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When it comes to film interpretation and finding madness in the method, it’s only a matter of time before an overly philosophical troll decides to take an almighty stab at the man whose portfolio is stuffed with the mystery, symbolism and deeper meaning usually reserved for Michele de Nostradame and biblical verse. But while Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece The Shining provided the inspiration for a film which provided the inspiration for an idea that provided the inspiration for a decidedly strange column, it is his most influential – and maddeningly metaphorical – motion picture that this week take’s it place under the warped microscope.

Since its release in 1968, 2001: A Space Odyssey has provided the creative spark for countless filmmakers and induced ever more debates trying to discern what exactly it all means. For this viewer and scribe, its point can be found in its incomprehensibility, a purpose within anarchic nonsense. »

- Scott Patterson

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