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Kubrick Project: Lolita

(Going through each Kubrick movie, chronologically-like)

3-21

Lolita

  • And so we arrive at the Kubrick movie I was least looking forward to. This is partly because I have seen it the most recently, less than a year ago, but also because I already don’t like it as much as his other movies. Not nearly enough to merit two viewings in one year.
  • I think at this point in his career he was given a lot of trust because he’d demonstrated commercial and critical success, so he decided to move forward by attempting the challenge of adapting a book that cinema was probably not ready for.
  • Oh look, a flagrant Spartacus reference right there in the first scene! But that doesn’t make it Kubrick-y.
  • I haven’t read this book. Just saying.
  • Peter Sellers was totally the Robin Williams of the sixties.
  • Oh, just when I thought there would be no narration. There still has not been a Kubrick film with no narration. The last two just had it in the very very beginning though.
  • Aw, Shelley Winters. She’s awesome in this movie actually.
  • So they’re doing a good job of illustrating that Humbert is turned on by Lolita. But are they doing that by titillating the audience a little bit? And should we feel all guilty and perverted? The actress playing Lolita was 14 during the production of this movie. And she looks 14.
  • Wait, hold on, what was that “broad minded” insinuation? I don’t get it.
  • Anyway, even if this movie couldn’t be as graphic as I hear the book is, maybe it’s enough of an accomplishment that they are presenting the audience with such a dirty premise and suggesting that the audience might identify with Humbert’s pedophilia.
  • Does it help blunt it that we don’t really like Humbert anyway? He’s all stuffy and snobby and surrounded by more colorful characters.
  • Is Kubrick doing anything interesting visually? Nothing I’m noticing anyway.
  • So he goes from infatuatedly sniffing Lolita’s pillow to cackling at Charlotte’s love letter. What a fuckin’ prick.
  • James Mason is doing some really solid film acting; you can watch his facial expressions and see them subtly reacting to his secret skeeviness.
  • You know why this movie isn’t throwing up big visual choices? Because this is where Kubrick is establishing that his main storytelling tool is his actors. They’re awesome in this movie.
  • I wish I really felt a true understanding of just how conservative America was when this came out so that I could better appreciate how shocking this was to audiences. It’s not at all graphic, but it’s plenty suggestive. There’s no mistaking what’s going on if you’re watching the movie like a normal person would, even in 1962.
  • Return of the narrator. So inconsistent. Seems unnecessary.
  • Yeah, see, this movie gets pretty boring. It takes an odd turn when they leave Beardsly, which seemed like a dumb move, and then it just kind of drags.

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Kubrick Project: Spartacus

(Going through each Kubrick movie, chronologically-like)

3-20
Spartacus

  • Here’s one I last watched about a year ago, but it should look sweet on my newer TV
  • I think this is the restored version that adds the scene back in where the sound was destroyed, so they had Anthony Hopkins dub Lawrence Olivier’s dialogue. And I guess Tony Curtis dubbed his own again.
  • This won’t be as good an example of the Kubrick style, because he took this job for the money, I think.
  • As per the style of gladiator epics of the time, we get a musical overture and an intermission. I’m typing this during the musical overture.
  • This music doesn’t do much for me.
  • Here we are. Oh look another narrator introduction.
  • Okay, there was an abrupt fadeout like we’ve seen. And this sequence about teaching the gladiators their deathy new existence has a familiar grimness I guess. Perhaps it’s not so unlike the first half of Full Metal Jacket.
  • Peter Usinov’s silly middle-management character is extra-amusing in contrast with the enslavement of the other characters
  • That Ethiopian guy is the real hero of the movie. I want to see his story.
  • Oh, there are some scratches on this print. Mostly though it’s a really good restoration.
  • Did they have to portray Spartacus as the most flawless character to have ever existed?
  • This is the first time Kubrick didn’t work on the screenplay, I believe, and it lacks writing panache. I’ll have to remember to put this screenwriter on some sort of list of people that shouldn’t get to work in movies…
  • Peter Ustinov’s character would fit right in with the Dr. Strangelove gang. And I can totally picture Charles Laughton’s character at an Eyes Wide Shut party.
  • The Roman army marching down the hill in formation, slow and ominous. That’s Kubrick.
  • I don’t think there’s anything in Kubrick’s films like "I’m Spartacus".
  • "The more chains you put on her, the less like a slave she looks"; at last a memorable piece of writing that isn’t "I like oysters AND snails".
  • Feel-good-slash-bummer ending, eh?
  • Spartacus is no Paths of Glory, but it’s really not too shabby.

