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There are few auteurs as instantly recognizable and divisive as Stanley Kubrick, few filmmakers as idiosyncratic or groundbreaking. His work spans the entirety of life itself–sometimes in the same film–and has inspired almost as much derision as hosannas. There is no easy consensus on Kubrick’s films–though you may not be terribly surprised by our writers’ choice for his best, it’s hard to imagine that your ranking of his work will line up wholly with ours–nor on the messages imparted within. Is The Shining secretly about the moon landing? Is 2001? What is he really saying about violence in society in A Clockwork Orange? And so on. Closing out (some weeks late, granted) our monthly theme on his works, here is Sound on Sight’s ranking of the films of Stanley Kubrick. Enjoy. Share. Debate. We know you’ll want to debate.
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey »
- Josh Spiegel
FilmOn has completed its acquisition of the world’s largest privately owned film library. The library, including 30,000 hours of content, was part of a $25 million investment into several major film libraries and a new digitization facility. The library includes rare classics by Stanley Kubrick, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Otto Preminger and John Huston along with never before seen footage of John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and The Beatles. The acquisition was announced by FilmOn CEO Alki David. The acquisition includes the CineBx Library along with 40 other cataloges including Allied Entertainment, A1 Entertainment, Four Star, and HanVideo. The collections comprise a total of 10,000 films and 10,000 [ Read More ]
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“Mother, they’re still not sure if it Is a baby.”
In the summer of ’78 I was just 16 years old. The Varsity Theater on Delmar (in the building that now houses Vintage Vinyl) was the cool theater that showed Rocky Horror at midnight and presented counterculture film programming, mostly for the students at nearby Washington University. Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls, Andy Warhol’S Frankenstein, House Of Wax in 3D, and Nine Lives Of Fritz The Cat were a few of the many movies I saw there. That summer, they had a midnight series on Wednesday nights they called ‘Weird Wednesdays’ (I guess the weekends were strictly for Rocky Horror – which I only saw there once). Yellow Submarine was the only other film I remember seeing on ‘Weird Wednesdays’ though I’m sure I went a few other times. One July Wednesday night, my friends and I ventured up »
- Tom Stockman
Morgan Freeman has opened up about the prominent filmmakers who he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.
When asked by Collider if there are any common traits with all the directors that he has worked with, Freeman answered: "No. I'll be more explicit here. Great directors are great directors by product, not by process. You work with some great directors that drive you nuts, because they'll shoot 17 or 25 takes.
"There are other great directors who move through a production like s**t through a goose, they just don't stop, they keep moving and they come up with good product. They're under budget and on time, or a little quicker than on time.
At a point where most horror is content to go "booga booga" with a shock cut or otherwise offer non-stop carnage, a film like Zack Parker's "Proxy" is a breath of fresh air. Indiewire critic Eric Kohn wrote about the film's surprises (and it seems to have one up its sleeve every fifteen minutes), but also that "It isn’t about the shocking developments around each corner so much as the energy and invention that it brings to them." It's a film that features throwbacks to Stanley Kubrick, Brian De Palma and Lars von Trier without feeling like empty quoting, and it goes to far-out places without careening off the rails or leaving its characters behind. Indiewire sat down with Parker to talk about his penchant for slow-burning tension, his influences, and how he planned to subvert audience expectations. "Proxy" opens today in theaters and is available to watch On Demand. »
- Max O'Connell
What is it about kids in horror movies? Ever since those skin-crawlingly scary twins in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, nothing unnerves me more than children chanting eerie lines of dialogue. So, if this latest trailer for Hammer Horror’s upcoming demonic possession flick The Quiet Ones is any indication, I’ll be better off staying far away from the film when it opens next week.
There’s not much new information in this third official trailer for The Quiet Ones, but it’s clear that there is going to be some freaky stuff going down in the isolated country estate where college professor James Coupland (Jared Harris, who recently played another professor – the villainous James Moriarty – in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) retires with several of his most devoted students to study the case of a young girl named Jane (Olivia Cooke), who is exhibiting symptoms of demonic possession. »
- Isaac Feldberg
In 1818, around the time British "Luddites" retaliated against the textile industry's increasing use of power looms, Marry Shelley published the first edition of Frankenstein, her horror parable spun from the 19th century's plentiful scientific breakthroughs. A little under 200 years later, director (and Christopher Nolan's longtime cinematographer) Wally Pfister makes his directorial debut with Transcendence, a thriller starring Johnny Depp as the app equivalent of Frankenstein's Monster. Different technology — same technophobia.
