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    Default Favorite Stanley Kubrick Film.

    Following tdc's lead. I'd like to single out Stanley Kubrick and see what you guys think of his films....

    Kubrick (as I suppose is self evident to all of you ) is my favorite picture maker. Certainly the greatest American film maker and perhaps the most influential director the world has ever known. So what are your favorites of this master movie maker? If you've seen them all rate them I'm keen to know where my faves and least faves match up to yours.

    My list from my favorite at number 1 to my least favorite (don't get me wrong they're all good).

    1 - The Shining
    2 - Eyes Wide Shut
    3 - Barry Lyndon
    4 - 2001: A Space Odyssey
    5 - Dr. Strangelove
    6 - A Clockwork Orange
    7 - Paths of Glory
    8 - Lolita
    9 - Full Metal Jacket
    10 - The Killing
    11 - Spartacus
    12 - Killer's Kiss
    13 - Fear and Desire

    Hey 13 movies and ten of them are masterpieces... Kubrick is aces.

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    The Shining
    2001
    Dr Strangelove
    A Clockwork Orange
    Paths Of Glory
    Full Metal Jacket
    The Killing
    Spartacus

    Eyes Wide Shut and Barry Lyndon to be served at Christmas dinner with due apologies to other turkeys.
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    So far I've only seen The Shining, A Clockwork Orange and Eyes Wide Shut. I think they are all great movies I enjoyed, but for whatever reason at this point I can't really say I've fallen in love with Kubrick's movies in the same way as I have with David Lynch and Coen Brothers films for example.

    There are still a lot of movies I need to see though (not just by Kubrick - in general). I'm just starting to really form my opinions on films as an art form.

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    I wouldn't like to say which my favourite is, but ACO was certainly the most anticipated as Kubrick, who was resident in the UK by then and was to remain so thereafter, slapped a ban on it being shown in cinemas in the UK not long after general release because of reports of some Alex-like copycat attacks - this also applied to subsequent home media such as videotape and DVD. The ban was only lifted after Kubrick's death over 25 years later but I had managed to see a pirate videotape of it a few years before.

    I enjoyed it but perhaps the so-called 'shock value' was watered down seeing I had read the Burgess book first. Nevertheless, the film was, apart from some contemporary period features such as interior design and clothing (perhaps necessary due to budget restrictions), largely faithful to the book and conveyed the dystopian aura of the story quite well.
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    The films I have seen:

    1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
    2. A Clockwork Orange
    3. Dr. Strangelove
    4. Eyes Wide Shut
    5. Full Metal Jacket
    6. The Shining

    I have the Kubrick collection box now, so it will be only a matter of time until I finally watch the rest.
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    To me, all Kubrick's film are masterpieces. I saw all of them, I don't know how many times...
    I'd divide them into just three groups and list them in chronological order within each group:

    The Master-masterpieces:
    2001
    A Clockwork Orange
    Barry Lyndon

    The Mature-masterpieces:
    Path of Glory
    Lolita
    Dr Strangelove
    The Shining
    Full Metal Jacket
    Eyes Wide Shut

    The Minor-masterpieces:
    Fear and Desire
    Killer's Kiss
    The Killing
    Spartacus

    It's a real pity he didn't complete his project on Napoleon.

    PS and I'd add it's a real real pity he could not supervised A.I. till the end... The Spielberg's film would have turned out to be quite different from the mediocre film it is...
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    Barry Lyndon is one of my all time favorite movies. Beautifully shot with Zeiss f0.7 lenses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GioCar View Post
    it's a real real pity he could not supervised A.I. till the end... The Spielberg's film would have turned out to be quite different from the mediocre film it is...
    Indeed. Yet one can see faint glimmers of his influence in that particular collaboration.

    My favourite film of his is 2001. His choice of music for that film is inspired.
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    A very problematic director, imo. Much to admire alongside much I find self-defeating in each film.

    2001 I think holds up best, though apparently it was his own least favorite.

    Barry Lyndon and Dr. Strangelove are very strong.

    Clockwork Orange I think was a massive failure he ought to have been embarrased about, but again apparently it was his personal favorite.


    Most of the rest I find strong visually and technically, but betray a megalomaniac's distaste for the necessity - through lack of own writing talent - of collaboration with a screenwriter, and the lack of humanity and humility that comes with that, and an attitude to actors as little more than chess pieces to be moved around.

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    The only ones I've seen are The Shining and 2001. Both were very good, I'm not sure which one was better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fugue Meister View Post
    Kubrick [...] is [...] Certainly the greatest American film maker and perhaps the most influential director the world has ever known.
    That's quite a claim. There are many contenders to compete with Kubrick, but you might explain a little what your criteria are.

    Kubrick was the first 'auteur' I fell in love with, not least after watching 2001 and Paths of Glory, and I lapped up Alexander Walker's book about him in the 1970s.

    Much as I admire most of his movies - I've still not seen ACO, BL or EWS - they lack warmth or humanity. He does not make films about heroes, nor even sympathetic people, treating characters like Hitchcock reportedly treated actors - like cattle. He constantly asks us to consider how we live in a cold universe, trapped by circumstances or events from which we cannot escape.

    The possible exception to that out of the ones I've seen is Paths of Glory. Though I've not seen it for several years, Kirk Douglas' Col Dax, like Modine's Pvt Davis in Full Metal Jacket, is driven by a spark of integrity, though they themselves are both victims too.

    It means that his movies are, in some ways, amongst the most cinematic ever made, relying on motion and the visual for their power - but the least engaging in terms of narrative. For a long time, the sheer wonder of 2001 made it my favourite of all movies (not just Kubrick's, though long since replaced by other films with decent humans in) and it's probably the only one I would repeatedly return to (and that I own on DVD) but of the rest that I would sit down and watch if they cropped up on TV...

    Paths of Glory
    Dr Strangelove
    The Shining

    As a completist, I'm sure I'll get to watching the ones I've missed soon enough, but they're not top of list for catching up on.

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    2001 — other than that, Kubrick's work is too conventional for me.

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    1. 2001
    2. full metal jacket
    3. Paths of Glory
    4. Dr. Strangelove
    5. the shining
    6. Eyes Wide Shut
    7. Barry Lyndon
    8. A Clockwork Orange
    9. The Killing
    10. Lolita
    11. Spartacus

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    LOLITA (1961) is my favorite Kubrick film.

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    Of the ones I've seen:

    2001: A Space Odyssey - My favorite, amazing how he could create such a large scale epic with so few words. I get chills every time I watch it
    Barry Lyndon - My second favorite, just watched this one recently. Great story, beautiful cinematography. Only gripe is that it moves slower than necessary, imo.
    The Shining - Even though it leaves out some of the creepy scenes from the book, it's still a great movie. Not the type of horror I'm used to, kind of dry and overlapping of tension.
    Eyes Wide Shut - This is the type of horror I like: conspiracies involving powers larger than you could fathom. Also the masked orgies were disturbing in it of themselves. Biggest flaw is casting Tom Cruise. And I love Nicole Kidman but she didn't do her best here
    A Clockwork Orange - The only of his films I didn't like. Too goofy to take seriously, imo. Whatever the point is, I didn't catch it.

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