Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey stands as one of the greatest sci-fi films ever made. I wouldn’t say it’s an entertaining film, but it’s intellectually fulfilling and worthy of endless discussion. Adding to that discussion is Jerome Agel‘s rare, out-of-print book The Making of Kubrick’s 2001. Scanned and put online by Cinephilia and Beyond, the book contains [per The Playlist] “the original Arthur C. Clarke short story “The Sentinel” that inspired the movie, a rare Kubrick interview with Playboy magazine, reviews, a massive photo insert, plus insights from all kinds of people that worked on the movie.” Scrolling through the pages makes me wish I could own the book, but this is certainly the next best thing.
Hit the jump to check out The Making of Kubrick’s 2001.
Today only, Amazon is offering 22 movies you can download to own for $5 each in HD, and $4 each in SD. Per Amazon, “Purchased videos will be stored in Your Video Library where you can access them whenever you want; watch on your PC, Kindle Fire, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or more than 300 HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and set-top devices.” Hit the jump for the list of films (which includes titles such as The Dark Knight, Casablanca, The Goonies, 300, The Town, The Departed, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Matrix) or click here for the full list on Amazon.
In case you hadn’t heard, we now have a new “Greatest Film of All Time.” Every 10 years, BFI’s Sight & Sound magazine polls a number of film experts to come up with a definitive list of the greatest films of all time. These experts include critics, academics, writers, and programmers, and this year 846 such people participated in the poll. Citizen Kane has topped the list every time since 1962, but this year Alfred Hitchcock’s masterful Vertigo overtook Orson Wells’ opus to be named the new “Greatest Film of All Time.”
Sight & Sound also conducts a poll of filmmakers, and this year 358 directors (including the likes of Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Edgar Wright) yielded a significantly different Top 10 list with Yasujiro Ozu’s 1953 pic Tokyo Story taking the top spot. Though lists of this sort are by definition subjective, these Top 10s are worth perusing and act as a great guide for film fans looking to deepen their cinematic palate. Hit the jump to take a look at both lists.
In last week’s “Top 5″ I spent the opening paragraph musing about my anticipation for Steven Soderbergh‘s Haywire. I also promised the readers a quick “Before & After” discussion this week which would address whether or not the pic lived up to my expectations. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but said discussion will have to be postponed. I know, I know, I’m disappointed too. Fear not, though, I’m slated to check out the film tonight which means that I’ll be able to deliver on my promise, albeit a week late. In the meantime…
…This week’s “Top 5″ installment brings you interviews with the cast of Underworld: Awakening and the aforementioned Haywire, a gallery of recent films in retro poster form, an ultra-disturbing Rugrats live-action trailer, and all of our Sundance 2012 coverage to date. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.
Classic films are getting remade left and right, but what if it went the other way? What if our original films of recent years were thrown back to an earlier era? Who would star? Who would direct? What would the poster look like? Artist Peter Stults ran with that idea and came up with some wonderfully creative and thoughtful posters based on recent movies. I’m not sure if I see Leonard Nimoy as John McClane, but I can absolutely see James Dean starring in a 1950s version of Drive.
Hit the jump to check out some of the posters.
We’ve showcased some of the amazing screenprints by artist David O’Daniel in the past and now he’s released a whole new batch to drain your wallet. There’s a King Kong 3-poster set that’s limited to an edition of 300 and costs $60. Each poster in the set measures 18 x 24 inches. There are 250 posters for 2001: A Space Odyssey. The posters for True Grit (2010), Jaws, Bullitt, and Vertigo are each limited to an edition of 200. The posters for Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Searchers, Il Fuoco, and North by Northwest are limited to an edition of 150. There are only 75 posters for The Great White Silence. All of the posters measure 18 x 24 inches except for Il Fuoco (19 x 25) and The Searchers (26 x 17). Except for King Kong, the posters cost $35 each plus $9 shipping U.S. and $15 shipping international (it’s a flat shipping cost no matter how many posters you buy).
Once again, I can vouch for these. I’ve bought four posters in the past from Mr. O’Daniel and I’m about purchase the one for North by Northwest. Hit the jump to check out all the posters.
The geniuses at Last Exit to Nowhere have done it again with a new shirt promoting the HAL 9000 Logic Memory Systems from Urbana, Illinois (also 2001: A Space Odyssey). It’s a great company. Yes, their computer may try to kill you. However, it’s highly advanced in that it can read lips, has the voice of Douglas Rain, and can sing “Daisy Bell.” I bet your iPad can’t do that (yet).
Click here to buy the shirt.