Brandon’s Top 5 Stanley Kubrick Films

I couldn't think of anything to write until 6am this morning when I got a text from a co-worker who had never seen Dr. Strangelove. I then proceeded to rip him a new one before grilling him on his knowledge of Kubrick films. This article is inspired by my rant this morning. Have fun.

5. Full Metal Jacket

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            R. Lee Ermy made this film as great as it is, and without him, I don’t think the film would have been as good as it was. Ermy came up with 150 pages of insults by himself to prepare for the role. The opening scene really set the tone for this film, and the casting of Matthew Modine as, Pvt. ‘Joker’ Davis was brilliant. Originally they wanted to kill-off Pvt. Joker, but that didn’t happen and there was a scene cut from the film where Animal Mother decapitates a sniper.  

           

4. Lolita

            This film is awkward, but I enjoy how it makes me cringe. Lolita is based off of a book by Vladimir Nabokov about a middle-aged man who succumbs to his feelings for a 12-year-old girl. Kinda creepy plot right? Well, 800 actresses auditioned for the role of Lolita, and Kubrick received many letters from parents saying, “My Daughter really is Lolita.” Obviously, everyone thought their daughter was a precocious little femme fatal in the early 60’s … There’s also an unintentional Kubrick cameo in the beginning when Humbert is opening the door where you can see Kubrick walking out of the shot.

 

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           3. A Clockwork Orange

I really enjoy the awful quirks in this film. It’s set up to be a coming of age tale for a troubled youth who goes through hell only to come out on the other side not being able to stomach Beethoven’s 9th symphony. There’s violence, struggle, and more violence. Even though Kubrick didn’t originally want to make this film, he sure did knock it out of the park. 

           

2. Dr. Strangelove

            “There’s no fighting in the war room!” Dr. Strangelove: Or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is one of my favorite satires of all time. The film was released in 1964 at the height of the cold war, and it does it justice. It highlights the themes of the cold war while also picking at how dumb and fragile the situation was as a whole.  

           

2001 A Space Odyssey 

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            2001 is by far one of the prettiest films I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s also compelling. There are a few fun facts about this film I’d like to take the time to share. The first fun fact is that there is no dialogue in the first 25 minutes or the last 23 minutes of the film, and the second is that the footage shot during production was roughly 200 times longer than the final cut of the film.