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Thoughts on 2001: A space odyssey?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Jamerman, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. Jamerman

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    It's strange, I like the movies inspired by this one (Eg: Alien, Star Wars) but I don't like 2001. I like slower paced films (The godfather) and music, so I can't really understand why I don't like this :p

    So what do you people think?
  2. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Supporting Member

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    It was visually unique at the time. You have to either remember or understand that back then theatre's screens were up to 5 times bigger than. Current multiplex screens. The film doesn't translate well to a smaller screen.
  3. bass geetarist

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    I like the movie, but, to be honest, I don't think it did a good job of conveying the full meaning of the novel. It was very "trippy" and cool, but after reading the book (which is one of my fav books), I was like "ohhhhh, that's what that scene meant".
  4. bkbirge

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    Alien and Star Wars are about as far outside of 2001 as you could get and still be in the same genre. Could be you just don't like that style.
  5. Selta

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    Like the movie, but I think the novel is better. Same with 2010.
  6. Selta

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    +1. I actually don't think that you can draw very many parallels between these movies.
  7. nukes_da_bass

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    Also keep in mind it was directed by Kubrick- a genius and artist who seldom if ever repeated a directorial "style". Kubrick likely.found the.chalenge of taking A CC's novel to the big screen as fun. Historically, great Sci Fi novels make awful films just for the record.
  8. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

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    It helps that the book was written after the film, rather than first.

    This gave Clarke an opportunity to explain some things that we (me included...) might have not 'got' just from the cinematic experience...
  9. SunnBass

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    +1
    Truly genius.
    2001 and The Shining are my top two movies of all time.
  10. LSquared

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    So it's not just me?
    I was 14 or 15 when I first saw it, probably didn't read the book until 10 years later.
  11. madrob

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    It's a brilliant movie on so many levels:
    - special effects still hold up very well even after 46 years
    - grand scope from the birth of man to exploring space and finding what some interpret as god
    - the physics of the space stuff is very accurate
    - cinematography/composition is stunning
    - soundtrack works perfectly with the movie

    I just watched it on my 60" plasma last week. I had not seen it in decades and I love it even more now.
  12. bass geetarist

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    Funny, I remember differently. In the forward to 2001, I believe Clarke said that he and Kubrick worked on the story together, but that Clarke was ultimately the writer of the novel (it certainly fits his style). I think the book and the movie were written at the same time, although the book was released slightly later.
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    Sooooo sllooooowwww. I don't mind slow-paced films, but 2001 was too much for me.
  14. DigMe

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    Yeah, read the book first.
  15. ArtechnikA

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    Perhaps I should have said 'released.'
    In any case - there was the opportunity for Clarke to expand and clarify some elements that were at best ambiguous in the film. As a collaboration, Clarke was well-placed to see what was going to be hard to convey just with imagery.
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    I saw it twenty years ago on a giant screen in an old movie theater (midnight showing). I sat just close enough so the width of the screen matched my field of vision. I was stoned. I was a teenager. It was a masterpiece.
  17. Unrepresented

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    Absolutely lacking in historical accuracy.
  18. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration Supporting Member

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    +1
    Haven't watched it in many, many years. Gotta do it.
  19. elgecko

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    :eek:

    Are you nuts? HAL can hear you!

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  20. slobake

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    When I saw the thread title this is the first thing I thought of:

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    One of my favorite Mad magazine movie parodies.

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