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“It’s funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen.”
I had heard about A Clockwork Orange long before I ever saw it. I was maybe 13 or 14 the first time my mother mentioned it to me. She told me about seeing it in the theatre at a young age; her older cousin being later scolded for having taken her. At 15, she had no idea what to make of the “ultraviolence” she had been exposed to. Knowing my mother rarely talked about movies from her childhood, you could say my interest was piqued. She didn’t go into many details, but I wondered how different it could possibly be from some of the violent films I had already seen. At this point, I thought Predator and Commando were the be-all and end-all of onscreen debauchery. I also thought I was ready for anything. »
- Griffin Bell
As a lover of all things Stanley Kubrick, I’m always interested in stories and behind-the-scenes photos tied to the late filmmaker’s various projects. Being a horror geek, this is extra true when it comes to The Shining. Kubrick’s fascinating adaptation of Stephen King’s novel may not be the director’s greatest cinematic achievement, but it certainly gives viewers a lot to ponder – as seen in the recent documentary Room 237. However, if you’re not so interested in kooky conspiracy theories related to Kubrick’s haunted hotel tale – or if you’d just like some more technical and grounded-in-reality information – then this 55-minute documentary is for you. Staircases to Nowhere originally began its life as an...
- Mike Bracken
Destination Outer Space! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director John Landis introducing Stanley Kubrick's epic sci-fi classic, "2001: A Space Odyssey."Many a baby boomer’s most treasured recollections of the 1960s include one or more altered-state viewings of Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke’s game-changing science fiction film, which combined extraordinary, state-of-the-art special effects with a metaphysical meditation on life, death and rebirth played out in Super Panavision 70. Douglas Trumbull’s groundbreaking visual effects remain as convincing as any found 45 years later in Alfonso Cuaron’s equally awe-inspiring Gravity. Many sci fi fans approached 2001 with skepticism since it was touted as the pinnacle of the genre, only to become lifelong devotees. It would be interesting to contrast Martin Balsam’s rejected performance as the voice of the computer Hal with that of Douglas Rain, who was hired to be less “emotional” than Balsam. »
- Trailers From Hell
“Has it ever occurred to you what would happen to my future, if I were to fail to live up to my responsibilities?”
- Jack Torrance, before telling his wife that he’s going to bash her brains in.
Jack Torrance has responsibilities that were given given to him in good faith by the manager of the Overlook Hotel, Mr. Ullman, which “consists mainly of running the boiler, heating different parts of the hotel on a daily rotating basis, repairing damage as it occurs and doing repairs, so that the elements can’t get a foothold.” At no point in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining do we ever see Jack work on any of these tasks. In fact his wife, Wendy, is the only person we ever see doing any type of upkeep in the Overlook Hotel. When Wendy suggests that they leave the hotel and take their son to a hospital, »
- Jae K. Renfrow
Fifteen years ago today, cinema lost one of its greatest innovators, imaginative storytellers and singular visionaries, when Stanley Kubrick passed away at the age 70. He had just completed what would be his final film, the erotic drama/fantasy "Eyes Wide Shut," and behind him was an untouchable body of work, with movies that changed the shape of the artform. So, how can we best pour one out for the cinematic titan? Alexandre Gasulla has put together a pretty solid 11-minute tribute to the films of Stanley Kubrick and it goes a long way in celebrating Kubrick's distinct and impeccable visual eye, one that broke new ground in the language of filmmaking, creating scenes and sequences that to this day are awe-inspiring. Whether it's the outer reaches of the galaxy in "2001: A Space Odyssey," the interiors of The Overlook Hotel in "The Shining" or the trenches in "Paths Of Glory" he made them his own, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It’s both perfectly fitting and a darkly wry punchline that the last word in Stanley Kubrick’s last film is “fuck,” utilized in its most literal definition. The word is spoken, in both direct and slightly imploring fashion, by Alice Harford (Nicole Kidman) to her husband Bill (Tom Cruise) at the end of the still slightly underappreciated Eyes Wide Shut. Bill’s nocturnal journey into an unfamiliar world of group sex and general deviancy is one of missed opportunities and denied possibilities; he is surrounded by and beckoned into various couplings, and capitalizes on none of them. This weakness of the modern man is a recurrent theme in Kubrick’s filmography, from Paths of Glory to Eyes Wide Shut, released posthumously in the summer of 1999. Kubrick, who died 15 years ago today, was often categorized as a cold and distant filmmaker, always putting his characters at an emotional remove; this »
- Josh Spiegel
Feeling very much like a long lost episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Eugenio Mira’s Grand Piano is a stylish and taut thriller that wastes no time on spectacle, instead choosing to meticulously focus on story, characters, atmosphere and building tension throughout.
