Sunday, August 1, 2010

The 100 Best Movies: #39

39. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

I have never been a huge science-fiction fan. Fantasy films, yes, but not so much am I a lover of science-fiction. And I mean full on science-fiction. Several of my friends have spent hours discussing Frank Herbert's Dune world or I have known people who have spent time coming up with Battlestar: Galactica Fan Fiction, but the extent of my "Sci-Fi" appreciation goes as far as the Star Trek franchise and this brilliant Stanley Kubrick film. Kubrick, much like Federico Fellini and Ingmar Bergman, was a master at cinematic images. In this 1968 masterpiece, he fills the screen with iconic pictures that make the audience feel like their on one long acid trip. From the evolutionary cavemen that begin the film to the metaphorical large baby, this movie confounds, thrills and even frightens at times. It also helps that Kubrick (along with co-writer Arthur C. Clarke) created one of the most terrifying movie viilains of all-time: the HAL 9000. That soft yet extremely disturbing voice of the spaceship's computer saying "What are you doing, Dave?" will haunt audiences forever. It is Kubrick's finest film and is a perfect example of the science-fiction genre.

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