2001 - A Space Odyssey:
The monoliths have been watching us. They gave us the evolutionary kick in the pants we needed to survive at the Dawn of Time. In 1999, we discovered a second monolith on the moon.. Now, in the year 2001, the S.S. Discovery and its crew, Captains Dave Bowman and Frank Poole, and their onboard computer, HAL-9000, must discover what alien force is watching us...
A Clockwork Orange:
Stomping, whomping, stealing, singing, tap dancing, violating. Derby topped teddy boy hooligan Alex has his own way of having a good time. He has it at the tragic expense of others. Alex's journey from amoral punk to brainwashed proper citizen forms the dynamic arc of Stanley Kubrick's future shock vision of Anthony Burgess' novel. Unforgettable images startling musical counterpoints, the fascinating language used by Alex and his pals Kubrick shapes them into a shattering whole. Hugely controversial when first released, A Clockwork Orange won the New York Film Critics Best Picture and Director honors and earned four Academy Award nominations, including best picture. The power of its art is such that it still entices, shocks and holds us in its grasp.
Think of the greatest terror imaginable. Is it a monstrous alien.A lethal epidemic.Or, as in this harrowing masterpiece from Stanley Kubrick, is it fear of murder by someone who should love and protect you a member of your own family.From a script he co-adapted from the Stephen King novel, Kubrick melds vivid performances, menacing settings, dreamlike tracking shots and shock after shock into a milestone of the macabre. In a signature role, Jack Nicholson (Heeeere's Johnny) plays Jack Torrance, who's come to the elegant, isolated Overlook Hotel as off season caretaker with his wife (Shelley Duvall) and son (Danny Lloyd). Torrance has never been there before or has he? The answer lies in a ghostly time warp of madness and murder.
Full Metal Jacket:
A superb ensemble cast falls in for action in Stanley Kubrick's brilliant saga about the Vietnam War and the dehumanizing process that turns people into trained killers. Joker, Animal Mother, Gomer, Eightball, Cowboy and more all are plunged into a boot camp hell pitbulled by a leatherlung D.I. (Lee Ermey) who views the would be devil dogs as grunts, maggots or something less. The action is savage, the story unsparing, the dialogue spiked with scathing humor. Full Metal Jacket, from its rigors of basic training to its nightmare of combat in Hue City, scores a cinematic direct hit.
Eyes Wide Shut:
Tom Cruise plays Dr. William Hartford, who plunges into an erotic foray that threatens his marriage and may even ensnare him in a jurid murder mystery after his wife's (Nicole Kidman) admission of sexual longings. As the story sweeps from doubt and fear to self discovery and reconciliation, Kubrick orchestrates it with masterful flourishes. Graceful tracking shots, controlled pacing, rich colors, starting images bravura traits that make Kubrick a filmmaker for the ages are here to keep everyone's eyes wide open.