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Stanley Kubrick's Best "Lesser" Film 

Kubrick's Best of the Rest
1999 Eyes Wide Shut 19%  19%  [ 5 ]
1987 Full Metal Jacket 8%  8%  [ 2 ]
1980 The Shining 19%  19%  [ 5 ]
1975 Barry Lyndon 12%  12%  [ 3 ]
1962 Lolita 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
1960 Spartacus 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
1957 Paths of Glory 31%  31%  [ 8 ]
1956 The Killing 8%  8%  [ 2 ]
1955 Killer's Kiss 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Total votes : 26

Stanley Kubrick's Best "Lesser" Film 
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Post Stanley Kubrick's Best "Lesser" Film
So if I can exclude the "great movies" period Kubrick had between 1964 and 1971 with A Clockwork Orange, Dr. Strangelove, and 2001, what are we left with? What's the best of the rest?

Now I know my distinction here is somewhat arbitrary, but I want to shift the conversation away from the Kubrick "usual suspects."

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Wed May 04, 2011 4:53 pm
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I voted from Paths of Glory. Though it's like choosing from your kids
Rob


Thu May 05, 2011 11:27 am
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My cursor kept floating between Barry Lyndon and The Shining, but in the end, I picked The Shining.


Thu May 05, 2011 11:29 am
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Ken wrote:
My cursor kept floating between Barry Lyndon and The Shining, but in the end, I picked The Shining.


Hi Ken

Yup, no wrong choice on this list. They can all be defended.
Rob


Thu May 05, 2011 3:55 pm
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I don't think I can vote as I've only seen three of his "lesser" films.

Eyes Wide Shut
Full Metal Jacket
The Shining


And out of those three, I'd be hard pressed to decide on one. The Shining's foreboding nature is intense. I really, really like Eyes Wide Shut, although it one of those films I'm trying to wrap my mind around. Full Metal Jacket is probably my favorite, but is it the best? It's tough for me to decide.

I have it in mind to get to watching Paths of Glory and The Killing as my next Kubrick films.


Thu May 05, 2011 4:09 pm
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Tough call; I went with Barry Lyndon, with The Shining and Paths of Glory very close behind.


Thu May 05, 2011 4:25 pm
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Robert Holloway wrote:
Ken wrote:
My cursor kept floating between Barry Lyndon and The Shining, but in the end, I picked The Shining.


Hi Ken

Yup, no wrong choice on this list. They can all be defended.
Rob


Except Full Metal Jacket. Fucking 2nd half

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Robert Holloway wrote:
Ken wrote:
My cursor kept floating between Barry Lyndon and The Shining, but in the end, I picked The Shining.


Hi Ken

Yup, no wrong choice on this list. They can all be defended.
Rob

I think you would get a different answer anytime you asked.


Fri May 06, 2011 2:20 pm
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JamesKunz wrote:
Robert Holloway wrote:
Yup, no wrong choice on this list. They can all be defended.
Rob


Except Full Metal Jacket. Fucking 2nd half


True that.

As for me, I have a hard time choosing between The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut... I'm tempted to vote for Eyes to be contrarian (I do think it ranks with his best movies) but I may just rewatch both these this weekend.


Sat May 07, 2011 12:53 am
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It's amazing that littered amongst the masterpieces is not one bad film. And you could hardly say that Kubrick followed a safe road.

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Sat May 07, 2011 5:20 am
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Eyes Wide Shut was the only sane answer for me. And not because it's obscure and not because it offers a hilariously over-the-top commentary on the rich eating themselves and not because it's a fine adaptation of a despicable novella and not because tits byoobs knockers cans melons breastises milkers mams.

No.

