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If you’re reading this website, you know Stanley Kubrick. You know he’s inarguably one of the most important filmmakers in the history of the medium, and you probably know that his attention to detail, sense of composition and meticulous fixation over every aspect of his productions is virtually unmatched by any director, living or dead. What you may not know is that Stanley Kubrick’s life was just as fascinating as the films he made. A notorious recluse, perfectionist and (some say) film-set dictator who demanded nothing but the best out of everyone he worked with. Yet, in spite of his undeniable technical prowess, he has sometimes been accused of being a cold director: of viewing humanity from a God-sized distance. This claim is unfair and untrue for a number of reasons, chief being that his personality found a way into virtually all of his films. His doubt »
- Nicholas Laskin
Force Majeure, Ruben Östlund’s wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama about a model Swedish family on a skiing holiday at a five-star resort in the French Alps, is Sweden’s official Oscar entry for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film. When family patriarch Tomas (Johannes Kuhnke) makes a split second decision in the face of an unexpected crisis, his relationship with his wife (Lisa Loven Kongsli) and children (Clara & Vincent Wettergren) begins to unravel. Opening in New York today and in Los Angeles on October 31st, the film also features Kristofer Hivju and Fanni Metelius. At our roundtable interview, Östlund and Kuhnke talked about the influence of Stanley Kubrick and Luis Buñuel on the film’s visual style, filming the avalanche scene, Östlund’s directing style, shooting 30 to 50 takes of each scene to allow the actors to develop the feelings and emotions of the characters, wanting to tell »
- Sheila Roberts
This list initially ran on October 29, 2013. We are republishing it as part of Vulture's Horror Week. Read Bilge Ebiri's new essay on why Mulholland Drive is a great horror film. One third of a century ago, Stanley Kubrick released The Shining and changed the face of modern horror. Except that he didn’t, at least not initially. The Shining was a critical dud and, at first, a financial disappointment. (Kubrick even got nominated for a Razzie for Worst Director.) But over the years, the movie has, to understate mightily, gained in stature. And its release seemed to us like a good cutoff point for our journey through the ensuing 33 years of horror cinema. After all, 1980 is an important turning point in the genre: The wild wild west of exploitation cinema (which gave us such titles as I Spit on Your Grave) had been largely tamed, the colorfully gruesome »
- David Edelstein,Bilge Ebiri
Racial tension in the Obama era is given a sharp analysis in the satire Dear White People, a microcosm of modern America that takes place on a college campus, following the lives of four different students. Elements of identity and power vividly come into play, as black students confront racism at its most ridiculous and grotesque. For example: Troy (Brandon P Bell) is looking to fit in with the leaders of a satire magazine, but has to conform his ideals to do so; Coco (Teyonha Parris) wants to use what she considers to be her black identity to get a reality show contract. Writer/director Justin Simien’s film is a hilarious reflection of a society that still needs to get itself together, regardless of a black president living in the White House.
This film marks the feature debut of Simien, who has previous experience with an online series called “Inst Msgs, »
- Nick Allen
Ikea Singapore has a pretty stellar commercial making the rounds online. The promo, which is airing overseas in celebration of Halloween takes its cue from a horror classic and its attention to detail is spot-on. Here is the commercial's description, per Ikea.
The post Ikea Commercial Does a Spin on The Shining and It’s Fantastic appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
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 Overlook 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. »
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