Fans love to complain that good sci-fi isn’t released any longer. Alex Garland‘s Ex Machina, however, is good sci-fi. The passage of time may even turn it into great sci-fi. The film stars Oscar Isaac as Nathan, a billionaire savant who created a fictional analog to Google. He invites Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), one of his employees, to his secluded home in order to test a new piece of technology. That technology is a beautiful, mysterious, artificially intelligent robot named Ava (Alicia Vikander).
After that setup, the film is very careful about letting us know what is really going on. Caleb, Nathan and Ava all seemingly have their own agendas in a very tense, very exciting sci-fi story that surprises from the first moment to the last.
We were lucky enough to speak to Isaac about this great movie. He discussed how he shaped such a fascinating, yet seemingly familiar character, creating tension on set, the influences on the character – including Stanley Kubrick – and, of course, some discussion of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and X-Men Apocalypse.
There are no spoilers here. We’ll post those after opening weekend. For now, read our Oscar Isaac Ex Machina interview. Read More »
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The music of Richard Strauss and Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey are all but inseparable at this point, as the fanfare from Strauss’ composition ‘Also sprach Zarathustra’ became the unforgettable sonic accompaniment to the opening of Kubrick’s film. But the movie was originally going to be scored by Alex North. In fact, North composed an entire score for the film, which Kubrick ultimately discarded. If you haven’t seen it before, below you can watch a clip of the opening featuring the original 2001 score by Alex North score intact. Read More »
Last year, we published a fantastic video by Fourgrounds Media Inc. called The Auteurs of Christmas which reimagined the magic of Christmas morning through the eyes of 10 famous filmmakers. They have returned with a sequel for 2014: The Auteurs of Christmas 2, which features Christmas morning as directed by 10 more filmmakers: Charlie Chaplin, Quentin Tarantino, Terrance Malick, Alfred Hitchcock, Christopher Nolan, Jean-Luc Godard, Morgan Spurlock, David Lynch, M Night Shyamalan, Michael Bay. Watch both videos embedded after the jump.
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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 »
Syfy has ordered a television miniseries adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s novel 3001: The Final Odyssey. The 2001: A Space Odyssey sequel will be adapted by screenwriter Stuart Beattie of Pirates of the Caribbean and Collateral fame. Beattie will also serve as executive producer alongside Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker (Numbers, The Good Wife). More details on the 3001 The Final Odyssey miniseries, after the jump.
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Stanley Kubrick’s vision of Stephen King’s The Shining has become so iconic, ripping it off is almost cliché. Oh, is that a guy with his head popping through a cracked door? A typewriter with the same phrase over and over? A snowy hedge maze? We get it.
That said, somehow a new commercial by IKEA is all kinds of awesome. It’s a blatant Shining homage/rip-off but maybe it’s the production value, the single take, the easter eggs throughout, or the absurdity of an IKEA Shining commercial existing at all, but you’ve gotta check it out. Read More »
Sunday on Twitter, former Simpsons consultant Brad Bird said “In The Simpsons universe, Christmas comes at Halloween; all stops are pulled, budgets are increased, no holds are barred.” He was referring to the show’s annual Treehouse of Horror event, which celebrated its 25th anniversary on Sunday. The highlight of the show’s three segments (all of which were pretty fantastic) was A Clockwork Yellow. The story reimagined Moe, Homer, Lenny and Carl as Alex and his droogs from Stanley Kubrick‘s A Clockwork Orange. It borrowed dialogue, settings, shots, and music; in the story things get weird, and eventually just nosedive down a Kubrickian rabbit hole. It’s a much-watch for fans of The Simpsons and Kubrick alike. 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 »
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Michael C. Hall has hinted that he might be done with TV after Dexter, but apparently he’ll make an exception for material written by Stanley Kubrick. He is now set to star in God Fearing Man, a miniseries based on one of Kubrick’s unproduced scripts. Hit the jump for more details.
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