And now the Top 5
I’ll just put this movie under the drama category because it would feel weird putting “romantic” in front. The subject matter is sensitive but Kubrick did the best anyone could with material like this while getting a superb performance from all his actors. Particularly Peter Sellers, and this wouldn’t even be his best performance in a Kubrick picture.
4. The Killing
A film noir about the robbery of a horse track, I love this film’s camerawork and secondary characters who I feel have a bit more development than the main character. Taut and exciting from start to finish.
3. Dr. Strangelove or How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb
Comedy is not one of my favorite genres. The jokes eventually wear off on me. The humor in this however has not worn off. I was not yet born when this film was made, but the message that it possesses is relevant even today. It almost feels like a live action comic strip lampooning our various nations. Because of that, Dr. Strangelove will always be held in high regard.
2. Paths of Glory
Now there is no question to me that Dr. Strangelove is the better film, but I love Paths of Glory. Fantastic scenes of war and you feel your heart just being torn to pieces during the courtroom scene because of its expected outcome. Again another Kubrick film that while it takes place in an era I was not born in, yet its themes are totally in line with today.
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
I have seen this film so many times that I don’t actually have to watch it to know what’s going on. I have it on my iPod and I just start it and do what I’m doin and the movie plays in my head. These days people like to lower a film’s legacy because it’s older and it “doesn’t hold up as well.” Well 47 years later this film holds up. Even if you are not a fan, there is no question the filmmaking that went into this. I’m not a person who cares much for abstract ideas, but this film made me begin to open my mind just a bit to new ways of storytelling.
My list is complete. So now you all see what order I would watch the films of Stanley Kubrick. What is your favorite? Least favorite? I would love to hear!