'Transcendence' and 60 Other Reasons to Love 2014
As Shelley predicted through her literary proxy Victor Frankenstein, humanity never »
"I decided I wanted to direct when I saw my first Stanley Kubrick film, so that was a very long time ago, but I knew I wanted to direct an episode of The Vampire Diaries from the minute I got one of the lead roles," Wesley tells TVGuide.com. "I just also knew it was presumptuous to ask any sooner than Season 4, so I asked at the beginning of Season 4 and I got to do it in Season 5."
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- Robyn Ross
(The Criterion Collection)
Two Gems From The 50s
Two new releases from The Criterion Collection spotlight low-budget filmmaking in the 1950s—American and European—and couldn’t be more stylistically and thematically diverse. And yet, there is a personal stamp on the pictures that is very similar. Both films also tackle social problems with brutal frankness and feature anti-heroes as protagonists.
Riot in Cell Block 11 was produced by longtime Hollywood independent producer Walter Wanger (he was also responsible for two earlier Criterion releases, Stagecoach and Foreign Correspondent) as a hard-hitting, gritty, realistic picture depicting the inequities and maltreatment prisoners receive in American prisons. Wanger had a personal reason to make a film like that. He had barely missed spending some time in one. He’d caught his wife with another man, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
April 11th, 2014, 6:47pm– silenis-media-audiovisuel-cinéma-moonwalk-dantoine-bardou-jacquet Rumours have been buzzing for weeks that Rupert Grint was set to star in the movie Moonwalkers – and now we are almost as certain as can be since deadline.com (a very reliable source) is reporting it: Rupert will be playing the role of Jonny in the film directed by Antoine Bardou-Jacquet. Rupert will be starring in this film alongside Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy and Hellboy) and former Cherrybomb co-star Robert Sheehan. The film is scheduled start filming in mid-May and until the end of June in Brussels, Belgium. You can read a synopsis of the film here (we are still unsure if it’s being called Moonwalkers or Moonwalk since both titles are being used around the web): July 1969. Kidman Tom, a special agent of the CIA, was sent to London to find Stanley Kubrick and convince him to film a fake »
Filmmaker tandem Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland know a thing or two about being on opposite ends of luck. It wasn’t for a lack of trying, but after breaking out with Quinceañera at Sundance back in 2006 (it got picked up by Spc and generated good box-office numbers), the pair had difficulties setting up their sophomore feature. They got their groove back when they dug into Hollywood folklore and sifted thru silver screen legend Errol Flynn‘s timeline – the lucky actor who hit jackpot and had a life that mimicked the notion of rags to riches to rags. An example of a film that might have got lost in the abyss of films presented at Tiff last September, but that might nudge out an afterlife theatrically, The Wrap reports that Samuel Goldwyn Films have picked up The Last of Robin Hood. A fall release is expected.
Gist: This revolves around »
- Eric Lavallee
About ten years ago, Matthew Modine released the journal he kept on the Full Metal Jacket set along with the photographs he took. It’s as amazing as it sounds. A hypnotic first-person account from a burgeoning actor working with a master. Now he wants to turn it into an audiobook. Thompson on Hollywood has the details on a Kickstarter campaign to make the audio version a reality. Modine and project co-director Adam Rackoff are looking for $12,000 and using the pre-order model to secure it. Plus, they’ve got some excellent enticements for Stanley Kubrick fans and fans of his sharp-tongued war movie. This endeavor looks fantastic, and well worth the cost, although I’m curious as to why it’s on Kickstarter instead of at a traditional publishing house. The odd thing is that, with the way they’ve outlined the pledge rewards, it’s the rare Kickstarter campaign that will benefit the fans directly instead »
- Scott Beggs
Since we recently capped off our month-long look at the career of Stanley Kubrick, I thought it would be fitting to post this amazing video featuring Roger Ebert, discussing Kubrick’s work with three other Chicago critics, Michael Wilmington, Ray Pride, Dann Gire and Sound On Sight favourite, Jonathan Rosenbaum. I’m not sure why Siskel isn’t present, but whatever the case, it is a fascinating watch. Enjoy!
