Via BrowBeat, a supercut of shots from Stanley Kubrick’s films, highlighting the vanishing-point composition that recurrs in them all.
Watch it in full-screen mode.◼
Via io9: An educated/hilarious guess as to how the trailer for 2001: A Space Odyssey would look if the film were released in 2012. (Maybe turn down the volume before hitting “play”—this gets loud.)
If you’ve familiar enough with the actual film (Or maybe too familiar? Nah.) the real fun of this is noticing which individual images are crammed into rapid-fire, action-y montages.◼
So last night a tiny fraction of the population of a not-very-populous but otherwise unobjectionable Midwestern state demonstrated they’ve never Googled Rick Santorum. Or maybe that they’d rather vote for a hateful, race-baiting asshole than a Mormon. One state down, forty-nine to go.
So here’s a nice animation of imagery from my favorite movie ever, to help take the edge off. In the grand scheme of cosmic history, the Iowa caucuses are much less stressful.
Via io9: Douglas Trumbull, who supervised special effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey, is working on the definitive documentary about the making of the ground-breaking science fiction film. I can’t wait to see this.
Mike D’Angelo of the AV Club, on 2001: A Space Odyssey, pretty much my favorite movie ever:
What makes the human beings in 2001 seem a bit less than fully human isn’t just the nature of the performances—it’s that every interaction among them is completely functional. We’re seeing people say and do whatever is required to achieve their objective at that particular moment, and nothing more. HAL, by contrast, demonstrates what we all recognize as neurosis. And while it’s mostly implied by his behavior, it does have one explicit manifestation: that refusal to answer Dullea’s summons for 43 seconds, followed by capitulation when it becomes clear that Dullea isn’t gonna shut up. That’s so human, it almost hurts.