Stanley Kubrick

Vintage Lens Review: Kinoptik 5.7mm F1.8 (The Kubrick) – Indie Film Hustle

By Alex Ferrari

Kinoptik 5.7mm F1.8 I always marveled at how Stanley Kubrick chose his lenses considering he created some of the most visually stunning images ever exposed to film. After visiting his exhibit at the LACMA, multiple times, I saw this very odd looking lens in the display case. The lens in question was the Kinoptik 9.8…

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Watch as 15 Iconic Directors Fawn Over Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

By V Renée

As if you needed more proof that “2001: A Space Odyssey” is one of the greatest, most influential films in history…

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, is regarded as one of the greatest movies ever made. Despite countless articles, academic papers, books, and documentaries attempting to unfurl the many mysteries behind its creative design and storytelling, one thing we know for sure is that the epic sci-fi film has inspired the work of some of histories greatest filmmakers.

In this video by Alejandro Villarreal, we get to hear how Kubrick’s masterpiece (or one of them, at least) not only influenced and ignited the creativity of directors like Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, and Steven Spielberg, but also commanded the attention of film critics as well.

It’s extremely subtle. It’s extremely visual. And the story is razor thin. It was the first time people really took science fiction seriously. —George Lucas

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All 30 Alfred Hitchcock American Movies Ranked From Worst To Best (Part 1)

By James Paton

There is a pantheon in the world of film that is reserved only for the most truly memorable artists, the best of the best that includes the likes of John Ford, Akira Kurosawa, Stanley Kubrick and yes, England’s own, Alfred Hitchcock, the self-proclaimed “Master of Suspense”.

His output was quite prolific and of a consistently high quality, despite being initially regarded as a mere purveyor of entertainment, it has since been brought to light, particularly after the writers – and respected film directors themselves – of French magazine Cahiers du Cinema promoted the concept of Hitchcock as an auteur.

He effectively learned his trade from the German master F.W. Murnau (he of Nosferatu fame) and between 1925 and 1939 created a series of impressive and commercially successful features including The Lodger (what he himself regards as his first proper film) and the enormously popular spy romp, The Thirty-Nine Steps.

Hitch was drawn towards the Hollywood system, however, and in 1939 following the release of Jamaica Inn, set off by boat across the Atlantic with his wife, Alma, and his assistant, Joan Harrison to live and work in an entirely new environment, a change that might very well have helped usher in a new period of artistic growth.

The period covering his first decade working within Hollywood was a very busy spell, with thirteen features and two short films to his credit, but more than that, it was a time when the director began to imbue his work with autobiographical elements, take political stances and reach new creative highs.

Here we look at the feature length films of the period and rate them from worst to best, but don’t forget to comment with your own favourite Hitchcock moments from this phase of his career.

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Dear Filmmakers, Study More than Film

By V Renée

So, you eat, sleep, and breath cinema, huh?

Okay, so you’re an expert on Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Steven Spielberg. You like Ozu and Kurosawa, know the dance from Bande à part, and can spell Eadweard Muybridge without googling it. You, my friend, know your shit about cinema. But still, despite the hundreds of film books and screenplays you’ve read and thousands of films you’ve seen, there may be so much more information you’re failing to feed your brain. Andrew Saladino of The Royal Ocean Film Society suggests that while having an encyclopedic knowledge of and insatiable interest in cinema is great, expanding your education beyond it might actually be the best thing you could do as a filmmaker.

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5 Great Movies Influenced By “2001: A Space Odyssey” That Aren’t Sci-fi Films

By Charlie Jones

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Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made, regardless of genre. It consistently ranks high in polls of critics, directors, and audiences when determining cinema’s best offerings, and it’s easy to see why; 2001 is unforgettable, a grand visual spectacle chronicling man’s evolutionary journey from ape to Star Child, as mystifying as it is dazzling, a film that must be seen on the big-screen to be fully appreciated.

Its influence on science-fiction, particularly with regards to visuals and special effects (for which 2001 earned an Academy Award), cannot be overstated, and is evident in the filmographies of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Christopher Nolan, to name only a few of the film’s more high-profile admirers.

Yet 2001’s impact on cinema is not confined solely to science-fiction; its influence can be seen in experimental films, horror flicks, crime-thrillers, and even straight dramas. Like other masterpieces before and after it, 2001 goes beyond the genre with which we attempt to classify it, giving weight to the argument that such classification is both incidental and restrictive.

