2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey ★★★★★

The famous ape moment where it discovers the bone tool has two cutaway shots of tapirs collapsing in slow motion and it's haunting to watch cascading blubber out of context like that, visually, but of course thematically it's enormously evocative. Kubrick is diving to the deep depths of what it means to be human in two simple cutaway shots. Then there's the rest of the film, which at 50 years old, is very much still the cinematic monolith that cratered the industry in 1968. Every filmmaker for the past 50 years has been that ape stroking the monolith in the desert, if only for a moment. You watch something from 1967 and you can sense the palpable absence of 2001 from the world. It has influenced everyone and everything whether you like it or not.

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