Listen to Stanley Kubrick explain the ending of 2001: A Space Odyssey, if you dare

Few artists are interested in articulating the meanings of their works. To paraphrase David Lynch, many ideas manifest onscreen because they couldn’t be articulated in words. Still, that hasn’t stopped the masses from hounding the likes of Lynch for clear-cut explanations, an experience to which enigmatic filmmaker…

2001's Star Child is still out there, looking weird

Among the countless striking visuals in Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey—the towering monolith, the space ballet, the staring red light of the HAL 9000—there are few as baffling as the “star baby” that pops up in the movie’s closing moments. Goggle-eyed, mysterious, and full of strange…

Stanley Kubrick’s right-hand man takes the spotlight in Filmworker

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Among the eccentric secondary characters of film history, few are as puzzling as Leon Vitali, the English actor who left behind his career to become a personal assistant of director Stanley Kubrick. Filmworker (as opposed to “filmmaker”), the title of Tony Zierra’s documentary about Vitali, was his preferred term for…

A supposedly never-before-seen cut of The Shining is going up for auction

According to Bloody Disgusting, an Italian auction website is going to be selling off a bunch of items once owned by Stanley Kubrick’s longtime assistant Emilio D’Alessandro, including the corduroy jacket worn by Jack Nicholson in The Shining, a bunch of props from Full Metal Jacket, and—perhaps most interestingly—a…

A documentary that will try to explain Eyes Wide Shut is in the works

Stanley Kubrick movies are usually widely beloved and critically acclaimed, but they’re also occasionally weird and confusing. Eyes Wide Shut in particular is famously weird and confusing, and now filmmaker Tony Zierra—the director behind Filmworker, which is about Kubrick’s assistant Leon Vitali—has told Variety that…

Let’s scrape together The Shining epilogue that Stanley Kubrick destroyed

Stephen King is brilliant, but he’s also sometimes wrong. For years, the prolific horror author has asserted that Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of The Shining is not just a bad adaptation but also a bad movie, “a Cadillac with no engine in it” that “you can’t do anything with… except admire it as sculpture.”…

This Kubrick-Lynch mashup is the stuff of nightmares

Have you ever thought, “I wish The Shining was weirder, scarier, and more intense—and also had more synthesizers”? We can’t imagine many have, but in case your nightmares aren’t visceral enough, a video from Richard Vezina envisions what The Shining would look like had another auteur, David Lynch, directed it instead…

Watch this selection of perfectly constructed film scenes

There may never be a “perfect movie,” but there can be perfect moments within movies. YouTuber Jim Casey has taken the time to collect and organize some fine examples of such moments, and he’s turned them into a stirring, inspirational two-part series called “The Most Beautiful Shots In Movie History.” This is an…

Midnight, the stars, and Pence: Did The Shining predict Trump’s win?

Yesterday, Mike Pence got the House Republicans together to figure out how one of those darn “selfie sticks” work. The result was a selfie of unmitigated terror: a sea of old, pasty faces, like some sort of chorus of the damned, frozen and oblivious. It immediately drew connections with Paul Ryan’s similarly forced…

2001’s HAL and Her’s Samantha would have made a cute couple

In a way, HAL-9000, the sentient computer from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Samantha, the hyper-advanced operating system from Spike Jonze’s Her, have a great deal in common. They are both examples of artificial intelligence that far exceeded their makers’ loftiest expectations. Though inorganic, they…

Watch all of Stanley Kubrick’s favorite movies get paired with the posters they inspired

It’s always tempting to look back at the tastes of the masters, to see which art inspired the art that now inspires us. If we’re talking about movies, that often means Stanley Kubrick, who not only devoted his life to making movies, but to watching them as well. There are a couple of different lists of Kubrick’s…