As such, 2001 demonstrates how films that are truly influential transcend the boundaries of genre, travelling through the Star Gate, and reaching a higher stage of cinematic evolution that we call ‘classic’.

1. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2001)

Terrence Malik’s largely plotless experimental drama The Tree of Life often draws comparisons with 2001: A Space Odyssey. Each film is comprised of several vignettes, which must be pieced together to form anything close to resembling a conventional narrative. It was probably this avant-garde filmmaking that drew derision for both films upon their respective releases, The Tree of Life even being booed at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, after which it took home the Palme D’Or.

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5 Reasons Why “The Shining” Is The Best Horror Movie of All Time

By Rashawn Prince

Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “The Shining” was released in theaters in spring 1980. The film opened to mixed reviews; Janet Maslin, film critic for the New York Times, gave the following critique of the horror film: “The supernatural story knows frustratingly little rhyme or reason. Even the film’s most startling horrific images seem overbearing and perhaps even irrelevant.”

While many film critics weren’t blown away with the film during its initial release, the film would go on to be considered as one of the greatest horror films ever made. The scares in the film weren’t delivered by gore or or grisly special effects; it was masterful direction orchestrated by Kubrick and a tour de force performance by Jack Nicholson that created a suffocating sense of dread and doom throughout the film, building a psychological horror that traps the viewer inside the Overlook Hotel with the tragic characters in the film, making “The Shining” an unforgettable masterpiece of horror cinema and the best horror movie of all time.

1. Stephen King’s book vs. Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation

From the time the film was released up to this very day, the biggest critic of Kubrick’s “The Shining” was none other than Stephen King. King described Kubrick’s version as cold and unfaithful to his novel, but to be fair, Kubrick’s version is less of an adaptation of King’s novel and more a frightful hallucination of the book. While King hated the movie version of the book, the author had to concede to the brilliance of the film in an interview he did for TV Guide: “Could it have been done better? Over the years I’ve come to believe that it probably could not. The film is cold and disappointingly loveless—but → continue…

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Watch: 4 Definitive Reasons Why ‘The Shining’ is the Best Horror Movie of All Time

By Justin Morrow

Just in time for Halloween, we revisit the genius of Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 opus ‘The Shining’.

It is, ontologically, something of a fool’s errand to think that, outside the realm of sports and homework, it’s possible to arrive at an objective “best” anything, and this is especially the case with art, and more so with films, which arouse powerful emotions, and to which people bring all of their unique experiences, aesthetic preferences, preconceived notions, etc.

The Shining however, might be the perfect genre film, even as it totally eschews almost every convention of said genre. This video from Jack’s Movie Reviews lists some reasons why this story of a family’s winter in a cozy mountain retreat might make for the best horror movie ever. Check it out below and read on for a breakdown of our top four.

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10 Great Filmmakers Yet To Win The Best Director Oscar

By Allan Khumalo

Stanley Kubrick, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, and many other great directors from yesteryear have controversially never won a best directing Oscar. How can some of the most influential and legendary directors in film history not be recognized for their directing talents by the Academy?

They’ve arguably superseded some of the peers who took home the statute instead of them. Cinephiles the world over know that the Oscars are not the only measure of achievement in the industry. In fact, those same directors belong to a special club of directors who’ve never won a directing Oscar, which is just as prestigious. Either way, their talents will always be acknowledged, even if it’s not at the Dolby Theatre.

Today, we have modern directors who are sure to have the same impact as those aforementioned directors. They are some of the best filmmakers working in the business today but for some reason or another, their work has not been recognized by the Academy as well.

It notoriously took years for the Academy to give Martin Scorsese his overdue Oscar, for a film some felt was a courtesy award than honest intention. At one point it looked like the Coen brothers would never win a directing Oscar, and then “No Country for Old Men” came along and changed all of that. So there’s no saying that these filmmakers won’t do the same and one day gets their moment in the Oscar sun.

1. Paul Thomas Anderson

There’s no doubt that P.T. Anderson is one of the greatest living filmmakers today. Occupying the space that Stanley Kubrick once enjoyed as a visionary director who makes challenging films that don’t have the mainstream success of his peers, but a respect that’s unparalleled.

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