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 »
Over the course of 45 years, Stanley Kubrick made only 13 films. It’s a staggering number because his work is so influential, so revered and still so incredibly powerful, each one might as well count for 100. He is undoubtedly one of the greatest filmmakers of all time and his films continue to inspire artists young and old.
Many of those artists are part of a new exhibit at Spoke Art in San Francisco. Simply titled “Kubrick,” the show consists of over 60 artists making art based on the films of the director in all kind of mediums. Everything from limited edition screenprints all the way up to one of a kind sculptures, there’s a huge array of beautiful work paying homage to films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Lolita, Paths of Glory and others. Below see just a few of the pieces in the Stanley Kubrick art show, which opens Friday September 6 through 27. Read More »
We’ve featured some of 25-year-old Massachusetts-based graphic artist Brandon Schaefer‘s movie posters in a past edition of Cool Stuff. Recently Schaefer has created a series of minimalistic posters paying tribute to the films of Stanley Kubrick. Check them out now, after the jump.
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Burbank-born artist Carlos Ramos (storyboard artist and writer on Dexter’s Labratory, ChalkZone, My Life as a Teenage Robot, The X’s, and Ni Hao Kai-lan) is presenting a solo exhibition of his Stanley Kubrick-inspired artwork at the Copro Gallery from July 10th until August 3rd.
11 years after the death of Stanley Kubrick, Ramos pays homage to the man who wrote and directed such films as A Clockwork Orange, Dr. Strangelove, The Shining and 2001: A Space Odyssey by transforming the galley into a retrospective space with graphic pieces celebrating the greatest and most respected filmmaker in history. Ramos faces his longtime obsession with Kubrick by painting interpretations of his films including the white-on-white habitations of 2001 to the Native American carpet patterns of The Shining to the matching white Droog uniforms in A Clockwork Orange. The emptiness and humanity of Stanley Kubrick’s subjects and characters and unique spacial design come to life thru Ramos’ unique eye.
I’m not sure if they will be releasing any limited edition prints of this art, but I hope so. You can see a preview of some of the art which will be on display at the show, after the jump. Warning, some of the art is NSFW.
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