Eyes Wide Shut, for me, creates a very specific mood over 160 minutes; it gets so that with every repeated NYC establishing shot I feel increasingly nervous/excited/breastises. The movie, the way Kubrick put it together, feels like a look into a parellel-universe terrarium... everything is familiar but slightly unrecognizable. Perverse! Grotesque! Gestalt! The film ends up being its own space, something I build as I watch it. This is the only movie that brings up this feeling. Add to that the delightful layers of brutal whimsy (all reliable character interactions take place out-of-doors, Dr. Bill is never not referred to as doctor and he is never not flirted with) and you get the movie that some critic called "tits byoobs knockers cans melons breastises milkers mams" (Reelviews Forum).


Sat May 07, 2011 9:48 am
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majoraphasia wrote:
Eyes Wide Shut was the only sane answer for me. And not because it's obscure and not because it offers a hilariously over-the-top commentary on the rich eating themselves and not because it's a fine adaptation of a despicable novella and not because tits byoobs knockers cans melons breastises milkers mams.

No.

Eyes Wide Shut, for me, creates a very specific mood over 160 minutes; it gets so that with every repeated NYC establishing shot I feel increasingly nervous/excited/breastises. The movie, the way Kubrick put it together, feels like a look into a parellel-universe terrarium... everything is familiar but slightly unrecognizable. Perverse! Grotesque! Gestalt! The film ends up being its own space, something I build as I watch it. This is the only movie that brings up this feeling. Add to that the delightful layers of brutal whimsy (all reliable character interactions take place out-of-doors, Dr. Bill is never not referred to as doctor and he is never not flirted with) and you get the movie that some critic called "tits byoobs knockers cans melons breastises milkers mams" (Reelviews Forum).


Major, good to see you back. Every time I see this movie I like it more. It was also from a time when Nicole looked beautiful rather than the failed creation from a plastic surgeon's nightmare.

Rob


Sat May 07, 2011 9:56 am
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I haven't seen all of these yet, but amongst the ones I have seen it's a pretty close race (except for Spartacus, which I didn't like). I voted for The Killing, but could just as easily have gone for Lolita or Eyes Wide Shut.

Something I realise in looking through Kubrick's filmography is that every movie from The Killing onwards is based on a novel or short story (though in the case of 2001, its source - Arthur C. Clarke's short story "The Sentinel" - really only provides the basic seed of the idea). In many cases, Kubrick's movie versions have become far more well-known than the books they're based on.


Sat May 07, 2011 8:06 pm
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What surprises me is that we only have 7 votes on the topic of Kubrick.
Either nobody reading, or nobody watching much Kubrick
Sad in both instances
Rob


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Robert Holloway wrote:
What surprises me is that we only have 7 votes on the topic of Kubrick.
Either nobody reading, or nobody watching much Kubrick
Sad in both instances
Rob


Yeah I was surprised I thought this poll would get a lot more voting

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JamesKunz wrote:
Robert Holloway wrote:
What surprises me is that we only have 7 votes on the topic of Kubrick.
Either nobody reading, or nobody watching much Kubrick
Sad in both instances
Rob


Yeah I was surprised I thought this poll would get a lot more voting


I put down my reason, although I thought Kubrick was more represented on the forum.


Sun May 08, 2011 7:27 pm
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I'm starting to think it's ten of us locked in an asylum (or winter hotel) talking to each other
Rob


Sun May 08, 2011 7:43 pm
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JJoshay wrote:
JamesKunz wrote:
Robert Holloway wrote:
What surprises me is that we only have 7 votes on the topic of Kubrick.
Either nobody reading, or nobody watching much Kubrick
Sad in both instances
Rob


Yeah I was surprised I thought this poll would get a lot more voting


I put down my reason, although I thought Kubrick was more represented on the forum.


Remember my poll on Kubrick?


Sun May 08, 2011 7:52 pm
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Patrick wrote:
Remember my poll on Kubrick?


Nope?
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Post Re: Stanley Kubrick's Best "Lesser" Film
Robert Holloway wrote:
What surprises me is that we only have 7 votes on the topic of Kubrick.
Either nobody reading, or nobody watching much Kubrick
Sad in both instances
Rob

I really don't like Kubrick. But I liked The Killing.

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