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Love it


Loathe it ?

Mon Feb 16, 2009 12:35 am
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I enjoy it but its really overdone. It wasn't a bad film for Kubrick to go out on though.

Mon Feb 16, 2009 12:38 am
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"Eyes Wide Shut" suffered from mistaken expectations when it was released, since it was promoted as if it was an episode of "The Red Shoe Diaries with Tom and Nicole". Like all of Kubrick's movies, though, its reputation has improved as time goes on (and with Cruise's recent off-screen adventures, its plot might have a new layer of resonance)

Mon Feb 16, 2009 1:12 am
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Directed by anyone else - a great film for them
By Kubrick - solid but not one of his best
As has been mentioned - when you're Stanley Kubrick and only make one film every so often, expectations are quite high :-)

Mon Feb 16, 2009 1:26 am
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i love it.
when i saw it the first time, i was never able to predict where the story would go.
so mind bending!

Mon Feb 16, 2009 1:30 am
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Love it, for sure, and have loved it since it opened! I think, like most of Kubrick's films, you have to have an attention span that hasn't been mauled by modern cinema to appreciate the experience the first time. In the summer of 1999...Phantom Menace summer, no less...I could see why many thought it felt leaden and flat. Typically, though, once people give them a second or third chance, they begin to appreciate his work much more deeply.

Mon Feb 16, 2009 2:05 am
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So OK, where would you rank Eyes Wide Shut in the pantheon of Kubrick?

Lets' assume for a moment that there are three types of Kubrick

His masterpieces
The excellent
The rest

Where does this one sit?


Mon Feb 16, 2009 2:22 am
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It's not as good as "2001", "Dr. Strangelove", "A Clockwork Orange", "Paths of Glory", "The Killing" (Kubrick's "masterpieces" for me), or "Full Metal Jacket", but better than "Lolita", "Barry Lyndon", "The Shining", and the rest, so I'd put "Eyes Wide Shut" in the "excellent film" category.

Mon Feb 16, 2009 2:42 am
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I would find it hard to rank EWS among 2001, Strangelove, etc, but it's one of my favorite films of his, and I've probably seen it more than any other Kubrick

Mon Feb 16, 2009 3:26 am
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I think it's excellent and it improves on each viewing for me. There's quite a bit of subtlety that you don't pick up on in the first viewing, so it's interesting to spot them multiple times.

As for where I would place it, I think it's #3 behind 2001 and A Clockwork Orange.

Interestingly enough, I e-mailed Mr Berardinelli just over a year when the un-censored version of Eyes Wide Shut was released on Region 1 asking if he would re-review seeing as his reason for giving it 3.5 was the tacky censorship in the orgy scene. He replied back, saying "maybe."

Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:36 am
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I would have to say that Eyes Wide Shut is probably my second favourate Kubrick, behind Dr Strangelove. Like alot of his films it seemed to be completely misunderstood upon release, people seemed to expect A-list porn and were given a movie that is as much about sex as The Shining is about a haunted house (well, hotel.) Perhaps if Kubrick hadn't died it would of been marketed differently, I don't know how much influence he would of had in that regard but in my opinion it was the perfect note for him to bow out on and atleast now it seems that people are beginning to appreciate it for the masterpiece that it was.

Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:44 am
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No where NEAR as good as Shining, Barry Lyndon, or of course any of his other masterpieces. I would actually put Eyes Wide Shut at the bottom of Kubrick's pile, which with Kubrick, does not mean it's a bad movie. Just not as good as his others. Well, better perhaps than The Killing or Lolita, but that's about it.

Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:58 am
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It's a really good mood film. But as a movie that actually has a plot and stuff like that, not so much but I do give it an 8/10 for the strong mood throughout.

Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:40 am
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Yeah I loved the all night quirky feel of the movie.I love most of kubrick's movies and rank it very highly even among them...Its just that some movies grab hold of you and stick forever.I wanna start my own orgy cult...it'll be so cool

Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:58 am
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Not one of Kubrick's best, but I love it nevertheless because it so obviously IS a Kubrick movie.

Mon Feb 16, 2009 12:20 pm
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I am slightly curious as to why some people have such negative opinions on the film, but not neccesarily others from Kubricks ouvere. For me, it was as beautifully shot as any of Kubricks films, even Barry Lyndon which is utterly breathtaking, and something I cannot wait to see in HD. Each scene is framed and paced perfectly, the signature 'Kubrickian' shots, such as the reverse zoom and continual tracking shot are implemented in my opinion as effectively here as anywhere else and elevate scenes that in any other directors hands would be inconsequential to being utterly compelling.

For example, the tracking shot of Bill walking down the street before he is confronted by the gang of students who push him into a car. Everything from the pacing, framing and score all create a gradually building tension that perfectly relates the internal crisis Bill is undergoing in this very scene, a crisis of sexuality and of his masculinity. It is the perfect build to the externalisation of this crisis that occurs immediately following when the students hurl homophobic abuse at him and taunt him for being short. It is subtle but nevertheless powerful scenes such as this that for me, put Eyes Wide Shut on a par with any of Kubricks other movies.

I was wondering why some people loathe, or are just indifferent to this movie but yet love the likes of Barry Lyndon, when the too are, in my opinion at least, very similar.

Mon Feb 16, 2009 12:25 pm
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Eyes Wide Shut is a terrific film. 2001: A Space Odyssey will always be my favorite Kubrick film, but beyond that, I don't see any point in attempting to tier them. There's a right time for any one of them.

Kubrick has a way of cutting to the bone of any human experience you can think of, like a surgeon. Eyes Wide Shut is palpable jealousy and paranoia smeared on the movie screen.

Mon Feb 16, 2009 3:22 pm
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kwiatal wrote:
It's not as good as "2001", "Dr. Strangelove", "A Clockwork Orange", "Paths of Glory", "The Killing" (Kubrick's "masterpieces" for me), or "Full Metal Jacket", but better than "Lolita", "Barry Lyndon", "The Shining", and the rest, so I'd put "Eyes Wide Shut" in the "excellent film" category.

Hi Kwiatal

Here's mine. That said, i really like even lesser Kubrick
Masterpieces - 2001, Strangelove, Clockwork Orange and Paths of Glory
Excellent - The Killing, Spartacus, The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut,
Lesser - Killers Kiss, Lolita, Barry Lyndon


Mon Feb 16, 2009 3:51 pm
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Masterpieces - Clockwork Orange, Strangelove, 2001, The Shining, Paths of Glory, The Killing
Excellent - Eyes Wide Shut, Lolita
Lesser - Full Metal Jacket

And, sad to say, I've never seen Spartacus, Barry Lyndon, Fear and Desire, or Killer's Kiss.

Finally, I would be very interested to see how Kubrick would have ended A.I....


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Mon Feb 16, 2009 6:25 pm
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Masterpieces - Dr. Strangelove, Shining
Excellent - Spartacus, Eyes Wide Shut, Paths of Glory
Lesser - Full Metal Jacket, Clockwork Orange

And I haven't seen Fear and Desire, The Killing, Lolita, 2001 or Barry Lyndon

Mon Feb 16, 2009 6:30 pm
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