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’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 »
Sweden lego master-builder Etzel decided to recreate the famous “You killed the car” scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in an incredible LEGO diorama. Etzel won a contest with this contribution on Swebrick’s annual AFOL vs. AFOL contest, a Swedish lego forum where other members recreated scenes from 1980’s movies or television series. Other submitted LEGO dioramas included Blade Runner, The Shining, Spaceballs, Blues Brothers and many other films. See more photos from this awesome Ferris Bueller LEGO diorama, after the jump.
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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 »
Warner Bros. is moving forward with Overlook Hotel, written as a prequel to The Shining. The film is scripted by former Walking Dead showrunner Glenn Mazzara; the script is an original story, albeit one based on a deleted prologue written by Stephen King for his novel The Shining. Now the studio has a director: Mark Romanek is in talks to direct the Shining prequel. Read More »
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Every film has one. A signature prop, set, or location. Something that, in a single image, can represent the entire movie. The design team of Dan Kuhlken and Nathan Goldman, also known as DKNG, call these images “Icons,” and they are the subject of their first ever solo show at Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles opening Saturday June 14.
The show, called simply Icon, is comprised of 50 pieces featuring iconic places and things from some of your favorite movies and TV shows of all time. Things like Star Wars, Beavis and Butthead, The Shining, Back to the Future, Office Space, Groundhog Day, Arrested Development, Willy Wonka, Jurassic Park, the list goes on and on. Each piece is small – 12 inches square – and is of one thing that sums up an entire movie. And of course, each is done in DKNG’s distinctive bright, geometric yet detailed style.
Below, check out our exclusive reveal of just eight of the 50 pieces you’ll be able to see and purchase in person Saturday at Gallery 1988. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
Harry Potter might not be the only dormant property that Warner Bros. wants Alfonso Cuarón to help revive. According to a new rumor, the studio has also offered him The Overlook Hotel, the prequel to Stanley Kubrick‘s Stephen King-based classic The Shining. Hit the jump for all the latest dirt on this project.
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From posters and records to VHS videos, Mondo has their hands in everything. But new fans might forget where the company got their start – in clothing. Their website isn’t “Mondo Posters” after all, it’s “Mondo Tees.” And though they release a few t-shirts here and there, that aspect of the business has gone pretty quiet. But today they’ve diving back in big time.
The company has just announced the Mondo 237 collection. It’s a series of sweaters, accessories and household products based on the carpet design of the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining, which was recently featured in the poster for the documentary Room 237. Check out all the images below. Read More »
The best movie posters transport us into their world. In a single image, they sum up the characters, settings and emotions of a two hour movie. Most posters do this pretty easily, with a crucial image or actor from the movie, but others take the long way. For example, by literally mapping out the entire path of every character in a movie in one image.
Philadelphia based artist Andrew DeGraff does exactly that. He watches a movie, hand draws and paints all the locations, then guides each character via a specifically colored line, from location to location. At the end, you’re left with a stunningly detailed representation of an entire movie. Andrew DeGraff maps the movies.
In the past, DeGraff has done this with the Star Wars trilogy, the Indiana Jones trilogy and more. Saturday March 29, he’ll open his second solo show at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles called Cartography. This time, he’s mapped out films such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Princess Bride, The Breakfast Club, Alien, The Shining, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Below, see a few of the images from the show and read more about DeGraff’s process.
UPDATE: We’ve added an exclusive reveal of Back to the Future and a hi-res version of Lord of the Rings. Read More »