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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Throughout his career, filmmaker Stanley Kubrick kept a list of potential movie titles that they called “Titles in search of a script.” Kubrick’s personal assistant Tony Frewin revealed the fun list, along with commentary explaining where the titles came from, in the comprehensive book The Stanley Kubrick Archives:
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For film fans, one of the most enticing films coming out of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival was Room 237, an experimental documentary directed by Rodney Ascher which explores wild theories buried deep in Stanley Kubrick‘s masterpiece The Shining. It made my best of the fest but there were doubts fans would ever get to see it because of all the licensed footage in the film.
Apparently, that’s not an issue as IFC Films has acquired the awesome film and will release it theatrically and on VOD later this year. Read more after the jump. Read More »
If Stanley Kubrick were still alive, Room 237 would make him extremely happy. Directed by Rodney Ascher, the experimental documentary gives the legendary filmmaker a ton of credit, maybe too much at times, as it explores several wild, and not so wild, theories about his 1980 horror masterpiece The Shining.
Some theories, such as the suggestion that the film is a metaphor for the murder of Native Americans, are almost plausible. Others, like that insinuation that Kubrick made the film to clue everyone in that he faked the footage of the Moon landing, are much less believable. But no matter the case, Ascher’s film is a fascinating, funny and incredibly well made ode to a film that’s obviously way more dense than most of us give it credit for. The documentary is an absolute must-see.
Room 237 played as part of the New Frontier category of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and, after the jump, you can check on the poster and read more about it. Read More »
One of the killer features in Apple’s new iPhone 4S is a virtual personal assistant program named Siri. The new software, which is built into the core operating system, allows users to ask questions or create tasks using natural speech. Before the phone was released, someone created a video we previously posted which replaced the iPhone 4S’s Siri with Hal 9000 from Stanley Kubrick‘s classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. We later discovered that the Apple engineers hid a bunch of funny easter eggs for Siri’s possibly responses, including yes, references and responses to 2001 dialogue cues.
ThinkGeek had a spark of genius and saw a potential market for a iPhone/2001 mash-up device — the IRIS 9000 voice control module for iPhone & Siri. Details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, September 29th, 2011 by Angie Han
It should go without saying that we at /Film have tremendous respect for the great filmmakers of eras past and present, but we also love to celebrate the devotion that these artists inspire. It’s why we regularly feature fan-created art and videos that double as both homages to these auteurs and wonderfully creative works in their own right.
We’ve shown you the work of Madhi Chowdhury in the past, in a previous post we did of his beautiful posters for films like Apocalypse Now and Black Swan. Now the artist is back with another stunning series, this time paying his respects to some of the classic heavyweight directors. Flip through his work after the jump.
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To put the legacy of Stanley Kubrick into perspective, he made 13 movies in 46 years. In about the same amount of time, though not the same years, Alfred Hitchcock – also considered one of the masters – made over 50 films, equally about one per year. Martin Scorsese is approaching roughly the same number as Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg is on a similar pace. Even international legends like Francois Truffaut, Akira Kurosawa and Sergei Eisenstein, who all made films less frequently than those men, were much busier than Kubrick. Yet, with only 13 films in about five decades, Stanley Kubrick’s name will always be spoken alongside those as a first ballot film hall of famer. One of the best of the best.
In 1996, a documentary called Stanley Kubrick: The Invisible Man attempted to put this mysterious, reclusive, but brilliant film director into perspective and you can now watch the entire thing online. Read More »
Posted on Monday, September 19th, 2011 by Angie Han
There’s a reason that, three decades later, The Shining still holds up as a classic — it’s the kind of masterful work you can watch multiple times and find something new to admire or enjoy each time. But if you’re lucky enough to live in upstate New York, you may get a chance to actually see the film in a whole new light. Next month, the Dryden Theatre in Rochester, NY will be hosting a special screening of the horror classic that includes “a chilling coda cut from the original release.” More details after the jump.
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Combining three things we absolutely love – Stanley Kubrick, minimalist art and animation – artist Martin Woutisseth has created a beautiful video that takes the viewer on a unique and visually interesting tour through Kubrick’s films, with original music by Romain Trouillet. Check it out after the jump. Read More »