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Does ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Deserve a Second Chance?

2001 A Space OdysseyIn their weekly chat about the greatest movies ever made, Landon and Cole discussed Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Here’s each of their first impressions on the film:

Landon: “I had never seen anything like it. It opened my eyes up to the possibilities of what cinema can do. So yes, 2001 forced me into loving movies. I had no choice. That bastard.”

Cole: “For me, 2001 was garbage when I saw it in high school. It was the easy emptiness that can trick people into thinking it’s brilliant. […] but after seeing it again with adult eyes, everything just snapped into place. It also helped that I learned some patience through other movies.”

‘The Poseidon Adventure’ Vs. ‘Titanic’


In his Over/Under column, Nathan compared the sinking ship movies The Poseidon Adventure and Titanic, calling the former overrated and the latter underrated. From the argument on why James Cameron‘s historical disaster film deserves more praise:

“Sure, The Poseidon Adventure is known for its upside down sets, and maybe with good reason, but if we’re going to start throwing around praise for set building, then Titanic has to be at the top of the list of films deserving of some verbal affection. The sets here are huge, elaborate, and so much more expansive than the ones in Poseidon. That film has the one ballroom set, sure, but watching Titanic really gives you a sense of the geography of the ship and how everything actually looked—instructing as well as providing impressively large spaces. The movie completely immerses you in the world of the ship, and only relies on generic service tunnels as sets in the few scenes where it’s appropriate.”


The Secret Ingredients of 3 Great Films

Apocalypse Now

Cole looked at some factors that contributed to the greatness of the films Citizen Kane, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Apocalypse Now, to prove that simply watching movies is not enough of an education. One must dig deeper. Here’s a sample of one of these:

“The secret to Apocalypse Now, if there is one, is to just keep going. Even if it takes three years from cameras rolling to release. Even if millions of your own dollars are on the line. Even if the government keeps taking back your helicopters to curb a rebellion.

“The litany of things that went wrong with that production would make Murphy weep, but Francis Ford Coppola eventually delivered a masterpiece of filmmaking for United Artists.”

The 10 Worst Real Estate Listings Cinema Has to Offer


The haunted house film Sinister opens on Friday, so in anticipation of that, Kevin put together some real estate listings for some of our favorite horror locations, including the homes in A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Amityville Horror, Poltergeist and Casper. From his intro:

“Movies have also taught us to ask what might be considered bizarre questions when deciding on a new place to live. Has anyone been killed with a nail gun in the living room? Does there happen to be a gateway to hell in the basement? How many former tenants have gone completely bat-shit crazy and murdered their entire families? (Note: if the answer is more than zero, you might want to reconsider renting or purchasing this home.)”

The Strange Roles of Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy in BronsonCole looked through the roles of The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy for seemingly no other reason than the guy is awesome (the guy can refer to either Cole or Hardy). The actor also got some casting news this week (see below), so there’s some relevancy if you need it. From the bit on the title role in Bronson:

“This right here was his sick-minded shining moment. Nicholas Winding Refn‘s violent tone poem of a biopic was effectively Hardy grabbing audiences by the ears, punching them in the throat and leaving his name imprinted where their windpipe used to be. He ripped the phrase “tour de force” down from its pedestal and stomped on it for good measure.”

Additional reading: Tom Hardy Might Tackle Another Physically Demanding Role: Scaling Doug Liman’s ‘Everest’

Rather than a reject, Christopher Campbell is a film school dropout. But he has since gotten a master’s degree in cinema studies and has been blogging about movies since 2005. Earlier, he reviewed films for a zine (a what?) that you could buy at Tower Records (a what?). He is married with two children.

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