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Matthew Modine is reaching back to the glory days of Stanley Kubrick's stark masterpiece of war from 1987, "Full Metal Jacket." With help from producing partner Adam Rackoff, Modine, now working comfortably in indie film and TV, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for "Full Metal Jacket Diary," an immersive audiobook adapted from his 2005 book of the same name. (Last year, he created six original short films for ShortsHD.) Like the book, which eventually became an interactive iPad app, the audio diary promises to be a firsthand account of what it was like to work with Kubrick on the set of the director's penultimate film for two years. Fans will hear Modine, who played Carl Jung-loving Private "Joker" Davis, reenact the diary across five chapters -- Private Life, Vietnam, Boot Camp, On Leave, and Boot Camp Redux -- totaling four hours. On the Kickstarter -- two weeks and $6,000 away from the »
- Ryan Lattanzio
More than 10 years in the making from stem to stern, Jonathan Glazer’s enigmatic, genuinely unnerving sci-fi drama “Under the Skin” starring Scarlett Johansson was unleashed last week at BAMcinématek with the director on hand along with producer James Wilson. It’s a visionary, deeply engrossing piece of filmmaking, with minor echoes of Stanley Kubrick and louder reverberations of Nicolas Roeg, but still a wholly unique and hauntingly distinct piece of cinema. Featuring little dialogue, a fierce and immersive sound design and a mind-disquieting score by Mica Levi, “Under the Skin” is all sensory sound and vision, as close as we get these days to pure cinema. Ostensibly about the female that fell to earth—an alien predator on the loose in the cold, wet fringes of Scotland—the movie is about as far as possible from “Species” (the superficially similar sounding sci-fi '90s film) as can possibly be »
- Rodrigo Perez
On the 50th anniversary of "From Russia With Love"'s Us release our friend and James Bond expert Deborah Lipp (she even wrote a book about him!) is here to talk 007...
After 23 official films and 2 unofficial ones, From Russia With Love, the second James Bond adventure, remains the greatest of them all. Considered an iconic film in many ways, it may surprise the casual Bond viewer to note that certain "iconic" aspects of the Bond franchise were missing from or created in this film.
Let's focus on From Russia With Love's extraordinary visual signature on this anniversary
The first James Bond film, Dr. No, featured the production design of Ken Adam. Adam is justifiably famous. In Dr. No, he designed such sets as the nuclear launch room, and, needing one last set when the budget ran out, »
- Deborah Lipp
Mike Flanagan wowed audiences with his feature directorial debut, Absentia, a few years back. Now he returns with an even creepier tale of supernatural terrors in Oculus (review). To celebrate the release of Oculus, we bring you a look at the Top Seven Supernatural Films that Haunt Us.
The funny thing about a really powerful supernatural movie, at least those that get wide theatrical releases, is they usually transcend the theater and become the talk of the nation for a while. And many of them even hang around our psyches for years and years to come.
We'll begin, as always, with our honorable mentions, and you'll see that many of them also took the country by storm. Low budget, found footage movies like Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project were absolutely larger than life during their theatrical releases.
However, bigger films can also reach out and grab you. Poltergeist »
- Scott Hallam
Birds Eye View Film Festival | The Lunchbox Taster Screening | Cinema Of Childhood | Art Screen
This festival champions new women film-makers, praises current ones and reinstates neglected ones. If you're looking for a new heroine, you're spoilt for choice: Destiny Ekaragha, for example, director of Peckham-Nigerian comedy Gone Too Far. Or the teen friends at the heart of Georgian thriller In Bloom. Or tattooed, pierced, homeless mother Lucky the subject of Kate Checkoway's documentary. More familiar names include Gurinder Chadha, Kelly Reichardt and Gloria Swanson, while you'll find neglected figures such as animator Joy Batchelor and Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, and 1970s indie Girlfriends, which has admirers including Stanley Kubrick and Lena Dunham.
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- Steve Rose
The Stanley Film Fest is the new kid on the block in the film festival game as 2013 was their premiere. We had the pleasure of attending and covering the genre-themed gathering last year, and in addition to the films that played the fest one of the biggest highlights was the location. The historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Co hosts the festival, and as horror fans know it was an extended stay here that inspired Stephen King’s “The Shining.” The hotel and grounds are an architectural and atmospheric joy, and the surrounding mountains add a gorgeous sense of natural beauty. Basically, it’s a perfect setting for a horror film festival. This year’s list of films playing the fest is unfortunately light on premieres, but it features a fantastic bunch of critical darlings, new releases and genre favorites. It’s essentially a make-up fest offering a chance to see recent festival hits on the big »
- Rob Hunter
Happy Friday! Below are the 10 stories most-read stories on Indiewire this week. Click on the title to access the article. 1. Stanley Kubrick's Longtime Producer Trashes 'Room 237' and Lists 'Eyes Wide Shut' As His Favorite Kubrick Film 2. 10 Things Every Film Festival Wants Filmmakers to Know 3. Why this Fan's Ending to 'How I Met Your Mother' Is the Right Way to End the Series 4. Will 'How I Met Your Mother' End In Tragedy? 5. The 7 Indie Films You Must See This April 6. First Person: 'Cheap Thrills' Director E.L. Katz's 12 Tips for First-Time Filmmakers 7. Watch: Visually Arresting Ode to 21st Century Cinematographers 8. The 'Nymphomaniac' Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need To Know About Lars von Trier’s Epic Study of Sexual Obsession 9. Louis C.K. Hosted 'SNL' For a Second Time and Was Hilarious: Here Are His 4 Best Moments 10. 15 Women-Driven Web Series That Could Be the Next 'Broad »
- Nigel M Smith
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