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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is one of the seminal points in the development of film and cinema. Future directors like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and James Cameron, to mention just a few, were inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece. It’s easy to see why. You’ll have a rare chance to revisit this majestic cinema classic on the big screen when it plays midnight at the Tivoli in St. Louis as part of their Reel Late Midnight series this weekend (May 24th and 25th).
I’ve watched 2001: A Space Odyssey recently and the positives for me were how good the film looks for something made in 1968. Yes, there are a few scenes that are clearly influenced by 60′s fashion but the past and future sets on the whole have a timeless quality. The use of music and the ballerina-like atmosphere were things of beauty and proof that Kubrick really was a genius. »
- Tom Stockman
Recent hot cinema topics such as the portrayal of the Mandarin character in Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 and speculations about what classic Star Trek villain Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in J.J Abrams’ Star Trek: Into Darkness was modeled after leading up to the film’s release, among others, underline the importance of great villains in genre cinema.
Creating a great cinematic villain is a difficult goal that makes for an incredibly rewarding and memorable viewer experience when it is achieved.
We’ll now take a look at the greatest film villains. Other writing on this subject tends to be a bit unfocused, as “greatest villain” articles tend to mix live-action human villains with animated characters and even animals. Many of these articles also lack a cohesive quality as they attempt to cover too much ground at once by spanning all of film history.
This article focuses on the 1970’s, »
- Terek Puckett
Gravity trailer goes ‘bong!’ as George Clooney and Sandra Bullock go flying George Clooney and Sandra Bullock become the victims of an unfortunate incident while watching the sun rise. Skin cancer? Nope. Do they get mugged? Nope. What happens then? As you can see in the Gravity trailer below, following a loud Bong, Bam, Boom! Clooney and Bullock quite literally go flying. Something — was it a meteorite? Intergalactic debris? — has collided against their spacecraft (or space shuttle or whatever). See, they’re watching the sun "rise" from way up there. Check out the Gravity trailer below. (Photo: George Clooney in Gravity movie.) Gravity trailer: 2001: A Space Odyssey Meets Lost in Space Meets Apollo 13? The Gravity trailer, or rather, teaser, provides quite bit of action with minimal dialogue. It’s impossible to tell what kind of relationship (veteran astronaut) George Clooney and (medical engineer and tyro astronaut) Sandra Bullock share. »
- Zac Gille
Tonight on the Epix satellite channel, a new rock documentary called "An Affair of the Heart" airs. It charts both the professional life of "Jessie's Girl" singer Rick Springfield, as well as the fans whose lives he has legitimately touched. It's an impeccably crafted and well-told documentary, which combines riveting drama from both on and off the stage, and will give you a greater appreciation of the guy whose song you sing along to every time it comes on your car radio. We spoke to Springfield about his early collaborations with David Fincher, why he's such a fan of Stanley Kubrick, and his response to the outpouring of appreciation leveled at him this year (he also appears in Dave Grohl's great "Sound City" doc). The first thing I wanted to ask you about is something that I came across on YouTube not too long ago, which is the "Bop »
- Drew Taylor
"Who are you?" pleads a doomed man as Benedict Cumberbatch looms into his first close-up in Star Trek Into Darkness. The answer is Khan. And that's not a spoiler—it's a selling point. A less secretive director (i.e., all save the ghost of Stanley Kubrick) would trumpet that his $185 million movie stars Star Trek's greatest villain, but J.J. Abrams has so suppressed this fact that I suspect if you rearrange the letters in Khan Noonien Singh, you'll find the location of the Lost island.
Abrams' mystery-box marketing gave a boost to weaker, cheaper films like Cloverfield and <a href="http://www.villagevoice »
Did you know that Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey was an expensive career brochure for space stewardesses that featured stunning visuals and a delightful, not-at-all-horrifying surprise ending that children love? It’s true! Just ask this amazing movie tie-in comic that Howard Johnson’s included in their children’s menu back in 1968 when the film premiered. The hospitality company also had some product placement in the movie itself, sponsoring a sparse, yet relaxing Earthlight Room (while somehow failing to secure the hotel sponsorship that went to Hilton). Once you stop throwing up, this kind of thing really makes you wonder if Kubrick ever saw this glorious monstrosity or whether he was carefully guarded from the more commercial grotesqueries that came with studio filmmaking. Obviously he swallowed the product placement while presenting it in a believable way (after all, brands aren’t simply going to disappear in the future), but this connect-the-dots delivery method may have »
- Scott Beggs
2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the most enigmatic films ever made, if not the most enigmatic. The movie has polarized critics and audiences for nearly 50 years now and it seems to be the most obvious example of a “love it or hate it” movie that can be found. Some people, myself included, see it as the pinnacle of cinematic greatness and a film so grand that it will never be topped. Then there are a myriad of other people who see it as a slog that goes on and on incoherently with no explanations to justify its perceived greatness.
