Eyes Wide Shut (1999) 8.8/10 Recommended.
The story behind the screen (not on the screen) of Eyes Wide Shut is fascinating. The fact that it’s one of the most provocative films ever made automatically grabbed my attention, but the additional element that this is Stanley Kubrick’s last flick must mean that there are some secrets behind it. I didn’t find much besides the indirectly obvious, aside from Kubrick’s yearning to create this movie since the 70’s. As you all know, the guy is extremely subliminal, so I can’t believe he waited all that time to direct this story. To be quite honest, the story wasn’t original on it’s own. It was simply executed well. Kubrick executes relatively average plots with great steed. It’s really impressive. The concept of sex cults and orgy parties is quite abnormal for a major motion picture, but Kubrick executed a welcoming tone throughout, investing me in a theme that I otherwise wouldn’t take very seriously. I’m not gonna go join a sex cult, but I believe the atmosphere he created was welcoming to the conservative movie-goer. There were a few things I didn’t like about the atmosphere, like how there was a “danger” that came with trying to leave the cult or simply how devilish Nicole Kidman’s character was. Those ideals were unrealistic. The rest of the movie bended realism. It brushed it aside. I wouldn’t say the movie is unrealistic, I would say it isn’t realistic. (Is somebody going to quote me on that?) Visually, it’s enticing, with colorful pallets following every different setting. The movie generally takes place in New York City, but it doesn’t have an urban feel due to its lavish placements in mansions and high class Brooklyn apartments & clubs. Easy to follow, but tainted with dark & unexpected twists, Eyes Wide Shut is a perfect finale for Kubrick’s life & times. It’s the project that he never got to create, and he got to avoid the negative backlash for it when he passed away. Rest in peace, Stanley Kubrick. You pissed off a bunch of critics because you felt like it and left the Earth before they could bother you about it.
Lost Birds (Turkey, 2015)
This cave scene was masterfully shot using only the available light of the match. DP and co-director Aren Perdici studied the lenses Stanley Kubrick used for Barry Lyndon and translated that for use on the Arri Alexa.
It's hard to believe I saw this when it opened at the Cinerama Dome 50 years ago. My dad took me, I was 7 years old. I just saw this again last night for the 50 year anniversary and it's just as incredible now as it was back then. Watching the opening scene at the dawn of man when the Apes start beating each other with the bones once they learn how to make tools out of them, I couldn't help but think that millions of years later, not that much has changed except for just beating each other with bigger bones #2001aspaceodessey#stanleykubrick#space#hal9000