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There isn’t a thing that hasn’t been written about the films of Stanley Kubrick. His films have been celebrated and reviled; some originally reviled have been reassessed as masterpieces; reams of copy have been written on even his least-appreciated movies. And yet they pull us in time and again. His films feature richly developed concepts that we can appreciate differently as our own lives progress and change.

Kubrick is the most visible representation of a sort of filmmaking that has largely vanished. He was likely the last director to enjoy total creative freedom with the backing of a major movie studio; his deal with Warner Bros. let him do what he wanted, on his own time. His 1999 passing happens to coincide with the transition into a fully digital filmmaking era and into a time when studio films are ever-more focused on sequels and familiar concepts.

The idea of ranking Kubrick films is somewhat absurd; there’s really only one that can be at #1. But there’s a lot of room for discussion about what his other twelve features offer. Warner Bros. recently issued a new box set (Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection) with a gorgeous outer shell (above), a fine array of behind the scenes material, and disc packaging that is an improvement over the last blu-ray set from the studio. That box of eight films had us going back through all of Kubrick’s movies, and we’ve laid them out in order below.   Read More »

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Stanley Kubrick never wanted you to see Fear and Desire. The 1953 film was his feature debut, but the director took prints out of circulation and fought a constant battle against it screening in any form for decades afterward. This self-censorship by one of the greatest filmmakers of all time gave the film an underground cult status, making it a must-see for film fans lucky enough to get their hands on a bootleg version. When Kubrick passed away in 1999, however, the film began popping up more often. Now, after over half a century out of the mainstream, Fear and Desire is coming to Blu-ray on October 23. Read the press release after the jump. Read More »

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