Killer's Kiss ★★★½

Stanley Kubrick may have dismissed his second feature, Killer's Kiss, as "student level filmmaking", but I disagree. I see the early signs of someone who would revolutionise cinema, and produce such indomitable classics as 2001: A Space Oddysey, The Shining and A Clockwork Orange. This film is such a stark contrast to the staid, static, studio-set films of the period. Kubrick's innovative use of camera movement and composition would become his trademark, and you can the seed germinating even at this early stage. The on-location roving in New York is more akin to the French New Wave cinema than it is to the Hollywood style of the time. The way he shoots the boxing match is tremendously innovative, and is still emulated today in countless movies. He borrows from the great expressionist movies, as well as international cinema, to create a completely fresh feel to a 1950's movie. The story isn't anything to write home about, nor the dialogue, but to see the early days of a future cinematic master, Killer's Kiss is must watch for movie buffs. It also ends in an axe fight in a mannequin factory, which is just great.