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Kubrick in Reverse: The Earthly Pull of GRAVITY

Far from being a mere homage to Kubrick's "2001," Cuarón's "Gravity" offers an ingenious and moving revision and critique of its predecessor, one that begins in the stars but returns us to our own earthly soil.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • October 9, 2013 9:45 AM
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Sell Out the Hallway—Room 237 and the Stakes of Found Footage

"Room 237" bears a strong anti-intellectual impulse, more geared towards ramping up the spectacular weirdness of its interviewees than towards taking their ideas seriously.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • April 11, 2013 8:35 AM
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ROOM 237 and the Attack of the Id Critic

"Room 237" is the first great comedy about film criticism. Or maybe it’s the first great horror-comedy. Or maybe I’m reading too much into it.
  • By Robert Greene
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  • April 9, 2013 8:35 AM
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Raised in Fear: The Shining as R-Rated Christmas Ghost Story

Stanley Kubrick’s "The Shining" is not generally considered a family picture, but it is certainly one of the most brutally honest films ever made about the nature of family relationships. I discovered this when seeing the film for the first time with my father when I was fourteen.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • December 20, 2012 8:31 AM
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Raised in Fear: Obsolete Technology, Retro-Futurism, Ultra-Violence, and Stanley Kubrick

I have always been drawn to visions of the future, but little did I know what brutal images were held on the Beta videocassette of Stanley Kubrick’s "A Clockwork Orange" I rented at the tender age of ten.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • December 11, 2012 8:34 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: 2001/The Dawn of Blood

Paul Thomas Anderson is a director who wears his cinematic influences on his sleeve.
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • April 4, 2012 8:36 AM
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  • 4 Comments

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