’s voice is brilliant."
I love this movie, and it's one of those classics that I still haven't seen on the big screen. »
- Joey Paur
You may have seen that we put our feature about Five Films You Should See Before Interstellar – in which Christopher Nolan talks about his inspirations for his new sci-fi – online recently. Top of that list is Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the film in conveniently headed back into the best place to see it: cinemas. Here’s the new trailer… Obviously, if you’ve never seen it, this is the ideal opportunity to have your mind rocked and your expectations met, as Kubrick’s thoughtful, trippy and huge film explores humanity’s fascination with the stars, alien intervention in human life, and much, much more. All set to some beautiful music.And yes, it’s a chance to acquaint – or re-acquaint - yourself with the coldly logical computer Hal, one of the most iconic examples of artificial intelligence ever committed to celluloid. 2001 will be on limited »
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