The criticisms that are constantly leveled at 2001 by viewers who hate it are usually oriented very closely to the surface without ever touching deeply on the real significance Stanley Kubrick presents. This list will mainly regard these surface level criticisms but will touch a little on the deeper problems »
- Dolan Reynolds
After what has literally been years of waiting, the trailer for Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" has arrived. The film, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, is a terrifying sci-fi epic that Guillermo del Toro has promised will blow our minds, and now we can see why.
The trailer for "Gravity" goes light on the plot and heavy on the visual splendor. "Gravity" tells the story of Bullock's Dr. Ryan Stone and Clooney's astronaut Matt Kowalsky after their space ship gets destroyed and they get stranded out in space. Cuaron seems to have intentionally shot those scenes of destruction to be terrifying, but nothing is more chilling here than the final shot of Stone drifting alone out in space. Check out the trailer below.
Though this is a 2D trailer, it's easy to see how "Gravity" will transform well into a 3D picture. This will be Cuaron's first 3D film, »
- Terri Schwartz
Feature Ryan Lambie 13 May 2013 - 06:05
According to one version of history, Stanley Kubrick faked the 1969 Moon landings. The master of cinema used all the camera trickery and miniature effects he perfected in 1968's 2001: A Space Odyssey, the story goes, to fool billions of people into thinking they'd seen Neil Armstrong hop about on the lunar surface, when actually he was in a studio somewhere on Earth.
Although this theory has been comprehensively debunked (there's plenty of proof that Armstrong and other astronauts really did hop about on the Moon), that such a theory could even be taken seriously in the first place is a testament to the groundbreaking special effects work Stanley Kubrick and Douglas Trumbull brought to A Space Odyssey.
I mention this because the »
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The received thinking in Hollywood is that science fiction is a risky area of film-making. Nevertheless, studios continue to dip their fingers bravely into the danger zone like poor, doomed Peter Duncan in Flash Gordon. Perhaps it's the success of films such as Avatar, or the eternal popularity of Star Wars and Star Trek, but there seem to be more space-oriented movies around at the moment than there have been since the glory days of the 1970s.
Two teaser trailers hit the internet this week for two very different films, both with a futuristic bent but hailing from as far apart in the sci-fi galaxy as it is possible to travel. Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, »
- Ben Child
You Should Be in Sweden attends the Stanley Kubrick exhibit at Lacma. It ends in June so go see it!
JazzT here's another enticing image from the exhibit. Oh Nicole. Any mask you'd like me to wear is fine
Mother Jones a 17 year old coder invents a program to block spoilers on Twitter
NY Post Producer Scott Rudin lashes back at Nyt critic. These stories always embarrass me for the showbiz people - (remember when James Cameron wanted someone fired for the thumbs down on Titanic?). Being criticized is just part of show business. You always look silly when you freak out about it. It's an honor to be so well employed / watched that you are even susceptible to bad reviews, don'cha think?
Empire Dominic Cooper joins the cast of the new »
- NATHANIEL R
Edited together by Toronto resident Joel Walden, below are twelve installments in his series of videos affectionately dubbed "The Works". Each video focuses on a different director, editing together moments from their films into a series of impressive features. The directors he's chosen to focus on are Martin Scorsese, Nicolas Winding Refn, Terrence Malick, Tony Scott, Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Tarantino, Sam Mendes, Joel and Ethan Coen, Darren Aronofsky, Edgar Wright, Paul Thomas Anderson and Rian Johnson. Walden uploaded these a year ago, but I just saw them today and have so far only watched the one for Tony Scott while skimming the Kubrick and Refn entries. Give 'em all a watch or do some skimming yourself. They are quite enjoyable. I've included only one below so it doesn't take the page forever to load with all the embeds. You can click to Page Two to watch the rest. »
- Brad Brevet
Today's Google Doodle celebrates what would have been the 93rd birthday of famed graphic designer Saul Bass and the 81-second video, which you can watch in full directly above, pays tribute to Bass's legacy of film title sequence and poster work all set to the tune of "Unsquare Dance" by Dave Brubeck. Below I have included the films referenced in the video and they include Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, Vertigo and North by Northwest and another two films from Otto Preminger in The Man With the Golden Arm and Anatomy of a Murder. Also included is a tribute to the poster art for Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus as well as tributes to West Side Story and Around the World in 80 Days. The work done here was completed by Matt Cruickshank, an artist who worked on the upcoming Golden Book for Pixar's Monsters University and it was created entirely in Adobe's Illustrator and After Effects programs. »
- Brad Brevet
The 10 best Saul Bass title sequences
Google has marked the birthday of Saul Bass with one of the search engine's most elaborate "doodles" yet – an animated sequence based on his designs for film title credits, film posters and corporate logos.
