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Question: Which is your favorite Kubrick Film?
Paths of Glory - 1 (3.1%)
Spartacus - 0 (0%)
Lolita - 0 (0%)
Dr. Strangelove - 6 (18.8%)
2001: A Space Odyssey - 9 (28.1%)
A Clockwork Orange - 6 (18.8%)
Barry Lyndon - 1 (3.1%)
The Shining - 5 (15.6%)
Full Metal Jacket - 3 (9.4%)
Eyes Wide Shut - 1 (3.1%)
Total Voters: 31

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« on: January 26, 2007, 11:44:08 AM »

Which Kubrick Film do you like the most?  I personally like FMJ, The Shining, 2001, Dr. Strangelove a whole hell of a lot but I must say that Eyes Wide Shut is my favorite, although I'm positive I'm in the minority on that.

Note: I didn't include any of Kubrick's work before Paths of Glory but if you like one of those the best, please feel free to elaborate.
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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2007, 11:46:41 AM »

As a space movie buff I like 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2007, 12:22:31 PM »

I like all of Kubrick's films, actually.  I had to vote for The Shining though, as it was my first foray into Kubrick's work and it still remains my favorite.
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2007, 12:33:00 PM »

Top three are Clockwork Orange, Strangelove and 2001.
To pick just one, it's 2001.
I got to see this in the theater circa 1991ish, when they refurbished it.  Beautiful cinematography, I don't own this on DVD, my tv wouldn't do it justice.
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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2007, 01:00:48 PM »

2001 is my favourite but DR. STRANGELOVE, PATHS OF GLORY and THE KILLING aren't too far behind.
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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2007, 01:04:55 PM »

Oh man, tough call.  I had to go with 2001, though.

When I was 18, I was in the hospital with SOMETHING wrong with my heart.  The first night I was alone (long story, but my family was not there). It was very scarey.  A really kind nurse came and sat with me; she did her paperwork in my room so I would not be alone.

Anyway, that night I watched 2001.  I'd seen it before (this was early 1984), but there was just something beautifully nilihistic about being literally scared to death about my condition and HAL talking trash.  I love that movie.

The next morning, my heart actually DID stop; I kept up the stellar heartbeat of 5 per minute for over five minutes.  Dunno if I was revived, but when I woke up, the room was full of people in white coats.  It was truly one of the wierdest things I've ever lived through.  It's all okay now, I guess, but 2001 remains a gentle reminder of the path taken to get here now.

Wild, how a movie can have such an impact.
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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2007, 03:15:45 PM »

This is a tough call but I went with Clockwork Orange. Out off all the ones up there I have seen, ClockworK hits me on a more personal level.
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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2007, 03:31:27 PM »

Oh man, tough call.  I had to go with 2001, though.

When I was 18, I was in the hospital with SOMETHING wrong with my heart.  The first night I was alone (long story, but my family was not there). It was very scarey.  A really kind nurse came and sat with me; she did her paperwork in my room so I would not be alone.

Anyway, that night I watched 2001.  I'd seen it before (this was early 1984), but there was just something beautifully nilihistic about being literally scared to death about my condition and HAL talking trash.  I love that movie.

The next morning, my heart actually DID stop; I kept up the stellar heartbeat of 5 per minute for over five minutes.  Dunno if I was revived, but when I woke up, the room was full of people in white coats.  It was truly one of the wierdest things I've ever lived through.  It's all okay now, I guess, but 2001 remains a gentle reminder of the path taken to get here now.

Wild, how a movie can have such an impact.

Wow Ulthar, that is some story.  I guess it would have a hell of an impact.   Glad you're still around btw.   Talk about watching an epic story while having an epic monumental event huh?
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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2007, 03:40:03 PM »

I'll try to leave my comments for EWS in my thread/review for that film but I want to say that I love Dr. Strangelove - absolutely hilarious.  My previous roommate hated it just because it was in black n white (haha but then he thought the Day After Tomorrow was a great film so there ya go). 

The Shining was a kick ass flick too, but I like it in different ways, of course.  Watching Jack convert back to the savage ape was pretty twisted.  And then there's FMJ, a pretty kick ass Nam flick.  And of course, gotta love 2001.  I've yet to watch Barry Lyndon and some of Kubrick's older stuff though, I admit.  I did recently find Barry Lyndon on VHS so whenever I get the extra 3 hours I plan to watch it. 

What's cool is all the common themes across his movies - especially the symbolism.  I plan to go into this in much more detail once I get done with the EWS recap and actually start the essay part of my review, mainly because it makes references to most, if not all of his other work.  One thing I've noticed is that Kubrick loved having scenes in the bathroom.  I know, strange symbolism there but it's true.  EWS starts in the bathroom, the Shining has Jack conversing with a ghost in the bathroom, and who could forget the bathroom scene in FMJ? 

My least favorite so far is ACO mainly because I detest certain types of scenes, however I do like the whole Operant and Classical Conditioning experiments and attempts at social engineering the film comments on.  I was cured alright :)
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« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2007, 03:52:58 PM »

Stanley Kubrick is one of my favorite directors, it's like everything he does is a masterpiece! He's covered just about every genre with that level of skill. Full Metal Jacket is the best I can think of right now. Action, drama, a morbid comedy, all with a certain message. A true classic and one of the best films overall!

I might have liked Dr. Strangelove the best, but they shoulda' kept the first ending! "Mein fuhrer, I can walk!" was a copout, especially when the original would have had the line anyway.
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« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2007, 07:41:55 PM »

Kubrick is proof of QUALITY not QUANITY ... with only having Directed 16 films I don't think a single one was a loser.

My choice FMJ ... but they are all great.
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« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2007, 01:31:05 AM »

I voted for "Paths of Glory", even though "2001" is such an epic Epic . . .
"Paths of Glory" just has that feeling of being from another era/like it could have been shot during the First World War.
Plus, few directors have gotten such a great performance out of Kirk Douglas.
In my youth, we watched "Clockwork Orange" over and over again.  We got the Wendy Carlos(Walter Carlos?!?!) soundtrack recordings (There were 2 completely different ones) and would listen to them in our dorm rooms.
However, in time, I came to see that "Paths . .." was the more difficult film to make and therefore a better movie.
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« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2007, 09:22:11 AM »

the SHINING,followed by DR.STRANGELOVE,then CLOCKWORK ORANGE....but all are great.Did he make a movie that wasn't great?
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« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2007, 04:32:49 PM »

.Did he make a movie that wasn't great?

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« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2007, 08:03:12 PM »

A Clockwork Orange, then 2001 A Space Oddysey, then Eyes Wide Shut. My movies have to take me somewhere I've never been before, and Kubrick's movies do that. I even named a pet cockatiel Stanley after him.
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