In Grand Piano, Elijah Wood portrays piano virtuoso Tom Selznick, who has fallen from the limelight after his last performance was a total disaster, leaving him as the laughing stock of the pianist world. Primed to make his comeback while playing his mentor’s piano at a special concert put together by his loving wife Emma (Kerry Bishe), Tom does his best to feign confidence as he first sits down to perform for an eager audience.
That façade of confidence is quickly shaken when he realizes there’s a maniacal sniper in the building (John Cusack) who has a gun aimed at his head. If Tom plays even »
- Heather Wixson
Can’t wait for the next installment in The Hunger Games franchise? Then why not get excited for the release of another Ya adaptation in the form of Divergent, based on the book series by Veronica Roth. After all, the author herself is very excited and has even gone so far as to release a review of the movie. Obviously the original creators of novels don’t have to follow the rules of embargoes like the rest of us; one rule for us…
A few weeks ago I packed up a suitcase and flew to La and bought some Milk Duds and watched the Divergent movie.
You know. As one does. (?!!)
It’s hard to prepare yourself for an experience like that, watching something that once existed only in your brain re-created on such a large scale. Every so often, as I was watching, I would flash back to this »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Set in a dystopian future, Stanley Kubrick's controversial adaptation of Anthony Burgess's satirical novel stars Malcolm McDowell as a young thug whose propensity for ultraviolence is tempered by a revolutionary form of mind control. Though framed as a black comedy, Kubrick doesn't shy from the rape, viciousness or Droogspeak. Such was the critical backlash in Britain that Kubrick withdrew all broadcast rights; the film has only been legally watchable here since his death. »
As we spend a month looking at the great Stanley Kubrick, we can also look at the filmmakers who were clearly influenced by Kubrick. “Kubrickian” films tend to exercise incredible control of the camera, are extremely ambitious, tend to deal with much weightier themes, and always maintain a sense of mystery, like a there’s an invisible fog always hovering over the film. This list could be sharply focused on about five directors working today but, though a number of these filmmakers appear in this list of 40, we’re spreading the wealth a bit. Let’s get to it.
40. Watchmen (2009)
Directed by Zack Snyder
What makes it Kubrickian? It’s surprisingly cold and detail-oriented, unlike most of Zack Snyder’s other work (well, detail-oriented in a positive way). Watchmen is based on the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name by David Gibbons and Alan Moore, about a desolate alternative »
- Joshua Gaul
Top 10 Ryan Lambie 4 Mar 2014 - 05:53
Nb: While the below is spoiler-free, do avoid reading further if you’d prefer to see the final film absolutely cold.
Showing off 20 minutes of your forthcoming summer movie before it's even finished could, in theory, be a risky move. Yet Warner Bros and Legendary clearly have confidence in director Gareth Edwards' forthcoming Godzilla, and when we'd finished seeing some snippets of footage from his monster movie reboot, we were also confident that the full film will be worthy of the creature's status as cinema's King of the Monsters.
With our excitement suitably piqued by the footage (and you can read our spoiler-free thoughts on that here), Edwards took to the stage with presenter Edith Bowman to talk about Godzilla in an illuminating Q&A. »
“It’s impossible to tell you what I’m going to do except to say that I expect to make the best movie ever made.” – Stanley Kubrick, Oct. 20, 1971.
There are few unrealized projects in the history of cinema more tantalizingly fascinating than Stanley Kubrick’s planned feature about Napoleon. Even in 1967, at the time of its initial pre-production (the first time around), it seemed like a potentially great idea. But now, looking back with Kubrick’s entire body of work as a reference point, it truly does stand as a project this legendary filmmaker should have been destined to make. Thanks to a mammoth and comprehensive collection of materials fashioned into Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made, edited by Alison Castle and published by Taschen, we can for the first time see how Kubrick prepared for the film and what he had in mind for its ultimate big-screen presentation. »
- Jeremy Carr
The Silicon Valley-based Cinequest draws more than 100,000 people and throws a spotlight — appropriately, given its location — on the crossroads of new film technology and new films themselves. This year marks the 24th year for the fest, one that includes 84 world premieres from 43 countries. Yet the San Jose festival is not high on the radar for industryites just a few hours south in L.A.
“People have said to me, ‘It’s really the best-kept secret in the film industry,’” says co-founder/director Halfdan Hussey. “We’re a big festival with a personal feel.”
Being based in the home of bits and bytes makes Cinequest, which runs March 4-16, a natural location for its very particular tech-meets-film niche. In the past, Hussey says the festival has put early spotlights on up-and-coming innovations such as QuickTime, feature film distribution on the Internet and digital exhibition.
