26 August 2010

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)


Well, I hope you like apes.
So basically: Thousands of years ago, extra-terrestrials placed a monolith on Earth to aid in human evolution. Now in the present, another monolith was found on the moon, signalling to Jupiter human's progress thus far. A team of trained scientists and a super computer, HAL, travel to Jupiter to gather information on the new monolith.

Watch this on a big screen. Or in a theatre. Or in a theatre room. Just watch it where you can appreciate it visually. That's what it's there for. Now that we've gotten that out of the way: Stanley Kubrick is brilliant. The film is stunning and the lack of dialogue and epic music gives the film an eerie feel. A lot of people probably won't get it on the first viewing - hell, I've seen it twice and I don't even get it fully - but you don't need to "get" it to appreciate it. If you don't get it at all, tho, watch it again. It's totally worth it.

This film is stunning and totally deserves to be on the list.

Ziggi seal of approval!


  1. I think the beginning should be shorter so I can sit through it. xDDD I was watching it with ma famille and they shut it off because they couldn't bear the pace of it. And these are from the people who have nearly 1000 DVDs in their collection.

    I got the underlying messagey type theme of the movie (or so I suspect - we won't really know until I've seen the whole thing) very quickly, and the build up to the monkey-type combat thing could have been briefer. Also, I wish his music from this film hadn't caught on so much or that he'd made it more costly to use the music from it. Even Zoolander used it. EVEN Toy Story (2). I'm so frigging tired of hearing it. >__< I'm gonna shoot the next commercial or movie that uses it, I swear. It's 2010!! How long has it been since Space Odyssey came out, really!? >:I

    The answer is '68.

    In other news, I really want to watch this now. Skipping the first bit. xD But I'm hoping its worth its weight (or wait. HAHA. I'm clever) as a Sci-Fi and therefore something I will hopefully love. I'll have to watch it with you, though. Your my Kubrick lady. xD

  2. What?! Blasphemy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Also, I know what you mean. I was in the car when I watched this and keep looking up ... We were in Saskatchewan!

    You should see it all the way through!!
    Haha, but it's CLASSIC!!

    Did you have to look up for that answer? :P

    I hope so, too. It is DEFS one of those movies you NEED to see, though

  3. The end is good- I liked the end.. but the beginning >.< violently painful.

  4. A bit, yes ... But, I think it's worth it

  5. "Also, I wish his music from this film hadn't caught on so much or that he'd made it more costly to use the music from it."

    That is a hilarious comment, perfectly parodying somebody dumb enough to dislike this movie.

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