Posts Tagged ‘stanley kubrick’

Crazy Kael.

16Dec11

I began and finished A Last Conversation with Pauline Kael today. It’s a nice little book, both easygoing and short whilst retaining a decent amount of insight. It’s written in transcript form based on an interview with Kael by a close friend – another, younger critic whose first form of contact with her was a letter […]


Little White Lies magazine has a cool little tradition of reviewing films first on the basis of initial reaction, and then in retrospect. If I had the time I’d adopt a similar policy on this blog, but as it is such special treatment will have to be distributed on the basis of a combination of […]


Tom Cruise (Dr. Bill Harford), Nicole Kidman (Alice Harford). Screenplay by Frederic Raphael and Stanley Kubrick. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Rating: 18. Running time: 159 minutes. Kubrick never did make another film with a plot quite as dense, gripping and intriguing as Eyes Wide Shut. It has that special quality of being fascinating from very […]


Jack Nicholson (Jack Torrance), Shelley Duvall (Wendy Torrance), Scatman Crothers (Dick Hallorann). Screenplay by Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Rating: 18. Running time: 142 minutes. There has never been a film that uses music and cinematography quite like The Shining. The pounding screeches that make you apprehensive of forthcoming horror when […]


“Because of all the pressure over the Production Code and the Catholic Legion of Decency at the time, I believe I didn’t sufficiently dramatize the erotic aspect of Humbert’s relationship with Lolita. If I could do the film over again, I would have stressed the erotic component of their relationship with the same weight Nabokov did… […]


Based on the first half an hour of Full Metal Jacket, it’s very easy to draw comparisons with another of Kubrick’s films, A Clockwork Orange. The latter is extremely hard to watch due to its vulgarity, and the fact Full Metal Jacket begins with little dialogue other than the repetitive bellowing from military men of […]


I’m not sure whether it was rewatching A Clockwork Orange in the context of trying to figure out why it is banned in Singapore that made me feel this, but I struggled to focus on anything in the film other than its repulsively twisted main characters. Most people praise the film because of how confusingly enjoyable […]