To that end, this year’s premieres »
- Randee Dawn
“It’s crazy how you can get yourself in a mess sometimes and not even be able to think about it with any sense and yet not be able to think about anything else” – Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick’s voice as a director and writer was so singular, so fitfully honest. Every project seemed so richly influenced by him and the worlds he created. That world often floated somewhere between a cold brutal honesty and some kind of hyper-reality that’s uniquely his own. If you look at Kubrick’s relatively small, but no less inspiring, filmography, there are countless examples of bare examinations of human nature. Nowhere is that more obvious in his look at war and what it does to the human condition, first in the anti-war Paths of Glory, and then more prominently in Dr. Strangelove or: how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb »
Concert films: you either love them or hate them. If you had to sit through one, it might as well be a movie directed by music video guru Hype Williams (LL Cool J, Notorious B.I.G., Beyoncé), starring Kanye West in all his Yeezus glory. Set to “Coldest Winter” from Kanye’s 2008 album 808s and Heartbreak, a mysterious trailer for Yeezus has appeared — and it’s something else. Creepy faceless dancers, hooded figures looming in the dark, bejeweled masks that belong in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, and occult-inspired imagery abounds. There’s no indication of what the movie is actually about, but the clip is striking enough that we don’t care. The project doesn’t seem to be related to the Bret Easton Ellis-written film...
- Alison Nastasi
First impressions are everything, which is why the art of the movie trailer has become the most vital tool in the film industry. A bad trailer can sour you on the best movie, but most of the time it’s the other way around. If Hollywood does anything right, it’s selling us a slow-cooked turd as delicious chocolate.
So here are Dread Central’s picks for great horror movie trailers that overshadowed their lesser films:
Exciting trailers for bad movies are a dime a dozen, but what about the ones that are shot just for marketing? You won’t find a better example of an ad eclipsing a film than the brilliant teaser for The Hills Have Eyes 2. Completely wordless with only the sounds of dragging bodies and Devendra Banhart’s “Insect Eyes,” the teaser showed more artistry and directorial flare than anything in the actual movie. »
While they may reappear in our nightmares from time to time, the infamous twins from "The Shining" have been largely Mia from the public eye since the film's release almost 35 years ago.After making a surprising red carpet appearance last month for the 50th anniversary screening of "Dr. Strangelove" at the Loco London Comedy Film Festival, toofab's Brian Particelli reached out to Lisa and Louise Burns and asked them about how being in the classic fright flick changed their lives.Check out the exclusive Q&A below!While you were making the movie, did you ever think "The Shining" would have such a big impact in the film world? What was it like being on that set?We were very young when we made "The Shining," Only 10 or 11 years old. We knew the other actors [including Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall] were famous but everyone was very welcoming. [Director] Stanley Kubrick was very family-oriented person, I recall »
- tooFab Staff
Unless you're prediction-loving, number-crunching wizard Nate Silver, you probably find statistics pretty boring. But stats concerning the Academy Awards have always been fascinating, mostly because the Oscars are just plain weird, and riddled with anomalies.
The ceremony got its start in the late 1920s, when movies were just making their transition into sound, and early nominees and categories reflected the sheer chaos of those halcyon days of what would eventually become Hollywood's golden age. (Though, of course, any film aficionado worth his/her salt would have a strong opinion about the exact dates that that age entailed.)
As the Oscars tradition continued, the awards became a bit more traditional themselves, settling into a predictable pattern of narratives that have stayed relatively consistent to this day. But there are always idiosyncrasies hiding in the woodwork, and the Academy Awards have them in spades. Here, we've collected some of the most distinctive »
- Katie Roberts
Blu-ray Release Date: May 13, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $39.95
Directed by Stuart Cooper, who seamlessly interweaves archival war footage and a fictional narrative, the 1975 war drama Overlord is an immersive account of one twenty-year-old’s (Brian Stirner) journey from basic training to the front lines of D-day. Along the way, the film brings to life all the terrors and isolation of war with jolting authenticity.
Impressionistically shot by Stanley Kubrick’s late, great cinematographer John Alcott (A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon), Overlord is both a document of World War II and a dreamlike meditation on human smallness in a large, incomprehensible machine.
This Critierion Blu-ray edition of Overlord ports over the bulk of the bonus features included on Criterion’s previously issued DVD edition.
Here’s a complete list of features:
• Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Stuart Cooper, with uncompressed »
The '80s and '90s brought us some of the best cartoons ever made, but one thing that made '90s cartoons so special is how irreverent and pop-culture oriented they were. Suddenly we were inundated with shockingly adult innuendos and obscure movie references that flew over the heads of most children watching these cartoons. Horror films were no exception - these show-runners loved to drop references to everything from horror classics to '80s slashers. Here are ten of my favorites: The Critic - "Miserable" (1994) The Critic was short-lived but beloved by fans for its hilarious movie parodies that lampooned everything from Orson Welles to Ace Ventura. The most memorable horror spoof was entitled "Miserable" wherein titular critic Jay Sherman gets kidnapped by his biggest fan in an obvious parody of Misery (1990). Even the gruesome woodblock/sledgehammer scene makes an appearance. Bobby's World - "Adventures in Bobby Sitting »
- Heather Seebach
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