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Old 06-29-2007, 12:22 AM   #421
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The 3 you listed are all great,but, again, a lot of people think 2001 is too slow. I don't understand that, but, that's just me. Maybe they see space and expect crazy battles and such.
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I've heard that gripe about 2001, too. I thought what made A Clockwork Orange so good was that it was slow for the most part, which put more emphasis on the more important scenes, like the Singin' in the Rain scene or Alex's brainwashing.

It reminded me a lot of Tarantino's style, then again, he probably got it from watching Kubrick.
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Well, keep us updated on your Kubrick watching!
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I tried watching 2001 a few nights ago, and I'll try again tonight...but for the love of God...20 minutes of monkey's jumping around? WTF?

I really WILL finish it first though before I make any opinion of it.

As for Spartacus...God that movie was long, but it WAS really good.
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Well, keep us updated on your Kubrick watching!
I sure will

I'm trying to catch up on his work so I can participate in that podcast I linked you guys to earlier: http://watchingthedirectors.com/ . Their next episode is in a month and it'll be all about Kubrick.
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Any website that gives Steven Spielberg a "score" of 9.8, M. Night Shyamalan a 8.7 and Martin Scorsese a 7.8 isn't worth reading. The fact that Shyamalan's arrogant, pretentious mugshot is featured at the top of the page is a red flag right off the bat.

They're philistines. Case closed.

If you really need more evidence than that, here are some other directors who scored higher than Marty:

Quentin Tarantino, 8.5
Ridley Scott, 8.4
David Fincher, 8.4
George Lucas, 7.9
Tim Burton, 8.4

I'm a huge fan of those first four, but are you fucking kidding me?
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They've gone back and discussed their directors scores and how they're kicking themselves for underrating Scorcese and Mann and overrating Shyamalan.

I may not agree with the rankings either, but their podcast is enjoyable to listen to, at least in my opinion.
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I forgot to add an honorable mention to another movie: Frequency
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The 3 you listed are all great,but, again, a lot of people think 2001 is too slow. I don't understand that, but, that's just me. Maybe they see space and expect crazy battles and such.
I remember watching 2001 when I was a kid and being bored to tears...

It took several years to really gain an appreciation for it as a piece of art as well as a movie.

I think three portions of the film can be blamed for boring those with low attention spans. A friend of mine who likes such illustrious titles as "Dude, Where's My Car" and "Soul Plane" ( ) sums it up pretty good IMO:

1. The beginning - 30 minutes of monkeys, WTF?
2. The extended space scenes with no music - Why was it just that guy breathing? Where was the music and the explosions?
3. The ending - What the fuck just happened?
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Yeah, 2001 might not be a kid-friendly kind of film.

Your friend, though. Wow. Though, his 3rd response is not all that off the mark.
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I tried watching 2001 a few nights ago, and I'll try again tonight...but for the love of God...20 minutes of monkey's jumping around? WTF?

I really WILL finish it first though before I make any opinion of it.

As for Spartacus...God that movie was long, but it WAS really good.
The 20 minutes of "Monkeys jumping around" has a point, actually. That whole scene sets up the rest of the movie.
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I tried watching 2001 a few nights ago, and I'll try again tonight...but for the love of God...20 minutes of monkey's jumping around? WTF?

I really WILL finish it first though before I make any opinion of it.
2001 is an experience that only works if you give yourself to the film. It is sort of a symbiotic relationship in which the movie takes you somewhere only if you open yourself up. It's the pause, the revelation that makes the film timeless. It is the will towards discovery that drives mankind to Jupiter and beyond. The viewer has to have that will to go out there.
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Oh hi, I'm bored enough to do this now.

If we are going for our favorite movies and not the greatest we've ever seen, then this list is going to look slightly .


25. Children of Men (The Prestige should really be here, but since I've only seen it twice it wouldn't be fair to call it a favorite...)
24. A Christmas Story
23. American History X
22. Goodfellas
21. Reservoir Dogs
20. The Great Dictator
19. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
18. Crash (2004)
17. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
16. Mrs. Doubtfire
15. The Wizard of Oz
14. Death to Smoochy
13. American Beauty
12. Jurassic Park
11. V for Vendetta
10. Dogma
9. Shaun of the Dead
8. V for Vendetta
7. The Lion King
6. Back To The Future
5. Forrest Gump
4. The Breakfast Club
3. Red Dragon
2. Schindler's List
1. The Shawshank Redemption

Make sure we do a Greatest list one day too. I want to be able to include stuff like A Clockwork Orange and Life is Beautiful in a list.
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Pla, you must really like V for Vandetta...

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2001 is an experience that only works if you give yourself to the film. It is sort of a symbiotic relationship in which the movie takes you somewhere only if you open yourself up. It's the pause, the revelation that makes the film timeless. It is the will towards discovery that drives mankind to Jupiter and beyond. The viewer has to have that will to go out there.


It helps to see it in a Theatre as well

Epic movies like 2001, Lawrence Of Arabia, Bridge Over The River Kwai, etc lose something on the small screen...
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