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Film Appreciation... Stanley Kubrick


Stephen King once said, "I think he makes movies to hurt people." He may have been right -- it's hard to watch A Clockwork Orange and think the director's intent was to induce warm fuzzies.

If not one of the greatest directors of all time, then at least one of the most unique. Kubrick's films, often intentionally distant and inhuman, have consistently sparked controversy and curiosity for the past forty years.

"He likes to take organic subjects and disassemble them as if they were mechanical," said critic Roger Ebert. "It's not just that he wants to know what makes us tick; what's compulsive is his conviction that we do all tick." Among Kubrick's surgical masterpieces: the nuclear annihilation comedy Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, the outer-space head trip 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the ultra-violent cult favorite A Clockwork Orange. These three films came during Kubrick's peak from 1964-1971. Many of Kubrick's other films, while not masterpieces, are still very well regarded, such as The Shining, Spartacus, Lolita, Barry Lyndon, and Full Metal Jacket. He is currently shooting his first film in a decade -- Eyes Wide Shut, a thriller with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.


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