2001 Revisited

Primitive humans, caressing a consummate altar, worshipping, perhaps for the first time. We worship with them. Manmade celestial bodies, waltzing to Johann Strauss II, a flawless union of past and future. We waltz with them. A chilling cyclops, made of ones and zeroes, who ought not to feel human. He does. His victims, flesh and blood, ought to, but feel distant.

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey through space and time and perception, and it remains the quintessential celluloid experience. More pertinently, it’s a communal experience, as most great cinema tends to be, eliciting gasps and applause and nervous laughter from even the most familiar viewers, and it recently made its return to theatres on its 50th anniversary.

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2001 re-release trailer

The 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey is upon us. To celebrate the film’s half-a-century birthday, 2001 will have a 70mm re-release, enabling audiences to experience Kubrick’s mind-trip sci-fi film on the (very) big screen. A new 2001 re-release trailer awaits you below.

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2001 Cannes Screening

Big ole honking film nerd Christopher Nolan is going to lug a 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey to Cannes this year. The Cannes screening comes ahead of a 70mm re-release hitting select theaters this May.

More on the 2001 Cannes screening below.

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Christopher Nolan 2001

Acclaimed filmmaker and vest enthusiast Christopher Nolan is out making the rounds in anticipation for the (likely) Oscar nominations for his film Dunkirk. As part of his press tour, the Dark Knight director revealed why he thinks that Stanley Kubrick‘s immortal, cerebral space-epic 2001: A Space Odyssey should be shown to children. Read on for Christopher Nolan’s thoughts on 2001.

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Stephen King's It - Pennywise - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, director Ridley Scott breaks down his favorite scene from the original Blade Runner. Plus, see a fanmade trailer that pits Batman against the monstrous Pennywise the Dancing Clown from the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It, and see what it would have been like if Bender from Futurama were HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Read More »

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It’s no secret that we here at /Film are big fans of Mondo and their very cool output of posters and collectibles. So we’re pleased to exclusively reveal six prints that the Austin-based company is bringing to San Diego Comic-Con 2017. Fans of Star Wars, Attack on Titan, Samurai Jack, Labyrinth, Beauty and the Beast, and 2001: A Space Odyssey who will be attending this year’s con will want to bring some extra cash (and probably a poster tube). Everyone else can still admire these beauties from afar.

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Mondo 2001 A Space Odyssey T-Shirt

There are plenty of clothing lines celebrating the biggest franchises in cinema today, from Star Wars to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to anything and everything related to LEGO. But the works of Stanley Kubrick don’t often get much in the vein of cool merchandise for cinephiles to show their love for the legendary filmmaker. Mondo is doing their best to combat that with a new line of clothing honoring one of Kubrick’s greatest contributions to film.

2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the most influential sci-fi films of all time, and now you can let everyone know that you’re all about putting your clothing to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.

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Life

“In space, no one can hear you scream.”

The often-quoted but terrifyingly true tagline for 1979’s Alien pretty much sums up how scary space is. Space isn’t just vast, it’s also completely hostile to human existence. While our best technology can get us into space, we’ve seen countless films explore what happens when that technology fails. We love to champion films like The Martian or Gravity, which reward viewers with human ingenuity overcoming scientifically improbable odds to survive, but the truth is space kills. A lot.

As Life, the latest film from Daniel Espinosa (Child 44, Safe House), rolls into theaters this weekend, we’re once again reminded that in space, all bets are off. The film’s trailer sets up what’s become a standard formula for space terror: astronauts living on a space station have discovered extraterrestrial life, which in turn discovers them. In this case, we see this alien life form take hold of one screaming scientist’s finger, setting us up for a truly gnarly death.

So, in the spirit of space and its many suffocating terrors, we put together ten of the worst space deaths we could find in film. From Tarkovsky to Corman, there’s something here for everyone.

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gareth edwards on the set of rogue one

Last month on the Empire Podcast, director Gareth Edwards teased that he had a brief cameo in one of the final scenes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It has taken fans a couple of weeks to find it, but now the Gareth Edwards Rogue One cameo has been fully revealed. Also, while we’re talking about the filmmaker, Edwards has released a list of his top 10 films of all time. Hit the jump to learn about both.

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HAL 9000 and Samantha From Her Argue

The more advanced our technology gets, the more stories we’ve gotten about artificial intelligence. However, sci-fi narratives about artificial intelligence have started to grow more complex and interesting as the real-life technology advances and influences our ideas. While Westworld is telling a much bigger, longer story involving some of the most advanced androids we’ve ever seen becoming self-aware of their abilities and questioning their purpose and existence, movies like Ex Machina and Her have give us very different portraits of artificially intelligent creations.

Now a new video imagines what it might be like if two different artificially intelligence beings from the big screen talked to each other. HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey and Samantha from Her are two very different artificially intelligent constructs, but thanks to some clever editing, they sound like an old married couple.

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