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    Re: Stanley Kubrick: A Reappraisal

    The only Kubrick film I really love is A Clockwork Orange.

    Dr. Strangelove and Full Metal Jacket, admittedly, have moments of absolute brilliance, but they also feel kind of forced in the farce department.

    As for the rest of his films, I find them to be exercises in tedium at best.

    The only film of Kubrick's I really hate is the Shining, which I think is one the most over-blown bits cinematic self-indulgence ever put up on the screen.
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    Re: Stanley Kubrick: A Reappraisal

    Here's a good question: What were some of Kubrick's favorite films that he did not direct? The only one that comes up all the time is Eraserhead.
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    A quick googling may have found my answer: http://www.listal.com/list/favorite-...tanley-kubrick

    http://www.krusch.com/kubrick/Q67.html

    Are there any others?

    I had no idea he was a fan of Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
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    Spartacus
    Just saw the Blu-ray of this, and picture quality issues aside I had a very different experience having not seen it in years.This time out I found the politics of the senate and machinations between Olivier and Laughton far more compelling than the gladiator revolt tale. For an epic adventure film this one has surprisingly little action. There is one gladiator pit scene and, imho, a very badly stage battlefield sequence way towards the end of the film. Were it not for the rolling bales of fire the whole bit would be deadly dull. Kubrick seems much more interested in showcasing all the bodies littered over the fields - which he'd done before and since. Much of the scenes seem studio backlot bound and the whole thing ,save for the Rome interiors,plods along. There are a few nice vistas and one with a vast amount of new slaves rushing in to join the party that is well staged. For a film called Spartacus, the poor boy is practically a co-star or supporting role in his own movie. The narrative seemed very obvious too and none of Dalton Trumbo's maneauvers seemed all that original or compelling. It just unfolds much like you'd expect.

    Give me El Cid over this one. Granted some of this my be my Anthony Mann fan club membership rankling at ol Kirk tossing him off the picture. He surely would have handled the battles and action sequences better. He apparently did some of the scenes at the gladiator school, but Kirk seems to play it way too stoic to get anything moving. An odd choice from an actor who is generally much more out front with his acting choices. I can only surmise Stanley let him carry on with that decision. Kubrick's hand is not all that obvious here.
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    I believe Kubrick didn't want to make SPARTACUS.

    I can't believe WHITE MEN CAN'T JUMP would be one of KUBRICK'S favorite films.

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    I have found FMJ one of Kubrick's weaker films based on what seems to me a divide in the film from boot camp and the actual war. While both sections have elements of Kubrick, because the time of each section seem to be split in terms of time, they have equal strength, and so they cancel each other out. The boot camp is perhaps more memorable, if not, more quotable thanks to Ermey.

    Shining remains my favorite horror film, only second to The Exorcist.

    Kubrick's 2001 is my all-time favorite and believe it to be the finest film ever made.

    There seems to be an "ambiguousness" amongst some of his films that keeps perpetuating questions, even if they might have been answered on some satisfactory level. And yet, his films like Barry Lyndon or FMJ have such a grounding in reality that they measured by stamina of the viewer.

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    Anthony, Have you ever seen The Killing?

    His second film and has always been one of my favorites of his.
    It's got a very different flavor than his other stuff. I like that so
    much of the shooting seems to be grounded in a more photographic
    sensibility. So many of the frames, or compositions, could stand alone
    they are so strong. Some of the bits when they are wearing the masks
    at the race track, particularly when Sterling Hayden unsheathes the shotgun
    look amazing.

    Can one make a connection between these masks and the ones that Alex and his droogs
    wore on the home invasion in Clockwork?
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    Re: Stanley Kubrick: A Reappraisal

    [QUOTE=Steve R;923928]...so
    much of the shooting seems to be grounded in a more photographic
    sensibility. So many of the frames, or compositions, could stand alone
    they are so strong.


    This is true of all his films.
    They all have brilliant cutting edge cinematography.

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    The only Kubrick I haven't seen thus far is Fear and Desire. I admit, I find Clockwork Orange to be a smug, offputting film - far too in love with its own perceived cleverness to ever become engaging to me. It's a great looking film, and I love some of the character performances (especially Patrick Magee and Aubrey Morris), but I find it completely impossible to get into. My favorites would have to be Dr. Strangelove, Eyes Wide Shut and The Shining, with uber-honerable mention to The Killing and Paths of Glory.
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    I've got a poor-quality dupe of FEAR AND DESIRE someplace. I could hook you up with it, Troy, if you wanted.

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    I'd appreciate that, Paul - drop me a line!
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    Re: Stanley Kubrick: A Reappraisal

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul A J Lewis View Post
    I've got a poor-quality dupe of FEAR AND DESIRE someplace. I could hook you up with it, Troy, if you wanted.
    Read somewhere recently its coming to blu-ray.
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