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Stanley Kubrick's 13 movies ranked from worst to best

Stanley Kubrick's 13 movies ranked from worst to best
Stanley Kubrick was a sucker for order, so he might have appreciated the desire to catalogue his career. However, since his films often warn against placing too much faith in systems, perhaps he knew that this way madness lies.

Frankly, most of his films have fair claim to being number one, so establishing first amongst equals means some hard choices have been made along the way - just try not to trigger the doomsday device or start swinging the axe if you don't agree.

So without further ado, let's open the pod bay doors and enter the enigmatic, exceptional work of Stanley Kubrick.

13. Fear and Desire (1953)

Even a genius has to start somewhere. Already a successful magazine photographer and documentary maker, 24-year-old Kubrick directed his debut about a military mission on limited funds - it was shot silently with sound added later.

Plagued by difficulties, Kubrick later called it "a completely inept oddity,
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See Young Stanley Kubrick's Noir-Drenched Photos of Chicago

See Young Stanley Kubrick's Noir-Drenched Photos of Chicago
Ingmar Bergman shot soap commercials, Orson Welles did radio and Stanley Kubrick took pictures: not every aspiring filmmaker was a dyed-in-the-wool cineaste. Stanley Kubrick took these photos in Chicago, around age 21, during his days at American coffee table magazine Look as a staff photographer. These shadowy images have the look of early Kubrick noir "Killer's Kiss" (1955) and "The Killing" (1956), before he abandoned black-and-white thrillers for his austere arthouse pictures. Find lots more from the series over at Mashable. (And see how young Kubrick pioneered the auteur selfie!)
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Films paid for almost entirely by a wealthy(ish) benefactor

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Without the help of some brave investors, or the pockets of their makers, the following films would never have existed...

It's now a fairly common mantra that you'd be a fool to put up all of your own personal money into a feature film. By all means invest, but share the risk, or throw a few quid at Kickstarter.

Paying for the bulk of the negative/hard drive yourself, and leaving your own assets exposed? Utter lunacy.

Not that anyone told this lot...

The Passion Of The Christ Paid for by: Mel Gibson

For some time, Mel Gibson had, alongside his acting roles, been heavily invested in his production company, Icon. As such, he had two significant ways to earn money, and he needed both of them when it came to making The Passion Of The Christ.

This is the kind of film that studios run a mile from. All
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'Room 237': All 47 Movies Used in the Documentary About 'The Shining'

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"Room 237" is hardly your average documentary. Not only does it float some very out-there theories about what Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" is really about, it illustrates those points with clips from both the 1980 horror classic and dozens of other movies. Every single shot in the film is from an existing flick, including ones from Kubrick, Hitchcock, and Spielberg, as well as classic horror movies and silent films. Moviefone sat down with director Rodney Ascher and producer Tim Kirk, who provided insight into some of their choices. In the same spirit of obsessiveness, we've compiled every movie featured in "Room 237," below “The Shining” "Lolita" "Spartacus" "Eyes Wide Shut" "Paths of Glory" "Barry Lyndon" "2001: A Space Odyssey" "The Killing" "Fear and Desire" "Killer's Kiss" "Dr. Strangelove" "A Clockwork Orange" “Full Metal Jacket" "Drums Along the Mohawk" "The Battle of Apache Pass" "The White Buffalo" "Sitting Bull at the
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An Animated Tribute to Stanley Kubrick

Deadly Puppies is comprised of Hyejin June Hong and Ori Kleiner and they put together the following 76-second animated tribute to the works of Stanley Kubrick, which tease the filmmaker's films chronologically beginning with Fear and Desire and continuing through Killer's Kiss, The Killing, Paths of Glory, Spartacus, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and, finally, Eyes Wide Shut. Give it a look below.
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New York's IFC Center Mounting Complete Kubrick Retrospective

