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!