Happy Birthday, Stanley Kubrick!

Yes, I know he’s dead (do I honestly look that stupid to you all?!)  I mean, Stanley Kubrick the Person is dead.  Had he been alive today, he would be 84 (which makes me wonder how Mel Brooks isn’t dead yet).  Stanley Kubrick the Filmmaker, however, is very much well and, I hope, forever alive.  Many of the films that complete his career are widely considered classics, with no questions asked.  So let us remember him by naming some of his masterpieces.  The use of three asterisks (***) denotes a film I still have to see, and I’ll try to link to my reviews whenever possible.

The Killing (1956)***
Paths of Glory (1957)***
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)***
Barry Lyndon (1975)***
The Shining (1980)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)***

Rotten Tomatoes Trivia:
Highest Rated – Dr. Strangelove (1964) 100%
Lowest Rated – Eyes Wide Shut (1999, posthumous) 77%

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10 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Stanley Kubrick!

  1. Stanley Kubrick’s my favorite director of all time behind Francis Ford Coppola. He’s the only director who has mastered the most kind of genres (horror, war, sci-fi, comedy), and all use incredible visuals and irony. Of the ones you haven’t seen, I highly rate Paths of Glory and A Clockwork Orange the highest (though the others are great as well). A Clockwork Orange is very violent, though, but it’s a fantastic film I think most people misunderstand.

    • “Being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are rape, ultra-violence and Beethoven.”

      Yeah, I can just see the violence of ACO from that tagline…plus it was cut of 43 seconds to avoid an X rating.

      I’d love to see Paths of Glory, as well. It seems the most prominent genre Kubrick does is with war, which I think is great, because I can’t quite think of anybody else who covers the genre so frequently.

      I find it interesting that you say A Clockwork Orange is misunderstood. I’ve heard so many people say that the critical reception received by Eyes Wide Shut massively underrates it. That’s another film I’d love to see, but I know I’d never be allowed. I may be wrong (and I think I am), but I believe EWS was edited from an NC-17, as well, except due to its sexually explicit nature.

      • Paths of Glory is a great war film that really does convey the violence and chaos during war. I remember the first time I watched it seeing how unique it was. Full Metal Jacket is a fantastic war film as well, kind of like Paths of Glory mixed with Dr. Strangelove.

        The reason why I think A Clockwork Orange is misunderstood is because so many people see it as a mindless, violent movie. I believe Kubrick is taking a look at the brutality of society.

        Eyes Wide Shut originally did get a NC-17 rating, but was cut down for an R rating so it could get more distribution. They did this after Kubrick died I think, so unfortunately he couldn’t get his say.

        • Again, I may be wrong, but if I know anything about Kubrick, he probably would have left Eyes Wide Shut uncut. And I’m still surprised that A Clockwork Orange is a science fiction picture, even though I discovered that about two years ago. It seems more like a dramatic crime thriller that comments on society.

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