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New York's IFC Center Mounting Complete Kubrick Retrospective
In anticipation of the March 29 opening of Rodney Ascher's documentary "Room 237," New York's IFC Center is mounting a complete retrospective of the the films of Stanley Kubrick.  The series, entitled "Fear and Desire: The Films of Stanley Kubrick," runs from March 21-28 and will include all thirteen full-length features directed by Kubrick, a;; screened in 35mm and digital restoration prints, from his low budget independent debut "Fear and Desire," to his Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman starring final film "Eyes Wide Shut." Also included in the program, is the Kubrick conceived "AI: Artificial Intelligence" -- directed by Steven Spielberg after the director's death -- and a rare screening of Kubrick's early films "Killer's Kiss" and "The Killing." In addition to the screenings, a related exhibition of international movie posters from Kubrick's career will be held at the...
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Kubrick's Early Odyssey: 'Fear and Desire' and 'Killer's Kiss'

Kubrick's Early Odyssey: 'Fear and Desire' and 'Killer's Kiss'
As the much-anticipated Stanley Kubrick exhibition opened at Lacma on November 1, the museum hosts a parallel film retrospective of the director's 13 feature films, screening in chronological order. This puts Kubrick's two least-seen yet remarkable works, "Fear and Desire" and "Killer's Kiss," as the inaugural double-header for the film series on November 9. "Fear and Desire" was made in 1953, when Kubrick was just 24. Already an obsessive perfectionist, the young director reportedly had the negative of the film destroyed, calling the work "a completely inept oddity."  But "Fear and Desire" is far better than Kubrick's withering estimation. The film opens on a vast expanse of forest, and narration tells us: "There is a war in this forest. Not a war that has been fought, nor one that will be, but any war." Four soldiers have survived a plane crash, and now remain stranded six miles behind enemy...
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Weekly Wrap: AFI Fest & Afm Begin, Hurricane Sandy, Disney Takes Lucasfilm, Oscar Talk & More

Weekly Wrap: AFI Fest & Afm Begin, Hurricane Sandy, Disney Takes Lucasfilm, Oscar Talk & More
This week on Toh!, we covered the start of both AFI Fest (with "Hitchcock" as the opening night film) and Afm, we followed Hurricane Sandy's violent effects on the Northeast, looked at Disney's major purchase of Lucasfilm and much more! Awards: The Hollywood Foreign Press Loves Women, Including Jodie Foster Interviews: "Seal Team Six" Director John Stockwell Talks Fact and Fiction, Harvey Weinstein, "Zero Dark Thirty" Features: Rating "Psycho," Behind-the-Scenes "Hitchcock" and the Universal Hitchcock Fifteen Immersed in Movies: Previewing "Rise of the Guardians" Makeup Artists Talk Challenges of "Cloud Atlas": Multiple Characters, Movie Stars Hanks & Berry, Yellowface and Political Correctness Challenge! Take David Thomson's Second Stump-the-Film-Buff Quiz Kubrick's Early Odyssey: "Fear and Desire" and "Killer's Kiss" ...
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'Viva Zapata!' 60th Anniversary: 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Marlon Brando Classic

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You'd think a movie starring Marlon Brando at the height of his young-firebrand sex appeal, written by Nobel laureate John Steinbeck, and directed by the great Elia Kazan, would be better remembered today. Yet "Viva Zapata!", released exactly 60 years ago (on Feburary 7, 1952), is all but regarded as a footnote in the careers of Brando, Steinbeck, and Kazan. That's a shame, since it's at once a terrifically exciting action film, a heroic biopic, and a penetrating political study. Of course, even then, it was an odd one -- a movie about legendary figures in Mexican history portrayed by an almost Mexican-free cast; a movie about a pro-peasant revolutionary hero made at a time of anti-Communist hysteria in Hollywood. That it got made at all was remarkable, given the battles over censorship and casting, not to mention the battles between Brando and co-star Anthony Quinn, whose bitter tension often erupted into elaborate pranks and practical jokes.
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Daily Briefing. Merv Bloch and "The Telephone Book"

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As a Hollywood ad man from the early 60s through the early 90s, Merv Bloch developed campaigns for dozens and dozens of major motion pictures (here's the tip of the iceberg), and he's got stories to tell, names to drop and photos to point to when Steve Macfarlane drops by his Upper West Side office for an interview for the L. "Bloch grew up in Manhattan; as a high school student, he caught word that a movie was being shot in his apartment building. He perched himself in a corner and, for hours, watched a scene reworked ad nauseum by a lanky, nasal-voiced director in his early 20s: it was Stanley Kubrick, shooting Killer's Kiss." The fun begins. Bloch produced but one feature, Nelson Lyon's The Telephone Book (1971), which he described in 2009 as "a dark comedy about a girl who falls in love with the world's greatest obscene phone call.
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Blu-ray Review: Godzilla (Criterion Collection)

