2001: A Space Odyssey

"The film is not an ephemeral event that gives instant pleasure and then should never be watched again (the Kael method); nor should it be endlessly re-watched just to “crack its code” (the method of postmodern puzzle films in the age of Nolan). Rather, we watch and re-watch “2001” to ask questions about where we came from and where we are going, and ponder whether we are capable of rising above our own petty muck to connect with the world around and beyond us. Do we get clear-cut answers? No, and neither should we expect them. The point is to engage in the pure actions of thinking. Like a haunting Goya painting from 200 years ago, or a Debussy composition from 100 years ago, we love “2001” 50 years later because we continue to be both challenged and overjoyed by its prismatic beauty."

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