Full Metal Jacket

In the 1990s, Robert Mapplethorpe became the most infamous photographer in the world after an exhibition of his homoerotic and BDSM work titled “The Perfect Moment” debuted, containing some of the most explicit photography ever to be shown in an art museum. After that, when looking at his 80s flower still lifes, critics found a veritable smorgasbord of Freudian metaphors; some artists can’t help but be provocative. In the world of film, no director ever split opinions as consistently and ferociously as Stanley Kubrick. It’s a testament to his  timelessness that the 2001: A Space Odyssey IMDb message board is still flooded with new viewers who proclaim the film either a singular masterpiece and work of genius, or a boring piece of crap that’s just “art for art’s sake” and a case of Emperor’s New Clothes. Full Metal Jacket is an interesting entry into Kubrick’s oeuvre if only because it’s one of his most consistently praised films (probably only behind Dr. Strangelove, The Shining, and Spartacus in how universally well-liked it is), but least talked about. Read more of this post

2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick; Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke; MGM; dist. by Warner Bros.; based on "The Sentinel" by Arthur C. Clarke.

I first saw 2001: A Space Odyssey during film school at home on a 7 inch, 1987 color Apple Computer monitor (they were compatible with VCR and DVD hook-ups back in the day) while suffering from a stomach cramp induced by sugar-free vanilla wafers. Needless to say, I didn’t enjoy the experience as much as I should, though I did realize the importance of film, the brilliance of Stanley Kubrick, and the artistic motives behind the movie.

This realization of the film’s integrity motivated me recently to buy the film on Blu-Ray and watch it on my brother’s 40 inch screen. I felt like I missed out on an opportunity to enjoy this film as much as I probably would have under kinder circumstances, and the added resolution displayed in the Blu-ray release would defiantly make every shot more interesting to watch than watching the DVD and a 7 inch screen.  My brother wasn’t all that thrilled about watching the movie again (he saw it with me he first time, while suffering from the same stomach cramps), but he let me watch it anyway.

The film starts at the beginning; which is always a good place to start a movie. In this case, it starts at the dawn of man where a mysterious shrieking monolith ignites an evolution from primitive, animalistic primates to a slightly more intelligent, and therefore more formidable species. Read more of this post