Back in August of 2011 Criterion hinted they would be adding the classic Japanese monster movie Godzilla (Gojira) to their collection. This immediately sparked online enthusiasm and was shortly thereafter confirmed for release. And not only would we be receiving a new high-definition digital restoration of the 1954 original, but an HD restoration of Terry Morse's 1956 Godzilla, King of the Monsters along with a commentary on both films and a disc full of interviews and featurettes. For me, however, the biggest realization at that time was... I had never seen Godzilla, a fact I remedied only days later. In what served as good preparation for this release, last August I watched both Ishiro Honda's 1954 original as well as Morse's remake from a couple of years later for the first time, the latter of which uses footage from Honda's film and recuts it around a new story featuring Raymond Burr as American journalist Steve Martin who,
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The Best Blu-ray Discs of 2011

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Best Contemporary Titles

Winner: "The Tree of Life"

Runner-up: "Black Swan"

Love it or hate it, Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" is visually the most luscious film of the year and Blu-ray transfer recreates this in perfect detail. No digital artifacts or enhancements are done here, there is a bit of grain but that's expected with the photography on offer, while the IMAX 65mm sequences are true visual wonders.

Coming in second is my favourite film of last year, Darren Aronofsky's psychological thriller "Black Swan". Here is a challenge of a different sort, a film shot on both 16mm film and off the shelf Dslr video cameras. The result is a deliberately soft and grainy handheld-style image which lends a realistic documentary feel to proceedings and could look terrible if the Blu-ray transfer was handled poorly. Full kudos to Fox for a high quality presentation lacking in
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Blu-ray Review: The Killing (Criterion Collection)

Thanks to Criterion, Stanley Kubrick's The Seafarers is now the only film from the iconic director not available on Blu-ray. Criterion recently brought Kubrick's Paths of Glory to beautiful high-definition and now the director's 1956 heist feature, The Killing, arrives with a special inclusion, the helmer's 1955 feature Killer's Kiss. Releasing The Killing is one thing and should be enough to get you to buy this title, but the fact it also includes Killer's Kiss pretty much means any Kubrick fan simply has to buy it. I'm sorry, but those are the rules.

The screenplay was co-written by Kubrick with dialogue by pulp novelist Jim Thompson (though Thompson would later claim he wrote most of the film, a spat that almost ended their relationship), The Killing is based on "Clean Break" by Lionel White. The story is told using a fractured narrative, following the planning of a racetrack robbery. Throughout the film's brisk,
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Blu-ray Review: Hanna

When it comes to owning movies the last concern of mine is the supplements. Special features are akin to the sprinkles on a cupcake most of the time and rarely do they add to the flavor of the overall package. Certainly there are moments when features stand out, such as the inclusion of Killer's Kiss on Criterion's release of Stanley Kubrick's The Killing, but if you're going to try comparing a studio release to a Criterion release you're already fighting a losing battle.

When it comes to Hanna, a film that sits easily in my top two of 2011 so far all, all I cared about was whether or not the film would be presented with a picture perfect image and crisp soundtrack and in both departments the Blu-ray scores high marks. Clarity can be found in all corners as the film bounces from the icy wilds of Finland to the scorched desert of Morocco,
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Stanley Kubrick & Jim Thompson Almost Fell Out Over Screenwriting Credits To 'The Killing'

And 10 Things Learned From The Criterion Collection's Release Of The Classic Film Noir Last week, the Criterion Collection released, "The Killing," Stanley Kubrick's ambitious 1956 classic film noir. While it was technically his third feature-length effort ("Fear and Desire" he disavowed as an amateur work and "Killer's Kiss" was so low-budget it was shot without sound and the actors dubbed in their lines later), "The Killing" was arguably Kubrick's first real picture with a budget and real cast. Produced by James B. Harris (he would also produce "Paths of Glory" and "Lolita"), "The Killing" was written by Kubrick and…
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Kubrick's "The Killing" and More DVDs

