Had to happen eventually, Tame Impala remix 2001: A Space Odyssey

Wednesday, 14 September, 2016

The video for Eventually, the latest single from Perth based band Tame Impala, consists of selected scenes from Stanley Kubrick’s 1967 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

I’m not sure what Kubrick would have made of this, or fans of 2001, for that matter, but I think it works quite well. Tame Impala aren’t called a psychedelic rock act for nothing, you know.

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The Stanley Kubrick Exhibition, San Francisco

Wednesday, 20 July, 2016

How many people would ever wonder, even for an instant, whether the tools and equipment, the papers and the books, they worked with during their lives, would ever end up as part of a museum display, or an exhibition?

I wonder if Stanley Kubrick might have had such a thought? Would he ever have envisaged The Stanley Kubrick Exhibition, currently taking place in San Francisco?

For those of us with an interest in Kubrick and his work though, the show is surely a boon, but if you’re unable to attend, this video tour of the San Francisco show, hosted by Adam Savage, will give you an idea of what it’s about.

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The influence of Stanley Kubrick in Wes Anderson’s work

Thursday, 9 June, 2016

US filmmaker Wes Anderson references Stanley Kubrick in his work far more often than I realised. Of course, Anderson’s distinct style has its own way of making his influences that much harder to detect.

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Stanley Kubrick posters remixed by Tomer Hanuka

Thursday, 16 July, 2015

Kubrick is the name of a new series of works in progress, by New York City based comic artist and illustrator Tomer Hanuka, that are based, as the name would suggest, on films made by Stanley Kubrick. Thought provoking, no?

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Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” remade… in the kitchen

Friday, 3 July, 2015

Image by Claudia Ficca, Davide Luciano

The Shining, by Stanley Kubrick, is one film I’m still yet to see.

Until that happens, I’ll have to make do with a little taste of the 1980 movie by way of these scenes, that New York City based food stylist Claudia Ficca, and photographer and filmmaker Davide Luciano, recreated by way of all manner of assorted food stuffs.

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Steven Soderbergh’s recut of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Wednesday, 21 January, 2015

US film director Steven Soderbergh, maker of the Ocean’s Eleven series of films among others, has recut 2001: A Space Odyssey. His one hundred and ten minute re-working of Stanley Kubrick’s classic came about, it seems, from a desire to cross a line.

That’s some line to cross. I’m unable to embed the video, but Soderbergh has posted it to his website here.

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Stanley Kubrick in the red

Thursday, 27 November, 2014

Red, one colour, many facets, something that late US film director Stanley Kubrick was not oblivious to.

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Is it possible to make an odyssey out of “3001: The Final Odyssey”?

Tuesday, 11 November, 2014

There’s been talk for years of a movie based on 3001: The Final Odyssey, the final installment of Arthur C. Clarke’s four book series, that in turn was based on the Stanley Kubrick directed 2001: A Space Odyssey.

At one point it was suggested Tom Hanks would have a prominent role in such a production, but that particular project was eventually shelved.

Now it looks like “3001” may yet be adapted for the screen, with the news last week that US film director Ridley Scott will be acting as executive producer for a proposed television mini series based on the book.

While ok, I didn’t find either “3001”, or the title that preceded it, 2061: Odyssey Three, to be that great, especially when compared with “2001” or even Clarke’s second novel in the series, 2010: Odyssey Two. I’ll refrain from making any comment on the film adaptation of “2010” however.

But let’s see, fingers crossed, and what have you… some adept adaptation writing might see “3001” turned into a decent screen production.

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The original soundtrack of 2001, as composed by Alex North

Wednesday, 10 September, 2014

I knew that Stanley Kubrick spent a lot of time thinking about the music for his 1968 feature 2001: A Space Odyssey, but I didn’t for a long time realise that US composer Alex North had been commissioned to write an entire sound track that Kubrick later opted not to use.

North’s composition, in its entirety, can be found here. What do you think? While, for instance, I like “Space Station Docking” by North, that would have featured during the flight to the space station, there’s no going passed Kubrick’s ultimate choice, “The Blue Danube”.

Via things magazine.

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Studying the typography of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Tuesday, 11 February, 2014

Dave Addey scrutinises the use of typography in 2001: A Space Odyssey, and turns up a whole stack of details I hadn’t really given much thought to previously, including the way Stanley Kubrick set out the film’s title card:

[The] title card is set in Gill Sans, one of the all-time classic sans-serif fonts. Perhaps surprisingly, the zeroes in “2001” appear to be set with the Gill Sans capital letter O, rather than its zero character.

By the looks of it, this is the first in series of articles that Addey will be writing on the use of typography in science fiction movies.

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