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Best of Kubrick

P. Shamdasani
 
The Shining
The Shining
"Kubrick does horror - King hates it, and rumors still fly about the arduous schedule. But you've got to admit, didn't you feel like killing Shelley Duvall as well? The very peak of Kubrick's art, melding auterism and commercialism."
Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Special Edition)
Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Special Edition)
"Kubrick does satire - a frighteningly hilarious journey into the quite possible, with probably one of the best titles ever. Seems eerily familiar in the times we live in."
A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange
"Kubrick does sci-fi satire - a very inspired and darkly hilarious adaptation, despite being nowhere near as good as the book. Along with The Warriors, a holy grail to every new generation of 15-year olds."
Eyes Wide Shut (R-Rated Edition)
Eyes Wide Shut (R-Rated Edition)
"Kubrick does porn - the hype killed it, but the wonderful cinematography and layers-upon-layers of subtext allow for multiple avenues of interpretation. His most underrated picture."
Barry Lyndon
Barry Lyndon
"Kubrick does period drama - a visually-stunning masterpiece to those who can embrace the length, mind-numbingly boring to those who can't. From his classic era - don't let the genre turn you off."
Paths of Glory
Paths of Glory
"Kubrick does anti-war - the first signs of stylistic greatness. A bitter portrayal of war corruption at its very worst, capped by one of the bleakest endings ever filmed. An early great."
2001 - A Space Odyssey
2001 - A Space Odyssey
"Kubrick does sci-fi - a revolutionary film that placed him on the genius map. Considerably dated IMHO, the final third is still more hallucinatory than anything since created - try synching it with Pink Floyd's "Echoes"."
Full Metal Jacket
Full Metal Jacket
"Kubrick does Vietnam - the first half is amazing, while it somewhat falters in the second. But there was never before and will never be a stronger message on the irony of war - nor a drill instructor like R. Lee Ermey."
The Killing
The Killing
"Kubrick does film-noir - a rarely seen foray into the classic genre, with pulp author Jim Thompson at his side. An obvious precursor to Tarantino's jumbled timelines, despite the 'Hollywood' ending."
Lolita
Lolita
"Kubrick does romance - a failed Nabakov adaptation (despite Nabakov writing the script). The most aged of all his films, with poor pacing and a lack of modern-day controversy."
Spartacus (The Criterion Collection)
Spartacus (The Criterion Collection)
"Kubrick does sword-and-sandal - primarily Douglas' film, spawning a slew of cheap knock-off's for decades on. But the only film that Kubrick disowned."
One-Eyed Jacks
One-Eyed Jacks
"Kubrick does western - not really a Kubrick film, but has his set-up (actors, writer etc.) before Brando's ego got the better. Still a great film without his direction."
Killer's Kiss
Killer's Kiss
"Kubrick's first -  easily his worst pictures, but still better than most B&W excercises put out in its time."