By Anthony Lopez |Staff Writer|
It’s been a little more than 13 years since the great filmmaker, screenwriter and producer Stanley Kubrick passed away, leaving us with 13 outstanding feature films to remember him by.
Yet, the amazing thing is that his films have found a way to remain relevant and entertaining.
To coincide with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) installing a new exhibition of the artwork of Mr. Kubrick until June 30, 2013, the Coyote Chronicle is counting down his greatest films.
5. “Full Metal Jacket.” Released in 1987, this film gave an in-depth and dark analysis of war through the perspective of a solider, James “Joker” Davis. Joker and his platoon encounter the horrors of the Vietnam War, from the torment of boot camp through the taunts of a sadistic drill sergeant played by R. Lee Ermey, to the terror of combat with sniper fire from an abandoned building. Kubrick proves through this film that war is hell.
4. “The Shining” came out in 1980 as an adaption of a Stephen King novel. Featuring an incredible performance from Jack Nicholson, it has proved to be one of the greatest films within the horror genre. It can still strike terror in the hearts of people; the techniques that Kubrick implements puts the viewer in the perspective of a scared and confused child (Danny Lloyd) who has just begun to realize his special telepathic gift.
3. In 1968, Kubrick produced the visual masterpiece, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” placing the viewer on a visual thrill ride during the height of the space race. The film has been known to put people off with open interpretations, but whatever you may draw from this movie, one thing is clear: you are bearing witness to the artful talent of Kubrick.
2. “Path of Glory” (1957) is often forgotten among Kubrick’s other works, but this film was his first international success, with the great Kirk Douglas in its starring role. To receive a great sense of depth, he used the camera dynamically by tracking each scene. Who can forget the last scene: the preening head officers unjustly executing three decent infantrymen, while the rest of Douglas’ unit is given some last minute entertainment before returning to the front where more bloody and pointless battles await them?
1. “Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” was released in 1964 and was a brilliant political satire about the madness of the Cold War. Peter Sellers stars in three different roles, yet the brilliance comes from his unforgettable script and the beautiful cinematography. Lines such as, “There is no fighting in the War Room,” never cease to cause laughter.
Kubrick said in his acceptance of the D.W. Griffith Lifetime Achievement award in 1997 that, “I have never been certain that whether the moral of the Icarus story should only be, as is generally accepted, ‘don’t try to fly too high’ or whether it might be also thought as ‘forget the wax and feathers and do a better part on the wings.'”
That was what made Kubrick one of the greatest directors, screenwriters and producers in history throughout his career: he always focused on the wings.