Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Late night cinema (Part II)

I've become a really big fan of Kubrick's artistic direction. My mostest favouritest movie of all time is The Shining. It's beautiful to watch. Scary too. Kubrick took a very typical Stephen King novel and turned it into a brilliant screenplay. It's number one on my list. If you don't have time to watch it though, here's a re-enactment by bunnies in 30 seconds. And you can read some fascinating stuff about the Overlook Hotel and how the movie was filmed here.
Scene from The Shining

Other worthy Kubrick mentions are A Clockwork Orange, Dr Strangelove and Full Metal Jacket. Although I found A Clockwork Orange's themes of violence and rape a bit passe (it's not my fault I'm desensitized, it's our generation's attitude to anything taboo these days), the movie is soo confrontational about it and way ahead of its time. I can see how scandalous A Clockwork Orange would've been back in the 70's, I almost wish I was old enough to have watched it back then. Dr Strangelove was an unexpected discovery. I never knew of Peter Sellers' talent as an actor until I saw this movie.

FORGET Spartacus and 2001. *UGH* I made myself sit through Spartacus. I couldn't handle 2001 though. The screeching monkeys-that-looked-like-humans-dressed-as-monkeys was more than I could handle.

Last note on Kubrick, what I love most about watching his films, was discovering where all the cult references we see in movies and TV today come from.

1 comment:

RC said...

You didn't know what a good actor Peter Sellers was?!?!? You need to download some Pink Panther THIS VERY MINUTE.

RC