Tag Archives: Stanley Kubrick

My 12 Favorite Horror Movies

Halloween is coming, and the dead shall rise from their graves. At least on a TV screen near you. We are awash in lists of the greatest horror movies ever made, and everybody’s trying to come up with a twist of their own. Well, I decided to just list my 12 favorites, a bunch of … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Horror Movies

Full Metal Jacket

BORN TO KILL.  In 1967, a group of young men arrive at Parris Island, South Carolina for basic training, among them James Davis (Matthew Modine) who quickly gets a nickname, “Joker”… Stanley Kubrick’s first project in seven years is an antiwar movie, which he has done (even better) before. This one is divided into two … Continue reading Full Metal Jacket

Eyes Wide Shut

After attending a Christmas party that results in an argument with his wife (Nicole Kidman), New York doctor Bill Harford (Tom Cruise) leaves their apartment and is ultimately tempted to go to a mysterious engagement at a country mansion… Stanley Kubrick’s last movie became his biggest commercial hit because of the leads’ star charisma and … Continue reading Eyes Wide Shut

6 Essential World War I Films

In 2010, Peter Jackson delivered a list to Total Film of his six favorite WWI movies. Gallipoli (1981) was one of them and Jackson wrote the following: The film has some historic flaws – the climatic Lighthorse charge on the Nek at Gallipoli on August 1915 was not doomed because the ‘British were drinking tea on … Continue reading 6 Essential World War I Films

Stephen King and the Future of 11/22/63

Recently, I finished reading Stephen King’s time-traveling nostalgia piece “11/22/63”, only a few days after the 49th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The 849-page paperback edition left me in awe of King’s storytelling gifts, in spite of the fact that his melodramatic tricks felt more than obvious, as the leading character (a … Continue reading Stephen King and the Future of 11/22/63

Clockwork Orange: Hanging With Your Droogs

BEING THE ADVENTURES OF A YOUNG MAN… WHO COULDN’T RESIST PRETTY GIRLS… OR A BIT OF THE OLD ULTRA-VIOLENCE… WENT TO JAIL, WAS RE-CONDITIONED… AND CAME OUT A DIFFERENT YOUNG MAN… OR WAS HE?   Author Anthony Burgess allegedly complained that this film adaptation of his novel became so talked-about that it overshadowed everything else … Continue reading Clockwork Orange: Hanging With Your Droogs

Dr. Strangelove: Bombs Away!

THE HOT-LINE SUSPENSE COMEDY.   When Stanley Kubrick decided to turn Peter George’s Cold War novel “Red Alert” into a movie, he must have thought the material was too outrageous to be taken seriously. He started writing the script, but brought Terry Southern into the procedure to emphasize what might be funny about the doomsday … Continue reading Dr. Strangelove: Bombs Away!

Spartacus: Looking For Freedom

MORE TITANIC THAN ANY STORY EVER TOLD! This is a story about freedom. Our hero was born without it and died without it. It is easy to see what Dalton Trumbo saw in the titular character in Howard Fast’s novel. Trumbo’s own freedom was taken away from him when he was blacklisted during the dark … Continue reading Spartacus: Looking For Freedom