Bass, who died in 1996, worked with film-makers including Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese over the course of a 40-year career, approaching his commissions in the spirit of a graphic design problem to be solved.
Born into an immigrant family in New York's Bronx, he began working on print work for film adverts in Hollywood during the 1940s. A breakthrough came in the film industry when he was hired in 1954 by Otto Preminger to create an innovative title sequence for the credits of the film, Carmen Jones, which he did using an animated flaming rose. »
- Ben Quinn
Ohh, I'm sure Art of the Title is going to flip over this. Today's Google Doodle (for May 8th, 2013) on the Google homepage marks the 93rd birthday of the beloved Oscar winning graphic artist/title designer Saul Bass. Bass passed away in 1996, but would've been 93 today. The Doodle features an 80-second video with the Google logo recreated as various famous Bass' title designs, covering classics like Man with the Golden Arm, Anatomy of a Murder, Spartacus, Vertigo and North by Northwest. It's a smartly crafted, beautifully executed tribute to one of the greatest designers in cinema. Just visit Google.com or watch the video below. Saul Bass was born in the Bronx, New York on May 8th, 1920 and died in April of 1996. He first got noticed in Hollywood designing the titles for The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) and later went on to work with filmmakers including Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger, »
- Alex Billington
Baz Luhrmann is the latest to try translating a celebrated book to the big screen, but there's danger in being too faithful to the text
Gatsby fever won't break until Baz Luhrmann's new adaptation opens this week, but this fifth film version of F Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel raises an interesting question: what makes a good adaptation, anyway? Why does Stanley Kubrick's The Shining merit documentaries in its own right, and Stephen King's The Shining end up forgotten among the made-for-tv mini-series? What should we hope for – or fear – from Luhrmann's take?
Adapting a novel or short story into film is a lot translation – turning words on a page into the language of movies: angles, actors and images. Filmmakers, like translators, are stuck in the middle between the original and the audience, and have to balance three elements: story, style and ambition.
Story might seem obvious, »
- Alan Yuhas
Even though he passed away in the last century, Stanley Kubrick continues to be one of the most revered filmmakers of all time. However, it is somewhat depressing how few people have seen some of his classic films. Love them or hate them, Kubrick’s classics should be experiences, on the big screen if possible. One of his most well-known and groundbreaking films was 2001: A Space Odyssey. While the year 2001 has come and gone many years ago, the film survives in various formats. Some people – especially in the younger generation – may complain it is a bit slow-moving, especially compared to modern films of today. For those who want to experience Kubrick’s masterpiece but need a little help, this drinking game will assist you. See? This column can be educational as well as hedonistic. And now, to cover our butts… This game is only for people over the age of 21. Please drink responsibly, and »
- Kevin Carr
Introducing our look at the year that defined the modern era, the veteran writer recalls the extraordinary collision of politics, culture and social upheaval that he witnessed as a student
Was it a prefigurative year? I think so. Not that one thought of it as such at the time or even a few years later, when it was totally forgotten in the turbulence that engulfed the world. I am trying to recall that year, to find deep down some memories, even a few impressions on the basis of which I could reconstruct a misted-up past without too many distortions.
When I arrived to study at Oxford in October 1963, the bohemian style was black plastic or leather jackets for women and black leather or navy donkey jackets for men. I stuck to cavalry twills and a duffle coat, at least for a few months. The Cuban missile crisis had temporarily boosted »
- Tariq Ali
Terry Gilliam flew into Los Angeles for the screening of his hallucinogenic time-travel romp Twelve Monkeys at EW’s first-ever CapeTown Film Fest. The director and legendary enfant terrible sat down in front of the crowd with EW’s Geoff Boucher on Sunday evening for a freewheeling hour-long chat which skipped all over Gilliam’s storied career, from Monty Python to Brazil to why Hollywood won’t let him make movies to the time he almost (but not really) got to make Harry Potter. Check out a video of the chat below, and read on for the key lines from the legendary filmmaker. »
- Darren Franich
Don’t get me wrong; I like Christopher Nolan as a director – he’s made some of the best Hollywood blockbusters of the last two decades, but he proves as consistently frustrating as he does exemplary. Excellent though many of his films might be, it’s often in spite of his own foibles as a director; there are a number of irritating quirks, both in terms of how the story is composed and how Nolan chooses to shoot it, that hold him back from being an unqualified auteur and one of Hollywood’s true greats.
For all of the good he’s done, here are 10 indisputable reasons Christopher Nolan is a bad director…
9. He’s Cold & Emotionless
Christopher Nolan has earned countless comparisons over the years to Stanley Kubrick of all directors; both filmmakers have been cited as being cold and clinical, helming films that don’t have a particularly »
- Shaun Munro
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