0027: Stanley Kubrick's Greatest Films

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  • 1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 2. A Clockwork Orange
  • 3. Barry Lyndon
  • 4. Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

No argument from me. Stanley's the greatest director to ever make films. period.

I can't go that far - Orson Welles, for one, strikes me as better - but he certainly is excellent. The man has made some great films.

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L. Bangs

Good to see BARRY LYNDON on this list. Probably Kubrick's most hypnotic work. Ryan O'Neil was born to play Lyndon - perfect casting.

So you liked it too? That's it. We seem to have found the three people that enjoy Barry Lyndon (my wife also loved it).

I admit, I'm a bit taken aback that even many vigilant Kubrick fans (both on listology and in the "real world," whatever that is) still haven't sat through this one all the way. It is slow, but, as you mentioned, hypnotic. It won me over with ease.

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L. Bangs

All 4 of these movies are excellent. I also like The Shininh, Full Metal Jacket, Lolita, and Paths of Glory a lot.

I must confess, I don't care much for The Shining or, especially, Lolita, although I do like the other two, and yes, I should certainly find a space for Paths of Glory on here somewhere. Thanks!

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L. Bangs

I agree with you completely. Sort of odd, actually. In any case, there's not a Kubrick film I dislike though I haven't seen Spartacus.

You'll probably enjoy Spartacus more if you don't think of it as a Kubrick film...

As I stated above, I probably should find a space for Paths on here.

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L. Bangs

How would you rate his other major films - Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut, Lolita, & perhaps The Killing?

I recently had the chance to watch The Shining on the big screen, and while in ways it still impresses me, I still don't think the film is particularly great. Like Eyes Wide Shut, I enjoy some of the technical aspects but don't think they all work together to make a great film.

This problem is especially true for Lolita, which is a very good film until Kubrick lets Sellers run away with the movie.

I have not seen The Killing yet. I need to...

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L. Bangs

I think you'd like The Killing. IIRC, It's more tightly plotted with less Kubrickian randomness.

Cool. That and Synecdoche, New York are both now on my list! Thanks!

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L. Bangs

I cannot wait to see Synecdoche! I am a huge fan of Adaptation & Being John Malkovich.