Tag: 2001: A Space Odyssey

  • Stanley Kubrick’s Early-Career Magazine Photographs Chart the Birth of an Uncanny Aesthetic

    It’s the fiftieth anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the Stanley Kubrick business is booming. A Christopher Nolan–supervised 70mm print (coming to the Museum of the Moving Image in July) premiered last month at Cannes, the theatrical rollout of which had the highest per-screen average of any film over Memorial Day weekend ($32,604). There’s […]

  • “2001: A Space Odyssey” and the Limits of Vision

    One of the hottest tickets at Cannes this year was for a fifty-year-old movie that pretty much everybody had already seen and would soon be back in release. Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, a film that had never screened at Cannes, made by a director who had never come to Cannes, arrived here courtesy […]

  • Ersatz Space Doc Europa Report Only Looks Realistic

    No human has left near-Earth orbit since 1972, we’re reminded in Europa Report, a smartly marketed space-horror quickie that purports to be the one-giant-leap for found-footage scares—and also maybe Serious Space-Travel Movies themselves, which have failed to soar past our atmosphere almost as long as NASA has. To that end, when the astronauts of Europa […]

  • OK COMPUTER

    A brain-bending game you can play while watching 2001: A Space Odyssey: Imagine you’re the first audience to see it. Would you recognize its greatness, or might you, like the Voice’s Andrew Sarris in 1968, dismiss it as “a thoroughly uninteresting failure”? Sarris revised his opinion two years later, after seeing 2001 while “under the […]

  • The Year in Film: Handicapping the Poll

    “A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees,” per William Blake. Ain’t that the truth! Although listed by barely half of the 95 participating voters, Terrence Malick’s polarizing Tree of Life sits comfortably atop the 2011 Voice Film Critics’ Poll. Part Brakhage, part Tarkovsky, part Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang, Malick’s cosmic […]

  • TECH VS. HUMAN

    Who would have thought when Stanley Kubrick released his iconic film 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968 that the prescient director wasn’t merely releasing a sci-fi thriller but also an alarming look into the future and the dangers of technology? Adapted from Arthur C. Clarke’s short story “The Sentinel,” the film received accolades for its […]

  • Rock Band

    At a Guitar Hero tournament a few months back, one kid complained to me that Expert Mode is “too easy.” Then he demonstrated the game’s secret Hyper Speed mode. My pupils nearly ruptured at the sight of him as he navigated the light-speed stream of colored notes; it looked like the trippy ending to 2001: […]

  • Star Dreck

    Stupid videogame logic, rule no. 154: When thousands of fugly, bloodthirsty aliens take over a spaceship, it’s best to send in a lone woman with a flamethrower. That’s the entire plot of Alien Syndrome, a pseudo sequel to Sega’s 1987 “run ’n’ gun” arcade game of the same name. And despite landing with little fanfare […]

  • The Gang’s All Here

    Taking its title from an observation by de Kooning, the show on the Whitney’s second floor is chockablock with New York School masterpieces, part of the museum’s “Full House” celebration of its permanent collection. Here are Franz Kline’s big canvas Mahoning, all brash, slashing strokes of black over white, and Rothko’s Four Darks in Red, […]

  • Split Decisions: the Critics Speak

    How They Learned to Drive Mulholland Drive‘s love story is the perfect distillation of cinema’s greatest female pairings—from Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes to Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann in Persona. —Melissa Anderson As someone who didn’t really like Blue Velvet that much, I was relieved to see Lynch dispense with […]