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"Often unfairly dismissed as a minor prelude to Stanley Kubrick's work from his attention-demanding antiwar indictment Paths of Glory onwards, 1956's The Killing finds the master imposing Big Direction on Small Ideas," argues Vadim Rizov at GreenCine Daily. "Instead of the headier themes associated with Kubrick — nuclear war, Vietnam, extraterrestrial monoliths — here is an 84-minute noir, adapted from a Lionel White novel by expert nihilist Jim Thompson, confined to the bare minimum of sets and a few street exteriors. The dialogue has Thompson's characteristic mean-spirited tone: when Sherry Peatty (Marie Windsor) tells her lover Val Cannon (Vince Edwards) about her meek husband George's (Elisha Cook Jr) upcoming involvement in a robbery, he scoffs. 'That meatball?' Sherry corrects him: 'A meatball with gravy.'"

"The first product of the reportedly strained, multi-film collaboration between Kubrick and Thompson, their incendiary script for The Killing remains cinematic legend, lightning trapped in
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Kubrick's Animated Filmography

Now this is good stuff and thanks goes to Awards Daily for bringing to my attention.

Designed by Martin Woutisseth with music by Romain Trouillet the following is an animated filmography of director Stanley Kubrick's work from 1955's Killer's Kiss to 1999's Eyes Wide Shut.

The caption that accompanied the video reads as: "Animation made with mixing each Kubrick's movies. Typography, colors, patterns and symbols are re interprating. The old man is watching behind his life, nostalgic and the young one is thinking about his future to write."

Check it out below. Kubrick fans will certainly enjoy these three minutes and 31 seconds.
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Blu-ray Review: Paths of Glory (Criterion Collection)

Paths of Glory Quick Thoughts:

I have not yet seen the whole of Stanley Kubrick's readily available filmography. The one film that eludes me is 1962's Lolita after finally watching Barry Lyndon last December. It wasn't until August 1, 2008 that I finally saw Paths of Glory for the first time, and with each viewing of a Kubrick film the feeling you are watching something special never escapes your conscience. His films are unlike most anything you've seen before and you can tell when today's filmmakers are trying to accomplish something along similar lines. Even earlier this year, Christopher Nolan's Inception was referred to as Kubrickian by indieWire's Anne Thompson and whether you agree or not, it's evident Kubrick's stamp on cinema is one that will be felt throughout the ages.

Kubrick's often discussed as being one of the only directors to tackle all genres, but as noted by his
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Watch John Wayne in The Quiet Man: live!

As part of the Guardian and Observer Film Season, we settled down for an afternoon matinee of John Wayne romance The Quiet Man, as voted for by you. What happened when Andrew Pulver turned on Channel 4 at 12:05pm?

11.42am: Last night Michael Hann roughed it out with Daniel Craig in gangster thriller Layer Cake. The night before, Steve Rose and David Thomson tried to decipher David Lynch's Mulholland Drive.

Today, we're going for a change of pace, as Guardian film editor Andrew Pulver watches The Quiet Man, in which John Wayne plays a retired boxer who romances Maureen O'Hara in Ireland.

11.46am: But we need your help. Let us know what you reckon to the film. Does the Duke convince? Is this one of John Ford's finest? Post a comment at the bottom of the thread, tweet @guardianfilm or email Andrew Pulver.

11.49am: Hello everyone. Never
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Stanley Kubrick Lost Film Finally Found

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Acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Kubrick was responsible for three shorts and thirteen features throughout his lifetime.

Of those thirteen features, five have emerged as true cornerstones of cinema - "2001," "Dr. Strangelove," "A Clockwork Orange," "Full Metal Jacket" and "The Shining". Another five aren't as unanimously praised but are generally considered classics in their own right - "Barry Lyndon," "Paths of Glory," "Spartacus," "Eyes Wide Shut" and "Lolita".

The remaining three however, his low-budget first three films which were released in the mid-50's, are generally not widely known outside of Kubrick fans and cinemaphile circles. While "The Killing" and "Killer's Kiss" are easy to obtain on Amazon and the like, his first feature-length effort "Fear and Desire" has proven a collector's item which most have only been able to see through dodgy online copies or very low quality VHS copies of copies. Until now that is.

George Eastman House ran a
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