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Kubrick Project: Paths of Glory

(Going through each Kubrick movie, chronologically-like)

3-19
Paths of Glory

  • Another narrator! Le sigh. Just in the beginning though?
  • Okay, here’s something I notice about Kubrick films that we’re seeing in the first act of PoG… very carefully conveyed setup. There’s something distinctive about how Kubrick’s characters ease their way into increasingly awkward conversations. Like here where the General is being told he has to take that really difficult hill. The exposition of The Shining is like that. 
  • And whoa, that first image of a dead soldier with that ugly percussive score is also very Shining-y! It does feel like Kubrick, it does, it does!
  • Fadeout during the last line of dialogue in the scene with the two guys talking about it being worse to be hurt than to be killed. That happens in 2001 as well. Is it very effective? I think if I were going to make it a regular technique I would pick stronger moments to do that, where the line being faded on has a lot of gravity.
  • The central conflict during this battle scene is fucking awesome. 
  • These characters are all French, right? But the movie is in English, so the actors are English speaking actors speaking in their native accents, not French accents. Nothing wrong with that, although most American filmmakers would cast French actors or make non-French actors speak English in a French accent, which makes no sense when you think about it. But usually you don’t think about it. And when it’s Kirk Douglas sounding really, really American, I do think about it. Not sure what I think I would have done differently, though. It doesn’t help that this French character’s name is Colonel Dax.
  • Striking climax and curious denoument.
  • He now has full command of the audience, and he seems to have used that command to ensure that the audience leaves this movie a little confused and uncertain. I love this movie, and while I don’t like a director’s choice to leave me confused, I appreciate the skill it took to get there.

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Kubrick Project: The Killing

(Going through each Kubrick movie, chronologically-like)

3-18
The Killing

  • His first feature that isn’t all short like
  • I don’t remember how long ago it was I saw it, probably more than ten.
  • More narration, man he was into narration in the fifties
  • Feels way more commercial than the first two. A heist movie aimed at mass audiences of the time. Not trying to shock anyone with a dark mood.
  • This narrator is super sucky.
  • Not much visual style.
  • Unique the way it jumps back in time to each guy’s role in the heist; I didn’t remember that aspect of it
  • Hey, a black guy! In a small role, but he has a full character that isn’t “black guy”!
  • The thing is, it’s totally not a boring movie, unlike some later Kubrick movies like Barry Lyndon and Lolita and fucking 2001. And a fun way to end it.

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Kubrick Project: Fear and Desire, & Killer’s Kiss

(Going through each Kubrick movie, chronologically-like)

3-17
Fear and Desire

  • His first “feature”, though only about an hour long
  • Restoration not so good, lots of flecks
  • Some weird editing choices, quick like, doesn’t seem to work too well
  • What war is this? Where are they? Looks like SoCal.
  • Stylish depiction of killing soldiers, or at least trying to be stylish. Weird pacing leading up to it. But pretty grisly.
  • That crazy kid’s acting is like college theatre
  • "Let’s try one of those wipes, but make it look unique"
  • Sloppiness throughout, but if it were the first Kubrick thing I ever saw, I’d be like, “It would be interesting to see how his career as a filmmaker progresses. He seems pretty interested in the dark and disturbing side of humanity”.

Killer’s Kiss

  • Another hour-long “feature”. I saw this on TV once about fifteen years ago. All I remember was an extended chase sequence through some urban buildings at some point.
  • Wow, noticeably more indulgently slow pacing compared with F&D. Still awkward but still seems more deliberate than F&D. Might come from more confidence in his screen composition.
  • Really vivid shots of the city
  • Crappy ADR this whole movie
  • Makes some pretty big directing choices.
  • Tense scene, nicely done when he goes to get the girl back
  • Although it’s urban and crime-y, it doesn’t have the normal Kubrick Deep Grimness
  • But it feels like it was made by an honest-to-goodness professional filmmaker with skill and vision

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Every Stanley Kubrick Movie

I like movies a lot. Sometimes I go on little “movie watching projects”, like watching every Bond movie (over a couple of months). It’s kind of like how many people binge-watch a TV show on Netflix, although curiously I still prefer to only watch one or two episodes of a TV show in one sitting.

Anyway, I have now obtained every single film directed by Stanley Kubrick, all on Blu-ray. And I have started watching them in chronological order, because that seems like a fun project. I have seen all of them before, except for his very first feature. But I’m jotting down notes as I go through them again, so that I might better understand the mysterious wonder of his filmmaking art. And I will share those notes with you, unedited.

I’ll try to watch one each night, but I might skip some nights.

Stanley Kubrick is my fourth or fifth favorite director.

I like movies.

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My Perspective on the Veronica Mars Movie Based on Not Being Familiar With the Series

I saw the Veronica Mars movie, even though I didn’t watch the series, and I totally enjoyed it. 

Even though the movie doesn’t feel independent of the series, the references to the series don’t detract from enjoying the movie. In fact, the movie manages to be enjoyable on its own merit while making those of us who haven’t seen the show want to go back and see the show. Not because we missed the references, but because the movie is fun.

So if you’re curious about the movie but are not a viewer of the show, don’t worry, you’ll be glad you watched the movie.

So sayeth zawmer.

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This simple web game is why no one is getting any work done at The Nerdery today.

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Barack Obama did Between Two Ferns

Barack Obama actually did Between Two Ferns

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/18e820ec3f/between-two-ferns-with-zach-galifianakis-president-barack-obama

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#tbt to yesterday when I was stuck in this Star Trek themed conference room all day and was too busy to post this after I took it.

#tbt to yesterday when I was stuck in this Star Trek themed conference room all day and was too busy to post this after I took it.

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Hee!
You can find out your Travoltified name too.
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Hey guys. Ellen broke twitter. So… whatchoo guys doin?

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