Fascinating Theory Says 2001: A Space Odyssey Is Really All About Food

2001: A Space Odyssey can be interpreted about a million different ways. That's a big part of its appeal. But have you ever felt… hungry while watching it? That's because the movie is actually about food. Look closely, and you'll see it too! » 3/05/15 9:00am 3/05/15 9:00am

A Guide To Visual Symmetry In Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange

One reason why director Stanley Kubrick is a legend is because of his beautiful shots, which feature symmetrical framing, or one-point-perspective — which means that all lines lead to a single point in the distance. We've made a supercut of all the scenes with one-point perspective in the legendary A Clockwork Orange… » 1/27/15 3:05pm 1/27/15 3:05pm

The Hotel That Inspired The Shining Wants You to Design a Maze For It

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado has the ... honor of being the inspiration behind The Shining. And as a way to further connect the real hotel to the fictional Overlook Hotel, the management has announced that it will build a a 61,500 square foot hedge maze inspired by the one in Kubrick's film. » 1/07/15 9:07pm 1/07/15 9:07pm

Watch The 2001 Intro With The Original Score That Kubrick Rejected

It's hard to imagine that 2001: A Space Odyssey would have its incredible cinematic impact without that classical soundtrack. But director Stanley Kubrick originally hired a composer to score the film, only to abandon the score in postproduction. » 12/25/14 8:30am 12/25/14 8:30am

2001 Would Have Featured A Prologue Where Astronomers Debate Alien Life

2001: A Space Odyssey remains one of the most scientifically grounded films of all time, despite the trippy ending. But originally, it would have featured a prologue in which 20 real-life astronomers talked about the possibility of encountering alien life. » 12/16/14 3:34pm 12/16/14 3:34pm

A Rousing Tribute To Cinematic Space Porn

"Cinema Space Tribute" is a captivating short film by Max Shishkin that combines the grandest scenes of outer space from more than thirty films, including Alien, Guardians of the Galaxy, Moon, the original Star Wars trilogy and Interstellar. » 12/10/14 10:20am 12/10/14 10:20am

New Trailer For Stanley Kubrick's 2001 Shows Why It's Still The Best

Arguably the greatest scifi film ever made, 2001: A Space Odyssey is getting a theatrical re-release in the U.K. (not the U.S. — for now, at least) and thus has earned this incredible new trailer. And it's so goddamned good it makes all other science fiction movies look pitiful in comparison. » 10/21/14 2:48pm 10/21/14 2:48pm

Can Authors Be Wrong About The Adaptations Of Their Own Books?

We tend to trust an author's judgment when it comes to the quality of an adaptation of his or her books. But sometimes, maybe authors don't always know best, as an essay in AwardsCircuit points out. » 8/18/14 7:40am 8/18/14 7:40am

Rejected Saul Bass Posters For The Shining—With Stanley Kubrick's Notes

Saul Bass is a legend of film design; he storyboarded segments of Spartacus and West Side Story, and created some of the most famous credit sequences every to grace the silver screen. He also designed numerous classic movie posters—although director Stanley Kubrick didn't love all of his designs for The Shining. » 8/11/14 11:30am 8/11/14 11:30am

The Only Way 2001 Can Be Improved: Make H. Jon Benjamin Voice HAL 9000

Archer and Bob's Burgers voice actor extraordinaire H. Jon Benjamin dubbing the sentient computer HAL 9000 in Stanley Kubrick's scifi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey? This is all I've ever wanted out of life and I didn't even know it before today. » 5/27/14 11:20am 5/27/14 11:20am

Terry Gilliam almost made a sequel to Dr. Strangelove

The acclaimed director of Brazil was very close to making a sequel to Stanley Kurbick's apocalyptic comedy masterpiece Dr. Strangelove, but with Kubrick's approval. According to Gilliam, Kubrick had worked on a sequel called Son of Strangelove — just think about that for a second — and wanted Gilliam to direct it. » 10/16/13 1:20pm 10/16/13 1:20pm

Why Stephen King's complaints about The Shining actually have a point

Stephen King has made no secret of his dislike for Stanley Kubrick's acclaimed film adaptation of his novel The Shining, and this is usually seen as evidence that King is a control freak who can't appreciate Kubrick's genius. But a brilliant new essay by Laura Miller argues that King actually has a point. » 10/02/13 3:20pm 10/02/13 3:20pm

Who's the greatest movie director of all time?

Science fiction and fantasy movies depend on amazing visuals and canny storytelling to carry you along — and certain directors are just brilliant at pulling you into their strange worlds. But who's the greatest director, living or dead, of fantastical movies? » 9/02/13 1:00pm 9/02/13 1:00pm

10 Cinematographers Who Turned Science Fiction Movies into Great Art

We have tons of love for great directors — but often, when you're marveling at an especially lovely shot, you're partly admiring the work of the cinematographer who lit it and shot it. Often, the same cinematographer has worked on many of your favorite movies. Here are 10 great painters of science fiction films. » 7/02/13 10:20am 7/02/13 10:20am

2001: A Space Odyssey explained on a 1968 child's menu

Want your kids to get into Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey but not sure how to explain all that complicated space stuff? Don't worry — Howard Johnson's, circa 1968, has you covered. "Hey Molly, what do you want to be when YOU grow up? "I want to be a space stewardess!" » 5/13/13 2:15pm 5/13/13 2:15pm

Do authors ever prefer the movie to their own book?

It's common to say that the book is always better than the movie, but sometimes that isn't true. Occasionally, a movie will come along that transforms its source material into something greater than the original. But how often do authors feel that a film adaptation has truly trumped their own work? » 5/05/13 7:00am 5/05/13 7:00am

The Unsettling Theories about The Shining That You Haven't Heard Yet

Duality, blood, mirrors, the Holocaust and American genocide against the Native Americans are all things hidden somewhere inside Stanley Kubrick's famous creep show The Shining. And now you can hear just about every single amazing Shining theory and idea in one documentary, Room 237. » 3/26/13 1:17pm 3/26/13 1:17pm

The Movie That Inspired 2001

Before beginning work on 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick allegedly watched virtually every space movie ever made. One of these was a half-hour documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada in 1960. Universe, directed by Roman Kroitor and Colin Low, was a highly-respected film, having received an… » 3/05/13 5:12pm 3/05/13 5:12pm

The Worst Scifi Snubs in Oscar History

It's Oscar season, so brace yourself for more snubs when it comes to science fiction movies. Speculative fiction has a crummy track record when it comes to the Academy Awards, and even when an iconic scifi flick scores Oscar nods, it tends to be ignored in everything but the technical categories (see: E.T., Star Wars » 2/18/13 2:00pm 2/18/13 2:00pm

Blood is the new black at this deranged horror-themed fashion show

Amongst all of the fashions debuting on the runways of New York fashion week, The Blonds' 2013 fall line was especially Psycho. It was also a bit of The Shining and more than a dash of asylum-chic. It was a fun, if utterly demented show, complete with shower stabbing patterns, a bloody PVC raincoat, and a fur… » 2/16/13 2:00pm 2/16/13 2:00pm