• yrsurfinman

    ★★★★★ Watched by yrsurfinman 29 Oct, 2014

    This is an unremittingly harsh and nasty movie about terrible, weak people and the cruelty and indifference of the universe. It's pulp of the highest order. Each bit of the plot is punctuated by cruelly ironic imagery, so the movie unfolds with satisfying brutality.

    It's hard to put this in the context of the rest of Kubrick's career. It has certain touches that you'd see again-- Misanthropy, formal mastery-- but it's also unrepentantly genre-y in a way that Kubrick would…

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  • JaviOsuna

    ★★★★½ Watched by JaviOsuna 29 Oct, 2014

    Kubrick is a genius. Ok, i'm not discovering the wheel, but I needed to say it. He is. Here we have an extraordinary white and black photography (most of color era directors who use awfully the black and white like a cheap trick to add interest to their pictures must see this and LEARN), we have the travelling through the house, the tension, the camera angles, THE END (jojo, the end).

    In few words: all of Kubrick talent on a not fancy/extravagant/presumptuous format (as usual), but more simple, losing not a drop of his genius, and, sitting all the bases of what would be.

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  • laheysadrunk

    ★★★★ Watched by laheysadrunk 26 Oct, 2014

    Part of My Stanley Kubrick Adventure.

    "Why'd you do it Val?"

    Crime kills and brings the most well intentioned down with it.

    I love myself some low key lighting. So damn sexy. Now that we have gotten that of the way... The first film of my series through Stanley Kubrick certainly didn't disappoint, supplying a thrilling and interesting story that leaves no moment wasted and the viewer never bored. I already talked about the lighting, which was sensational. The only…

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  • tstern1

    ★★★★ Added by tstern1

    That damn dog...

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  • ReedRothchild

    ★★★★★ Watched by ReedRothchild 19 Oct, 2014

    If it was possible at all to improve on this film it would be a perfect fit for a Coen brothers remake. Aside from having characters who are begging to be reinterpreted by the likes of William H. Macy, John Tuturro and John Goodman, the themes and narrative seem like a precursor to their work. But The Killing cannot be improved on. Adding his own technical flourishes (including a couple of gorgeous tracking shots and close-ups) to the aesthetics of…

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  • Jacob Gehman

    ★★★★½ Added by Jacob Gehman

    I am amused after reading some of the reviews below (from my review's original Flixster home) that I'm not the only one who thinks that Tarantino must have been influenced by The Killing (and, to a lesser extent, Killer's Kiss). I don't really view this as a bad thing since I tend to think that Tarantino does the whole "jumbled chronology" thing better than Kubrick does here.

    However, while Kubrick's jumping back-and-forth in time feels slightly awkward, it is still…

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  • slyman

    ★★★★½ Watched by slyman 15 Oct, 2014

    "I've often thought that the gangster and the artist are the same in the eyes of the masses. They are admired and hero-worshipped, but there is always present underlying wish to see them destroyed at the peak of their glory."

    Kubrick's first commercial film presents the heist as an artform - elaborate, immaculately planned and crafted, and relying on many factors, including a little bit of luck, to succeed.

    Fresh out of the slammer, an ex-prisoner pulls together an eclectic…

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  • Bill Shannon

    ★★★½ Added by Bill Shannon

    Methodical and cynical, Kubrick presents a heist film with all killer, no filler. Less interested in character than the trappings of its plot, it's surprisingly easy to follow given the half-dozen subplots.

    Each character is an archetype -- the heavy, the wimp, the kindly man, the femme fatale, the doting girlfriend, the crooked cop -- and the action flashes back and forth from the past to the present, and while it's somewhat confusing initially, it all falls into placse by the end.

    There is simply not fat in this movie: every scene advances the plot, and nothing is unnecessary. A classic heist flick.

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  • Sean Balanger

    ★★½ Watched by Sean Balanger 11 Oct, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • Kubrick Ampersand

    ★★★½ Watched by Kubrick Ampersand 07 Oct, 2014

    I'm finally getting around to the lesser-known/less popular Kubrick catalog and, I've gotta say, I'm loving it so far. This is a classic noir thriller with an ending that had me laughing and really invested.

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  • Joe DiCanio

    ★★★½ Watched by Joe DiCanio 13 Feb, 2012

    Rating: B

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  • Tom Prankerd

    ★★★★ Watched by Tom Prankerd 05 Oct, 2014

    Together with Paths of Glory this little masterpiece basically solidifies my view that Kubrick was a decent director who disappeared up his own arse rapidly after spaced-out hippy survivors over-praised the pretty but sterile 2001. For once Stan the Man with the Widescreen Pan doesn't treat actors, characters, dialogue and actual stuff happening as obstacles to his love affair with camera lenses and the result is excellent. Hell, there's suspense - otherwise utterly alien to Kubrick films - on show in this one.

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